Monthly Recap – APRIL Wrap-Up & MAY To-Be-Read List (April 30, 2017)

Posted April 30, 2017 by Geybie's Book Blog in Monthly Recaps / 68 Comments

Hi everyone, how are you? I hope you all are having an awesome weekend and a fantastic month. It is so bizarre how this month has passed too quickly. I’m going to share my April Recaps and May to-be-read list. I’ve read less than 12 books this month, which is less than I expected, but I did enjoy the majority of them. I had a fantastic reading month this month.

I’ve decided to not make any target in the future as I used to do. I think it is more fun to read as many books as I’m comfortable, not because I’m under pressure to reach certain number but because I enjoy and love the process.

I have a giveaway I’m gonna share next month; I’m teaming up with fellow book bloggers and authors. I’m also planning to join NetGalley, which is terrifying, but something I’m gonna try. It is terrifying since I love reading books under no obligation, so I’ll see if it is something I will enjoy.

I want to thank all of my fellow book bloggers. Thanks for all of your wonderful reviews! I’ve gotten a lot of incredible book recommendations, which I loved and enjoyed. You guys ROCKED! I will never be tired to say how happy I am for being a member of this amazing community. Starting a book blog is one of the best decisions I’ve ever done. 😀

April Recaps:

Book Reviews:

Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle Say I'm Yours (Return to Me #3) by Corinne Michaels Book Review - The Coppersmith Farmhouse (Jamison Valley #1) by Devney Perry Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen Book 5) by [Cole, Tillie] Black Hearts (Sins Duet Book 1) by [Halle, Karina] The Opposite of You (Opposites Attract Series Book 1) by [Higginson, Rachel] Murder of Crows: A Novel of the Others by [Bishop, Anne]

Book News:

Weekly Recap:


May TBR List:

Mister Romance (Masters of Love Book 1) by [Rayven, Leisa] The Brave Line by [Stewart, Kate] Vision In Silver: A Novel of the Others by [Bishop, Anne] Marked In Flesh (A Novel of the Others Book 4) by [Bishop, Anne] Etched in Bone (A Novel of the Others) by [Bishop, Anne] The Hard Truth About Sunshine by [Bennett, Sawyer]  Corrupt by [Douglas, Penelope] Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3 by [Kleypas, Lisa] The Chosen: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by [Ward, J.R.] Preppy, Part Three: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater (King Series Book 7) by [Frazier, T.M.]  The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Book 2) by [Harmon, Amy] The Night Mark: A Novel by [Reisz, Tiffany]

Books I’m currently reading:

Mister Romance (Masters of Love Book 1) by [Rayven, Leisa] The Brave Line by [Stewart, Kate]

The Link-Up:

I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Stacking The Shelves by Team Tynga’s Reviews, Mailbox Monday, Book Date, and Monthly Wrap-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.


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68 responses to “Monthly Recap – APRIL Wrap-Up & MAY To-Be-Read List (April 30, 2017)

  1. I think I also listened to 10-12 books this month which was way below my normal monthly count. I loved Etched in Bone! I’m listening to The Chosen right now. I wasn’t as thrilled with Devil in Spring and Silence fallen. Enjoy your May books!

    • 12 audiobooks a month is awesome!! Wow.. you are amazing.
      I did reach the goal two months ago but didn’t last month. It is frustrating to have a goal sometimes. I feel like a failure when I don’t reach it, which is not good. That’s why I quit. 😁

  2. Greg Hill

    Glad it was a great month! I had a pretty good one too after a slight dip in March. And yay for Netgalley!

    I also get lots of great book recommendations from other bloggers- some books I never would have discovered if I wasn’t blogging, so that’s one the best things about it! 🙂

    • Yeah, I know it’s scary. Especially when you don’t like them. Reading and reviewing them would be like a JOB. I’ve read some bloggers sharing about their experience. I’m still on the fence whether to join or not. I’m used to reading the books that have been recommended. Reading a completely new book needs some getting used to. 😆

  3. Beware Of The Reader

    It’s important to stiĺl enjoy reading so it’s a wise move. And Netgalley is fantastic. Thanks for gving me book ideas Geybie 😙

  4. Glad you had a great reading month. I know what you mean about the goals adding a lot of pressure to your reading. I have 3 challenges that I’m doing this year: Goodreads (200 books), Backlist Challenge (50 books), New Release Challenge (125 books). I get really stressed if I’m not keeping up or as far ahead as I would like to be. Right now I’m behind on my backlist because I read so many ARCs. NetGalley is great but it’s also dangerous. lol! It’s so hard to say no to all of those great sounding books!

    Hope you have a great week!

    • Wow, having three challenges is awesome. I can see why they can be a pressure, though. I hope you can reach all your goals at the end. I’m planning to have one this year, hopefully next month. Oh yeah, netgalley is scary. I’m afraid I’ll end up having too many responsibilities I can’t handle. I’m still on the fence about it. We’ll see. 😁
      Have a great week, too, Julie. Happy reading.

  5. Enjoy NetGalley, it’s great fun! A lovely perk of book blogging! And I gave up setting reading targets too as it made reading seem like a chore to me. Nowadays I don’t even check how many I read in a month.

    • Yeah, it’s supposed to be fun not like a chore. That’s been my fear. That’s the reason I haven’t joined netgalley and request lots of ARCs. I’m afraid of getting overwhelmed and giving up at the end.
      Anyway, have a great week, Trish. Happy reading. 😁

  6. Oh Yay for devil in Spring! SO GOOD!!!
    Netgalley is my nemesis. I want all the books, but I can’t read all the books!! Spending time on that site is dangerous for me! You will love it!
    Have a great month!

    • Devil in Spring has been on the top of my TBR. Oh yeah, That’s my fear, too, Sam. Requesting lots of books that I can’t read. I’m a single fighter here, as you are. Running this blog alone. It’s hard to do everything alone, so I want to keep it fun. 😁

  7. You had a great month. And it’s 100% best not to set yourself up to fail. I think you’ve got the right idea- just be very selective with NetGalkey and you’ll be Ok. I went crazy when I first signed up and it was impossible to keep up!

    • Thank you, Kim. You are one of the most productive blogger I’ve known. I’m a slow reader, That’s why I’m trying to motivate myself with the monthly goal. Ohh it didn’t work out. It only added the pressure. I need to do blog ahead. Maybe one day. Have a great week, too. 😁

  8. You still haven’t joined NetGalley! I urge you to 🙂 as an international blogger (read: books don’t get mailed my way cause it’s too far), NetGalley is my favorite and best source of books! It’s the only place I can pretty much get ARCs. It’s totally awesome. Also. It’s not that they’re gonna do anything to you if you don’t post a review 😀 Right now I’m STILL knee-deep in the consequences of my NetGalley spree from BACK IN LAST YEAR when I found out about it. 50 unread books or more! I’m not pushing myself. One day I’ll read them, slowly working my way through. So chill! It’s fine 🙂

    • Oh yeah I can feel you as an internasional blogger myself. My credit account has suffered. Haha. It would be cool to be able to choose the book that catches our eyes. But it’s also scary!!! Having had to read the books I ended up not enjoying would be tough. I’m used to read the ones that have been recommended so far. 😁
      Ohhh i know what you feel. 50 books is a lot. You can do it! 😁
      Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviewer has a challenge to tackle ARCs. Have you joined?

    • Wow, you read lots of books for pleasure. Yep, blogging should be fun. Anyway, 20 books a month is awesome! I don’t how you do it. You must be a very fast reader. I’m the opposite. I need two days to finish a normal length book.
      Anyway, have a great week! 😁

  9. I had one of the worst reading months in April and only read 2 books but I was so busy with other things so I’m trying not to beat myself up for it. I love setting goals but sometimes not living up to them can be overly disappointing. I’m happy about the 2 books I read, at least. 🙂
    Have a great week!

    • It’s ok as long as you enjoyed and loved them. I’m quite pleased that I loved most of the books I read. It’s frustrating sometimes, having certain goal to achieve. It takes away the fun of blogging when we don’t achieve it.
      Have a great week, too. Stacy. 😁

  10. I had a good reading month but only listened to four audibles. I’m always tired after work and since I like to listen while in bed, I often fall asleep shortly after I start the story. LOL I spy a bunch of books here that I’d like to read:)

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    • I’m planning on buying audiobooks. I’ve been wanting for a while but never done it yet. Hehe.. Glad to hear that you had a great reading month. I hope you have another great one in May. 😁

  11. It is very easy to go mad on NetGalley! I find it best to request 2 or 3, and not allow myself anymore until I’ve reviewed those ones. That way my stats stay good, I don’t feel burdened with arcs, and it means publishers are more likely to approve me as they see I follow though on reviews. Everyone wins!

    • Thanks for the advise, Trish. I’m gonna do the same. Getting overwhelmed by ARCs not only won’t be good for us but will affect our relationships with the publishers. Exactly my fear.

  12. Hope you get to read all of your May list. I see a Kleypas book – it’s on my wish list – been a while since I last read one of hers. Have a great week!

  13. Pussreboots

    April was a slow reading month for me as well. I was busy doing other things. Saturday was my the junior to cadette bridging ceremony in San Francisco. My daughter and I are sore and sunburnt from our adventure but we had fun. Come see what I’m reading.

  14. carolesrandomlife

    Ah NetGalley such a wonderful thing. I love it but it can cause a bit of stress with getting everything read on time. I have almost 100 books from NetGalley that I still need to read so don’t go too crazy with it or you will be playing catch up forever. Have a great May!

  15. Drangonfly

    Goals and targets do make me anxious sometimes but sometimes they do help as long as I don’t take them seriously. Like my Camp Nano. I would have not written 20K in a months if I didn’t have set up that goal. For reading I go with a ridiculously low one [I think I set up 40!] and then I enjoy being ahead 😉 Oh I didn’t know you were not in NetGalley! I think you’ll love it. It’s like a candyland/toyland for kids 🙂 I used to get stress with NetGalley. Not anymore 🙂 I’m very happy you decided to blog and join the blogosphere! I love your blog 🙂

    • Thank you. I love you blog too! Setting a goal can benefit us or the opposite. At this point it’s not doing me good. It makes me upset when I don’t reach my goal and it takes away the joy of blogging. Anyway, congratulations on winning NaNoWriMo. You’re AMAZING! 😁👍🏻❤️

  16. 12 books is good; I try for 15 a month but won’t get stressed if I don’t get there. NetGalley is wonderful although it can be overly tempting. I must admit I get annoyed by those who have received and read thousands without any feedback. That doesn’t seem right to me.

    Looks like you had a mixed reading month but some good ones in the mix. Enjoy your week and Happy Reading!

    • I didn’t reach 12 books last month, only eight unfortunately. 12 is my goal but it’s too stressful to reach. Yep, NetGalley is scary. I’ve just made an account but haven’t requested many, only 1 so far. I’m trying to be careful, especially this month, since I have lots of books I’ve purchased that haven’t been read yet.
      Have a great week, too, and happy reading! 😁

  17. I like the Lisa Kleypas books but haven’t read her latest yet. Hope its great. I see good advice about NetGalley from others. It is so important to read for enjoyment and sometimes a review schedule can be a pressure that takes away some of that enjoyment.

  18. If you’re going to join NetGalley, here’s a word of advice (hope I’m not too late!)—often when people first join, they request LOTS of books, thinking they won’t get approved right away and then they get approved for more than they expect to and get overwhelmed. Also, just so you know, (because most of us don’t when we first sign up) there’s a percentage rating attached to your account that shows the ratio of books you have been approved for to the ratio that you’ve actually reviewed. The recommended rating is 80% or higher (meaning you’ve sent reviews for 80% of the books you’ve requested). It’s okay to send a review that says you DNF’d the book—that’s better than never sending a review at all.

    I know you’ve been blogging for a little while, so you might already know these things, but lots of bloggers stumble into NetGalley and end up being really confused or overwhelmed, so I thought I’d mention it! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the tips, Nicole. I’ve just known about the ratio. I had no idea about it. I’ve just created an account and only requested one book so far but am planning on requesting more. Your tips really help me to be more careful now. Thank you.

  19. I’ve received only 3 books from Netgalley and one of them was in a format I couldn’t download to read. I think that definitely hurt my chances of getting a more popular book. Good luck with your account.

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