April 2019 Wrap-Up

Like you know, I was in a slump for half for February and most of March, so I was determined to catch up on my reading and super-charge it or something. I also wanted to be more regular with the blog, and I am happy to report that I am satisfied with my progress in April! I did have some low moments but I was able to manage it better this month.

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Ruthsic has read 68 books toward her goal of 300 books.
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This month, I left behind the slump and read 22 full-length book, 1 novella length book and 9 graphic novel/manga for a total of 32 books! I AM BACK, BABY! Also I totally aimed to get to 100 by the end of April

Ah-mazing!

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2) Descendant of the Crane Call Me Evie Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 4 The Nowhere Girls

Pretty good

Midnight Radio The Center of the Universe The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2) Beyond a Darkened Shore Starworld The Hunted (Amber Fang #1) Saint Young Men The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1) No Man of Woman Born Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) Queens of Geek King of Fools (The Shadow Game, #2) Belly Up The Hollow Girl

 Try it out maybe?

Lovestruck Blackbird, Vol. 1 Through the White Wood The First True Thing Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 2 Quincredible Vol. 1: Quest to Be the Best! Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak

Nope!

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale A Pack of Blood and Lies

Reread

Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 2 Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 1


And now, onto the yearly challenges:

Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

Progress: 31/100 books

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2) The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) Beyond a Darkened Shore No Man of Woman Born Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) Queens of Geek Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 2 The Nowhere Girls

I feel like I am close to being on track, but I haven’t updated my reads on the main challenge sheet to count for points towards my House, so I guess I should take the time out to do that soon.


Contemporary Romance reading challenge

Progress: 15/21+ books (Grand Slam)

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2) Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 2 Queens of Geek Belly Up Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 1

Maybe I am getting (a little) back into adult fiction?


2019 AtoZ Reading Challenge bannerAtoZ reading challenge

Progress: 21/26 books

Alice Isn't Dead The Beauty of the Wolf The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) The Daughters of Salem How we sent our children to their deaths: Part 1 Exorsisters, Vol. 1 Firestarter (Timekeeper #3) Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back Haphaven I Just For Clicks Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2) Love by the Morning Star Man-Eaters Volume 1 Nancy Drew: The Case of the Cold Case Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4) Postcards for a Songbird Quincredible Vol. 1: Quest to Be the Best! Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee Stranger Things: The Other Side (Graphic Novel Volume 1) Through the White Wood United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve, #1) X Y Z

Only 5 letters left, but they are the most difficult ones.


Cloak and Dagger challenge

Progress: 11/35 books

Call Me Evie – psychological thriller mostly


2019 New Release Challenge logo - (un)Conventional BookwormsNew Release challenge

Progress: 56/200 books

Lovestruck The Center of the Universe Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale Descendant of the Crane Through the White Wood Starworld The Hunted (Amber Fang #1) Call Me Evie The First True Thing The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1) Quincredible Vol. 1: Quest to Be the Best! Belly Up A Pack of Blood and Lies Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 4 Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak

I mostly read galleys this month, so I got many new releases read in April but I am still like 11 books behind, so I gotta do more in May.


Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading challenge

Progress: 73/100 galleys

Midnight Radio Lovestruck Blackbird, Vol. 1 The Center of the Universe Descendant of the Crane Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2) Beyond a Darkened Shore Through the White Wood Starworld The Hunted (Amber Fang #1) Saint Young Men Call Me Evie The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1) The First True Thing Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 2 Quincredible Vol. 1: Quest to Be the Best! Belly Up Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 2 Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 4 A Pack of Blood and Lies The Nowhere Girls Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 1 The Hollow Girl

25 galleys this month! Whoo!


2019 Debut author challenge

Progress: 7/24 debuts

Descendant of the Crane The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1)

Both are OwnVoices Asian fantasy stories!


2019 Audiobook ChallengeAudiobook challenge

Progress: 11/50 audiobooks

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2) Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2)


Monthly Keyword Challenge

Progress: 3/12 keywords
February – Red Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Candy Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 2

April – Hunt The Hunted (Amber Fang #1) Where The Nowhere Girls


Dystopia Reading Challenge

Progress: 4/16 books

 Nothing this month


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Progress: 15/25 books (Ancient History)

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2) Beyond a Darkened Shore Through the White Wood Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) The Hollow Girl

The Girl in the Tower is 14th century Russia, while Beyond a Darkened Shore and Through the White Wood are set in 11th century Ireland, and Russia, respectively. The Hollow Girl is indeterminate as to era, and set in Wales. Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue are time travel books, so obviously there are historical elements involved and some is 20th century, and some is 18th century.


Retellings Reading Challenge

Progress: 6/25 retellings (Fairest of them All)
No Man of Woman Born – Sleeping Beauty retelling

spacetime readsSpace Time Reading Challenge

Progress: 5/20 books
Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) Time travel

Series to Finish Challenge

Progress: 6/24 series (2/12 new + 4/12 old)

No complete series this month 😦


yarc headerYear of the Asian Reading Challenge

Progress: 11/51 books

Descendant of the Crane The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2) The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1)


Besides these year-long challenges, I also had  five reading challenges.

AprilContemporApril (April 1-30)

I had aimed to read at least 5 contemporary books but read nearly thrice that (14)

Midnight Radio The Center of the Universe Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2) Starworld Call Me Evie The First True Thing Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 2 Queens of Geek Belly Up Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak The Nowhere Girls Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 1

Autistic Pride readathon (April 1-30)

Read these five books with autistic protagonists/authors for 9 challenges

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2) No Man of Woman Born Queens of Geek The Nowhere Girls The Hollow Girl

Dewey’s 24hour readathon (April 6-7)

I had planned to read at least 3 books and I did! Whew!

The Center of the Universe Descendant of the Crane Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale

Off the Grid readathon (April 12-14)

As this was the weekend I had hoped to catch up on my reading challenge, I had set my goals on 6 books and I completed it!

Starworld The Hunted (Amber Fang #1) Saint Young Men Call Me Evie The Tiger at Midnight (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #1) The First True Thing

Audiobookathon (April 15-28)

Finally got to dive into my Audible library for these

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2)


ICYMI

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTTT: Rainy Day Reads
TTT: Reviews I Never Put on this Blog (until now)


Diversity Spotlight Thursday #43: Fat rep
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #44: Autistic rep
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #45: Latinx rep
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #46: Sapphic rep


Book Blogger Hop: April 5-11
Book Blogger Hop: April 12-18
Book Blogger Hop: April 19-25
Book Blogger Hop: April 26-May 2


Stacking the Shelves #55
Stacking the Shelves #56
Stacking the Shelves #57
Stacking the Shelves #58


Podcasts for Readers #12: Love & Luck


On the Pod this week #27
On the Pod this week #28
On the Pod this week #29


Shouting from the Shelftops #7
Shouting from the Shelftops #8


Other news

  • I am doing #Mermay this month and am taking suggestions for ficitonal  (TV/movie/comic/book) characters being merfolkified. Tell me in the comments below if you would like to see a character as a mermaid/merman/merfolk! If I know it, I might draw it!
  • This is not news exactly, but – please help support my blog and my art with contributions through Ko-Fi (every small donation helps!), and by buying my designs on Society6 or TeePublic. You could also help out for free, too – by using my affiliate links (see sidebar) when you are about to purcahse a book, or by using my Scribd share code to get a free 60-day trial of the service (come on guys, free books for 2 months is a no-brainer!)

How was your April? What are you planning to read for the summer?

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