Um… so, I seem to have encountered some time-related difficulties.
The month of April was pretty much sucked down a black hole of being sick for three weeks, finishing my pharmacy technician training course, and attending the 10th annual (which was my first ever, but definitely not my last) JordanCon in Atlanta, Georgia.
Regardless, those of you who are inordinately curious about what I’ve been reading have probably nearly given up on waiting for this post. Never fear, faithful readers (and random internet stalkers), that update is here.
After a dismal lack of February progress, I managed to finish ten books in the month of March (some of which had been in progress for some time), and another four in the month of April, putting my total toward the Linzthebookworm/Logophile Reading Challenge at 19! (And the crowd goes wild!)
To begin, as I mentioned in the February update, I wanted to complete as many of the previously started books that were on my Goodreads “currently reading” shelf as I could. In February of 2017, I had started re-reading George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons using the A Feast With Dragons combined reading order, listening along with the Game of Owns podcast. The GoO crew are still slowly working through the books, two chapters at a time, semi-regularly… but I was ready to move these two books from in progress to completed, so after finishing Dickens in February, it was a complete change of pace to jump into the world of Westeros.
And I couldn’t just finish them without adding them to the challenge list, so I did the best I could, slotting A Feast for Crows into #26 (A book with an animal in the title), and A Dance With Dragons as #21 (A book that involves a mythical creature). That works, right? Close enough.
At that point, the only other in-progress read was one that I still intend to finish my blog series on *cough* so I hopped up to #1 and picked my Project Gutenberg selection, inspired by a recommendation from my sister-in-law and closest friend: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, by G.K. Chesterton. While I was visiting her for her birthday, she also made a number of suggestions for other challenge prompts, many of which I’ve incorporated in my plans. I will neither confirm nor deny that there is a hint included in this post. 😉 Stay tuned!
That was a pretty quick read, and I felt the need for more rapid progress, so my next selection was for #5, A book by Nora Roberts. I’ve read quite a lot of Nora Roberts over the years, and I’d started but not finished the Stanislaskis series – and I managed to have the third book on my Kindle that hadn’t been read yet *gasp* – so Falling for Rachel was the natural choice to check off the challenge list, as well as my somewhat insane unread books tracker.
Jumping back to #2 on the list, A book that costs less than $5, I decided to use one of my Amazon First Reads picks from last year, Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. It was free to me, but is still listed as $4.99, so I’m calling it that it still counts. It’s also a really good read, so there’s that.
Next up was a cozy mystery for #3. I’ve read dozens of cozy mysteries over the years, and I’m pretty sure two or three years ago for my Goodreads challenge I burned through a couple of dozen in about a month. As such, I usually have five or six hanging around on my bookshelf, or unread on my Kindle. I picked Framed in Lace by Monica Ferris for this challenge prompt.
And then, for the “wow there are wayyyyyy too many choices for this” category, I decided to pull another paperback from my unread shelf and finally got around to Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card to satisfy #6, A book that has been turned into a movie or TV show. Aaaaaaaaaand I loved it. The hype is real.
My intent was to try to round out Level 1, and started a book that was under 300 pages, but clearly I paid zero attention to the blurb on the back cover, and about a third of the way in I realized I should use it instead for #31, A book about a teacher. Hence Love, Deadly Love by Dorothy Bodoin was bumped to Level 3, and I pulled in another cozy mystery (Better Off Wed by Laura Durham) for #8, A book under 300 pages.
My last read of March was yet another cozy (I told you I had a lot hanging around). For #9, A book that takes place around a holiday, I went with Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle, combining two of my favorite things: cozy mysteries, and coffee. I love Coyle’s coffeehouse series, and hadn’t gotten around to this one yet.
For April, I began with one of my sister-in-law’s recommendations for #4, A comedy or satire book. After reading Bellwether by Connie Willis, I wholeheartedly understand why she loved it, and I look forward to some of her other suggestions.
As JordanCon was rapidly approaching, my next read was naturally Mystic, the debut novel by Jason Denzel, who was the 2018 author guest of honor for the convention. It worked perfectly for #13, A book by a new author.
I followed that well written coming of age novel with one that was… not. I mean, really. Really not. Not worth reading, not well written, and wow, if I hadn’t been determined to finish what I started, I would have deleted it off my Kindle and found something else to read for #10, A book with a one word title. In fact, I had originally planned to read Mystic for that one, and then when I realized it would fit better with #13, I scrambled to find another one with a single word title. The next two I planned to read, when I pulled them up on the Kindle, I realized they were one word followed by a colon and a subtitle, and I ruled them out on a technicality, and went with one that I’d originally downloaded for my failed attempt at last year’s Linzthebookworm challenge – Healing by Rachel Caid. I’m not even going to link to it because I so strongly do not recommend it. Ugh. Just… ugh.
After that I needed a palate cleanser to be sure, so I chose #11, A book you first read when you were a teenager. And while it’s aimed more at a younger audience, I first remember reading C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in high school.
And that’s that for March and April – the full updated challenge list below the jump!