Monthly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up April 2023

April was another busy month. Passover took a lot of physical and mental energy, and my sister even came to visit us from out of town for the holiday. It was nice to get to see her and have the help, but it’s also nice to have things go back to normal. The end of Passover is always a great way to remind myself how great it is to be able to eat regular food and not have matzah at every meal. My big accomplishment for the month was to be able to get my bookshelves organized exactly how I wanted them.

Although I wanted to make progress on my ARCs this month, I didn’t get anywhere close to where I was hoping. However, I did manage to maintain some diversity in my reading, and that was definitely intentional. Another thing I did was to quickly DNF books that I wasn’t enjoying, something I struggle with at times, especially when a book is an ARC. I also worked towards making progress on my reading challenges. Here’s some of my April highlights:

  • My blog now has 759 followers! I’m so grateful for each and every one of you.
  • Physical ARCs remain a struggle, although my NG ARCs are relatively managed as far as release dates.
  • Of the 34 books I read in April, only 3 were nonfiction. One was a social science book, one was about tarot cards, and one was about female friendships.
  • I actually read one of the books I own this month!
  • Regarding diverse voices, I read 4 books by a Black author, 1 by an Indigenous author, 3 by Jewish authors, 5 by LGBTQIA+ authors, and 1 by an Asian author.
  • I’m still trying to continue reading outside of my typical genres, so I read 3 horror, 1 paranormal/new age, 1 self-help/inspirational, and 1 social science book.
  • I read 2 more of my 12 in 12 challenge books leaving me with 5 more to go, I’ve read 17 out of 18 Jewish authors for a different challenge, and I’m 84% done with my 2023 PopSugar reading challenge.

Here’s my breakdown of monthly/cumulative totals for April:

April Totals:

  • Books read: 34
  • Books DNF’d: 3
  • Pages read: 5,075
  • Hours listened: 7 days, 21 hours, 14 minutes
  • Average pages: 338.3
  • Average hours listened: 14 hours, 7 minutes

Cumulative Averages:

  • Days per book: 3.35
  • Pages read per day: 172.15
  • Books read per month: 34.75
  • DNF’d books per month: 2

Genres Read in April:

  • Fantasy: 8
  • General Fiction: 2
  • Historical Fiction: 4
  • Horror: 3
  • Mystery/Suspense: 9
  • Paranormal/New Age: 1
  • Romance/Erotica: 5
  • Self-Help/Inspirational: 1
  • Social Science/Current Affairs/Politics: 1

Backlist vs. New Releases:

  • Backlist books: 13
  • 2023 releases: 21

Fiction Vs. Nonfiction:

  • Fiction: 31
  • Nonfiction: 3

Format Read:

  • Print: 5
  • Digital: 10
  • Audio: 19

Age Range:

  • Adult: 32
  • YA: 2

My favorite books of the month were Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo and Kantika by Elizabeth Graver.

Here’s what I read in April:

  • Ward D by Freida McFadden (NG ARC)

How did your April reading go? Did we read any of the same books? What did you think of them?

7 replies »

      • Yes I am

        Something Wonderful- if you love Rodgers and Hammerstein, worth the read

        Winter Orphans- taking place in France, yes Holocaust, but more on rescue and escape (meaning, there is hope). I may be sensitive to The Holocaust, but if it centers more on escape and rescue I can handle it


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