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Monthly Wrap Up: April 2023

There's something satisfying about looking back at what you've accomplished. It can inform where to go next or a goal to add or change. It can push you to achieve more, or to change the balance in your life. For me, looking back at what I did on the blog inspires me to keep going. And looking back on what I read actually puts some perspective on my reading life. It serves as a checkmark, a period, an end and a new beginning to start a new month instead of having all the days and months just run into each other.

Here's what my Reading April looked like.

By the numbers:

I read 11 books

2 fantasy

4 mystery/thriller

1 general fiction

2 historical fiction

2 nonfiction


2 were ARCs

2 audio books

graphs from Storygraph

Books by their ratings:

The Winners by Fredrik Backman

The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth (ARC)

Tell Me Everything: Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse

Boundary Waters #2 by William Kent Krueger

The Maid by Nita Prose

Spine Poems by Annette Simon

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis (RTW Uruguay)

Finlay Donovan is Killing It #1 by Elle Cosimano

Hammered #3 by Kevin Hearne

Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo

What Have we Done by Alex Finlay (ARC)

1 DNF book

Challenge Progress

I'm making progress but this chart shows me I need to read more nonfiction and start on my bookish books list!

Chapter 2 of COYER (clear out your e-reader) starts May 1 (join anytime) and the organizers have created a game..... you earn points for the various categories of books you read focusing on books you already own. If you'd like to join, check it out here.

Hope you had a great April and now I'm officially starting to look forward to spring. Spring in Seattle is typically in the 50s and pretty rainy. Finally we've had a few dry and warm (mid-70s) days and I feel rejuvenated.

How did your reading life treat you in April? If you'd like to share your monthly wrap ups, link up with others at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for the April round up. Nicole puts up a new linky at the end of each month.

Welcome to Bookshelf Journeys.

It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.


For your convenience, I use #hashtags in the reviews and when you click on one, you'll find more books with that theme. Hopefully you'll find it a helpful way to navigate the site and find books you'll enjoy. I've also recently added tags that will show up at the end of each review that serve the same purpose.

The review ratings are based on a 5 star  (1/2 stars sometimes) system with a 3 being an average read for me. I hope you find that helpful. Knowing, of course, that all opinions are just that - my opinion!  Let me know if you agree or disagree - I'd love to hear from you.

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