As I sit down to write this, I have no idea where I ended up. I know I didn’t write many Friday Reads posts, so let’s find out how I did!

April goal:

April’s reading goal is 4 books, including another essay/short story collection.

What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge)

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas
5* (Apr 9)
Review


Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss
3* (Apr 21)
Review (Goodreads)


Juliet’s School of Possibilities

Laura Vanderkam
3.5* (Apr 23)
Review (Goodreads)


The Child Finder

Rene Denfeld
4.75* (Apr 28)
Review (Goodreads)


Remote: Office Not Required

Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
3.5* (Apr 29)
Review (Goodreads)


Get in Trouble

Kelly Link
3* (Apr 30)
Review (Goodreads)


Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: Spring. Getting stuck on another book or two that I didn’t enjoy.

Diversity? YA, short stories, fiction, work culture, novella.

Star Ratings: I base this on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars:  5 books
  • 4 stars:  5 books
  • 3 stars:  4 books
  • 2 stars:  0 books
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 2 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books or Coffin Bell)

  • January – 993
  • February – 1232
  • March – 454 (ouch)
  • April – 1615

Coffin Bell Submissions: I used to include these because they took up so much of my time. I resigned my position as their short story editor in March so I could prioritize other projects.

  • January
    • 20 short stories
  • February
    • 14 short stories
    • 1 CNF (creative nonfiction)
  • March
    • 15 short stories

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books I’m 3 books ahead with 16 books.

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 73 physical21 Kindle
  • Feb 1 – 71 / 22
  • Mar 4 – 71/22 (huh)
  • Apr 3 – 73/23 (it was my birthday month)
  • May 1 – 73/23 (how?!?!)

3. Read 6 short story/essay/poetry collections – I’d really like to read double that number and I’m on track right now.

None of these books were particularly long, but that doesn’t negate the accomplishment of finishing them. I read 2.5 of them during our travel weekend at the end of the month.

For May, I’ll set a goal of 4 books. I’m working on some updates to both of my blogs (as well as my life), so look for that soon.

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