My Stress-Free April TBR

Hello Readers! I hope you’re all well! I really don’t want to talk about my reading in March right now, but my reading life tanked and I ended the month in a bit of a slump. I felt pretty confused and crummy about it–I can’t remember the last time I’ve hit a slump like this. Now when I have ample time to read, I can’t seem to force myself to pick up a book. I keep finding excuses not to. But I read this article, “What to Do if You CAN’T Read Right Now” by Sheila Loesch on Bookriot and was relieved to hear someone else say they were experiencing the same thing. So, instead of planning out my reading in April, I’m going to have a few reads I hope to get to, but not put too much pressure on myself–leave it open for some mood reading. Anyone else having a difficult time reading?

(Link to Goodreads synopsis through book title.)

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

This is my current read–and with my slump I haven’t made much progress–but what I’ve read, I’ve loved! I’m determined to finish this one soon!

Synopsis: Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

I have one ARC that will be published this month, and it’s one I only received at the end of March. I’d never heard of it before it showed up, but the reviews are great. Hopefully I can get to it!

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Synopsis: In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking column went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love.

Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman—accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. “Everything I know about love,” she writes, “I learned from dogs.” Their love enables us pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves. 


(Copied straight from my March TBR…maybe it’ll happen in April??) When I received the invitation to read What You Wish For on Netgalley, I may have squealed… It’s another one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and even though it won’t be published until the summer, I’m hoping to read it this month. 🙂

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Synopsis: Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.


Do we share any books on our TBRs? Have you read any of these books yet? Are you taking advantage of some extra reading time or in a slump, like me? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

11 thoughts on “My Stress-Free April TBR”

  1. I requested What You Wish For on NG and got rejected and then it went up as a “Read Now” and I couldn’t request it coz I got rejected 😅 Sad times. I’m excited to read more Katherine Center though. And I’m definitely keen to pick up Honey Don’t List! I totally feel you about the reading slump feels towards the end of March. For me it was mostly because of my gaming picking up but I’m now really struggling to get back into reading again. My mood is just on a downer 😭 But I hope that one of these books manages to pull you back into reading, Dedra! For sure you’re not alone in the feeling <3

    1. The same thing happened to me with The Honey-Don’t List. I was rejected and then a few weeks right before it was published I got an invite from the publisher. So weird, but I’ll take it! I did finish The Honey-Don’t List last night and I really enjoyed it! It will definitely help push me out of the slump. 🙂 Hopefully you can find that right book, too. <3

  2. I hope you get out of your slump soon! I’ve been enjoying reading, and haven’t seen much of a downturn in how much I’ve been reading… but I have noticed a change in the kind of books I’ve been picking up. Nothing too serious, please! I’ve been drawn toward light, happy books. (So much for the deeper and larger tomes I had on the spring TBR initially…) I hope April is good to you!

    1. Yes, I’m trying to stick to happier reads. I also had some more serious books on my tbr, but they will have to wait longer. 😉 Stay well and happy reading!

  3. That’s a great way to go when in a slump! I hope you get out of it soon. I know that it’s been tough on a lot of people right now.

    1. Thanks! I did manage to finish The Honey-Don’t List and I really enjoyed it! Stay well and happy reading!

  4. I felt the same at the end of March. I finished reading some series that I was in the middle of, as well as some ARCs that I had to get done…and then I was stuck. I didn’t really want to read anything. I went back to my tried and true Stephen King and I did enjoy the book, but I’m still kind of feeling meh about next books. I picked up another ARC so I will be forced to read that, then hopefully after I will be back to normal! I find lately I can read faster and longer on my e-reader so I’m moving towards any e-books I have over physical ones.

    1. It’s nice to know we’re not alone, right? It is hard when I see others flying through stacks of books and I feel like I should be doing that too, but that’s ridiculous. We all handle stress differently! I do read better at night when there’s less distractions–typically on my e-reader, as well. So thankful we have those! Hopefully we’ll both find our way out of our slumps in April. <3

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