April prompts | my monthly to-read list

In 2019, I’m using monthly prompts to set a to-read list for myself. If you haven’t read my previous to-read lists for January, February or March, all I do is use a random number generator to pick 3 or 4 prompts from the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge. I then try to match the chosen prompts of the month with books on my TBR (both physical and digital) or borrowed books. It works quite well, because it gives me something to focus on, but doesn’t tie me to a specific read.

April’s to-read list will be especially tentative, because I do want to participate in the O.W.Ls/the Magical Readathon which takes place this month. If you want to see what I plan on reading for that, you can do so here. Let’s take a look at the prompts the number generator picked for us this time!


The Blade Itself (First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
I picked up a beautiful copy of this novel at YALC in 2017, and still haven’t read it. From what I gathered from the synopsis, it follows a barbarian, a nobleman, an inquisitor, and a wizard. Sign me up, beccuase that’s everything I love about fantasy novels.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Another book I picked up at YALC, although this one I bought in 2018. It’s a YA contemporary novel about a girl who was raised in a cult, rebelled, and was punished by the removal of her hands.

a book with a plant in the title or on the cover

Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
Someone make me read this immediately. It’s been on my shelf for years, I’ve added it to countless to-read lists, and it was written by one of my favorite fantasy authors. I’m so disappointed in myself for not having read this yet.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
This book has both trees on the cover and in the title! I mentioned it in last month’s to-read list as well, but didn’t manage to pick it up. Under the Udala Trees is set in Nigeria, and was inspired by its folktales and war.

Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Jones
I’ve had this fantasy novel on my Kindle for a while, but keep putting it off. I was really excited about this book before it was released, but then started hearing not-so-great things from other reviewers. I do want to give it a try though, so I might as well do it in April.

a book featuring an amateur detective

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
Her Every Fear follows a woman called Kate, who switches houses with her cousin in Boston for a while to change her environment. She experiences anxiety and panic attacks regularly, after her ex-boyfriend abducted her and tried to kill her. She figures that changing her environment from London to Boston will do her some good. Shortly after she moves, she finds out that her new neighbor has been murdered and Kate becomes involved in the mystery. That counts as an amateur detective, right?

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
This dual timeline thriller plays out both in 1950 and 2014 at the Idlewild Hall for Unwanted Girls. In 1950, 4 roommates are trading secrets and whispers when one of them disappears. In 2014, journalist Fiona Sheridan discovers that a body has been found during the renovations of the school. She can’t forget that her sister went missing near the Hall 20 years earlier either, so Fiona decides to investigate.

a book revolving around a puzzle or game

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Cixin Liu
I recently made an acquisition request for this book at my local library, and was over the moon when the request was granted. Perfectly in time for this month’s prompt. Apparently, part of this book is about a VR game? I’m not entirely clear on the details of that one, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

The Eight (The Eight #1) by Katherine Neville
This book has been on my Kindle for ages. I bought it because I picked up the second book in this series in a secondhand bookstore by accident. Well, I didn’t buy it by accident, I just wasn’t aware it was part of a series. So I have to read this one first, before I can get to the sequel. I’m curious to see how this one goes, because the main character is a ‘computer expert’ and this novel was written in the 80s…

I’ve got my April to-read list sorted! Like I mentioned, this is a loose TBR especially because the magical readathon is taking place this month too. Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I read and review first?


10 thoughts on “April prompts | my monthly to-read list

  1. The Three Body Problem seems so interesting! I am definitely going to have to check that one out. And I recommend Age of Myth! It’s the only Sullivan novel I’ve read, but it’s really stuck with me and I enjoyed it a lot.


  2. Oh man, Joe Abercrombie is one of my favourite authors ever! The Blade Itself is great, but the next two books, as well as the standalones, are even better! I love the way he subverts fantasy tropes


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