Monday, May 22, 2017

BOOK CHAT: April 2017 in Review

Whoa!  Wait a minute!

It's almost the end of May, and I am just now getting my monthly wrap-up post done.  What is going on here?!  Let me tell you ... this month has been crazy busy.  I have been back to the hospital with a loved one.  I attended a funeral back in my hometown for a family friend.  I've launched my new business (more information to come on that one!).  I've been working a LOT behind the scenes on two additional blogging projects.  And, the end of the school year is quickly approaching and I am swamped with stuff with my own kids and school stuff.  So, I've been here.  I haven't forgotten this little blog.  And, surprisingly, I'm still finding time to read!!  Okay, let's get to the details from April, and then we can talk some more about what's been happening in May.

I have two TOP POSTS from April . . . Weekly Wanderings:  Spring Into Horror Readathon had the most hits and comments, but Weekly Wanderings:  Spring Break is Coming did tie that one in the comments.

The TOP PIC for the month was this beauty from reading outside.  What book was I reading?  Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, of course.

My list of BOOKS READ in April was a bit short.  Thankfully, I can say that May will have more than this!
  1. The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
  2. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  3. Superheroes! by Laurence Maslon

Which of these three was my FAVORITE READ for the month?  I think I would have to say Superheroes! by Laurence Maslon.  I listened to this one on audiobook, and it was fun to hear real-life interviews with such artists as Stan Lee, and the number of random facts in this book proved to be intriguing.

So now let's talk MAY!  In case you missed it, I am hosting a readalong again this month over at Book Bloggers International.  We are currently chatting about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Well, I'm chatting about it.  Not a lot of people have joined in (yet), and this is a fun one to talk about.  Seriously, this may be one of my favorite books of the year!  Also, I am working on preparing for the big Armchair Book Expo (formerly Armchair BEA) event that happens next week.  For those that are not familiar with this event, it is one that runs parallel to and in partnership with Book Expo in New York City.  It features tons of interaction, giveaways, guest articles, and reporting from the event in NYC!  I am the only remaining founder of the event that remains active in the planning, and it takes a LOT of planning.  Last, but not least, I have launched my new business as an Independent Consultant for Usborne Books!  Probably not the best time of year to add something to my plate, but I am officially up and running and going for it.  Feel free to follow me over at my new Facebook page, Tif Hearts Usborne Books.  I will likely keep blogging and business life separate unless I am sharing general news during one of my Weekly Wanderings posts.

Phew!  What a month!  At the time that I write this, I officially have 12 days left of school + 3 days of trainings before I am officially on summer break.  And, I cannot wait for a little break!  I'm looking forward to extra sleep, extra reading, and extra relaxation.  Speaking of which, I'm going to go get in a bit of two of those things ... sleeping and reading ... right now!  

How was your month of April?  How is your May treating you so far?


  1. Sorry to hear about your friend. I hope your loved one is recovering well.

  2. Definitely sounds super busy.

    Congrats on your summer break and new business.

    I'm sorry about your friends and the funeral/hospital trips

    Hope you get plenty of reading, rest and relaxation soon.

    1. Paperback Stash ... Thank you. It's been a whirlwind month so far, and I'm so excited for summer break to hit for a little break filled with reading and relaxation!

  3. Whoa!! You've been crazy busy! I think it's awesome that you still find time to read and blog and host Armchair BEA. You're awesome!

    1. Jenny ... Thank you! I'm really wondering how I am able to do it. I think that I need to rethink everything I am currently involved it. Because it is a lot and maybe shouldn't be quite so much.

  4. A break sounds so good right now

    1. Tasha B. ... Right?! I'm so thankful that I have a three day weekend right now. I need a little break to make it through these last couple weeks of work and kids' activities.


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