Hooray and three cheers!
1. It’s BooksYALove’s fourth birthday!
2. I successfully completed all 26 days of the AtoZ April Blog Challenge (as entry #785). I didn’t have time to visit many AtoZ bloggers, didn’t get many comments or new followers (all the reasons we usually do blog challenges), but I did post on-time every day according to the alphabet and recommended 25 books, which is why I forced myself to do AtoZ during such a busy time for me.
3. For the TBR2014 Challenge (I’m #30 on list), I’m now up to 30 titles toward my goal of recommending 50+ books with 2013 (or older) copyright dates during this year!
Here are April’s 20 additions to my TBR2013 list – just click on the title to get my no-spoiler review in a new window:
All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens – India’s independence fight and a young British lady’s heart
Americus – graphic novel about freedom to read, book-banning, and bullies
The Apprentices (Apothecary, book 2) – friends battle Cold War peril to save the world
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – beautiful boy, terrible talent, death by the shore
Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself
The Butterfly Sister – literary mystery as college tragedy repeats itself?
Control – in 2051 un-United States, genetic diversity is illegal and profitable
Dead Ends – missing dads, finding friends as unlikely allies
Forget Me Not – dead to classmates through social media; paranormal limbo
Hypnotize Me (book 1 of The Hypnotists) – a powerful gift, wrong hands grasping for him
Little Fish: a Memoir From a Different Kind of Year – graphic novel of small town graduate moving to big city college
Mountain Dog – novel-in-verse of lonely boy, rescue dog in training, hope for safety
Riese: Kingdom Falling – princess faces war and treachery
Screwed – pregnant, disowned, rescued, redeemed
When You Were Here – searching in Tokyo to answer California questions
Where Stars Still Shine – kidnapped by mom as tot, returned to family as teen
The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots
Will in Scarlet – young Robin Hood legend begins
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope – first of trilogy, forsooth!
A Wounded Name: A Tragedy – Hamlet at boarding school, from Ophelia’s perspective
If a blog challenge sounds like fun to you, join me in the WordCount Blogathon in June – a very supportive community of bloggers, lots of suggestions for posts, connections to find/become a guest blogger, and a chance to “build up your blogging muscles” by posting all 30 days of June. Registration opens in mid-May.
Taking a breather from daily postings in May, but still planning to recommend a few books every week,
(clipart of birthday cake with 4 candles courtesy of OCAL on clker.com: http://www.clker.com/clipart-birthday-cake-four-candles.html)