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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?