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

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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 8 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…

May 2018TBR

 

Note: I will be out of the country for ~3 weeks in May, so I may not get to read a lot. I’ve only selected these 6, but I hope to read more. If I do, you’ll see them show up in next month’s update!

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James’s 18 April Read Books

*Includes my own book published this month (Father Figure) and 4 Agatha Christie books from the Readathon

Scripting the Truth
Scripting the Truth — Rating & review coming on May 2nd, 2018
Father Figure
it was amazing

My second novel is now available via this Amazon link. It is available both in e-format and physical format. To see more about the upcoming launch plans and read a short sample, check out Father Figure.A book blitz will happen all over…

The Secret Adversary
really liked it
I am hosting an Agatha Christie Readathon on my blog in April 2018 where we are reading one of her books each week. The first book up, The Secret Adversary, is the initial entry in the Tommy & Tuppence cozy mystery series she’s written. …
A Column of Fire
it was amazing
I’ve reviewed ~575 books in the last few years and don’t often give out 5 stars. I can be a bit stingy as I want the book to just completely knock me over. Ken Follett is one of few authors who consistently impress, excite, and satisfy t…
The Impact of a Single Event
really liked it
In the Fall of 2017, I won The Impact of a Single Event by R.L. Prendergast in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was finally able to make time to read it, and I’m so sorry I waited this long. It was superb! I initially entered the contest because …
The Phantom Tree
really liked it
Last year, I read another novel by Nicola Cornick and found myself eager to try The Phantom Tree when I saw it listed on NetGalley. I was awarded the book about a month ago and scheduled it for this week. If you’ve never read something f…
Peril at End House
really liked it
Peril at End House, the eighth book in the Hercule Poirot cozy mystery series, was selected as the next book to read in the April 2018 Agatha Christie Readathon that I’m hosting on my blog at This Is My Truth Now. Four weeks of books fro…
Playing With Bonbon Fire
really liked it

Why This Book

I belong to a cozy mystery group that offers a few giveaways to read ARCS each month. I won Playing With Bonbon Fire by Dorothy St. James and picked it up in between my Agatha Christie Readathon books this week….

Then She Was Gone
really liked it
I read a Lisa Jewell novel last year and connected immediately with her writing style, tone, and voice. When Then She Was Gone showed up on NetGalley last month, I immediately requested it and added it to my reading queue for April. I re…
Providence
liked it
When the newest book, Providence, by Caroline Kepnes became available, I excitedly requested and downloaded it on NetGalley. Her first book, You, is one of my favorites, and her second, Hidden Bodies, was very strong. I rushed through Pr…
The Curse
really liked it
If you’ve read my book reviews before, you probably know that they tend to be mysteries, thrillers, historical or contemporary fiction; however, you also know I’m branching out to try a few different genres, including romance, fantasy an…
Three Classic Mysteries Starring Miss Marple: A Murder is Announced /The Body in the Library / Murder With Mirrors
really liked it
This review is for The Body in the Library, the third cozy mystery book in the Miss Marple series, written by Agatha Christie in 1942. I read this book at least once in the past, and even wrote a very brief review on Goodreads in 2017 wh…
Our Little Secret
liked it

Why This Book

I was either approached by the publisher or received the book, Our Little Secret written by Roz Nay in 2018, through NetGalley. I liked the premise of the story and saw it was getting positive reviews, so I took…

Us Against You
it was amazing
Where does one begin when it comes to describing an author whose books constantly amaze you to the point you cannot easily put them down for any reason other than an emergency? Fredrik Backman has struck gold with the second book in the …
Last Girl Gone
really liked it
Starting off this review by saying it’s right around 4.5 stars for this one… Everyone once in a while, a writer truly catches you off guard with either a story arc or a plot twist. It’s especially powerful when it’s a new writer you’ve…
The Murder at the Vicarage
really liked it
A solid 4.5 stars for Murder at the Vicarage, the first novel in the Miss Marple cozy mystery series, written by Agatha Christie in 1930. I’ve read ~ten novels by Christie and this one is near the top of the list for me. From the charact…
Just One Damned Thing After Another
really liked it
At some point last year, I must have been on a kick to enter tons of Goodreads Giveaways in the hopes I’d get a bunch of free books. Included in that over-zealous moment was Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. I tend to g…
Final Resting Place: A Lincoln and Speed Mystery
really liked it
Earlier this year, the Crooked Lane publishing company suggested several books that I might be interested in reading. Final Resting Place: A Lincoln and Speed Mystery by Jonathan F. Putnam is one of those books. It is the third book in t…

 

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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27 thoughts on “May 2018 TBR… and what did I read in April?

    tahenryauthoress said:
    April 30, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    A couple of those books look good, Playing with Bonbon Fire totally got my attention. I am such a sucker for a good pun name.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 30, 2018 at 6:09 PM

      Yes, totally! It was a cute book. I want to read the first one I missed now. 🙂

      As for Scripting the Truth, well… I finished it this morning and I really really enjoyed it. Will work on a review tomorrow and share with you. GREAT job!

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    Noriko said:
    April 30, 2018 at 7:27 PM

    See? We are tied! You finished 18 books, huh? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 30, 2018 at 7:28 PM

      But well after you! I started 19 but I won’t finish it tonight.

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        Noriko said:
        April 30, 2018 at 7:32 PM

        lool Let’s see how many books you can chow down in May!!

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 30, 2018 at 7:32 PM

        Much less! I leave on 5/13 so I really only have half a month.

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        Noriko said:
        April 30, 2018 at 7:33 PM

        Oh, yes. I’ve just read it but how could I forget that already??? There must be something wrong with my short-term memory… (that sucks lol)

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 30, 2018 at 7:34 PM

        Just too many books nlok

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    scr4pl80 said:
    April 30, 2018 at 8:51 PM

    You amaze me. When I was a teenager I could read all that because I had no boyfriend to take up my time (and I worked in a library!) Even before I was married I could read a lot but now, if I get a chapter in every night before I go to sleep I’m counting it a good night.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 30, 2018 at 9:13 PM

      Thank you. It’s not easy. I force myself to stop and read at 10 each night. You have several jobs, kids and a business to support. It’s a lot!

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    You had a great reading month Jay! Several of these are already on my tbr thanks to you.😊

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    April 30, 2018 at 11:07 PM

    I was hoping to win a copy of convo de murder. lol. will have to checkout out when I have a chance.

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    May 1, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    Looks like you read some good ones this month. Have a wonderful vacation!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 1, 2018 at 9:43 PM

      I did.. We had a few in common, too. I will be gone 5/14 thru 6/2, but posting a few times… and I have a surprise guest!

      Like

    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    May 1, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    Seems like you had a pretty good month!

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    May 10, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    Your plan is too scripted for my taste. Leave room for spontaneity, please.

    Liked by 1 person

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