Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Month in Review for April 2017: Flowers and Snow Showers

Some of my minion/seedling army
April started out with mild temperatures and left with a few snow showers, which is unusual for my neck of the woods. After I had my May 2nd appointment with the neuromuscular neurologist, I was a bit put out to hear I'd need more testing and to have more doctors look at my case (particularly the way I walk, which the neurologist videotaped because it's unique). I wasn't really surprised, though, with the slow but steady pace that my diagnosis is proceeding. Anyway, I'm looking forward to more flowers in May.

Statistics:
 Total Posts: 8
  Total Critiques: 2
  Genres:
    Sci-fi: 2
    Part of a Series: 1

Most Popular Posts of the Past Month:
Three Cheers for Three Years! (And a Giveaway!)
Fortnightly Update #32: Feline Junk Food and a Rereading Spree
Fortnightly Update #31: A CT Myelogram and Back Again

Flashback Post (From a Previous Year):
"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

Pageviews for the Month: 1266
Comments: 23!

Reading Stats:



Books read this Month: 7

Book Stats:
Rereads: 3
First Time Reading: 4
Has a Diverse Main Character: 7
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 0 (Yikes!)
Female Main Character: 0
Male Main Character: 3
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 4
Genre:
 Historical Romance: 1
 Paranormal Romance: 3
 Urban Fantasy: 2
 Classics: 1
Published in 2017: 0
Published in 2000-2016: 6
Published in 1900s: 1
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 2
Traditionally Published: 5
Series Books: 6
Standalones: 1
Ebook Version: 7
Paper Version: 0
Favorite of the Month: Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) by Jeaniene Frost because there is a particularly hilarious revelation at the end of the book.
Least Favorite of the Month: Skin Deep (Legion #2) by Brandon Sanderson (the Benevolent)- because I have very high expectations of this author (as one of my faves), and this was a big letdown.
Most Interesting of the Month (or Book I Learned the Most From): The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton because this book is set in a period of time in which anarchy and its supporters is the big fear, and I quite frankly didn't know much about anarchy as a political movement before reading this. I gave it two stars because it ended very strangely in a pseudo philosophical way that I didn't appreciate.
From the-pile: 0
From the-invisible-pile: 0
Recently acquired: 4
Added to the-invisible-pile: 2
Books bought: 2

Ratings:
5 Stars: 0
4-4.5 Stars: 3
3-3.5 Stars: 2
2-2.5 Stars: 2


Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 3
Female: 4
Male/Female Team: 0
Diverse: 0
Not-so-Diverse: 7
Living: 6
Deceased: 1

Planning to Read This Month:


So far, I've already read 5 books in May (which surprised even me!). I need to read more diverse books, as those tend to make my ratings go up. As you may have noticed, save for my 3 rereads (which were the three 4 Star books), my ratings have been rather flat of late. I'm hoping with the increased rate of reading, I'll be able to find some excellent books again!

Happy Reading!


4 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear you haven't been having the best luck finding those gem books. It always makes for a boring month when every book just feels meh. Congratulations on reading 5 books already, though! I think I've been slacking off a bit; I'm already 4 books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge and have only read 1 book this month so far. Keep on being awesome, Litha! :)

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Sorry about your Goodreads challenge, Laura. :( You'll probably catch up over the summer though- that's what I always used to do.
      Yeah, I need to find some awesome books stat, but I'm worried that if I read some by my favorite authors that they'll also be low rated by me, and then I'd feel awful. So, I'm reading relative unknowns to me to spare their feelings. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Laura!
      ~Litha Nelle

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  2. Hey Litha! I noticed on Goodreads that a lot of your recent reads have been low rated, it stinks hitting a slump like that! It's great that you've picked up your reading pace again though, you've knocked out more than I have so far this month. :) I hope you find some goodies soon, maybe a new book from NetGalley? Octavia E. Butler's Earthseed books are up there, could be a series to check out if you haven't read the two already. Either way, I hope you have an awesome rest of the month!

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    1. Yes, it does! I have a feeling I may hit an excellent book sooner or later, but I definitely hope for sooner. I have a book from NetGalley that I accidentally agreed to review (apparently by clicking a link) but my main request (for Age of Swords) hasn't come through yet- hopefully I haven't been put on the naughty list for my slow-blogging ways. I do have Earthseed, but I am saving those for the summer/fall (or that's what I'm telling myself) because that's when I read them last year. I hope you have a wonderful May too, Jamie!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
      ~Litha Nelle

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