TBR & Goals

An Attempt At An April TBR

Last month, for the first time in my blogging life, I wrote a monthly TBR. And since it seemed to work, why not do it again? I’m going to keep this up as long as I don’t fail/start feeling like I’m forcing myself to read.

How Did March Go?

I wrote a TBR of nine books:

  • The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees, read, ★★ (review)
  • Ruse by Cindy Pon, read, ★★★½ (review)
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, read, ★★★★½ (RTC on Monday)
  • In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente, DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurleyread, ★★★★ (RTC on this blog)
  • The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie, read, ★★★½ (RTC on this blog)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, reread, ★★★★★ (RTC on this blog)
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat, DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, DNF, no rating (short GR review)

If it doesn’t work for me, I DNF! That’s how I almost never end up writing negative reviews anymore – unless it’s an ARC I don’t like – and I honestly don’t mind that. I’m trying to never waste my time on a book I don’t like again.

(And no, this isn’t all I read this month; this list doesn’t even include the best books I’ve read this month.)


Because having overdue ones is never a good feeling.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali – this looks so cute already and I liked the author’s writing in Saints and Misfits. Also, it’s a contemporary story set in Qatar, how awesome is that (publishers really should acquire more contemporary stories set outside the US).

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad – silk road fantasy! Out in May, so I’m not in a hurry to read it, which is not what I’d like with an atmospheric, slow-paced story (and this seems to be one, from what early reviews have said).

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – I still can’t believe I got an ARC of this. Anyway, I want to get to the first book before this one, but we’ll see.

Not ARCs, But Still Priorities

I got approved for a lot of ARCs this Spring, which is a great thing, but I don’t want to forget other new releases and the other books that are a priority for me.

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – I want to read at least this before getting to A Prince on Paper, and since I loved Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, I’m sure it’s going to be great too.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – sometimes I remember that this cover exists and I just… why aren’t there more illustrated YA fantasy covers? Anyway, this is one of the most hyped 2019 YA releases, I’ve only heard good things about it, and it’s about court intrigue in a Chinese-inspired world. I can’t wait.

The Afterward by EK Johnston – this is the month of second chances! EK Johnston is an author I haven’t had a good experience with, but this is both gay and hyped by people I trust, so how could I not.

Backlist I Will (…Maybe) Get To

I want to at least attempt to have a balanced reading life, which means some ARCs, some new releases, and some backlist books every month. I often end up DNFing the backlist (…if I haven’t read it yet, there’s often a reason? And that suspicion sometimes turns out to be true. So.) but why not try?

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke – this book has the best premise ever and has been on my TBR for over a year, which is honestly embarrassing. I really want to change that, but I love ignoring backlist books more. We’ll see.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – still slowly making my way through the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I will end up reading King of Scars… someday. (At this pace, it will happen in December. I hope not.)

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White – I made a goodreads poll and this is the book that got voted the most, so I’m counting it as the “metaphorical TBR Jar” pick of the month. Who doesn’t want to read about lesbians in space, anyway.

By the way: if you go there (my TBR) and you think I should get to one of these books (that are already out) right now, tell me! I could make it the metaphorical TBR Jar pick of this or next month.

18 thoughts on “An Attempt At An April TBR

    1. What? If you’re talking about writing TBRs, I find it easy, if you’re talking about following them, it depends, and I purposefully write TBRs with less books than what I actually manage to read in a month.


  1. Love From A to Z sounds so good! I wish there were contemporaries set outside the US too, it’s so hard to find interesting ones cause they’re all so samey. I hope you love the lesbians in space, cause I really want that one to be good. Good luck with sticking to a TBR!

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    1. Thank you! The lesbians in space novel needs to be good, I want to write a recommendation post specifically about that thing.
      And we really do need more non-US contemporaries, I’m tired of reading about America as if it were the only contemporary setting that exists.


  2. The Afterward!!!!!!! Please if you don’t like it I will be Sad

    I totally get what you wrote in your captive prince review and tbh I could talk for hours about how You Need To Get To Book Two At Least and how You Need To Judge The Trilogy As A Whole but there’s no way to do that without coming off as condescending and Ultimately you did have good points and if it doesn’t interest you then I 100% support dnf’ing!!!

    You got some ARCs I’m super jealous of omggg was The Candle And the Flame on edelweiss or something? Because I haven’t seen it on netgalley at all 🤔

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    1. I know of the “you need to judge the series as a whole”, and that’s why I’m not rating it – I think of no-rating DNF reviews as either “not for me, here’s why” or “read it at the wrong time” more than about the books.

      Yes The Candle and the Flame is on edelweiss! I don’t know why they approved me specifically for that one when they denied everything else but I’m starting to have theories about how edelweiss approvals work.

      …and I’ll try not to make you sad!

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  3. Good luck with your TBR! I’ve started doing them recently too (mainly because I request too many ARCs and then read them a week before release). I hope you love all of these books! I’m excited to read The Candle and the Flame soon. 💖😊

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  4. Ahhh it sounds like you have some great reads to look forward to! Love from A to Z and The Candle and The Flame sound SO good, I hope you’ll love them both 🙂
    Happy reading 🙂

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