Ups and downs. March was fantastic for reading, and I read more than my goals and had a blast doing so. April, though? Not so much. I hit a big reading slump at the beginning of the month and ended up pretty unfocused, reading a grand 2 books in 2 weeks.
In fairness, they were a couple of doorstoppers, and I did read a couple of graphic novels in between them, but still. Normally I read more than that, and faster. I’m a bit disappointed in myself.
But let’s see what did happen here, instead of just what didn’t.
For the SPFBO, I review Barbara J Webb’s City of Burning Shadows.
In all, I read 7 books and reviewed 5. And 3 of the books I read were graphic novels, too, so it’s not like they were particularly taxing. Yeah, it was a slow month… Didn’t meet any of my goals there…
I posted about the We Are Silent fundraiser I did, in which I was silent for a day to raise money for those whose voices weren’t heard. And I raised the $100 I was aiming for, which is going to help education in rural China!
I posted the first batch of books I eliminated from the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. I debated, later on, as to whether I was approaching the whole thing from the wrong angle, and whether I should change how I’d originally intended to go at the challenge. I later decided to go with that change, and narrowed my list down to 8 strong contenders to be the book passed on to round 2. I followed that with a post on why some books made the cut and others didn’t, and hopefully managed to be encouraging while doing so.
Now that my reading slump is over, I’m back to shooting for my usual 8 books read and reviewed in a month. May is actually a pretty exciting month for books I’m interested in, with so many coming out that I’ve pretty much got those 8 already pegged! No time to clear down the backlist this month, not unless I get on a good reading kick and read more than expected, the way I’d managed to in March! (Fingers crossed!)
I’m not sure if the readalong for Full Fathom Five will be starting next month, but if it is, I’ll be doing that too, so there’ll be more of those question and answer posts.
I have a guest post tentatively lined up, and I’ll be guest posting myself on another blog, so stay tuned for those! Not sure if I’ll manage to get any giveaways going for May, but I’ll do my best. No idea how some blogs can line up 2 or more giveaways a week; what contacts do these people have that I’m missing?! :p
How was your April? Was it more productive than mine?