April Reading Plans // ft. a failed March TBR Wrap Up, ContemporApril + more

I’m back with my April TBR + March TBR Wrap-Up that is actually being posted on time?? What??

So if you haven’t read a post talking about my reading plans, yet, my reading plans (aka my preferred name for TBR) is structured in such a way that I can both have organization in terms of my reading but also give me room to mood read so I don’t fall into a reading slump.

Also, I’ve changed up the graphics for some of this post! I’m still experimenting, but I’m sticking with the same blue palette, you know?

Anyways, back on track. Shall we wrap-up my failed March TBR and super exciting April TBR?

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Emoji Key:
🌞 = POC rep (main/key side characters)
🌈 = LGBT+ representation (main/key side characters)
♿️ = Disability rep (main/key side characters)
🌸 = Neurodiversity/trauma rep (main/key side characters)
✨ = New Release Challenge
πŸ’¨Β = Beat the Backlist
πŸ“šΒ = Back to the Classics
🌷 = #Bookiary2019
πŸ“–Β = Library Love Challenge
🌍 = #YARC2019
🎧 = Audiobook Challenge 2019
βœ”οΈΒ = read
❌ = did not read

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March

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The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin:Β βœ”οΈπŸŒžβœ¨πŸ”‘πŸŒŸΒ  β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.5) //Β This was solid, but I was hoping for more than what we got? Still forever in love with that premise though 😍

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte:Β βœ”οΈπŸŒˆβœ¨πŸ”‘πŸŒŸΒ So this was a super fun mystery read that I absolutely flew through! This book just gripped me way too well.

The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious, #2) by Maureen Johnson: ❌🌸✨🌟 Oof. At this point I’m torn on whether I should continue?

We Set the Dark On Fire (We Set the Dark On Fire, #1) by Tehlor Kay Mejia: ❌🌞🌈✨🌟 Look, everyone and their mother are talking about hkw good

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1) by Roshani Chokshi: 🌞🌈✨🌍🌟❌ CRCR //Β I’m going to continue reading this in April. Not gonna lie, this isn’t super capturing me right now!

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston:Β πŸ’¨πŸ“–Β Tentative DNF @ page 40 //Β I’m going This is sadly going to be a tentative DNF for now. I tried … and I just don’t care that much, unfortunately. I don’t think I’ll pick this up again, but we never know?

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus: ✨❌ LOL NO I DIDN’T EVEN TOUCH THIS ONE.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl:Β βŒπŸ’¨πŸ“–How can someone be THIS bad at following their TBR, lmao.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena:Β πŸŒžπŸ’¨πŸ“–πŸŒπŸŒŸΒ I WANT TO READ THIS BUT I JUST HAVEN’T. I’M SORRY.

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March New Releases

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid:Β πŸŒžβœ¨πŸŽ§πŸŒŸβœ”οΈΒ This is really different from Reid’s other works, especially in terms of formatting, because I know this is a format that doesn’t click for everyone! This was an interesting story though.
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Miscellaneous

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen:Β πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸŽ§πŸ”‘βŒ //Β If ya thought I was bad at following my TBR, turns out I’m even worse at actually reading classics!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K Rowling:πŸ“–πŸŽ§πŸ”‘πŸŒŸβœ”//Β I did it! Also these audiobooks (the Stephen Fry version, at least) are phenomenal.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K Rowling:πŸ“–πŸŽ§πŸ”‘πŸŒŸΒ I have officially caught up on the series! Go me.

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Rather than having a set TBR, what I’m going to do is to have a huge stack of titles that I can mood read from, and set a certain number for me to hit! I’ll still be ticking off and seeing which books from the stack I did read, but I’m not going to be taking each and every book into account! Therefore, this number this month will be 5! I’m going to have a lot of revision to do this month, so I want to make room for that, but I do think I may be able to read more than that depending on my mood.

But since I’m so bad at actually reading YARC books consistently (and am in danger at falling behind), I’m going to try and read as many books by Asian Authors as I can. By looking at my current TBR, I think is very possible!

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Buddy Reads

I’m so lucky to be doing two buddy reads with some lovely people this month, and I truly cannot wait to read these books!

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Radio Silence by Alice OsemanΒ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸŒžπŸ’¨Β (buddy read with Aline!!) Yes, I am aware that everyone has read (and absolutely stan) this except the two of us, which is EXACTLY what we want to rectify. I will be genuinely sad if I don’t like this!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh MafiΒ πŸŒžπŸ’¨πŸ“–πŸŒπŸŒŸ– (buddy read with Dezzy!!) I’ve heard such great things about this novel, and it sounds like it will simultaneously break my heart and put it back together. I cannot wait.

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi 🌞🌈🌸✨🌍🌟 Again, I’m currently buddy reading this with Aline, and the chapters are way too long for my tastes? But I wanna try.

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May’s Recommendations

I was DM’ing the lovely May on Twitter about a reading crisis I was having, and she so kindly sent me a list of contemporary recommendations she thought I would love! Since I love and trust May a whole lot, I’m going to be putting all of her recs on this list, and (you guessed it) pick and mood read off this list.

And obviously these all count towards ContempoApril, which I’ll be talking about later!

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Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne OlekeΒ πŸŒΈπŸ’¨πŸ“–Β – I actually have this borrowed out from the library, and this sounds super fun but something I would like.

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-UllmanΒ πŸ’¨Β – I’ve heard so many good things about this, and all I know about is Canadian YA + mother-daughter relationship + wilderness + depression rep + mother being a former opera singer?? I’m not too sure, because I’m just a mess, sorry May.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererΒ πŸ’¨ – I barely know anything about this, so I’m blindly going in and trusting May on this one.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn BennettΒ πŸ’¨ – I’ve never seen You’ve Got Mail, but this sounds super cute! IΒ mayΒ save this for summer depending on how I feel, but I do want to pick this up.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley πŸ’¨Β – You got me at second-hand bookstore romance, aka my pipe dream.

The Lying Wood by Ashley Elston πŸ’¨Β – I just DNFed This Is Our Story, but apparently this has a great plot twist so now I’m super interested?

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway πŸ’¨Β – I ADORE Benway’s novel Far From The Tree, and if it’s anything like that, I’m sure it’ll break my heart and take all my uwus, but there’s a good chance I will love it!

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New Releases:

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As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon (Dimple and Rishi, #3) 🌞✨🌍 (1st) I did like When Dinple Met Rishi when it came out, and even though I don’t remember much, I could use a quick cute novella that counts for YARC!

The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon A Con, #2) by Ashley Poston –Β  🌈✨ (2nd)Β Geekerella was so cute, and this just sounds super cute too!

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses, #1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu🌞🌈✨🌍 (9th) I heard Malec and fun travels and I was interested! This has pretty glowing early reviews so far!

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka✨ (23rd) Hands down in my top three most anticipated releases of the year!! I absolutely ADORED Always Never Yours last year, and that synopsis sounds so cute! Also, the main character sounds so much like me, and I just cannot flipping wait!! (I watched 10 Things I Hate About You to prepare for this if that prepares you for how hyped I am about this one)

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Miscellaneous

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Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan 🌞✨🌍 – Raphael from Royal Polar Bear Reads so kindly gave an e-ARC of this because ya girl got selected for the blog tour! (My first blog tour!) Thank you so much to Raphael, the publisher and the author for this lovely opportunity ❀️

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemoreΒ πŸŒžπŸŒˆπŸ“šΒ – This is the Dragons and Tea Book Club Pick for April, run by the wonderful Melanie and Amy! I’ve wanted to read a McLemore book for a while, and this might prove to be a pretty great start to her works!

At least 3 Classics πŸ’¨πŸ“šΒ –Β  I haven’t read a single classic that counts for the Back to the Classics Challenge in 2019, and we’re already in April. *covers face with hands*

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Because I’m dumb, I did not really fully realize that the Devour Your TBR group’s monthly challenges (which is run by the lovely Kathy and Destiny)!

This month’s monthly reading challenge over on the Devour Your TBR Goodreads Group created by the lovely Destiny and Kathy is ContemporApril! Contemporaries are my favourite genre, and I’m just so excited to have a whole month having an excuseΒ dedicated to reading as many contemporaries as I can!

April

ContemporApril

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The number for this section will be 5! I’m going to have a lot of revision to do this month, so I want to make room for that, but I do think I may be able to read more than that depending on my mood.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz BhathenaΒ πŸŒžπŸ’¨πŸ“–πŸŒπŸŒŸΒ – I love Asian contemporaries with unlikeable main female characters. Also, this is set in Saudi Arabia!

Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer YuΒ πŸŒžπŸŒΈπŸ’¨πŸŒΒ – I’m mainly interested in this because of Elise’s wonderful review, but this sounds really good and something that I would love. Cannot wait!

Piecing Me Together by RenΓ©e WatsonΒ πŸŒžπŸ’¨Β – I did enjoy Watson’s Watch Us Rise in March, and this one is on my physical TBR! I’ve heard nothing but glowing phrase for this book, and it’s also a pretty quick read!

A Heart In The Body Of The World by Deb CalettiΒ πŸŒΈπŸ’¨πŸ“–Β – The average Goodreads rating within my Goodreads Friends’ Reviews is a whooping 4.62 stars, and this sounds like a fantastic novel about trauma and running which will (most likely) make me cry. Melanie, in particular, loved it so much, and has an amazing review of this!

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramΒ πŸŒžπŸŒˆπŸŒΈπŸ’¨πŸ“–πŸŒΒ – A novel about a biracial Iranian-American teen with clinical depression heading to Iran to visit his dying grandfather and to learn about his Persian side?? Wow, this sounds amazing and like such a heartbreaker.

The Beauty Of The Moment by Tanaz BhathenaΒ πŸŒžπŸ’¨πŸ“–πŸŒβœ¨Β  – A cute contemporary centering around the new girl meets bad boy trope with a Saudi Arabian teen set in Canada?? Sign me up.

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. StevensΒ πŸŒˆπŸ’¨ – I have to read this already, this has been sitting on my TBR since JULY. Also, Lala loves this so much that I want to give it a shot!

First and Then by Emma MillsΒ πŸ’¨πŸ“– – This is literally the only Emma Mills book I haven’t read yet, and based off how much I enjoyed her other novels and her as an author, this has a pretty good chance of getting a high rating.

Anger Is a Gift by Mark OshiroΒ πŸŒžπŸŒˆβ™ΏοΈπŸŒΈπŸ’¨Β – Angry teens stand up an oppressive system of justice + there is so much different types of diversity apparently? Yes, please.

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale 🌈✨ – This sounds so cute, and something light and easy that will be great when I’m in the middle of exam seasons! I love the coffee shop aesthetics (like they make me so happy for some reason) and summer romances, so this sounds like a combination I’ll enjoy for sure!


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What are your March Reading Plans looking like? What are your thoughts on my reading plans? Is there anything you have read here, and do you think I should read them or not? Which ones should I prioritize, if any at all? I would love to know.

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22 thoughts on “April Reading Plans // ft. a failed March TBR Wrap Up, ContemporApril + more

  1. I’m also getting The Princess and the Fangirl this month, but I won’t be able to read it until May D: I’ll be anxiously waiting for your thoughts on Alex, Approximately, Words in Deep Blue and Emmy & Oliver, since they’re all on my TBR, and I’m not 100% sure I should pick them up.

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  2. ooh, I really hope you like Nice Try, Jane Sinner. I loved that book and thought the depression rep was really excellent, plus it had fun reality tv show things. I also had a hard time with The Gilded Wolves; everything felt really slow when I started plus I was super confused by the world building. I hope it works out for you in the end!

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  3. Ooooh, I love your wrap-up and your reading goals for April! Good luck with all of these! I also just wanted to say that I’m obsessed with how in-depth your emoji key is and I might have to spice mine up a little bit because now I’m just like, drooling over it πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ’•

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much, Destiny! My emoji key was inspired by you and Elise @ the Bookish Actress, actually! My emoji key can be kinda hard to keep track of sometimes, ngl, and I love yours too! I’m glad you enjoyed my emoji key though haha πŸ˜‚β€

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  4. okay just the fact that my recommendations got their own little part in your april tbr makes my heart so full and happy omg ily i can’t wait to hear your thoughts and scream with you about the books when you get to them ahhafjdakaaa
    contempoapril sounds like SO MUCH FUN and if i knew about this earlier i probably wouldnt have DECIDED TO MAKE APRIL HIGH FANTASY MONTH (why do i do this to myself???) but i’ll live wildly through you, i can’t wait to hear your thoughts on all these amazing contemporaries
    funnily enough, i started both ‘imagine us happy’ (can’t wait for it to hurt me) and ‘beauty of the moment already’ on a whim yesterday so i can pretend i’m participating lol
    i hope you love ‘first and then,’ ‘small town hearts,’ and ‘anger is a gift’ especially
    good luck and have an amazing reading month ❀

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    1. may ily more, i swear you’re the sweetest bean ever sksksksksk!! yohr recs were too good so OFC i had to be extra and put your recs in a separate section ahaha πŸ’• you will literally be the first person i dm after i finish each book, i promise ❀
      you should totally join the devour your TBR group!! kathy and destiny have the most fun monthly reading challenges, which i absolutely love!! but omg BEST OF LUCK WITH HIGH FANTASY MONTH THIS APRIL!! high fantasy is so intimidating, but ik you’re gonna kill it!!
      are we twins or something because i JUST FINISHED IMAGINE US HAPPY and am starting the beauty of the moment are these accidental buddy reads or something because idk how our reading is so synchronized πŸ˜‚
      UGH I WANT TO READ ALL THREE OF THEM RN!!! i have a library loan of first and then and a copy of anger is a gift on my e-reader so i CANNOT wait to dive into them!! i wanna read small town hearts so bad,, butttt it’s so hard to get a copy 😭 i might just save it for summer instead
      i hope u have an amazing reading month with all the best books and an amazing april ❀❀

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  5. TAASIA I HOPE YOU ENJOY RADIO SILENCE!! and i really want to read when the moon was ours. i loved wild beauty and wtmwo sounds so aesthetic and good!! a very large expanse of sea was a v important novel but just a lot of romance plus kinda dry writing?? but other than it’s pretty enjoyable but also meaningful!! i’m excited to see what you think of the gilded wolves because i’ve heard good but bad things so?? good luck on your TBR for this month. i’m hoping to read summer bird blue, a torch against the night, city of ashes and more this month?? good luck to me i guess. have a wonderful april ❀ happy reading!!!

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    1. ilsa, i am literally PRAYING to love radio silence, because it sounds so good and i’m in desperate need of a new favourite to obsess over!!
      the dragons and tea book club is starting wtmwo today, so i’m going to try and get my pages in!
      i still can’t wait to read avleos, but i’m probs gonna lower my expectations bc im not a super fan of lots of romance πŸ˜‘
      ngl, i’m kinda trudging through tgw rn, and its just not holding my expectations, which is so so sad on so many levels bc it sounded really fun and i want to support asian authors 😭
      thank you sm for your kind comment, and best of luck on YOUR tbr!! i hope you love them all (sbb was so beautiful, and atatn was so good skahdjahkdhaka) and you’re going to CONQUER your tbr this month!!
      have an april as wonderful as you are, lovely ❀❀ and happiest of reading ofc πŸ’•

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      1. Whoops I didn’t end up liking summer bird blue that much lmao πŸ˜…πŸ˜… but I’m adoring a torch against the night !!! I love these character sm .and yeahh I have heard quite a few things about tgw bring slow and confusing 😫

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  6. Ahhh ahh SO many books here ahh I don’t even know where to start. SO excited for you to read Radio Silence, I love this book so much ❀ and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on If I'm Being Honest, I love this one WAY too much and Jane Sinner, I can't wait to read that one, it sounds so good. ❀ and EMMY AND OLIVER! I loved this little underrated gem ahhh ❀
    Happy reading!! ❀

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    1. I’m so excited to read Radio Silence and hopefully love it! Most of the comments have people hoping that I’ll love Radio Silence haha πŸ˜‚
      I’m way too hyped about If I’m Being Honest, I’ve only heard the best about it! ❀❀ I have Nice Try, Jane Sinner borrowed out from the library so hopefully I’ll get to it soon? I LOVED far from the tree, so i have high hopes for emmy and oliver!! happiest of reading, marie!! ❀❀

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      1. I hope you will, it sounds like such a great book! I’m still so mad it’s so expensive for me, even as an ebook ughhhh. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it πŸ˜€

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