April 2018 TBR… and what did I read in March?

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In the hopes I can control my all-too-frequent impulse purchases and agreements to read new books, I started a new monthly segment on my blog where I list all the books I will read in the upcoming month. I hope that having something written, where I can be held accountable, helps me keep from increasing the TBR until I clear off many books I already want to read. I am going to plan ~10 books each month, which is in-line with my 2018 Goodreads challenge to read in total 104 books (two per week). I’ve left some room to add anything in case I win an ARC or have a due date for an unplanned read. That said, let’s dive into next month’s planned reads…

April TBR

It’s the Agatha Christie Readathon on my blog in April, so check it out! 

And if you’re curious what I read in March, here you go:

James’s March 2018 Read Books

Happily
it was amazing

Why This Book

I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Happily by Chauncey Rogers this week and am grateful for that opportunity. I’ve been a fan of the author’s work ever since I read one of his earlier novels, Cleavin…

My Cousin Rachel
really liked it

Why This Book

After reading Rebecca several years ago, I placed My Cousin Rachel, another of Daphne du Maurier’s famed novels, on my To Be Read (TBR) shelf. Earlier this year, a Goodreads buddy, Michael, and I were chatting a…

A Man Called Ove
it was amazing

Why This Book

I run a monthly poll on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog via my Book Bucket List. Followers get to choose from a list of the twelve books I own and want to read in the near future. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman w…

W is for Wasted
really liked it
When Sue Grafton passed away about 3 months ago, and her family said they wouldn’t be publishing the final 26th book of the Alphabet series, I was very disappointed. The world lost a fantastic writer, creator and author, not to mention h…
Simple Observations: A Humorous Look at the Absurdity of the World Around Us
really liked it
A few weeks ago, I saw a post that a blogger I follow, Patrick Dykie, had published a book called Simple Observations: A Humorous Look at the Absurdity of the World Around Us. He’d offered the book via BookGrabbr, a fun new site I am als…
Better Late Than Never
really liked it
When I need a go-to, guaranteed solid and sure-fire cozy mystery, I look to Jenn McKinlay for her wonderful settings, characters and plots. In the seventh book of the Library Lover’s mystery series, I found another good read with Better …
Time, Tide, & Trouble
really liked it
Author Carolyn L. Dean created the Ravenwood Cove Cozy mystery series just a few years ago and has been publishing 2 or 3 books each year. I enjoy the setting, characters, and lighthearted romance and mystery stories. I am trying to catc…
Read and Gone
really liked it
Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t go on NetGalley, I did… then I requested a few books… then I was awarded said books… and now my ‘ready to read on the shelf’ TBR is back around 25! So… I started with NetGalley reads this …
Copy Cap Murder
really liked it
Jenn McKinlay is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. I received Copy Cap Murder, the 4th book in her Hat Shop Mystery series, for Christmas and wanted to catch up on Scarlett’s capers. She’s an American transplant i…
Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow
really liked it
I’ve become such a fan of the Spells & Caramels cozy mystery series by Erin Johnson and just finished reading the fourth book, Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow. If you’ve never read the series, it’s important to start from the beginning,…
Lord of the Pies
really liked it
When I read the first book in the Kensington Palace Chef mystery series, I was immediately hooked by author Nell Hampton’s style and characters. In this second book, Lord of the Pies, I’ve found another fantastic winner. American transpl…


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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

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32 thoughts on “April 2018 TBR… and what did I read in March?

    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    March 30, 2018 at 7:59 AM

    I tried that last month… It didn’t work. Lol! I really need to be more strict with myself!

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    foodinbooks said:
    March 30, 2018 at 8:12 AM

    I was on Agatha Christie binge for a while now I’m on to Daphne du maurier. I just finished My Cousin Rachel and it’s really good. If you get a chance to see the movie with Rachel Weisz. I also recommend that.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 8:26 AM

      I definitely want to see it. I finished that book about 1 month ago… I’m curious to read your review!

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 30, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    Looking forward to my Miss Marple read in April.

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    Bella G. Bear said:
    March 30, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Oeh lots of Agatha Christies! She has such great characterisations. Enjoy this month

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 9:29 AM

      Thanks. Join the readathon if you can!

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        Bella G. Bear said:
        March 30, 2018 at 9:49 AM

        The what? It sounds familiar but can’t place it right now

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 30, 2018 at 10:39 AM

        4 Agatha Christie books in April. One per week on my blog. Bunch of people joining in!

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    Aj @ Read All The Things! said:
    March 30, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    I have A Man Called Ove sitting on my TBR shelf right now. I’ve heard good things about it. I hope you get through all your April reads!

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    March 30, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Jay how can you read Us Against You in April??? It won’t be published before June! I know I pre ordered it!!! Is it an ARC? If it is where can I find it. I loved Beartown which is somehow related…

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 12:40 PM

      Please don’t hate me!!! The publisher reached out to me and sent me a copy to read before June to help with pre-sales. They liked my review of his other books and I’ve made some contacts…

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    PerfectlyTolerable said:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    Wow 12 books in March! Thats awesome! I think I only read 2, maybe 3? I have it written down somewhere haha.

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    mistysbookspace said:
    March 30, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    Ugh I completely forgot about the Agatha Christie readathon and now I’m not sure I’m going to be able to join. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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    Colline said:
    March 30, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    I could not resist buying Ken Follet’s book and it now sits on my TBR pile 😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 8:51 PM

      It’s such a good story. 200 pages in so far. Hahaha.

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        Colline said:
        March 31, 2018 at 7:34 AM

        I am going to have to read it soonish – I have too many books on my pile to choose from 😊

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 31, 2018 at 8:10 AM

        TBRs like to give us grief, don’t they?

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        Colline said:
        March 31, 2018 at 9:10 AM

        They sure do!

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    Your March reads are quite impressive as are your planned ones for April Jay. I’m reading Carolyn Kepnes’ Providence to, so I’m particularly keen on seeing what you think of that.😊

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 31, 2018 at 8:04 AM

      I look forward to sharing thoughts on Providence! I’m glad you’re reading it, too. I didn’t know anyone else until now!

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    March 31, 2018 at 1:03 AM

    I want to binge more Agatha Christie too someday! Only got through the Murder on the Orient Express and was totally mind-blown by its greatness. Hope you love the ones you’re reading soon!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 31, 2018 at 8:06 AM

      It will be an exciting April. Too bad you can’t join in. Hope you have some good reads planned tho.

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    carhicks said:
    April 4, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Enjoy all those April reads. I forgot about Us Against You when I made my list. I was lucky enough to have the publisher reach out to me as well. Already changing my list for April, I knew I wouldn’t stick to it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 4, 2018 at 10:42 AM

      I’m so glad you got the email, too. We can compare notes in late April / May!

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    lynnetteok said:
    April 4, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    I’ve pre-ordered Providence. Caroline Kepnes is one of my all-time favorite authors!
    How do you manage to read two books a week?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM

      Hi. I found Providence on NetGalley, so I got lucky getting the early copy. I look forward to reading it later this month after my Agatha Christie items are under control.

      I generally read for 90 minutes each night before bed from 10 to 11:30, so I can cover a book in 3-days.

      Great e-meeting you.

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