April 2021 Month-in-Review

April was one of those where-did-it-go months.  There are months I stay busy, know I’m not reading, and fret all month about it.  April was almost over before I realized with shock I had only finished two books (I squeezed out a third on the last day of the month).

I paid similar scant attention to the blogs.  I got a decent amount up but didn’t realize until the end of the month that I had posted three reviews to Hillbilly Highways and zero to Every Day Should Be Tuesday.  At least I didn’t buy many books.

At least I got out into nature a bit this past month

It doesn’t come out until the end of the month, but my physical ARC of The Blacktongue Thief has been sitting beside my bed for weeks and weeks.  I finally cracked it open at the beginning of May and WHOA am I impressed.  Other than that, I need to get back to my first principles/foundation of the republic reading.  I have three big ones looming: I am going to start The Odyssey and The Federalist Papers on paper.  I decided to listen to the really big one, though.  Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire runs 126 hours and costs just one credit on Audible.  That will keep me busy for a while.

Life is slowly resuming some normalcy.  It remains awkward and difficult to get people to meet for coffee, but at least I’m asking.  I had a big-ish event in late April.  We followed state guidelines (keeping it much smaller than it would have otherwise been) and wore masks during the event, but we took the masks off for the pictures afterward and I ate and drank inside at various times through the weekend.  It was good to see old friends and interact in a largely normal way again.

I largely quit Twitter.  I actually made the change in March, but Twitter has become so irrelevant to me that I forgot to write about it in my March Month-in-Review.  I accidentally stumble over there about once a week and clear out my notifications, but other than automated tweets of blog posts and a brief interlude for our The Lost Boys watch party, I haven’t tweeted since late February.  And I haven’t missed it.  Originally I thought I would delete my account entirely, but I am so happy not tweeting that I might just leave the account derelict.

April Reviews

Books acquired

  • Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat by Robert Paarlberg
  • Inside Out by Barry Eisler
  • Scott Oden Presents The Lost Empire of Sol: A Shared World Anthology of Sword & Planet Tales

Books started

  • Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat by Robert Paarlberg
  • Inside Out by Barry Eisler

Books finished

  • Far from the Tree by Rob Parker (audiobook)
  • Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier
  • Inside Out by Barry Eisler

Mount TBR Counter

  • April: +0
  • Year-to-date: -2

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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3 Responses to April 2021 Month-in-Review

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Glad to hear you quit Twitter….

    Liked by 1 person

    • H.P. says:

      Speaking of things that make me want to quit a tech company, I see that the Block Editor destroyed my spacing again…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bookstooge says:

        I have to admit, I didn’t notice.
        I created a re-useable block, a 20pix spacer, to take the place of a double break. Saved it as Spacer1 and use it all the time. Now it shows up in my “most used blocks” so I don’t even have to search for it.

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