TBR and A-to-Z – Reflecting on April alphabet soup!

sketch of cloud with face blowing out wind April just whoooshed by, didn’t it? Suddenly it’s May 1st, BooksYALove’s second birthday!

This month, I shared twenty-six new book recommendations here, over half for books published before 2013, so I’m making progress on the TBR2012 Challenge and my overstuffed to-be-reviewed shelves, and attended the Texas Library Association annual conference in Fort Worth, where I met authors, got autographs, and received advance reader copies of upcoming titles which look amazing!

Last year was the first time I’d participated in the April A-to-Z Blog Challenge, and I really stressed out about it, trying to visit and comment intelligently on far too many participants’ blogs while squishing my recommendations into the restrictive A-on-this-day, B-on-next format (and also attending TLA with activities in every waking moment).

This year, I signed up anyway as a good way to prod myself into clearing my to-be-reviewed shelves of the great books which had just gotten passed over for even-more-wonderful books as time went along. I got a few new followers (which is one reason to do a blog challenge), and they left insightful comments (which is why you want followers), so I feel better about April A-to-Z Blog Challenge than I did last year and am likely to sign up next year to do it again (my to-be-reviewed shelves will undoubtedly refill themselves, as I read much quicker than I write recommendations).

Here are the prior-to-2013 books which I recommended in April for TBR Challenge; just click on the title to read more about it:

Fantasy/Fairy Tale:
Darkbeast – Morgan Keyes
Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses – Ron Koertge; illustrated by Andrea Dezso [in verse]

Historical fiction:
The Lost Crown – Sarah Miller
Where the Broken Heart Still Beats – Carolyn Meyer

Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes #1) – Andrew Lane

Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) – Jessica Spotswood
Exile (Mercy #2) – Rebecca Lim
Radiant Days – Elizabeth Hand

Realistic Fiction:
The Candymakers – Wendy Mass
The Day Before – Lisa Schroeder [in verse]
Freaks Like Us – Susan Vaught
The Key to the Golden Firebird – Maureen Johnson
Nothing Special – Geoff Herbach
Pink Smog: Becoming Weetzie Bat – Francesca Lia Block
Surviving High School – M. Doty
Wish You Were Here – Barbara Shoup

So, I’ve recommended 44 titles for TBR2012, including those featured in January, February, and March, with some still on my shelves! Stay tuned…

Which new-to-you pre-2013 books have you enjoyed lately?

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2 thoughts on “TBR and A-to-Z – Reflecting on April alphabet soup!

  1. I’m usually catching up on all of the previous year’s big books. Rarely am I reading something brand new. I’m always finding new books to add to my list. Thanks for your theme, I read through them earlier in the month!

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