Whereas before, I was reading essays and extracts for university this semester, this month I have to start on the four novels on my required reading list which means less time for fun reading *sniff*sniff*. I’m still putting three YA books on my TBR because I want to get to them ASAP. The books I’ll be reading for class (listing them here because it’ll completely ruin the aesthetic of the post otherwise) are In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath—did anyone guess I that I’m taking a non-fiction course? I might also pick up Great Expectations by Charles Dickens to help the first-year student I privately tutor.
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
I realised when writing my post for Monthly Recommendations in March that I really haven’t read that many Own Voices books and that I needed to do something about it. Unfortunately, most diverse reads (thus Own Voices books) have a contemporary setting—which I rarely enjoy—so I was ecstatic to find this Own Voices historical paranormal that sounds right up my alley! It’s won so many awards; it’s sure to be amazing.
A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
I saw a post featuring this book on Trisha’s (from Trisha Talks Texts) Instagram and just knew it would be amazing! I picked it up from my library in March but didn’t get the chance to read it then, so I’m reading it now. I can’t wait to add another #LoveOzYA book to my favourites list!
Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
I didn’t know I needed this until it existed. Even though I’m not a huge Hamilton fan (although I’m sure I would be if I saw the musical because musicals are THE BEST), I’m really excited to read some YA historical fiction set in this period—and a romance, no less! Last year I became obsessed with the TV show TURN: Washington’s Spies (I binge-watched all three seasons in less than two weeks…) and I am desperately in need of something to hold me over until season four airs.
There are so many great books coming out in the next few months! The April releases I’m most excited for are: