April 2020 Wrap-Up

It feels like April rushed by so fast, doesn’t it? Or maybe it was so for me because I was waiting on something in my professional sphere? Well, I don’t know, but in terms of books, too, I felt the days slipping by too fast. I did not read as much as last month, and towards the end of the month I sort of had a slump where I did nothing but catch up on my TV backlist.

2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
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I read a total of 28 books this month – 12 full-length novels, 4 novella  and 12 graphic novel/manga volumes. It was a wonderful month, because I loved most of my picks, and can you see how many books I rated 5 stars?!

Ah-mazing!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman Honor Bound by Rachel Caine Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen All Systems Red by Martha Wells Artificial Condition by Martha Wells Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells Exit Strategy by Martha Wells Network Effect by Martha Wells

Pretty Good!

The Golden Sheep, Vol. 1 by Kaori Ozaki Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 7 by Tomohito Oda How Do We Relationship?, Vol. 1 by Tamifull Blue Flag, Vol. 2 by Kaito The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 6 by Aya Shouoto The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman The Golden Sheep, Vol. 2 by Kaori Ozaki Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta The Golden Sheep Vol. 3 by Kaori Ozaki Alice by Christina Henry Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol. 3 by Makoto Hagino Not Your Idol, Vol. 1 by Aoi Makino

Try it Out Maybe?

The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller RWBY by Bunta Kinami Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

Nope!

Apsara Engine by Bishakh Kumar Som

Reread

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern


Beat the Backlist

Progress: 36/120 books published before 2020

The Golden Sheep, Vol. 1 (The Golden Sheep, #1) The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1) Once & Future Honor Bound Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) The Book of Tomorrow

Status: 4 books behind!


Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Progress: 96/250 galleys

The Perfect Escape How Do We Relationship?, Vol. 1 Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 7 Blue Flag, Vol. 2 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue The Golden Sheep, Vol. 2 Redemption Prep Apsara Engine The Golden Sheep Vol. 3 RWBY: The Official Manga, Vol. 1: The Beacon Arc The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray, #2) Eat, and Love Yourself Late to the Party Not Your Idol, Vol. 1 A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol. 3 Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) Seven Endless Forests

Status: ahead!


Dystopia Reading Challenge

Progress: 16/16 Dystopia books

Once & Future Honor Bound All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)

Status: complete!


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Progress: 7/50 historical fiction books

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is set from 18th century France to present day.

Status: quite behind


Retellings Reading Challenge

Progress: 14/25 retellings

Once & Future Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) Seven Endless Forests

Once & Future and Seven Endless Forests are Arthurian retellings, set in the future, and in historical fantasy settings, respectively; Alice is a grimdark retelling of Alice in Wonderland.

Status: ahead!


Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge

Progress: 16/36 books

The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1) Redemption Prep Not Your Idol, Vol. 1 The Book of Tomorrow

The Devouring Gray is horror/mystery, while the others are contemporary mysteries.

Status: ahead!


Series to Finish Challenge

Progress: 7/24 series (4/12 new + 3/12 old) [293.5 pt]

The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1) The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray, #2)

The Golden Sheep, Vol. 1 (The Golden Sheep, #1) The Golden Sheep, Vol. 2 The Golden Sheep Vol. 3

Started and completed a duology (The Devouring Gray) and a trilogy (The Golden Sheep)

Other series books read throughout the month:

The Perfect Escape 5 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 3 (336 pg)]

The Golden Sheep, Vol. 1 (The Golden Sheep, #1) 2.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 1 (234 pg)]

How Do We Relationship?, Vol. 1 2.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1(started series) + 1 (216 pg)]

Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 7 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

Blue Flag, Vol. 2 1.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (224 pg)]

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 6 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (172 pg)]

The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1) 5 points [1 (book finished) + 1(started series) + 3 (360 pg)]

The Golden Sheep, Vol. 2 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (192 pg)]

The Golden Sheep Vol. 3 2.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (finished series) + 1 (240 pg)]

Once & Future 5 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 3 (369 pg)]

RWBY: The Official Manga, Vol. 1: The Beacon Arc 2.5 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 1 (216 pg)]

The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray, #2) 5 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (ended series) + 3 (368 pg)]

Honor Bound 5 points [1 (book finished) + 4 (480 pg)]

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol. 3 1 point [0.5 (book finished) + 0.5 (168 pg)]

Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) 4 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 2 (257 pg)]

Not Your Idol, Vol. 1 2 points [0.5 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 0.5 (176 pg)]

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) 3 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (started series) + 1 (144 pg)]

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) 2 points [1(book finished) + 1 (149 pg)]

Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) 2 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (150 pg)]

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) 2 points [1 (book finished) + 1 (176 pg)]

Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) 4 points [1 (book finished) + 3 (352 pg)]

Seven Endless Forests 4 points [1 (book finished) + 3 (352 pg)]

Total points: 63.5

SpaceTime Reading Challenge

spacetime reads

Progress: 20/40 SciFi books

Once & Future Apsara Engine Honor Bound All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2) Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4) Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)

All of these are set in space!

Status: ahead!


New Release Reading Challenge

Progress: 68/200 new releases of 2020

The Perfect Escape Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 7 Blue Flag, Vol. 2 Redemption Prep The Golden Sheep, Vol. 2 The Golden Sheep Vol. 3 RWBY: The Official Manga, Vol. 1: The Beacon Arc The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray, #2) Late to the Party Eat, and Love Yourself A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, Vol. 3 Not Your Idol, Vol. 1 Seven Endless Forests

Status: a bit ahead!


2020 Debut Author Challenge

Progress: 4/24 debuts of 2020

The Perfect Escape Apsara Engine

Status: behind


Audiobook Challenge

Progress: 9/50 audiobooks

The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1) Honor Bound The Book of Tomorrow Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)

Status: quite behind


Year of the Asian

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Progress: 10/51 books by Asian authors

The Perfect Escape Apsara Engine

The Perfect Escape is written by a Korean-American author; Apsara Engine is written by a Indian-American author.

Status: behind


Besides these year-long challenges, I also had four readathons.

April ContemprorApril (April 1-30)

I had decided to read at least 5 contemporary books but I only made it to 3!

The Perfect Escape Redemption Prep Late to the Party

Off the Grid Readathon (April 17-19)

I forgot about this until the 19th, when I realized I had still managed to read 3 books but couldn’t make it to my goal of 6 books

Late to the Party Eat, and Love Yourself Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1)

Dewey’s 24Hr Readathon (April 25-26)

Again, I realized like half a day into the readathon it was going on (I really need to check my calendar notifications) and I tried hard but only did 1 book out of my intended 2.

Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)

Page-a-thon (April 1-30)

My pagecount for April was 7024 books, with 16 ‘books’ and 3 ‘shorts’.


ICYMI

Book Blogger Hop: April 3-9
Book Blogger Hop: April 10-16
Book Blogger Hop: April 17-23
Book Blogger Hop: April 24-30


Stacking the Shelves #95
Stacking the Shelves #96


Offloading the TBR #6
Offloading the TBR #7


Alice by Christina Henry


Shouting from the Shelftops #22


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