April Wrap Up & May TBR

This year is STILL all about knocking books off that ever-growing TBR pile. At least, in theory. It does, however, seem that I am NOT doing a very good job because I keep acquiring more books and not reading the books I already own.

So, I’ve decided to take some drastic measures. I have pretty much catalogued all the books I own and set aside a few to donate, and by a few I mean about 6 out of over 400.

The Plan:

  1. Book buying ban for the remainder of the year (the library is your friend)
  2. Unhaul unread monthly TBR

April Book Haul

I have to say that since March 6th til the end of April I did not purchase a single book. For Lent I decided to give up buying books. And let me tell you it wasn’t easy. By the time Lent was over on April 13th it had gotten pretty easy and that’s saying a lot considering I work at a bookstore.

Since there is nothing to report on the books I bought, let’s move on to what I read, challenge progress and other stats.

Read in April

  1. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  2. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  3. The Third Policeman by Flan O’Brien

Challenge Progress

I participated in Tome Topple, a 2 week reading challenge in which you read books 500 pages and over; and for a work book club, I read a novella. I didn’t get as much reading done as I had hoped, but I am happy with what I read.

Back to Classics: 0
Beat the Blacklist: 2
Classics Club: 0
Reading Women: 1
TBR Pile Challenge: 0

Books Read in April: 3
Pages Read in April: 1032

Books Read YTD: 7
Pages Read YTD: 1497


If you remember, I stopped doing TBRs, but for the month of May I had to do one to gain some focus. At one point I had started 12 books and finished none of them

My TBR is pretty ambitious and diverse, if I say so. It includes a book of short stories, a book of essays, 3 science fiction/fantasy books, 1 book with LGBTQ representation, 2 Christian books, and 1 book (possibly 2) involving slavery.

State of the ARC challenge

Classics Club Spin #20

  • Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  • Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

Bout of Books #25 (5/13/2019 – 5/19/2019)

  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Coming Up in May


  • Discussion: Favorite & Least  Favorite Genres
  • Discussion: Adapting classic novels for children


  1. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  2. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  3. The Third Policeman by Flan O’Brien

My Most Anticipated Releases in May


6 thoughts on “April Wrap Up & May TBR

  1. The Cozy Pages May 4, 2019 / 10:40 am

    You work in a bookstore and put yourself on a book buying ban??? You must be a saint to resist! Lol. I hope you enjoy the reads you do have. I’m hoping to try Joy Luck Club soon.


  2. Book Admirer May 3, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Joy Luck Club. I saw that book at a library book sale today and after some thinking, put it back. I hope I figured I could always get it later. And you’re right. The library is your friend. I don’t buy books anymore except for the library book sales or if I have to get a book for book club that the library doesn’t carry. The only thing about the library — make sure you return the books on time or else it will cost you.

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    • The Broken Spine May 4, 2019 / 12:32 am

      OMG! I love library and used book sales. A couple months back I went to a used book sale at a church and the proceeds went to their daycare. Win win! I left with a small banker’s box of books and only spent $17.

      I have had my fare share of library book fees. I forgot to take a book back before going on a two week vacation out of town. For the fees I paid I could have bought the book.


  3. bookishluna May 3, 2019 / 2:48 pm

    Doing an unhaul unread monthly TBR is really interesting. I mean if you aren’t going to read it you might as well unhaul, unless something came up in your life. Really good idea for a challenge.

    Looking forward to your post on adapting classic novels for children!

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    • The Broken Spine May 4, 2019 / 12:25 am

      I was going to do Down the TBR Hole, but that never took off. Perhaps giving this a go will be more productive.

      Unless life happens, I will definitely unhaul.🤞

      I’ve been thinking about classics adapted for children for a while now. I’ve perused a few at work and I’m conflicted. Anyway, more to come on that.

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      • bookishluna May 4, 2019 / 1:03 am

        Like I said, looking forward to it. Did you see that the library of congress archived a bunch of older children’s books for free?


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