Monthly TBR: April

Out of the twenty four books on my TBR as of this month, I have read eighteen. That’s impressive progress given that I was previously at nine out of twenty-one books! 

With my college graduation looming over my shoulders, I unfortunately have to dedicate myself to my studies this month more than I did last month. Given the many projects and papers I have to finish, I find that my original goal of reading about a half dozen ARCs and a series is unrealistic.

I’ve decided to lower my TBR goal down to six to accommodate for any books I want to pick up throughout the month. Don’t worry! I will be continuing my series challenge. For April, I’ll be reading a popular adult fantasy in the bookish community. (Hint: #stabstabstab)

Disclaimer: The ARCs I’m reading this month are also coming out this month, but I’ll be reading it in the ARC format I received it. 



The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros 

With the massive list of fantasy I consumed in March, I felt the need for a few contemporaries to balance it out. TCofU has family relationships, mystery, a golden boy, and astrophysics so you can believe it has me sold. (While most people know I love dark books, it’s a little known fact that I have a soft spot for good guys and fluff. :3)

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

I won’t even deny it. I’m reading the book because the title and cover are gorgeous! (We’re all allowed to be shallow from time to time.) While the premise seems simple, it deals with the universal themes of loss and family, so I’m interested in seeing how it’s explored in a contemporary.



Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Murder mystery. Royalty. Fantasy/sci-fy hybrid. Misunderstandings and betrayal. I have heard my name called and I am here!

Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi

I read Restore Me in early March and it SHOOK me! (Still shook, tbh.) After THAT ending, I can’t wait much longer to figure out what’s going to happen to Juliette and Warner.



The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

While I had not previously heard of Jay until late last year, he has quickly become one of my favorite writers after reading Illuminae and his tweets. In preparation for Darkdawn in September, I am finally finally diving into this dark gritty world that is raved about by the book community. After reading Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, I’m in a bit of a stabby mood.


Between contemporary, sci-fy, adult fantasy, and a dystopian novel, I’ll be the first to acknowledge my TBR this month is pretty eclectic. I’m bound to undergo a rollercoaster of emotions and while I don’t think I’m completely ready for it, I’m still sort of excited.

I’m specially excited for Defy Me— after the adventure I went through last month to get a B&N Exclusive copy of Restore Me to match my copy of Defy Me. For more details, go read my instagram post.

Let me know in the comments what’s on your April TBR? Which are you most excited for? Did you go to any wild lengths to get any of them?

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