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


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