Blogging April A to Z Reflections Post

The BLOGGING APRIL A-Z has now finished. I decided to take a few days to think about this year’s challenge, before publishing my reflections post. As usual, I loved the challenge, even though it does make for a busy month. This year was my sixth year participating, but not all were on this blog.. Including 2020, I have participated twice on this blog, and three times on my blog, Tracking Down The Family and twice on my other blog, Next Phase In Fitness & Life The reason the numbers don’t add up is that in 2017, I participated on two blogs in the one year.

What I Am Happy About

I had made a long term plan and had read all books by January

By the time the challenge website opened, I had written rough drafts for most posts

Almost all posts were written and ready to go before the challenge started, even though there was usually a final edit needed.

I visited many great blogs on a huge variety of topics and themes

There were many comments made on my blog and there were comments from bloggers other than book bloggers.

I loved that bloggers told me about their favourite books.

A relationship developed with a few bloggers that I hope will continue

Facts

Star Rating on books reviewed:  5 Star – three books, 4.5 star – six books,  4 star – nine books, 3.5 star – 7 books, 3 star – one book . My star rating is based on enjoyment, not literary merit, so, happily, most of the books I reviewed were enjoyable to read

My favourite book reviewed was Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.

Ten books reviewed were written by Aussie authors

Multiple books written by one author: There were two books written by Stephen King and two books written by Dervla McTiernan. Two books were written by James Patterson, but they were co-authored by different authors.

Eighteen books were fiction and eight were non-fiction

Twelve books were written by female authors, with sixteen written by males. One of James Patterson’s books was co-authored by a female author.

The Challenges

The posts that weren’t written by the start of the challenge were left until the last minute. Those posts were for W X Y Z

We had no phone or internet and patchy mobile service, for the first two weeks of April

As usual, the time I had to read, comment and reply to posts was limited. I intend to do more of this over the next two weeks.

Challenge Future

All being well in my life, I will be back for A to Z in 2021. I have decided that next year I will participate in the challenge on Tracking Down The Family, my family history blog. Just for a change, I don’t need to spend a whole year trying to come up with a theme for 2021 as I already have settled on one. But that’s a story for another day…..

A-Z Challenge 2020 List of books reviewed 

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A-Z Challenge 2020 List

The April A-Z Blogging Challenge is now over. My theme was book reviews and I posted a  review here every day in April. Here is the complete list of reviews. Hopefully you will find something interesting to read in the list.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Burke and Wills by Peter Fitzsimons

Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine

The Dry by Jane Harper

Erebus by Michael Palin

Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright

Good Dogs Don’t Make it to the South Pole by Hans-Olav Thyvold

Half the World in Winter by Maggie Joel 

The Inn by James Patterson & Candice Fox

Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell

Kin by Nick Brodie

The Lost Boys by Paul Byrnes

The Memory by Lucy Dawson

Needful Things by Stephen King

On Writing by Stephen King

Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

Quick by Steve Worland

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Unsolved by James Patterson and David Ellis

Vengeance by Sue Grafton

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White

The Ex by Alafair Burke

.Yes My Accent Is Real and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You by Kunal Nayyari

Zodiac by Sam Wilson

 

 

 

Theme Reveal – #atozchallenge

April A-Z Challenge

One of the highlights in the blogging year for me, is the April A-Z Challenge. I have participated every year since 2015 on each of my three blogs. One year, I even took the challenge full on and participated on two blogs. This was a huge committment and I really didn’t enjoy it that year, as I was constantly under pressure, for the entire month. But every other year, I have loved this challenge and found so many positives in being involved.

The 2020 April A-Z Challenge is now almost here. Starting on April 1, the challenge is to publish a post every day in April, except for Sundays. That makes 26 day, so one day for each letter of the alphabet. April 1 is A, and so on through the month to Z.

Using this premise, you would start beginning April 1, with a topic on something with the letter A, then on April 2, another topic with the letter B, and so on until you finish on April 30, with a topic based on letter Z. The theme for each day is the scheduled letter for the day.

This challenge started in 2010, when it was first presented to bloggers, who didn’t hesitate to get on board. The number of bloggers participating every year has grown and is now huge. Also huge, are the variety of blogs and blog topics.

Theme Reveal 2020

Most bloggers choose a theme for the A-Z Challenge, but it’s not necessary. Today, there is much excitement amongst the participating bloggers, as today is ‘Theme Reveal Day.’

My theme is Book Reviews. Each day in April, I will post a new book review from A-Z. Books reviewed will be all genres. My only stipulation is that they are books that I have read. My policy is that I don’t review books that I have not read.

I am very much looking  forward to reading about the themes that have been chosen by other bloggers. This is part of the fun of the A-Z Challenge.

I would love you to join me. To keep up with the latest book reviews, please pop your email address in the box on the sidebar. This will ensure you are notified of updates.

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge:

You can find my other blogs here: Next Phase In Fitness & Life and Tracking Down The Family

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WWW Wednesday

I came across WWW Wednesdays through a book bloggers link up, and was immediately interested in the premise. The blog was Taking on a World of Words .

The idea of WWW Wednesday is to publish a post answering three questions. Those questions are:

  •  What are you currently reading?
  •   What did you recently finish reading?
  •   What do you think you will read next?

It isn’t my intention for WWW Wednesdays to be a review post but just a short post about what I’m reading and what might be in my tbr pile. I’m also going to include audio books listened to, so there may be two books mentioned in the answer to each question.

Currently reading

The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science

The Cloud Leopard's Daughter (The Smuggler's Wife #4)

The Cloud Leopard’s Daughter by Deborah Challinor Book #4 in the Smugglers Wife series.  Audiobook

Recently finished reading

Band of Gold (The Smuggler's Wife #3)

Band of Gold by Deborah Challinor:  Book #3 in the Smuggler’s Wife series. #audiobook

Reading next

The Pilgrimage : A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom - Paulo Coelho

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho An account of the author’s pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, across Spain

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WWW Wednesday

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I came across WWW Wednesdays through a book bloggers link up, and was immediately interested in the premise. The blog was Taking on a World of Words .

The idea of WWW Wednesday is to publish a post answering three questions. Those questions are:

  •  What are you currently reading?
  •   What did you recently finish reading?
  •   What do you think you will read next?

It isn’t my intention for WWW Wednesdays to be a review post but just a short post about what I’m reading and what might be in my tbr pile. I’m also going to include audio books listened to, so there may be two books mentioned in the answer to each question.

Currently Reading

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time: by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The inspiring account of one man’s campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia.

Band of Gold (The Smuggler's Wife #3)

Band of Gold by Deborah Challinor:  Book #3 in the Smuggler’s Wife series

Recently Finished Reading

Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass by Lee Chrtistine: A shocking discovery deep in the Snowy Mountains. A killer who will do anything to keep secrets buried

Reading Next

The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. Stories of personal triuh from the frontiers of Brain Science.

 Linked to WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesdays

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I came across WWW Wednesdays through a book bloggers link up, and was immediately interested in the premise. The blog was Taking on a World of Words .

The idea of WWW Wednesday is to publish a post answering three questions. Those questions are:

  •  What are you currently reading?
  •   What did you recently finish reading?
  •   What do you think you will read next?

It isn’t my intention for WWW Wednesdays to be a review post but just a short post about what I’m reading and what might be in my tbr pile. I’m also going to include audio books listened to, so there may be two books mentioned in the answer to each question.

Currently Reading

Good Dogs Don't Make It to the South Pole

Good Dogs Don’t Make it to the South Pole by Hans-Olav Thyvold: This story is told through the eyes of a dog as it makes it’s way through life, experiencing all the ups and downs, such as ageing, death, separation, friendship and much more. The author was born in Norway and this book has been translated into English.

Unsolved (Invisible, #2)

Unsolved by James Patterson & David Ellis – Audio book: The second book in the Invisible series featuring FBI agent Emma Dockery.

Recently Finished Reading

The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: A lovely story for booklovers about a bookshop on a restored bargeon the Seine. The bookshop owner calls himself a ‘literary apothecary’. He has a sense of which book is the right book for each of his customers.

The Memory

The Memory – audiobook. A psychological thriller about families and the secrets they keep from each other.

Reading Next

Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine: I know very little about this book, as usually, I like to start reading a book without knowing what to expect. I do know that the story is a crime, set in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, Australia.

Making Peace

Making Peace by Fiona McCallum – audiobook: Does one single act of kindness have the power to turn someone’s life around. This sounds interesting.

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