Last month I decided to try out setting myself a monthly TBR list in an effort to make some headway into reducing the number of unread books on my shelves… and it was a success! I managed to stick to it and even managed to read a few more books that I used in other posts during March.
So, we’re sticking to it again for April in the hope that it wasn’t just beginners luck! Here’s what I’m hoping to read this month…
Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw
An invitation to read and review this book popped up in my inbox a little while ago and it’s officially published on April 1st. Said to be a cross between Buffy and Stranger Things, that was enough for me to be interested!
Blurb: New Orleans Fang Fest, 1995. Mina’s having a summer to die for. 17-year-old Mina, from England, arrives in New Orleans to visit her estranged sister, Libby. After growing up in the town that inspired Dracula, Mina loves nothing more than a creepy horror movie. She can’t wait to explore the city’s darkest secrets – vampire tours, seedy bars, spooky cemeteries, disturbing local myths… And it gets even better when Mina lands a part-time job at a horror movie mansion and meets Jared, Libby’s gorgeous housemate, co-worker and fellow horror enthusiast. But the perfect summer bliss is broken when, while exploring the mansion, Mina stumbles upon the body of a girl with puncture marks on her neck, clutching a lock of hair that suspiciously resembles Libby’s… Someone is replicating New Orleans’ most brutal supernatural killings. Mina must discover the truth and prove her sister’s innocence before she becomes the victim of another myth.
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
I picked this book up when it was released last year and it’s been staring at me from my shelves ever since, especially as I keep hearing great things about it.
Blurb: It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over. Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball … are forfeit. But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world …
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I read the first book in this series last month and absolutely loved it!! I can’t wait to get stuck into this 600-page monster 😍
Blurb: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now possesses the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, the mesmerising High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates his dark web of political games and tantalising promises, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can step into her growing power, heal her fractured soul and have the courage to shape her own future – and the future of a world cloven in two.
The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan
I remember seeing this book and thinking it had the same vibes as The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal which I thoroughly enjoyed so I’m finally putting my perceptions to the test and giving it a go!
Blurb: What kind of person keeps a man underground for seven years? And who would agree to be part of such an experiment? Herbert Powyss lives on a small estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable cultivation of exotic plants and trees. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to the Royal Society in London. He hits on a radical experiment in isolation: for seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the cellar of the manor house, fitted out with books, paintings and even a chamber organ. Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter. The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact; the subject will keep a diary of his daily thoughts and actions. The pay? Fifty pounds per annum, for life. Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job: John Warlow, a semi-literate labourer with a wife and six children to provide for. The experiment, a classic Enlightenment exercise gone more than a little mad, will have unforeseen consequences for all included.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
I was a big fan of the TV adaption of this book so have really high hopes! I’ve read some Neil Gaiman before but have never ventured into the realms of Terry Pratchett so I’m intrigued to see if I enjoy this one as much as I hope I will.
Blurb: According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea… People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. This time though, the armies of Good and Evil really do appear to be massing. The four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. But both the angels and demons – well, one fast-living demon and a somewhat fussy angel – would quite like the Rapture not to happen. Oh, and someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
I received a free copy of this book a year or so ago but kept having to put it down to quickly read something else and I never got around to providing a full review. It’s definitely about time that’s changed, plus a friend recently read it and raved about it!
Blurb: Victim. Survivor. Abductor. Criminal. You will become each one. Your phone rings. A stranger has kidnapped your child. To free them you must abduct someone else’s child. Your child will be released when your victim’s parents kidnap another child. If any of these things don’t happen, your child will be killed. You are now part of the chain.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I was very kindly gifted this book during a Secret Santa exchange at Christmas and it’s been on my wishlist for so long that it needs a priority spot on this month’s TBR.
Blurb: For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
What a Time to be Alone by Chidera Eggerue
Continuing my attempt to read one of my non-fiction picks a month, we’re going for this beauty. I recently bought the journal that goes alongside it so having them both out together should be really fun to go through.
Blurb: The Slumflower will be your life guru, confidante and best friend. She’ll show you that being alone is not just okay: it’s just about the best freaking thing that’s ever happened to you. As she says, `You’re bad as hell and you were made with intention.’ It’s about time you realised. Peppered with insightful Igbo proverbs from Chidera’s Nigerian mother and full of her own original artwork, What A Time To Be Alone will help you navigate the modern world. We can all decide our own fates and Chidera shows us how, using a three-part approach filled with sass, wisdom and charm. Learn how to celebrate YOU – decide your self-worth, take time to heal and empower yourself in this messy world. Don’t worry about THEM – avoid other people’s demons and realise that everyone is protecting themselves from something – no matter how aggressive their method.Feel the togetherness in US – sustain and grow healthy relationships and avoid toxicity in your friendships. Own your story. Create your own narrative. Read this book.
Do set a monthly TBR? Or maybe you’re a mood reader? How do you decide what you’ll read next? I’d love to know!
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