It is finally May, and that means it’s time to update you all. April was one of the hardest months for me, personally. As many of you know, we had a few health scares with my aunts, and Calcifer needed emergency surgery for a blockage. Everyone seems to be doing well, and Cal is currently lying on a mat next to me as I type this. He is still in the critical ten days post-surgery, but with luck, hope, and good vibes, he should make a full recovery.
With COVID-19 happening around the world, my anxiety has been pretty high. Usually, when my anxiety is through the roof, I rely on reading to get me through and escape for a bit. Unfortunately, my stress has been way too high, and I failed to focus on anything, let alone focus my attention on a book. I didn’t get much reading or blogging done in April, but I’m hoping with the start of May, I’ll be able to start reading again.
Even though I didn’t read as much as I usually do, I did force myself to read a few books. Now, I know that some of you may judge me for counting these books on my reading challenge, but here’s the thing, reading is reading. My challenge doesn’t invalidate your challenge. If you only want to count books that are 120 pages or more than great! I’m proud of you. If you only want to count books that are picture books, that is great! I’m proud of you too. Reading is so subjective, and I’m a firm believer in reading and counting anything and everything you want to. We are readers because we read.
With all that said, I appreciate you all. Thank you for sticking with me through the ups and downs.
April Reading Stats
- Books Read: 36
- Hours listened: 4 days, 16 hours & 50 minutes
- Pages Read: 3257
- DNFs: 6
- Books read: 6
- Hours listened: 0 days, 13 hours, and 5 minutes
- Pages Read: 224 (about 600 less than what I read last month!)
- Days per book: 3.25
- Pages read per day: 26.92 – a large drop from 33.70.
- Hours listened per day: 55 minutes and 57 seconds
- Books read per month: 9 (I’m surprised this only dropped by one book)
- DNF’d books per month: 1.5
- Art/Photography: 1
- Biography/Memoir: 1
- Business: 1
- Fantasy: 4
- Folklore/Fairytales: 2
- General Fiction: 3
- Graphic Novel: 6
- Humor: 1
- Picture Book: 2
- Play/Theater: 1
- Romance/Erotica: 9
- Science Fiction: 1
- Self-Help/Inspiration: 2
- Social Science/Current Affairs/Political: 1
- Travel/Food: 1
Most read genre is still Romance/Erotica!
Backlist vs. 2020 releases
- Backlist books: 20
- 2020 releases: 16
Fiction Vs. Nonfiction
- Fiction: 26
- Nonfiction: 10
- Print: 6
- Digital: 13
- Audio: 17
- Adult: 25
- YA: 6
- Middle Grade: 4
- Children’s: 1
Favorite book this month was Rascal by Jean-Luc Deglin
This book was super adorable, and I loved how it showed the good and bad parts of owning a cat. It was a great read that most cat lovers will enjoy.
Books Read in April:
- The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez – 4 Caffeinated Stars
- Rascal by Jean-Luc Deglin – 5 Caffeinated Stars
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling – 4 Caffeinated Stars
- It’s Not About You by Tom Rath – 3 Caffeinated Stars
- Hypnosis – How to Hypnotize Anyone: The Beginner’s Guide to Hypnotism by Kyle Faber – 3 Caffeinated Stars
- Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow – 5 Caffeinated Stars
Did Not Finish (DNF’d):
- Books I did not finish (DNF’d): 6
- Hours wasted: 13 hours and 37 minutes
- Unlistened to hours: 17 hours and 21 minutes
- DNF’d pages read: 250
- Unread Pages: 954
- Days lost reading: 18
- Romance/Erotica: 3
- Sci-Fi: 2
- Fantasy: 1
7 thoughts on “April 2020 | Wrap-Up”
I’m so proud of you! I love how you recognize reading as a highly subjective activity and validate everyone’s individual preferences. I also think reading is reading. 💕 Good vibes to you, your family, and Calcifer.
Thanks! Reading is reading and I wish more people understood that. ❤️
I love how thorough you stats are. I’m currently writing my wrap-up post (that’s a lie obviously, I’m reading other peoples wrap-ups and bloghop, dammit) and it’s definitely not that clean. 😅
And six books is still a great number. I don’t think it’s important how much you read as long as you enjoy it in itself.
I ended up using a spreadsheet that book riot put out & then added and removed things I didn’t need. I love getting all of the stats and everything!
Honestly, I feel so validated right now. I’ve been reading all novellas for my book bingo challenge, and I’ve been excusing it as “it’s not a race, so I’m not giving myself an unfair advantage or anything.” But, honestly, who cares?
I’m glad Calcifer is doing well, and that the health scares passed! I hope your anxiety reduces (it’s been pretty sh*tty for me, too). ❤️
Yep, read what you can right now. If someone has an issue that is their problem and not yours.
I hope your anxiety lessens as well!