Recent TBR Additions: April 2022 Edition 

My Goodreads TBR has set a new record, or at least an amount I haven’t hit in a quite awhile, at over 200 books. I really blame this on the fact that I’ve just been super into reading in general and reading new books lately. I really don’t think I’ll ever be one of those people that gets their TBR pile down, so why not embrace the madness? One thing that I do to help prioritize my reads is keep a bulleted list in my reading journal of books I’d like to read ASAP along with the books that I need to read for review.

An Offer from a Gentleman (Bridgerton #3) by Julia Quinn – Blame this addition on my love for The Viscount Who Loved Me (the book) and my obsession over Bridgerton S2 and figuring out who the main love interests might be in season 3 (unless we get some somber of Benedict/Colin.Eloise hybrid). An Offer from a Gentleman is Benedict’s love story – I loved seeing on screen in the show so I’m looking forward to seeing how the book version compares. 

True Biz by Sara NovićTrue Biz has been getting a ton of buzz since it was chosen as a Book of the Month pick for April. I actually found about it through Book Page – if you use your local library, do they offer Book Page? I’m obsessed! True Biz is set at a residential school for the deaf, following two students and the school’s headmistress. 

The Chicken Sisters by K.J. Dell’Antonia  – Do you get any book recommendations from author blurbs? I definitely do! I was reading a recent favorite, Sadie on a Plate, which is blurbed by K.J. Dell’Antonia. I definitely blame the fog that was 2022 on not knowing about her book & Reese’s Book Club pick, The Chicken Sisters, which sounds like foodie book meets family drama. 

How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder – This May & June is seriously a good book season, as I keep finding moire & more anticipated releases, including Ava Wilder’s How to Fake It in Hollywood. This June 14th release follows a Hollywood starlet up for career changing role and a PR stunt in which she fake dates a former A lister. I’ve heard that the book is a lot more serious than its illustrated cover makes it seem, exploring issues in Hollywood, grief and loss, and drug/alcohol abuse. 

Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan – J. Courtney Sullivan is an author I’ve always seen in the book community, but haven’t pick her books just yet. Ina. Instagram Q&A, Becca Freeman compared her current work in progress (if my memory recalls correctly) to Commencement and I was sold upon looking more into it, following four best friends whose friendship ebbs & flows post college. 

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Daskha Slater – The 57 Bus is actually a book I’m exploring reading with my students based on recommendations from a few middle school teachers – for context I teach middle school English Language Arts. The book is a non-fiction book about two teens in Oakland, California, who come from different racial & economic backgrounds and a reckless act that leaves one severely burned and one facing life imprisonment. 

Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? What have you recently added to your TBR? Share in the comments! 

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