Monthly wrap up: April

April has been a very satisfying month.

 One theme I touched upon was not being able to find the time to do what was best for me and instead focusing on jobs I felt I should be doing. It was my challenge for the month – and the results were satisfying!

I found a new way of organising my to-do list: writing go onto the list to make sure I took the time. I have never written as much of the novel in a month as this time around, and it’s scarily close to the end – I’m actually writing the final fight! Result!

It’s not fool-proof though; I still need to find a balance between the list and what I’m in the mood for. It’s a start though, and currently that is what I need to help me shift my mindset. I’ll carry on focusing on it this month and see what happens next.

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Being off for a week meant I thought I would be behind on my reading. I genuinely surprised myself when I looked at my list:

White Star Phase by Scott Beckman

White Star Phase by Scott Beckman

It wasn’t a good start to the month: this book was disappointing as it just felt like a set-up for book two. A full review is on its way, but I found this one a bit boring to be honest.

Shadowblade by Anna Kashina

Shadowblade by Anna Kashina

This one, however, was awesome. Multiple view-points, bad-ass female leads and some mind-control magic make for an interesting tale. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan

Her Husband's Mistake by Sheila O'Flanagan

Despite my tendency for fantasy, I do have a soft spot for Sheila O’Flanagan and this was a light, enjoyable read. Basically about a woman stepping out from her husband’s shadow, it was an empowering read that leaves you grinning.

Destroying Angel by S.G Maclean

Destroying Angel by S.G Maclean

I was so excited when I heard this was out. A full review is coming but it was a perfect addition to a historical fiction series: a who-dun-it set in Cromwell’s time – I love the characterisation in these books.

Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing by Ed McDonald

I’m hoping to continue the series this month, but it had been two years since I read the first one. Figured that was a good excuse for a re-read, and it was just as strong as I remembered. Very excited for the rest of the series now.

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

You all know what a fan I am, and this was no exception despite being science-fiction more than fantasy. A short story packed full of time-travel, life threatening illnesses and a rock steady group of friends prepared to stand up for each other. Loved it!

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

This has been on my TBR for a good few years and I finally got around to it. It’s a long book, but gentle-paced, an easy read and emotional; it has a very bittersweet ending. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed it.

How’s your month been? What have you been reading?

A Rambling Reviewer

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20 thoughts on “Monthly wrap up: April

  1. You read more than me last month! I haven’t actually heard of any of those books but Her Husband’s Mistake sounds like an interesting read. Might be another new author for me to discover. Thanks for sharing 😀

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  2. I read and enjoyed One Word Kill this month too. I’m glad all of the books are coming out in a relatively short space of time because I hate waiting for the rest of series.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

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  3. I have the same problem with to-do lists – I spend too much time doing all the little jobs that need to be done, and not enough time on the really important things that I want to do. I’ve started organising my to-do list for each day into 2 columns, with the most important things in the first column, and the less important things in the other column, and I only do the second column when I have finished everything on the first one! Sometimes I really don’t feel like doing a certain task though so I do something else!

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