April in Review


Month in Review is a feature in which we wrap up what went on each month in terms of our blog, reading and other things in our life. Feel free to leave a link in the comments to your own monthly wrap up post so we can stop by.

on the blog…



Posted by John David Anderson Boneshaker by Cherie Priest Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley

Demon, Volume 1 by Jason Shiga The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron

Other Features:

Top Ten Must Have Merchandise for Harry Potter Fandom Monstrous Discoveries Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read Geekin’ Rewind: Lego Harry Potter, Into the Badlands and Iron Fist


 Dewey’s Readathon Challenge: A Book and a Snack

more personally…



Life: Last month having Spring Break really helped calm and cool me down. I was overstressed and ready to pull my hair out. I still had infrequent help at work, but my new assistant started on Friday and I’m so much happier now.

Reading: Wow! 26 books. I did up my Goodreads goal to 300 books. I’ve really been on a roll lately. All the readathons and down time have helped!

  1. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor
  2. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson
  3. Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile(Eddie Red Undercover, #1) by Marcia Wells
  4. El Deafo by Cece Bell
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1) by Jeff Kinney
  6. How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel (How to Train Your Dragon, #10) by Cressida Cowell
  7. Of Metal and Wishes (Of Metal and Wishes, #1) by Sarah Fine
  8. I Hate Fairyland, Volume 2: Fluff My Life by Scottie Young
  9. My Neighbor Totoro by Tsukigo Kubo
  10. Platinum End, Vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba
  11. Dream Magic (Shadow Magic, #2) by Joshua Khan
  12. Dreams of Gods & Monsters(Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3) by Laini Taylor
  13. How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero (How to Train Your Dragon, #11) by Cressida Cowell
  14. How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury(How To Train Your Dragon, #12) by Cressida Cowell
  15. The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
  16. Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco (Lunch Lady, #6) by Jarret Krosoczka
  17. Posted by John David Anderson
  18. The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) by Heidi Heilig
  19. Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
  20. Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire by Neil Gaiman
  21. Lumberjanes, Vol. 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson
  22. Injection, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis
  23. Injection, Vol. 2 by Warren Ellis
  24. The Shadow Cipher (York, #1) by Laura Ruby
  25. Another Castle: Grimoire by Andrew Wheeler
  26. The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides (Adventures of Kit Bristol, #1) by Ben Tripp

Challenges: Check out my 2017 Challenges

Audiobook Challenge: 5 books read (24/30)

Flights of Fantasy: 11 books read (54/75)

Full House: 0 books read (18/25)

Reading Assignment Challenge: 2 books read (2 each month)

Rock my TBR: 3 books read (Goal: 5+ per month)

Looking Forward:  I have to survive Bookfair Week and a couple other events at work this month, but the end is near! I signed up for Summer School and really could use the extra money so I’m crossing my fingers they’ll hire both of us librarians that are applying. I need to be better about blogging, I didn’t quite keep up last month.


Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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