Last month, I was the most productive self – running errands, writing reviews, keeping up with the blog, and reading tons of books. Everything was possible! (you can read my March Wrap Up here!) And then came April…
WHAT HAPPENED IN APRIL
1 – I realized that I’m not a superman and not a superwoman. My energy resources were completely drained (from March productivity I guess) and every task was the most horrible chore that was ever bestowed on me.
My way of dealing with this was to add even more tasks on my To-Do list! This might sound ridiculous to you, but I feel like resting doesn’t really help me overcome the unproductive periods in my life, so instead, I usually push myself even harder! So April was a constant battle to stay on top of things (and I think I’ve managed just fine!)
2 – Blog hopping became a habit, and I’m so glad that I finally made time to consistently browse through your blogs, read posts and talk to all of you in the comments section! Blog hopping isn’t just a “marketing tool”, it’s a great way to (1) make friends who have the same interests/hobbies as you; (2) see what everyone else is talking about; (3) take inspiration in others’ posts and ideas, and (4) just have fun!
Bookish community is one of the nicest ones and we definitely should take advantage of that by reaching out to fellow bloggers!
3 – I joined in on some Top Ten Tuesday topics! I don’t know why I stayed away from memes for so many years, they are so fun to do!
First of all, it’s a guaranteed post idea that is given to you every week, and even though I don’t stick very close to the theme, it helps to boost my imagination.
And secondly, there are many bloggers who take the same idea and put their own spin on it. It was so much fun seeing everyone’s Rainy Days Book Recommendations and the First 10 Books that people reviewed!
4 – I also tried my luck with some Tags, that I haven’t done in almost 2 years! Thank you, everyone, who tagged me recently for giving the much-needed push to finally start doing various book tags and awards.
5 – My first ever bookish quiz became available to all of you in April. I have to say that I’m very proud of myself for creating it.
Ever since I received the ARC of the 2nd book in Of Blood and Bone series by John Gwynne, I knew I had to make something special for it. I started toying around with the idea of a character quiz, slowly coming up with descriptions for various characters, questions, and structure of the quiz. It took me a very long time to find the right website to make it on. But it’s finally up on my blog! TAKE THE QUIZ and let me know Which Of Blood and Bone character you are!
6 – OWLs Read-a-Thon was a lot of fun and I think I didn’t fail. But I can’t be sure until I write my OWLs wrap up, because I’ve been switching books back and forth, and didn’t stick with my original TBR. So hopefully *fingers crossed* I did fine. Will start on my OWLs wrap up after finishing this post, so stay tuned!
7 – Somehow I failed almost all of my monthly goals! Let’s take a look:
|X|| 1 – Schedule rest days. |
Nope, didn’t happen. Rest days will have to wait, because my To-Do list just gets longer and longer every week.
|X|| 2 – Leave fewer things for the weekend. |
Yeah.. well, I think this one might be impossible. *A pat on the back for trying though*. I wrote a few posts here and there, especially reviews, during the week, but it’s impossible to have it all done after long working hours.
|X|| 3 – Write those reviews! |
Ha-ha.. ha… ha. I actually did write some reviews, but far from all of them. And I think I have more pending reviews now than I had at the end of March.
|✔|| 4 – Keep up with Blog and Reading goals!|
That I did (more or less). My goal is to post at least 3 times a week. And there were two weeks in April when I only managed to produce two posts, but there were other weeks when I posted 4 times, so I’m happy about that.
|X|| 5 – Read 10 books! |
Unfortunately, I didn’t. I’m writing this post on April 27th and currently, I have 7 read books. I might finish another one before the month ends.
|✔|| 6 – Participate in OWLs Read-a-Thon|
Yes! Not sure if successfully or not, but I participated in my first read-a-thon of 2019. Woop-Woop!
|✔|| 7 – Read ARCs. |
As you will be able to see below at my Monthly Reading Stats, I actually read more ARCs than Non-ARCs!
8 –Almost forgot to mentions that I’ve been enjoying the hype around the final season of Game of Thrones!!! Can’t wait to see the grand finale. There will be so many sad moments, I can feel it already.
MONTHLY READING STATS
I’m 13 books ahead of schedule for my GoodReads challenge! Which is very exciting. I read a total of 7 books in April with the vast majority being fantasy.