Welcome to my April Wrap Up, where I review what I’ve read and posted since March. The organizational side of me likes doing weekly and monthly wrap ups and the goal-oriented side likes to see all I’ve accomplished in a certain time period. Thanks to Kathryn from Book Date for organizing this monthly meme.
The biggest thing I did on the blog this month was switch from Blogger to Word Press and get my own URL. Ashley from NoseGraze (previously Creative Whim) worked quickly, answered my questions, and helped me personalize the theme. She is also the creator of the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin for WordPress, and offers online courses. I can’t say enough good things about her. Now that I am used to the WP dashboard I am liking it. I want to get a custom banner, but I’m still thinking about what it should look like. Should it be “evil” like the name of the blog, or a colorful design that represents my personality? I was thinking about those avatar women that some blogs have and maybe I could get someone to make one that wears armor but isn’t super scary. All opinions are welcome.
GIVEAWAY for Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell open until June 1.
DEWEY’S READATHON was April 25 and I participated for the first time. I really enjoyed the mini-challenges, and will definitely do it again in October.
FROM THE LIBRARY – These were all good, even if I didn’t review them.
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn(Smythe-Smith Quartet #1)
A Night Like This by Julia Quinn (Smythe-Smith Quartet #2)
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal (Maggie Hope #4)
The Andy Cohen Diaries: a deep look at a shallow year by Andy Cohen
The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey by Gabrielle Zevin
The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna von Praag
The Rosary Girls by Richard Montanari (Balzano & Byrnes #1)
Happiness Key by Emilie Richards (Happiness Key #1)
The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence
The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan
Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell
The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari (Balzano & Byrnes #8)
Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley
The Prodigal Sister by Laura Elliot [Review coming this week.]
MAY MUST READS
The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright (May 19 release)
Sea Glass Summer by Anne Kauffman (May 26 release)
The Amazing Journey by Grady Hicks (May 31 release)
One Murder More by Kris Calvin (June 1 release)
Sweet Forgiveness by Laurie Nelson Spielman (June 2 release)
READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
Snagged @ the Library – 50/50 DONE in April!
Cloak & Dagger – 18 / 40 books. = 45% complete
Historical Fiction – 17/25 books = 68% complete
What’s In a Name – 5/6 = 84% Still need a book with a body of water in the title.
Women Authors – 20/20 DONE in February!
Anything new with your blog in April? Did you meet your goals or participate in any fun features?