Thursday, April 30, 2015

Month in Review for April: Gah- is That a...?

April has been an exciting/bewildering month for me, mostly because it doesn't seem I've been blogging a year. I also had my first blog-related dream the other night, but for the life of me I can't remember what I was typing up in it.

Midway through writing this post, I evicted myself from my room/office after spotting a mouse headed for my walk-in closet, so that is partly why this post took so long, and has a lot fewer photos than I planned. I cannot think with renegade mice crawling on my carpet, so I hijacked my mother's uber-slow laptop. Marcia the squirrel is fairly benevolent, in that she doesn't hide in my closet/scare me half to death when she appears. The mouse who is holing up in my closet... well... it makes me wish I had a cat again, is all.

 Total Posts: 15
  Total Critiques: 7
    Fantasy: 2
     Magical Realism: 1
    Part of a Series: 2
    Sci-fi/Dystopia: 1
    Steampunk: 1
    Out-of-Orbit: 1
    Urban Fantasy: 1

Most Popular Posts of April:
Victorian Soul Critiques's First Blogiversary Party and Giveaways!!!
O.o.O.C.: "The Pianist" by Władysław Szpilman
Confessions on One year of Blogging: Dos and Don'ts
One Year of Blogging: Favorite Posts, Reviews, and Other Experiences
Getting to Know This Strange Person Who Blogs Me
"The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1)" by Soman Chainani

Pageviews for the Month: 1400!
Comments: 22!

Reading Challenges Updates:

Snowflake and Spider Silk Bingo Challenge

Applicable Books:
From January:
Song of Blood and Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles #1) by L. Penelope (POC main character)
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger (New to me author)
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger (2nd book in a series)
Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger (female author)
From February:
Unseen (Unborn #2) by Amber Lynn Natusch (published 2015)
Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop (Urban Fantasy)
From March:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (written before 2000- it was first published in 1998)
Anthem by Ayn Rand (Novella/Short Story)
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes (Dystopia)
From April:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Humorous SF/F)
"The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1)" by Soman Chainani (fairy tale retelling)

I may do some rearranging later in the challenge, since that's allowed.

Travel the World in Books Challenge

Applicable Books:
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1) by Alexander McCall Smith (Set in Botswana- my first book set in Botswana)
The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman (Set in Warsaw, Poland)

Reading Stats:

Books read in April: 9

Book Stats:
Has a Diverse Main Character: 1
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 8
Female Main Character: 5
Male Main Character: 1
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 3
 Urban Fantasy: 1
 Contemporary/Mystery: 1
 Historical Romance: 2
 Fantasy: 2
 Science Fiction Dystopia: 1
 Memoir: 1
 Magical Realism: 1
Published in 2015: 1
Published in 2000-2014: 4
Published in 1990s: 2
Published in 1970-1989: 1
Published in 1900-1950: 1
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 1
Traditionally Published: 8
Series Books: 4
Standalones: 5
Ebook Version: 5
Paper Version: 4
Favorite of the Month: a Tie- Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman, and The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Least Favorite of the Month: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (It was good, but not my favorite because it was outside my usual genre diet)
From the-pile: 3
From the-invisible-pile: 2
Recently acquired: 8
Added to the-invisible-pile in April: 5
Books bought: 5 ebooks, 3 books
Pages Read in 2015 (according to Goodreads): 10986

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

Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 4
Female: 5
Diverse: 1
Not-so-Diverse: 8
Living: 8
Deceased: 1

Planning to Read in May (All Those Review Copies):

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith (Victorian Urban Fantasy)

*Doesn't have a cover yet, but it will be pretty*
First of Spring (Gardinian World #3) by Kelsey Jordan (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)

The Preview Edition of When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner (Is supposed to be Rothfussian Fantasy)

Upcoming Posts:

Hopefully I'll have some of those read-for-review books devoured soon, because that is all I have planned for "upcoming".

*hides from mouse*,


  1. You've had a very successful reading month for April! Haha I could lend you my cats - they're very good at catching stuffed mice that don't run away...

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Yep, April has been fairly successful reading-wise for me. I'm not sure your cats would be fit to catch this mouse- if I had blinked, I wouldn't have even noticed the sneaky little guy making a beeline for my closet, but thanks for the offer, anyway. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Laura!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Great progress on the bingo challenge! What fairy tale is The School of Good and Evil based on? I haven't heard of it before.

    All your author and blog stats remind me to keep updating my excel sheet with stats of what I've been reading. I'd forgotten about that...oops :)

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

    1. The School of Good and Evil is the school all the fairytales come from- or at least the villain and the hero/ine are supposed to- I consider it a non-traditional fairy tale retelling, since it's like Hogwarts for fairy tale characters.
      I just started tracking my reading stats, since I haven't before. It gives me a good idea of what genres/authors I've been neglecting.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Kritika!
      ~Litha Nelle


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