April Is The Month I Finally #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

The end of the month is when I usually write a book haul post, which everyone expects and which I usually write out of a sense of obligation.

Instead of doing the same old same old, I’ve decided to challenge myself and go on a month-long book-buying ban and also participate in the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge (I believe it was started at Estella’s Revenge). 

I decided to do this because last week, I met 3 authors and bought 3 books. All 3 books were new, bought at no discount. That’s a record even for me! My wallet needs a much-deserved break. As much as I love buying new books and supporting the wonderful people who write them, I had a mini-anxiety attack when I saw how many new books I have already bought this year. And to be perfectly honest, I do not read fast enough to keep up with my book-buying addiction. 

Below are the 10 books I will try to read in April. Yes, I am a painfully slow reader so I will likely not get around to all ten of them but I will give it an earnest effort. I am committed to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks…at least for a month! Will you join me?


P.S. – I only chose 10 books because that is a manageable number. I have actually bought over 20 in 2016 and I’m not even including the eBooks. Baby steps, right? There’s no way I can give up buying books for more than a month. But variety is the spice of life, so this should be fun. 😀


What is Not Yours is Not Yours – by Helen Oyeyemi

  • I’ve been reading the best short story collections lately and I’m eager to read more!

Shelter – by Jung Yun

  • Currently Reading! A fast and thrilling read.

The Book of Negroes – by Lawrence Hill

  • Recommended by Naomi. I will definitely read this one in April!

Please Look After Mom – by Kyung-sook Shin

  • I love my mom and will always look after her. I’ve had this one for a few months now..It’s definitely time to read it. 

The Vegetarian – by Han Kang

  • I’m so ready for this peculiar book that everyone has been talking about. I actually got a free review copy, so I should probably get around that review if I want to maintain a decent reputation.


Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – by Sunil Yapa

  • I started this one and read about 65 pages, but stopped reading it after I took on a new role at my job that has been very stressful and kills my energy to read in the evenings. :/

The Association of Small Bombs – by Karan Mahajan

  • Meeting him was a pleasure! This book is more relevant now than ever.

The Other Wes Moore – by Wes Moore

  • This is my attempt at reading more nonfiction. A memoir is the best I can do for now!

Interpreter of Maladies – by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction! Need I say more? I’m hesitant to review books that have been read and discussed widely because I fear no one will care about another review. But I have to remember that this blog is for me first and foremost. And what I want is to read this book!

A Little Life – by Hanya Yanagahira

  • Meeting the author was an enlightening experience. I must read this novel so I’m willing put aside my fear of 700+ page books.

16 thoughts on “April Is The Month I Finally #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

  1. That’s a great selection you have there, but did I read that right? you’re not buying a single book for a whole month? hahahaha, good luck with that! 😉

  2. I’m looking forward to hearing about all of these! You have some good reading ahead of you this month. Of course, I’m especially keen (did I just use the word keen?) to hear what you think of The Book of Negroes, since it is one that I love (I feel protective of it like I wrote it myself – ha!).
    Please write about any book you want – new or old, good or bad – we want to know what you think!

  3. I could do with doing this challenge – I have at least a bookshelf and a half of books I own but have not read! It’s so easy to just accumulate them…! A lot of these books look super interesting – I’m excited to see some of the reviews.

  4. You should try it for at least one month this year, any month!
    I’m very excited to read these books too. I picked some of the best and I will try to review as many of them as I can. We’ll see how I do.

  5. Yaaay to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks! I am sure you will be able to swallow the urge to buy some new ones. No, I hope. 🙂 You have got wonderful titles here. I look forward to reading your posts. One of my best friends recommended ‘Please Look After Mom’ recently, and another friend asked if I would love read ‘A Little Life’ along with her. Timing! Have a great April. Happy reading! 🙂

  6. Enjoy your new books! 🙂 I never have problems with buying too many books but perhaps after graduation I will at some point have more money and then be in book buying trouble as well 😀
    10 books is a lot! I never read so many books, so kudos! Love all the books you plan to read, the Oyeyemi and Lawrence Hill are on my tbr as well. Nah I love reviews of not-new books, I want to know what everyone thinks about my faves and also it would be horrible if everyone would only blog about the new books, it would be all the same. So I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Vegetarian and Interpreter 🙂

  7. I did a TBR Dare from January till midway through February (when I totally caved,) so I applaud your reading your own books! It was good to clear out some from my physical shelves – I even gave some away after I read them! Good luck – and I can’t wait to hear what you think about the Oyeyemi! That’s on my list.

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