April & May 2021 Recap

Change often happens at a gradual pace. News and accomplishments quickly becomes part of your normal day-to-day as the novelty wears off and we move on to the next thing. Huge changes or life-altering events are oh-so easy to recall, but what about the small daily efforts that got you there? What about the other things that happened concurrently? I think those are worth something, too.

Not-So New and Improved

Some small additions to my website have been stealthily instituted. If you’ve ever wondered about the logic(?) behind my rating system for book reviews, wonder no more! A new page has been added explaining the method behind my three-star madness. I’ve also added some guidelines about my review policies in case you’re interested in having me on your ARC reader list or blog tour. I think it’s only fair for y’all to know up front that I’m a highly selective reader.

What makes a book “5-star worthy” for you?

A Numbers Game

This April I made my goal of 10/10 books for 2021 and got to bump myself up to a brand new goal of 20 total reads for the year. I celebrated with a new list of books I’m hoping to read sooner than later. The escalating goal is definitely working for me.

10 Middle Grade Books I Want to Read in 2021

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Color Me Happy

I hosted a super-fun Rainbow Week event in April as part of my #ReadByColor blog series. For seven days I shared colorful posts and photo challenges to highlight every hue. It was so fun, I’m tempted to make this a regular thing.

Follow my blog for weekly #ReadByColor posts!


My mom and I have an annual tradition of reading (or, in my case, attempting to read) a book every day in May, which we now host over at our kidlit blog, Middle Grade Carousel. I surprised myself by not only reading 31/31 books, but also managing to get a Bingo on May’s card. You can check out my full list of reading and my progress shots over here.

How many books do you usually read in one month?

Also Read

Because, no matter how many books you read, there are always more waiting for you.

Additional April – May Reads:

What was your favorite book this spring?

Hey, Girl!

In May I had the opportunity to share a guest post with the Just Girl Project on the topic of starting a writing career. I hope you’ll give it a read and maybe share it with a friend or two who might be ready to venture into the wonderful world of writing.

Graphic taken from The Just Girl Project. "5 Essential Reminders for Starting a Writing Career".

What tips or advice would you give to a newbie writer?

What’s the most interesting thing that happened for you this spring?

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