April TBR: a plan


Now that March (Reading Ireland Month) is over, it is time for me to attempt to gain control of my reading and buckle down – in the hopes of gaining a small semblance of authority over my TBR.

Knowing from experience that I seldom read more than ten books per month, I thought I’d list the TEN titles I plan to read in April.  If I can read more than ten, I’ll be overjoyed.

In anticipation of the Williams & Whiting blog tour for Alison Baillie’s  new novel I will be reading “A fractured winter

I will be taking part in the Mystery/Thriller Week event again this year.  My selection for MTW is “Before the storm” by Leslie Tentler

Because I have been waiting with baited breath to read Clare Mackintosh’s lates novel, I will be reading “Let me lie

Because I loved her previous novel “Black Rabbit Hall”, I will be reading Eve Chase’s latest book “The Wildling Sisters

And I’ve read SO many glowing reviews recently for Simone St. James’ latest novel, I will be reading “The broken girls“.
I’ve enjoyed several titles by Lisa Jewell, so I want to read “Then she was gone“, her latest novel.

In addition, I will be reading the two NetGalley titles that have been on my NetGalley shelf the longest:

Lesley Thomson’s  “The detective’s daughter

and the Louise Voss/Mark Edwards title “From the cradle

and the title that has been on my Edelweiss shelf the longest, Catherine Lowell’s “The madwoman upstairs“.and Farrar, Straus & Giroux sent me a NetGalley widget with an invitation to read/review “Our kind of cruelty” by Araminta Hall

So that’s the ten. I hope to read more, we’ll see how it goes…

Do you think making a reading ‘plan‘ is useful to you?  This is the first time I’ve made a firm plan and hope that nothing interferes with my sticking to it. But hey… life happens.

Also, I’m trying REALLY hard to NOT request anything from NetGalley or Edelweiss this month.  Lately I’ve been receiving more than ten titles every month for review. I realize I’ll never really make an impact on my TBR until I stop drowning treading water and actually make some headway.

Happy Reading!


About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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35 Responses to April TBR: a plan

  1. Marjorie says:

    I enjoyed both “The Broken Girls” and “The Wildling Sisters” – I hope you do, too. I should ban myself from requesting more books but it’s never helped in the past so why would it help now?! LOL! I’m drowning, too. Oh well, there are worst addictions we could have. 🙂


    • It is true that we could have worse addictions. That being said, the guilt of not keeping up with my book reviews has made me resort to desperate measures. As of today I have 192 review commitments. My past weakness has well and truly caught up with me. Now I must be diligent.
      I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed two of my selections Marjorie. ♥


  2. Hope the plan works.

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  3. I’m so eager for your review of A Fractured Winter – I’m in love with the cover 😍

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  4. I never make a plan. I read what I need to read at the moment. And if I have no needs. I read what strikes my fancy. Keeps me happy.

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  5. Norrie says:

    I hope you’ll enjoy Let Me Lie! 🙂 I thought it was pretty good.

    I’m also gonna be reading Lisa Jewell – Then She Was Gone for my reading challenge for “a book by a local author”.

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  6. I’ve banned myself from NetGalley til I get a bit caught up! I found even having a vague TBR last month too much – I’m more of a mood reader. I can often say what I think I’m going to read next but not beyond!

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    • Thanks Sheila. I too am a ‘mood’ reader, but felt I had to buckle down to meet my many review commitments. This NetGalley ban is already painful as I’ve been reading other bloggers book hauls and seeing many that I would like to read… Good luck with YOUR NetGalley ban. ♥

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  7. skyecaitlin says:

    I never plan that far in advance; I just finished one, struggling with another, and trying to decide what to read next. I like to mix up my genres a bit. Several of yours have been on my TBR list.

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    • Skye, that is similar to what I’ve been doing all along. However… that does not seem to be working for me as regards my many review commitments. I feel I must be more stringent with my reading so as to fulfill my obligations. That is taking a bit of the ‘fun’ out of it for now, but I feel it must be done.


      • skyecaitlin says:

        I understand only too well, Lynne; I participate in many GR groups, and I have my only list of things I’d like to read, and then another of the books I’ve committed myself to read and often moderate. I am also still working despite the fact I retired.

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  8. Looks like you have some great reading ahead of you! I personally like a loose plan that includes some books from my TBR and some review copies but that is flexible enough to adjust if need be. Hope your plan works for you! 😀

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  9. carhicks says:

    I am right there with you Lynne. I have such a hard time not requesting books, then the widgets on top of that, my TBR is growing much faster than I can read. You have some great books lined up for this month. It looks like a few of our choices are the same for this month. I look forward to your reviews. Have a great reading month and a belated Happy Easter.

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  10. then she was gone is a good book…
    and in general feels like a great April plan :))

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  11. My reading plan really only consists of looking at my blog tour schedule and trying to fit other books in around that schedule. But I never really know upfront what books that will be. I’m quite fickle and indecisive and regularly change my mind. I mean, I can barely stick to my “this week in books” posts, never mind do a monthly plan 😄

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  12. Personally, I found that making a plan helps because I’ve put my commitment out there, making me accountable.

    10 new review commitments every month? 😱 That’s both impressive and daunting. Best of luck with April!

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  13. A wonderful list of ten. I’m going to be reading Our Kind of Cruelty too – loved this author’s previous books. The Lisa Jewell and Clare Mackintosh are both superb.
    I always have a list of ten books on my spreadsheet although I have a tendency to shuffle books about. Good luck with not requesting for a while 😊

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  14. Martie says:

    I enjoyed your Ireland book reviews.

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