Books I’ll Be Reading in April — Eighteen Titles & Four Readathons To Come Back From A Reading Slump

The first three months of this year haven’t been the best in terms of my reading progress, which is why I’m currently twenty-four books behind schedule on my Goodreads yearly challenge — friendly reminder: don’t let any stats control your happiness — so I’ve decided to plan ahead for April. Readathons have often worked in my favour and this month, I’ll be doing four. I also have some early copies I need to prioritise. Wish me luck! ✨

↣ READATHONS

⚡️ Mythothon – the fourth round is focusing on Arthurian legend with a goal to complete the team challenge and assemble the knights through a quest to save Camelot. For a total of thirteen prompts — including the group read + twelve prompts — I’ll be reading seven books. More info here. ➵ april 01 – 30

🌙 Ramadan Readathon – with Ramadan starting just twelve days from now, it’s the perfect time and reason for me to read some books by Muslim authors that I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while now. [note: read books by Muslim authors all year round] Since there are no prompts, I’m hoping to read as many as I can but four books are high on the list. Find out more here. ➵ april 12 – may 12

🌕 Read Fat Positive – all about reading books with positive fat representation, especially avoiding the “fat character loses weight to solve all their problems” trope, this readathon will happen through a week of reading as many such books as one can. Considering my reading speed, I’m thinking of four titles with no pressure of reading all four. Use #ReadFatPositive! ➵ april 07 – 13

💡 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – the entire idea of reading for twenty-four hours is so enticing that I can’t miss out on this edition of one of the most famous readathons. With no prompts or such, I haven’t selected any specific books but whatever I read will be something listed in this post! More info here. ➵ april 25

↣ TITLES I NEED TO READ

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

“heartbroken after her boyfriend’s death, Julie calls him to hear his voicemail – but he picks up, giving them a second chance at goodbye.”

🌸 fabulism meant to make me cry
🌸 pain of losing a loved ones is heavy
🌸 emotional romance serving my single soul

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.

🌿 one of your favourite authors can never disappoint, right?
🌿 a fantasy of manners, elegance, and grace
🌿 telekinesis is the only fantastical element

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

“attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

☔ peter pan retold in a modern alternate universe
☔ missing children + scary woods
☔ second chance romance in a dark atmosphere

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

“as the two rival app developers clash again and again, Annika finds herself drawn into Hudson;s fast-paced, high velocity, utterly shallow world. Only, from up close, he doesn’t seem all that shallow. 

💙 dating app developers might date each other
💙 female friendships and dad-daughter bonding
💙 rivals to lovers by one of my favourite authors is hard to miss

Sisters of the Snake by Sarena & Sasha Nanua

“a deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.”

🌱 indian-inspired anything is my cup of chai
🌱 the princess and the pauper retold
🌱 debut authors say ‘come for the disney vibes, stay for the naan

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

“on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.”

⚡ feminist book skewers the patriarchy
⚡ ostracised girls fight a world of misogyny and bigotry
⚡ dismantling rituals, beliefs, and oppressive systems

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“Laia, the rebels’ spy, meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. They will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”

🔪 high fantasy exploring the brutality of oppression
🔪 a spy saving her brother; a soldier looking to escape
🔪 love quadrangle means twice the feels, correct?

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

“Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them.”

💜 parents accidentally setting up perfect matches
💜 fat protagonist is a formidable track athlete & more
💜 open communication + lots of kissing = perfect

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

“even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realizes that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt.”

🌊 online fan fiction charm leads to romance
🌊 references and pays tribute to Braime [from GOT]
🌊 author’s love letter to fandom, fatness, and found family

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

“when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing–he asked Amelia, her best friend out first.”

🌼 friendship treads insecurities the world throws at them
🌼 conversations around body positivity + biracial identity
🌼 strong-willed and confident fat brown girl

The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din

“in the struggle to protect the people they love and rebuild their identities, Roma’s and Leviathan’s destinies interlock as the tyrant hunts an ancient treasure that will doom humankind should it come into his possession.”

🍂 an indo-persian world built on the devdasi system
🍂 feminist and anti-colonial themes
🍂 morally grey characters drive a quest for freedom

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

“Sunny, chaotic Eve is Jacob, the uptight B&B owner’s natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else.”

💙 a highly-praised autistic representation
💙 chaotic sunshine woman meets organised grumpy man
💙 rom-com set against a warm and cozy small town

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

“though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental.”

✨ a pride and prejudice retelling
✨ desi muslim rom-com where opposites attract
✨ raises conversation about discriminatory and cultural issues

The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

“through assassinations and massacres, in bedrooms and war rooms, Touraine and Luca will haggle over the price of a nation. But some things aren’t for sale.”

🔪 sapphic adult fantasy with high stakes and betrayal
🔪 colonialism, loyalty, faith – are all questioned
🔪 political intrigue mixed with magic

TBRs FOR READATHONS

⚡️ Mythothon

nimueread a book set at sea: all the tides of fate by adalyn grace
arthurbook featuring royalty: sisters of the snake by sasha & sarena nanua
lancelotbook by a favourite author: make up break up by lily menon
gawaincolor green on the cover: the beautiful ones by silvia moreno-garcia
percivalbook with a shiny cover: the gilded ones by namina forna
borsread a sequel: all the tides of fate by adalyn grace
lamoraka book you think is under-hyped: the descent of the drowned by ana lal din
kaysignificant sibling relationship: sisters of the snake by sasha & sarena nanua
garethrecent addition to tbr: you’ve reached sam by dustin thao
bediveresomething pointy on the cover: the beautiful ones by silvia moreno-garcia
galahada title that stars with a ‘g’: the gilded ones by namina forna
tristanbook with legendary romance: you’ve reached sam by dustin thao
gaherislisten to an audiobook: lost in the never woods by aiden thomas
camelotset in a place you’ve never visited: lost in the never woods by aiden thomas

🌙 Ramadan Readathon

ayesha at last by uzma jalaluddin
the descent of the drowned by ana lal din
an ember in the ashes by sabaa tahir

🌕 Read Fat Positive

there’s something about sweetie by sandhya menon
fat chance, charlie vega by crystal maldonado
act your age, eve brown by talia hibbert
spoiler alert by olivia dade

TITLES I MIGHT READ

What are you planning on reading in April? Any of these you would suggest I should prioritise?

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11 thoughts on “Books I’ll Be Reading in April — Eighteen Titles & Four Readathons To Come Back From A Reading Slump

  1. Yes! You need to finally read AEITA!!!
    Also, I need to read a bunch of these books as well, so lemme know if you wanna buddy read 👉🏼👈🏼

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  2. Ah wow you’ve got some amazing books on your TBR here, yay! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Sisters of the Snake and Spoiler Alert especially, both are on my TBR as well and they sound so good! 🙂

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  3. So many great books on this list! I hope you’re able to get to all of them in April! I didn’t know that Dewey’s 24hr readathon is happening this month. I have to try and be a part of it at least once haha.

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  4. The Gilded Ones is one of my new favorite fantasy novels of all time!! I loved the entire book and can’t wait for the next one. The Ones We’re Meant to Find is on my April TBR and so is She Who Became the Sun, both of which I’ve heard great things about.

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  5. first of all your blog post looks so pretty! thank you so much for joining Read Fat Positive. i’m going to be reading fat chance charlie vega too! and i really hope you’ll love spoiler alert because it’s soooo good 🥰

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