Recapping Reads: April in Review

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April is a perfect example of how I can sometimes get distracted by books and completely forget about my TBR list. While I read quite a few books this month – and managed to get back on track for my 2016 reading goal – many of them were not on my TBR list for April. This is exactly why I can never make it through my TBR pile!

Books Read in April:April2016 Reads

Books read and reviewed:

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This was the April book for my book club, Watch the Skies. It was a reread for me, but I loved it just as much as, if not more than, the first time.
  • How to Be a Woman by Caitlyn Moran – This was the April read for Our Shared Shelf. I had mixed feelings about this one.
  • Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton – I don’t often read memoirs that aren’t humorous, but I really enjoyed this book.
  • Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders with Hank Gutman – This focused more on Sanders’ campaigns than the man himself, which I found disappointing.
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I really enjoyed this novel and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

Books read with reviews coming soon:

  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – This was a  book read for my book club, so the review won’t be posted until after we’ve discussed it.
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – Malala is such a fascinating young woman, and a terrific role model for any girl. This was an excellent book.
  • Tell The Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan – I did not love this book as much as I wanted to.
  • Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem – I found many of the writings in this collection fascinating – as was the fact that many are not as outdated as one might think.

Current Reads:

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  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North – I was just approved for this eARC and I cannot wait to start reading.
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison – My boyfriend is a fan of this series, and the book has been in my TBR stack for a long time. I promised him I would get to it ASAP.
  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson – This is the May pick for Our Shared Shelf.

Reading List for May:

Since I only got through about half of April’s TBR list, there are a few carryovers onto May’s list. Hopefully I’ll do a better job at getting this list read, especially since I’m making this list a little longer than last month’s list because I have several ARCs I’m really excited about.

  • Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik Backman – I’ve been hearing a lot about his books for a while, and they all sound interesting. I can’t wait to read this one.
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – Last year’s In a Dark, Dark Wood was one of my favorite releases of the summer. I cannot wait to see what her follow-up is like.
  • The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston – I helped a customer find this book at the bookstore one day and it piqued my interest.
  • The Widow by Fiona Barton – This ARC arrived just before Christmas and I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet. I’m going to try to get to it in April.
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – I didn’t love the first book of this series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but I am still curious about the series.
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh – This ARC arrived last month and it sounds interesting. I’d like to try to get to it soon.
  • Wool by Hugh Howey – This is the June pick for my book club, Watch the Skies.
  • The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin – This novel sounded really interesting, so I was excited when a free finished copy was sent to the bookstore and I was allowed to claim it.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Recapping Reads: April in Review

    Lilyn G. (Sci-Fi & Scary) said:
    May 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    TBR Lists are great in theory. I think I compile mine and then maybe get one read off of it a month. LOL! I want to read the Malala book! My Monthly Wrap Up.

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      CJ Dawn responded:
      May 2, 2016 at 9:15 am

      I never bothered with actual TBR lists until recently, but I’ve discovered that if I make one each month, even though I don’t always stick to it, I do at least get a couple books read off it. This way I slowly get through my stack … though I usually add to it faster than I can read it!

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