I had a bit of a TBR panic in mid-April. By that I mean, my TBR pile felt like an actual pressure. I was rushing to get certain books read by their publication dates, while secretly wanting to be reading something else, and I KNOW that’s not a positive way to be reading. Either for myself or for the actual book I feel I should, rather than want, to read?
I had a word with myself (‘it’s reading, Jen, your favourite thing to do, don’t let this turn negative!’) and whipped out some books that just weren’t making me fizz with excitement at the thought of reading them from my list. Streamlining my TBR like this worked wonders and I really ended up enjoying the books I felt I had a little more control over reading!
It’s these odd book blogging moments when the commitment side takes over from the enjoyment side that always make me stop and think. Reading is primarily a true joy and escapism for me – I never want it to feel like work.
So, now that I’ve reminded myself of that – onto the amazing books I read…
My April Book Reviews:
(Click on book title for my full review.)
/ Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly
/ Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner
/ Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
/ Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan
/ Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
/ The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea
/ Snowflake by Louise Nealon
I will make this easy and say that they are ALL amazing reads. Depending on your mood we have… two thrillers (Watch Her Fall and Greenwich Park), two books that really randomly (as in, I didn’t know they had this in common before I read them) are set in Scotland and feature identical twins as their lead characters (Mirrorland and The Metal Heart) and three contemporary novels that couldn’t be more different, but all so eloquently and entertainingly shine a light on different women’s lives (Snowflake, Insatiable and Girl, Woman, Other).
Hope you’ve all had a good reading month, what have you been enjoying?