So my TBR for April is a little crazy because I’ve been buying more books than I realized, and my self-imposed three-month time frame for letting books sit unread on my shelves is going to start kicking in this month!
In keeping with my goal of reading books within three months of purchase, I have several books I bought at the end of January that need to be read by the end of this month. A couple of them are super short, so I’m not too concerned about them, but some of the others are rather long.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is, unlike the title, relatively short, and I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, so I think I’ll get to it sooner rather than later. I’ve been interested in this book for a while and bought it after Jenica from Firewhiskey Reader included it in her list of Best Misc. Genre Books of 2017, and then Emma Watson picked it for Our Shared Shelf, and then I just somehow never got around to reading it…That’s what this three-month goal is for!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is another book I keep hearing rave reviews about. I actually think I’ve only heard one or two mediocre reviews, and then a ton of people saying it’s one of their favorite books of the year, if not of all time. So I’m very excited to see what all the fuss is about!
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I feel like I just bought Crazy Rich Asians, so I have no idea how it’s been on my shelves for almost three months already! I first heard about this from Joce at squibblesreads, but I’ve heard a number of other people say how much they enjoyed this series since then. Although this book is long, I think it’s going to be a fun read, and I’m looking forward to it.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My understanding is that Station Eleven was really popular several years ago, so I’m pretty late to the bandwagon, but I bought this book because I do still hear people talking about how good it is. I’m not sure it’s something I would have picked up on my own, but I’ve heard so many people with different reading tastes talk about how much they like this book, so I’m excited to give it a try.
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I’m a really big fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, so I’ve been wanting to get a copy of My Own Words for a while now. I finally got it when I placed an order on Book Outlet, and I’m excited to read it and learn more about such an inspiring person!
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti is super short, so I anticipate no issues reading it this month! I actually don’t know what it’s about other than that it’s a scifi novel, but I’m excited to check it out.
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Ok, this book sounds wild, and I think it’s going to be a really fun read! Plus it’s really short, so I’ll definitely get to it this month. River of Teeth wonders what would have happened if a real bill that was introduced in the legislature to release hippos into the swampland of Louisiana for use as an alternative meat source had actually been passed. According to the blurb, “Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.” Does this book not sound awesome?!
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
I went to the book launch for This Will Be My Undoing and really enjoyed hearing Jerkins talk about it, and I’m a bit bummed that I haven’t actually read it yet. But it’s a shorter book, and I want to prioritize it in April, so it’s definitely being read this month!
I also have a bunch of books that will hit their three-month limit in early May. So I really should try to read them in April if for no other reason than that I don’t want my May TBR to get too out of control, because I bought a lot of books in February…I’m ok if I don’t get to all of these in April, but I’d like to read at least a couple, especially the ones in bold.
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- The Late Show by Michael Connolly
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
As if this list isn’t already crazy, I’m also trying to keep to my goal of reading four books a month from the list of books I purchased in 2017. Considering how many are already on this list, I’m not entirely sure if that’s going to happen. I’m ok if I only read two or three since I’ve been reading more than four for the last several months, so I’m definitely not going to kill myself to hit this goal. It’s much more important to me to change my habits going forward and stay focused on my 2018 purchases, but it’s something I want to keep on my radar and hopefully maintain in April.
A few that I’m thinking of picking up include The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (the next book is out in May!), The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller (I’m planning to go to a talk she’s doing next month with the first female translator of The Odyssey), and A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (I read A Study in Scarlet Women this month and want to continue with the Sherlock theme).
I’ll also be reading Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates, which is my book club’s pick for May. Oh, and I won’t be selecting a reread this month since I binged the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas in March! Though it’s entirely possible I could decide I’m in the mood to reread something anyways. Who knows?
What are your reading plans for April? Any books you’re trying to prioritize? Let me know in the comments!