April TBR 2018!


This month has a…. vaguely disappointing tbr sadly. My 10000 word dissertation is due in at the end of the month so I’ve tried to keep it small just to be realistic about my free time. So this month I have 6 books on my tbr. If you’d like to watch my YouTube video of my tbr click here!


Book number one was Boy Snow Bird, as when I planned my tbr I hadn’t finished it and didn’t think I’d get to it. Turns out I underestimated myself! I finished this book at the end of March so it’s no longer on April’s tbr (obviously). It was a really interesting read, but I was really let down by the ending. It could’ve been a 4/5 star read if the ending had been done well.


36355075Book two is Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith, and I started reading this book in March and am around a third of the way into it. It’s a non-fiction read about Octopodes and their evolution and intelligence and is an incredibly interesting read. I actually have a phobia of anything that lives in water, and I’m attempting to slowly overcome this. I think the book is helping a little as I can actually stand to look at photos of octopi! Small victories haha.


Book three is The Comedy of Errors, a Shakespeare play. I bought this along with Macbeth and Othello from a charity shop earlier this year and I read Macbeth in March. I’d really like to read more of Shakespeare’s work and I’m really hoping I’ll enjoy this play as the premise sounds interesting.


32827036Book number four is Ink by Alice Broadway, which has an absolutely stunning cover! This image does not do it justice as it is shiny foil and just…ugh ♥

I really can’t wait to pick this one up as I feel like it will be a book which fully sucks me into its world.


The last two books on this months tbr are on my Kindle, rather than physical copies like the above books.


The fifth book is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I got to see her at NYAListFest and saw her interviewed by Samantha Shannon. Seeing her talking about this book and also learning more about the concept and the background has really made me want to read it! I’m about a third of the way through so far, and I really hope I can finish it this month!



The final book which is on my April tbr is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I actually read this on the train from my parents house back to mine, and have a review up on my blog already which you can find here! This was such a good, engrossing read and although it had it’s issues I definitely want to continue on and read the next book when it comes out!


I’m really hoping that I’ll manage to get through these this month, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t. I need to prioritise right now, however much I’d rather just curl up with a good book and forget the world!

The Guilty Reader

I don’t read enough.

There I said it, I definitely don’t. I have my dissertation to think about and so much other stuff that sadly takes priority right now, along with me just plain being lazy. Looking at my books when I’m at university is a bit of a guilt trip, I really want to read them. They’re there because I want to read them. But I just don’t have the time!

It’s even worse when I visit home, which I did recently for the Easter holidays. I get to see all my old favourite reads, which is lovely, but I also get to see the 150+ books I own that are on my tbr list. And I know I don’t have time to read them! Part of me wants to declutter and unhaul some of these books just to make the list more manageable, but I feel like that’s a waste of money :/ It’s genuinely a struggle. I don’t feel like I’m ever at home long enough to be able to sit on a decision of unhauling and really make up my mind to get rid of some of this absolutely massive tbr. I picked these books up for a reason, I clearly want to read them. But will I ever actually get round to it? Who knows? Maybe once my dissertation is finished and I move back into my parents’ house in the summer I can just spend all of my time reading and try and get through as many books as possible.

Unfortunately, I think any sort of action has to be taken a few months in the future. I need to focus on finishing up my higher education as best as I can and that doesn’t involve setting reading challenges for myself… sadly…

For now, I just have to live with the fact that my tbr pile is far too large and there is nothing that can be done at the minute about this other than trying not to buy any more books. I am on an attempted book buying ban from now on! Let’s see how long that lasts!