April 2017 | Wrap Up

Well, well, well, yet another month has passed – does anyone actually remember April happening? Because I sure as hell don’t know how it’s May already (cough it’s gonna be May cough) and yet here we are. I think a large part of that is due to the fortnight-long readathon that I took part in in the middle of April. The Tome Topple readathon meant that I focused more on getting through some hunkers of books rather than the amount of books read this month… which is my way of saying I didn’t read many books so there’s my excuse. Plus, with finishing up at my job, this month has seen me be a little bit preoccupied with one thing or another – that will change as we head into May and I (hopefully) get settled into my new work place with no huge problems. Mostly though, I am glad I got round to a couple of books that I was really long overdue to finish and I hope to continue this kind of finishing spirit into next month as I still have some A Song of Ice and Fire to catch up with. But, for now, let’s look back at how April’s reading went…

In April, I read a total of 4 books – 4 fiction and 0 non-fiction, amounting to 2036 pages in total, and, of these, 1 book was a re-read.

In terms of format: 2 were paperback, 1 was an e-ARC, and 1 was an audiobook.

And as for genre, very broadly speaking, books were fantasy and 1 was a classic.

Onto the books themselves…

Hard Times – Charles Dickens

Rating: 2.5/5 – review
Genre: classic
Pages: 304
Read: 29th March – 4th April
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books (Week 11); Mount TBR

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

Rating: 5/5
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 304
Read: 4th April – 7th April
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books (Week 47)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

Rating: 4/5
Genre: children’s; fantasy
Pages: 766
Read: 22nd February – 7th April
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books (Week 32)

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Rating: 4/5 – review
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 662
Read: 7th April – 15th April
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books (Week 22); Mount TBR

I am still in the middle of A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin; I was really hoping to have finished that one by the end of this month but reading has had to wait in favour of re-watching all the MCU films in preparation for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which I’ll be seeing tomorrow night. I’m sure you can understand that that took priority over reading, right?

I’m also kind of reading Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny – I got this as a digital ARC from NetGalley (yes, I’ve discovered NetGalley this month) as I’d heard some good buzz about it but I’m just not sure I’m the right target audience. It’s funny enough but I think I’d find the humour a lot more pertinent if I was half of a long-married couple, you know? I just don’t have the right life experiences to fully appreciate what it’s doing. We’ll see if I actually make it through to the end of it and manage to write a review – watch this space. Speaking of reviews, I’ll also be putting up a review of Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time closer to its publication date – this is easily going to end up as one of my favourites of this year so definitely one to watch out for. Other than that, April was pretty good, and I’m looking forward to seeing what May brings.

And, as a parting note, I’d like to announce that this post is officially my 300th post here on The Terror of Knowing. Thank you very much to all you lovely, lovely people who have stuck with me and this blog, whether that’s been for 1 day or 1 month or 1 year – it means a lot!

So that was my month but how did your April reading go?
What was your favourite book you read this month?
Please do share in the comments below and let’s chat books!


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