April TBR (Including A Very ARC-ish Readathon and Owned Book April)

Posted March 31, 2017 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features, TBR Lists / 15 Comments

I recently started a monthly TBR feature, where I try to pin down which books I plan to read in the upcoming month. It also helps remind me throughout the month which books I’m supposed to be reading, for various reasons. I add a little poll at the bottom too, so you guys can vote and help me narrow down some of my options as well. Here are my top TBR choices for this month and how I did last month…

March Progress

Done Dirt CheapWhat to Say NextZenn DiagramSecrets of a Reluctant PrincessThe Football GirlWindwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Another good month of TBR-related progress! I read or started SIX of the books I chose ahead of time. I am super proud of myself for this. Okay, one of them was a DNF, but still. I’m happy I at least got to six of them. A couple were disappointing and one (WHAT TO SAY NEXT) blew me away, so I suppose that’s not bad. And I banged out three Netgalley reviews out of these!

On Deck for April

Personal Challenge: Owned Book April

This month I’m focusing on reading books I own physical copies of. This can definitely include ARCs (especially if the pub date has already passed) and other already-published physical copies I haven’t read yet. I came up with this idea before making my March TBR (which included a lot of borrowed books) so I decided to focus on it for April instead. My goal is to read 75% books I own. The other 25% can include ARC tour books that come in, audiobooks I listen to, and other library or borrowed books if I really need to. I’ve had a good reading year so far and am reading upwards of 15+ books per month. So, hopefully if I read around 15 books this month, 11 of them will be owned books.

Challenge: A Very ARC-ish Readathon

a very arcish readathonI haven’t done a readathon in a looong time! This Very ARC-ish Readathon is hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks throughout the month of April. The goal is to catch up on your ARCs! As you can see below, I have quite a few ARCs on my TBR that also work into my Owned Book April plans. Some books are egalleys, which don’t count for Owned Book, but will definitely be included in this particular challenge. My goal is to read 50% ARCs this month. Sticking with my similar requirement above, if I read 15 books, about 7-8 of them should be ARCs. Hopefully I’ll read all the physical ARCs below plus a couple egalleys.

Owned ARCs (Already Published or Upcoming)

  I Believe in a Thing Called Love Blind Item Windfall

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | Blind Item by Kevin Dickson
and Jack Ketsoyan | Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

I grabbed the first two of these from ATW ARC Tours when she was giving out some ARCs and I’m suuuuper excited to get to them. I got WINDFALL from Marg because she’s very kind and had a duplicate.? It’s been on my must-read list for a very long time and I love the cover too much.

The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen, #2) Disruption (Disruption, #1) Unscripted Joss Byrd

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine | Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

I’m embarrassed that this is still on here because THE CURSED QUEEN was a highly anticipated read for me AND the publisher sent me both an ARC and finished copy.?? Don’t talk to me. I’m terrible. The other two are random ARCs I’ve had sitting around from conventions. I’m super excited about both in general, but just haven’t picked them up yet. Time to hopefully change that!

Owned Physical Copies

  Along for the Ride Loop (Loop #1) Twist (Loop, #2)

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen | Loop and Twist by Karen Akins

I’ve been planning an ALONG THE RIDE reread for years now. It’s my favorite Dessen and I loved it so much when I first read it. I also own both LOOP and TWIST, so I really should hop to it. I love time travel-y books and Andi loved these ones. She’s a solid book-pusher, let me tell ya. Owned Book April is a great time to prioritize those reads.


  Coming Up for Air Almost Missed You The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally | Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

As I said, I wanted to give myself a few non-owned-physical book options. I have these three egalleys coming up to check out. They’re all very different so we’ll see what mood I end up in! 😉 Frankly I’m shocked I haven’t read the new Hundred Oaks or TJR already!

Library Books

Rules of the Road (Rules of the Road, #1) The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) Don't You Wish

Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer | The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire

I took out a few library books last month and haven’t gotten to any quite yet. Two of these are backlist titles I’ve been wanting to get to, and the middle one is a new release. I started THE LAST OF AUGUST and read like 3 page last month before determining I wasn’t really in the mood for it. I hope to be soon!

Boys of Summer The Loose Ends List Girl Against the Universe

Boys of Summer by Jessica Brody | The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

This month’s poll is based on the 21 book Contemporary Romance Challenge TBR that I am doing very very terribly at. All of these books are owned copies, so they fit into that challenge. Two of the three are also ARCs, so they fit into THAT challenge too! Looks like a pretty good mix to choose from.

Which book MUST I read this month?

April TBR Poll

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15 responses to “April TBR (Including A Very ARC-ish Readathon and Owned Book April)

  1. Good job with keeping to your TBR!! I am so excited for Windfall. I have had a pending request forever so I have little hope on that front lol! Can’t wait to see what you think. I have the new TJR too and I need to make some time to get to it. I am just on ARC overload!! I voted for Girl Against the Universe because I want to get to it myself actually. Hope you have a great reading month!!

  2. Eep you have so many amazing books to look forward to! I’m excited to see what you think of Windfall because I’m interested in that one and I Believe In A Thing Called Love. I loved the Jessica Shirvington duology, and I think you’ll enjoy them too! I liked Loop but never got around to reading the sequel so I’ve got to change that.
    I’m going to be reading Coming Up For Air too soon. I love her books and I hope this will deliver too. I voted for GATU because I loved that one and total see you enjoying it as well. 🙂
    Happy reading and have a fabulous April!

    • I have the second one out from the library already, so you can check it out ASAP!

      I’m really intrigued by Evelyn Hugo! I’ve seen some early reviews enjoying it but thinking it was different than her usual? We’ll see!!

  3. Ahhh you HAVE to read Girl Against the Universe! I read it earlier this year (so crazy that it’s April and we can say things like that now >.<) and it's such an amazing read! The main character and the love interest are the cutest pair ever<3 It's so swoony and I think you'll really love it!

    • I bet I will too! I actually read a chapter or two back in the summer but somehow got distracted by something else and never got back to it haha. I’m excited! 😀 Looks like it’s going to win!

  4. Sam

    Along for the Ride is one of my favorite Dessen books. It’s super cute. As for your poll, you can’t go wrong with Paula Stokes. She has yet to let me down. I am dying for BuxBaum’s new book! I read and loved her other three books. I am still keeping my fingers crossed that I get approved for an eGalley.
    Sam @ WLABB

  5. I am going to try to read Windfall this month too– oh and What to Say Next, which I’m glad you loved!! I always wanted to read Don’t You Wish because– unless I’m thinking about another book– it’s set in Pittsburgh (which is where I’m from). Good luck with your owned books reading!!

  6. You have so many good books on your TBR! I’m going to be reading I Believe in a Thing Called Love soon too. I sounds so fun.

  7. […] April’s TBR was a little different because I participated in some month-long challenges. One was my own personal challenge to read mostly books from my own shelves, plus there was a blogging community challenge to read ARCs in April. (More info below.) Overall, I did pretty well! I got derailed because I forgot about my book club pick AND that I had a book coming from an ARC tour. I only read three books from my actual April TBR list because of those things… and I didn’t read much at all until the very end of the month regardless! […]

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