Who would have thought that April would turn out to be one of the best months of this year [so far]?! Obviously, we are still under quarantine, not allowed to go anywhere other than work and food shopping, and COVID is still a very serious threat. So considering all of that, somehow I managed to read 18 books in April!
This is by far the most I’ve ever read in just one month. What is more curious though, is that most of the books I read were 4-5 star reads! Even in terms of quality, April was the best reading month of this year.
Before we jump into my goals check-in & reading wrap up, I hope that you all are staying safe and healthy! We will get through this together, and I hope that you’ll find that one book [or many books] that will help you escape the craziness of the real world.
I also want to say big BIG thank you to every single one of you! Everyone who follows my blog, reads my posts, leaves likes and comments, thank you all so so much! April wasn’t just an amazing reading month, it was also the best blogging month I’ve had so far and it’s all because of you! I know that stats isn’t everything, but seeing your lovely comments on my posts, likes and tags, made this past month so much better. ❤
MONTHLY GOALS CHECK-IN
I feel like the only things I did in April were (1) work, (2) study, (3) read and (4) blog. But at least I did them well. 😀 In April I actually achieved all of the goals I set for myself, which is crazy but also VERY satisfying:
|✔|| 1 – Participate in OWLs Magical Read-a-thon.|
Initially, I was going to select the easiest profession for OWLs, so I could still participate but I needed to dedicate more time to studying. Since my exams got pushed back, due to COVID, I was able to read more. But I never imagined that I’d be able to read over 12 books in one month!
Technically, I didn’t do the Divination prompt. I used a random number generator a bunch of times but wasn’t interested in reading the books it selected. So… what should I do? Can I still count Divination as completed as I read way more than 12 books?
|✔||2 – Write those reviews! |
I’m so happy! All of my reviews are written, edited, and ready to be posted. This hasn’t happened in months and I’m beyond satisfied for finally clearing up that to-do list.
|✔||3 – Read ARCs and maybe request some more! |
Ahah, I definitely requested some more. That was probably the easiest goal I’ve ever made for myself. 😀 But I also read a bunch of ARCs – 7 to be precise. 👍
|✔||4 – Keep listening to audiobooks!|
Yep, you probably saw my audiobooks wrap up in mid-April. During the free Scribd trial, I listened to 8 books with a total of 47 hours. You can check all of the audiobooks I listened to here!
|✔||5 – Clean and declutter!|
I’ve been spending so much time home now. Everything is shiny, organized and dust-free 😀
…And some additional goals that I didn’t mention in my April Monthly Goals, but that were definitely on my mind:
- Organize my studying routine and actually study. Once again, I used my Google Calendar for that and also an excel spreadsheet and it’s been working great!
- Write and Upload Part 2 of my blogging organization routine. Yay! ❤
- Finally organize book series! I did it, guys. It was scary, and it’s a very long list, but I finally made an excel spreadsheet for all book series I’ve ever started, completed, DNF’d. I’m hoping to share it with you in a prettier way [than excel] in the upcoming months.
- Stay productive and stop leaving tasks for tomorrow. 100% accomplished that! I’ve never felt so productive in my entire life. Lol
MONTHLY READING STATS
Only 4 more books and I will complete my Goodreads reading challenge, which I set to 50 every year. I’m actually considering bumping it up to 75, but at the same time, I don’t want to push myself to read more, because my goal this year was to read less and focus more on studying… I guess I’ve been doing the complete opposite. 🤷♀️
I passed 11 out of 12 O.W.L.s!!!! I still don’t know if I should count Divination as done or not. I just wasn’t interested in any of the books chosen by random number generator. I guess it’s a fail this time around, but honestly, I’m not mad at all.
This post would be too long if I talked about all of the books I read last month. You can see my “brief” thoughts above, and also here are some additional books I managed to read:
…And some monthly stats:
APRIL BOOK REVIEWS
2020 MONTHLY WRAP UPs:
January 2020 Wrap Up | The month I learned how to stay on top of things!
February 2020 Wrap Up | The month I was too busy to learn anything new!
March 2020 Wrap Up | The month I fought my way out of a reading slump!
April 2020 Wrap Up | The month I read too many books!
This is it for my April Wrap Up! I hope you also had a wonderful month. Let me know what was your favorite (and least favorite) book of the month!