All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.

– John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies

I’ve been thinking lately about starting a monthly round-up because not only is it a great way for me to look back at what’s been going on for the month, but it’s also a fantastic way to share the blogger love by highlighting some of the great posts I discovered during the month. Which I now really need to make a list of as I find them because I had to go back through my Bloglovin’ to find the ones I saw.

Reviews for the Month

The Girl in the Ice – 5 stars – Robert Bryndza’s chilling crime thriller about disgraced DI Erika Foster as she investigates the death of a socialite

The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden 1) – 3 stars – The start to A.R. Torre’s erotic thriller series about a woman who traps herself in an apartment to keep from murdering others

Do Not Disturb (Deanna Madden 2) – 3 stars – The second of A.R. Torre’s series, Deanna is being hunted by a predator who doesn’t realize who he’s messing with

If You Dare (Deanna Madden 3) – 2 stars – The conclusion of the A.R. Torre series where Deanna’s sins may have finally caught up with her

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles 4) – 5 stars – The fantastic and action-packed conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s sci-fi/fantasy YA series in which the gang kick butt

Top Posts

How I Fight Blogging Jealousy – I bring you through the stages of succumbing to and resisting blogging jealousy and ask you how you cope

What Makes a Strong Female Character – a discussion about what qualities make up a strong female character and stereotypes/tropes

Blogosphere

Jessica @ Book Serendipity shows you How To Come Up With Blog Post Ideas When Your Brain Feels Broken – I like tip #3 about updating older content

Jeann @ Happy Indulgence lets you know Why You Should Read the Chaos Walking Trilogy – I adooorree this series and absolutely agree. Jeann reviews the entire series for you.

Tori @ InToriLex talks about the poet behind Beyonce’s Lemonade in her Book Scoop – I was seriously educated by this post, I had no idea. When I watched the video, I wondered about the words and where they came from, and now I know

Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook has a Twitter Chat Calendar for bookish chats, so you don’t keep missing them like I do! This wasn’t posted in April, but I discovered it in April, and it was wildly helpful to me, so I’m including it

Amanda @ Nellie And Co. made a list of 50 Beautiful Bookstagram Accounts You Need in Your Feed – I’m just getting started with Bookstagram now (super late I know) so I know I’ll be adding people from this list

Jaime @ The Perpetual Page Turner shares her thoughts On Reading Harry Potter For The First Time At 30 – I adored this post. It was honest and emotional and showed that you can read a children’s book for the first time as an adult and still have a fulfilling experience

Karina @ A Reader Under the Sea shows you how to you can go about Making a Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter – Uh yes please! Learn how to make your very own budget-friendly DIY map

Alexandra @ Twirling Pages gave you an aesthetics rundown and tutorial in her Book Aesthetics 101 – I didn’t even know this was a thing, so it was cool to learn about it. Since then I’ve done one myself and hope to try more! And maybe next time I won’t spell aesthetics wrong so someone will actually see it 

Life Updates

Etsy Shop…

I am in the planning stages of launching a bookish apparel line on Etsy. So far I have about 13 designs and a manufacturer lined up. I’m just waiting for Etsy to approve my outside manufacturer application, and then the shop will be up. And if they reject me then I’ll still open the shop, but it will be on the website independent of Etsy. Stay tuned! I’ll be posting a coupon code on the blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to give everyone a discount code for the first week.

Writing…

I am still editing bleeehhhhhhh. I got feedback from two of my critique partners who were super super helpful. I found then on AgentQueryConnect, and they were a Godsend. And I’m still going through the manuscript (MS) with my in real life friend/critique partner. After I do these last edits with her, I will be leaving the MS alone for one week. I will force myself. Then I will read it one more time and then I’ll be FINISHED. And the querying can finally, finally begin.

Nutrition/Fitness…

I purchased a FitBit. It was a ridiculous amount of money, but I don’t even care. I’ve been using it to track my eating and make sure I’m not taking in more calories than I’m burning. And it’s also been tracking my calorie burns for running (accurate and in real time) and strength training (have to enter in manually ). And it tells me how many steps I’m taking, so I’m more conscious of it and move much more now.

Goals for Next Month

  • 200 Twitter followers
  • Review an ARC
  • Take at least 20 pictures for Bookstagram
  • Finish my damn MS
  • Do a Twitter Pitch Contest once I have that MS done

What did you get done in April that you’re proud of? What are your goals for May?

Let me know in the comments!