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April 2023 Wrap Up: I wasn’t here…


How many books that I planned did I read?

Well, it turns out I didn’t do a TBR post for April apparently?? But as I recall I had about 4 books I was loosely planning to continue or start, and of those I finished one, started another (but might abandon it…), and have one listed to begin for a buddy read in May. In total though, I read 12 books somehow.

The Plan:

The Result:

Key for April: Green = finished, yellow = in progress, white = not started

The Magician’s Daughter might end up being a DNF for me. It’s not terrible, it’s just not that interesting to me. It’s not catching me at all. I don’t care at all about any of the characters or what they’re going through, and the magic is kind of interesting but not enough to make up for the rest. I have so many other books I want to read right now that I don’t feel like giving time to a meh one for me. We’ll see if I return to it (about halfway at the moment).

Besides that, as you can see, I went on a bit of a tear there! I read a ton of nonfiction graphic novels after seeing a list of them my library posted with a ton of interesting titles. I’d been considering re-reading Anne Frank’s diary now that I’m an adult, so when I saw there’s a graphic novel adaptation I was a bit nervous but also curious about how they would transfer it to this medium. Her writing is shockingly mature at times for such a young girl, but then again so were her circumstances.

I also read a few more Buddhism-related titles with Eat the Buddha which focuses on the history of Tibet, and The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone which is a man’s take on Buddhism and the lessons about it he sees epitomized by his dog. I loved both, though they were very different tones.

For fiction, I had a lot of run, really. I read some romances and some fantasy stories, as well as a long-overdue thriller that’s been on my shelf literally since the day it published. Sorry, Pavone.

Considering I was also on a trip for about two weeks and didn’t read much during that time, I’m absolutely SHOCKED at how much I ended up reading. I came home and devoured a bunch of graphic novels, I think because I had read so little up to that point that I swung the total other way and read voraciously for the rest of the month!

Reviews posted in April


  • My reading was 58% nonfiction this month
  • My top genres were memoir (4), graphic novel (4), and romance (3)
  • I mostly read books that were reflective, emotional, or informative
  • My average rating was 3.04
  • I traveled to Ireland, England, Portugal, France, Tibet, The Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia. In the United States I went to Maine and California.


WELLLLL I finally took a vacation that was much needed. It was my first big international trip in years, which is long overdue. I used to do several a year pre-COVID, and am finally getting a chance to get back to it. This one was extra special because I met up with two good friends for the trip and it was awesome to spend some time with them. So that was excellent. ^.^

Honestly the month is divided into three segments for me: about to leave for my trip, on my trip, and just got home from my trip. I can barely tell you anything else that happened because that was my sole focus for my brain the whole month, and I love that. 🥰


Shockingly, considering I was gone for 2 weeks of the month and didn’t post much during that time, I did still surpass 6,000 views! Not sure why…

  • Views: 6395 (1240 more than Mar)
  • Likes: 98 (91 fewer than Mar)
  • Comments: 28 (90 fewer than Mar)
  • Followers: 427 total @ end of month

So it looks like my previous theories are still tracking: that comments and likes are more affected by post frequency and indicative of engagement than views are. I wasn’t posting consistently and didn’t read and comment much from other bloggers since I was away, so that took a big drop here as well. I did recently realize that I think ping-backs are being counted as “comments” in the WordPress stats so that’s part of why there’s a huge drop there. Anyway, I’m pretty unconcerned with the numbers here as always because I’m doing this for myself, ultimately, and I had other important focuses in April. ☺

Here are some of my favorite posts I worked on this month, in case you missed them!

And here are some of my favorite posts by other bloggers!


Reader, traveler, photographer, and always looking to learn!

9 thoughts on “April 2023 Wrap Up: I wasn’t here…

  1. Hooray for resuming travel! I’ve begun traveling again as well, and it shocked me at first how much I had missed it during the peak COVID days. I’ve been enjoying our buddy read of Addie LaRue so far, even if you’re way ahead of me at the moment. That’s one hazard of making it my bedtime reading… 😉

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    1. xD Well you ended up taking me over and finishing first so it all evens out in the end 😉 I’ve had an exceptionally unlucky week and not been reading or blogging much but I do want to chat more about it and share final reviews!


  2. Thanks for linking my review! It sounds like you had a busy but fun and productive month in April 😃 The first time travelling after the pandemic is such a great feeling. It’s awesome to hear that you had a wonderful time! I hope May ends up being a great month for you as well. Happy reading!

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  3. Oh my goodness your reading list was EPIC. I thought I had a good reading month until I came across this post – lol. And you got to go on vacation? (JEALOUS)
    I want to thank you in advance for all the great reads I have to look forward to now! I love that you’ve given me some unique options to choose from. I get really fed-up with your cliche “bodice-ripping” romance when there are so many other well-written and interesting reads out there.

    I know your reading list is already insane, but I thought I would recommend the Midlife Romance Series ( – there are only two books in the series, so far! This is a second chance at love, erotic read that is realistic, steamy, empowering and truly a romance for real women. This story is clearly written for women in the “messy” middle of life. The main character Lori is left by her husband of 20 years after dedicating her life to him and giving up on her own dreams to be the perfect wife and mother.

    However, she reconnects with an old friend and flame, Brandon, an FBI agent who has his own struggles. They have to juggle their kids, the distance, and all of the “adulting” issues that follow. They’re both fully developed characters with their own flaws and imperfections, which makes them relatable and easy to root for. The sex scenes are tastefully done, and overall, this is a great read for any romance fan. Let me know what you think if you check them out!


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