April 2017: Monthly Wrap Up

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April has been quite a busy month for this blogger, who’s been posting on the Interwebs for 8 months so far. While a bit nervous to put so much of myself out there for all to see, it’s been refreshing and powerful in many ways. Big changes since last month, which have surprised and delighted me.

Key Metrics in April

  • 83 Posts (average of 2.5 per day)
    • 30 – 365 Challenge
    • 43 – Book Reviews
    • 4 – TV & Film Reviews
    • 5 – General Blog
    • 1 – Trips & Visits

Note: This is 30% increase since last month, given a full month of the 365 Challenge has now occurred, plus the new topics for TV/Film Reviews and Trips/Visits.

  • Book Reviews
    • 8 – Books read in April
    • 35 – Reviews written from prior years

Note: This went down by about 25 % due to other commitments getting in the way.  I’ll get back on track for May.

  • Site Metrics (NEW)
    • 2375 – Views
    • 655 – Visitors
    • 76 – Followers
    • 1009 – Likes
    • 321 – Comments

Note: This has tripled since last month due to more people reading the blog, responding to book reviews and participating in the 365 Challenges.

*** April has officially been the blog’s best and most popular month! ***

What did I read in April 2017?  Let’s dive into the reading specifics…

In the month of April, I only read 8 books. Unfortunately, I was partially in a reading slump during the last week, and I had family visiting for 5 days in the early part of the month; as a result, I only had about two and a half weeks to read.

I began participating in the NetGalley ARC program and was awarded 13 books, of which 6 of these were! I’m half way to my first NetGalley badge!

Books included:

 The White Feather Murders
liked it
3- stars to Rachel McMillan’s The White Feather Murders, her third historical cozy in the “Herringford and Watts” mystery series. This book was a tough one for me to review as I had a hard time staying focused, but I did like the story-l…
Abigale Hall
liked it
3 stars to Lauren A. Forry’s Abigale Hall, a mystery and suspense novel I received via NetGalley and Skyhorse Publishing as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you to both for this opportunity, a…
The Distant Hours
really liked it

4 out of 5 stars to Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours, a beautifully written and compelling story of sisters, mothers and daughters across two different time periods set in London and rural England.Why This Book?


Jeopardy in July
really liked it

4 out of 5 stars to Barbara Venkataraman’s Jeopardy in July, the fifth book in her Jamie Quinn mystery series. I’m starting to love this series! It’s simple, direct and easy-to-read, but it makes for such a fun experience.Why T…

After She's Gone
liked it
3+ out of 5 stars to Maggie James’s novel, After She’s Gone, a new thriller and suspense novel released on March 16, 2017. I was tempted to give it a 4, but since it’s the first read by this author and left a few open concerns, I’m settl…
Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel
liked it
3 out of 5 stars to Jonathan Richards’s book, Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel, published in 2012. I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I had to look up the word “epistolary,” as I had no clue what it meant. Usually I’m good at determining…
Edited Out
liked it
3 out of 5 stars to E.J. Copperman’s novel Edited Out: A Mysterious Detective Mystery, the second in Jeff Cohen’s (author’s real name) “Mysterious Detective Mystery” series of books. It was really a 3.4999999 and I had to unfortunately r…

Favorite Book

  • The Distant Hours

Least Favorite Book

  • The White Feather Murders

365 Challenge – Daily Characteristics

  • Curious (20)
  • English (21)
  • Lister (22)
  • Short (23)
  • Wistful (24)
  • Obsessed (25)
  • Poetic (26)
  • Warm-blooded (27)
  • Scottish (28)
  • Pensive (29)
  • Sensitive (30)
  • Impartial (31)
  • Defensive (32)
  • Strong (33)
  • Judgmental (34)
  • Genealogist (35)
  • Thankful (36)
  • Goofy (37)
  • Passive (38)
  • Frustrated (39)
  • Spiritual (40)
  • Rich (41)
  • A to Z Favorites (42)
  • Mentor (43)
  • Ornery (44)
  • Neighborly (45)
  • Simple (46)
  • Healthy (47)
  • Generous (48)
  • A to Z LEAST Favorites (49)

365 Challenge Surprise

  • Thinking of the A to Z List… I needed something to take the place of my ethnic characteristics, and this took the place. I’ve got 3 great ones (very interactive) for May planned.

Overall Thoughts

  1. April was incredible. I never expected to have so much fun with the 365 Challenge.
  2. I need to focus on trips and vacations. Hope my memory is good for everything I’ve done in the past.
  3. I enjoy doing the TV/Film Reviews, but those take the longest to research the awards, star biographies, etc.
  4. I may limit myself to 3 GIFs per post, simply so the substance is not diminished in favor of humor. Plus, I need to keep each one to under 30 minutes for now, and eventually down to 20 minutes per post.
  5. Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really enjoying this.

Your Feedback

  1. I’ve added polls and ratings.  So far, here’s what you’ve said:
    1. Ratings
      1. 13 posts or pages received 5 of 5 stars
      2. 3 posts or pages received 4 of 5 start
      3. 5 comments got a thumbs up
    2. Polls
      1. Book Review Feedback
        1. 7 – Stellar and top of their game
        2. 2 – Very good but always room for improvement
      2. 365 Challenge Comparison
        1. 4 – Similar to Me
        2. 3 – In the middle
      3. Book Reviews Inclusions
        1. 9 – Comments on writing & style
        2. 8 – Comments on plot & character
        3. 6 – Comments on setting & descriptions
        4. 5 – Ratings
        5. 3 – Similar book recommendations
        6. 2 – Other
        7. 1 – Graphics & humor
  2. Please continue to provide feedback. And remember, I can’t tell who provided which ratings or poll responses: it’s all anonymous.
  3. Feel free to share any other feedback about what you’d like to see or not see.

May 2017 – Heads Up

  • Goals
    • 10 new books read
    • 40 reviews written for previously read books
    • 4 tags for reading
    • 4 Film & TV reviews
    • 4 Visits & Trips
    • 4 General Blogs
    • 31 “365+ Challenges
  • Completion of Genre / Author / Books / Series menu items and links

11 thoughts on “April 2017: Monthly Wrap Up

    susandyer1962 said:
    April 30, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Way to go! You had an awesome month!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Nel said:
    April 30, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    I’ve always thought about signing up for netgalley but I’m not sure I’d be accepted yet since I’ve only just started leaving reviews with substance on the books I read. Before it was just star ratings, haha. But I did get on a review team for one of my favorite authors so I guess that’s something! Great job overall with your blog! Can’t wait to see what May brings 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 30, 2017 at 8:23 PM

      Thx! I thought so too but I think they looked at my blog site and gave me a chance. I just started. Get ones I want half the time on average. Awesome on the author piece tho. That sounds great.

      Liked by 1 person

    Books, Vertigo and Tea said:
    April 30, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    You had a pretty successful month! I have really enjoyed all of the posts and reviews. I failed to accomplish as much as I originally planned, but it was due to factors out of my hands so I am ok with it. I did slack today though and skip a monthly recap 😛

    Liked by 1 person

    Sassy Brit (Reviewer) said:
    May 1, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Congratulations! I love how you add your Goodreads reviews in this post!

    Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    May 2, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    You had a pretty amazing month!! I just recently found your blog but I have been loving your posts!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Isabelle Hernandez said:
    May 2, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    I have been given like 5 NetGalley books and I never get to them! I’m so behind on reviewing them so I’ve felt super guilty! I wish you the best and it looks like you did awesome this month!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 2, 2017 at 10:40 AM

      Thank you. I appreciate it. I am a type A personality… whatever the netgalley archive date becomes my due date to read the book i get… it’s the only way to stay on top of them in my world. LOL

      Liked by 1 person

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