April Wrap Up & May TBR

This year is all about knocking books off that ever-growing TBR pile. At least, in theory. It does, however, appear that I’m not doing a very good job. I keep acquiring more books and not reading what I already own; although my acquisitions have gone down considerably.

Back in March I hit a major reading slump and didn’t even come close to reading the books I wanted to. Having said that April fared much better, but there were a couple of books on my April TBR I didn’t read.

So, let’s get on with the update, shall we.

April Book Haul

I really had to think about this because I’ve tried to be good about procuring more books that I’m not going to read anytime soon.

I found these gems at a second-hand bookshop near my house. And was pleasantly awed that the cost was a mere $16.00 for all of them.

  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • The Vintage Bradbury by Ray Bradbury
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps by Buchan
  • Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
Do you notice anything special about this list?

Hint: Yeah, no. I’m not giving any hints. 😈

And I traded a couple of books for the books below

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand

A YouTuber (can’t think of her name) gave me an idea, which I’ll to try going forward. She said that whenever she does a book haul she has to read one book from the haul that month or she puts a book buying ban in place for the next month. Sounds doable, right?

Read in April

  1. I was really disappointed in Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth. I really wanted to like this book because I’m a fan of Nesbo, but didn’t. Sadly, I ended up DNFing it.😞 You can red my review here.
    Rating: 🍷🍷
  2. I read Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. OMG, this book is just as charming as I remember it when I was a child.
    Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
  3. I also read The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo for the Readathon. Not sure how I feel about it though.
    Rating: 🍷🍷🍷
  4. Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee has been on my TBR since I received it as an eARC in January from Netgalley. I cried. I laughed. And cried some more.
    Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Challenge Progress

Even though I’m not where I want to be with my reading I have made some progress with the reading challenges

Tsundoku Bingo Challenge: Read 1

TBR Pile Challenge: FAILED!

Reading Assignment Challenge: FAILED!

Back to Classics: Read 1

Books Read in April: 4
Pages Read in April: 1030

Books Read YTD: 7
Pages Read YTD: 2193


My May TBR reading list is pretty ambitious


  1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  4. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  5. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

So, how in the world am I going to read all of this? Check out the calendar below. It’s tentative because it doesn’t factor in my work schedule. So days I have off, obviously I can read more. But it’s a guide.

What do you think? And does anyone do anything like this?

4 thoughts on “April Wrap Up & May TBR

  1. Alyssa May 2, 2018 / 11:54 am

    That is an ambitious TBR for May! Looks full of great books, though. I can’t wait to read Children of Blood and Bone. Happy reading!

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    • The Broken Spine May 2, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      It is, but I think I can do it. I already finished The House on Mango Street. Now it’s on to Children of Blood and Bone.

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  2. Jessie @ Dwell in Possibility April 30, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    I love that idea about a book haul deadline, and may have to steal it too. I’m glad you had a better reading month! Charlotte’s Web and The House on Mango Street are both delightful, and I really want to read Everything Here is Beautiful. And of course I’m looking forward to our Scarlet Letter read-along!

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