April TBR 2020! (ft. OWLS, Murakami Marathon, etc.)

Hello everyone and welcome to my slightly belated April TBR!!! Please excuse me if I happen to not mention that I have already read some of the books on this list…. Also, I’ve got lots of prompts and readathons happening this month, so feel free to skip to the part where I actually list the books I’m going to be reading if you’re not interested in that!

This is yet another long TBR (14 and a bit books), but I decided not to make it less ambitious than March, seeing as I was really successful in March, and I’m only going to have more time in April (I’m at home due to coronavirus, and I do the IB, so I no longer have any schoolwork to do either. I essentially have six months of freetime now… except it’s scary and I can’t leave the house… *totally not at all worried no not me*.


Welcome to the improved edition of my TBR Game! I trialed this last month, and have since changed some prompts, added some prompts etc. The cards are also smaller this time around!

If you’re unfamiliar with how the game works, essentially I just pull cards from a pile and match a book to the prompt. The catch is that all of my books for the TBR have to fit the prompts, and I’m only allowed 1 do-over! This month I had a couple of readathons to fit in, namely the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon hosted by G of Book Roast, and the Murakami Marathon, which is co-hosted by the lovely Adele @BookishDella and some other book bloggers/youtubers.

I decided not to talk about which book was for each card etc. because it feels a bit clunky, but let me know if you would like me to do that in future!

For the Magical Readathon, you pick a career, which I have yet to do. Therefore, I have picked prompts to fulfill three possible careers: a Hogwarts Professor, a writer, or a ministry worker in the Department of International Magical Cooperation. I will also be taking the Merpeople Linguistics training course as well. That means I will be fulfilling the following prompts:

  • Herbology- Mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an M
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts- Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast
  • History of Magic- Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards
  • Muggle Studies- book from the perspective of a muggle
  • Charms- Lumos Maxima: white cover
  • Potions- Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages
  • Transfiguration- Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

I might fulfill some of the other prompts as well, but I won’t be putting them on my TBR, as I don’t need to!

Now that all of that is out of the way, here are the books I’m going to read this month!


I’ve been reading Shooting an Elephant for awhile now, and whilst I have no intention of finishing it this month, I would like to get around to at least 4 essays this month!

Magic Bites and Magic Burns are the first two books in the Kate Daniels series, and I’ve been on a bit of an Ilona Andrews kick recently, so I’m looking forward to rereading these. They’re also going to fulfill both the History of Magic and Transfiguration prompts for the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon.

The Starless Sea is a book that I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I’ve been waiting for a new Erin Morgenstern book since I read The Night Circus a couple of years ago, but equally I have such high expectations that it is slightly intimidating, so I’m going to use it for the Defence Against the Dark Arts prompt to help encourage (read: force) me to finally read it!

Untold Night and Day was on last month’s TBR, but I only read a couple of pages, so I’m including it here and letting it count for the Muggle Studies prompt as well. (Finally making a dent in my pile of unread Korean fiction!) I also have a couple of unread Tennessee Williams books that I really need to get to, so The Glass Menagerie will help with that! It will also fulfil the Potions prompt.

The Magical Language of Others is a memoir, and I don’t think I’ve ever read one before (at least not in the past five or six years), so this will be a new experience for me! It also fits the Herbology prompt.

Continuing my recent foray into Japanese literature, I’m going to read If Cats Disappeared from the World this month (for Charms!). During the Murakami Marathon I’m also going to read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Everyone was loving The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo last year (and maybe the year before?), so I’m finally hopping on the bandwagon! In my research looking for new books to read, I also did a lot of research into fantasy novels and The Goblin Emperor piqued my interest, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

The Cat and the City is a short story collection that comes out at the beginning of May, so I definitely want to read the ARC this month! I refuse to be almost two months behind again!

Of all the Shakespeare plays I own, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the only one that I have yet to read, so I figured I might as well reda it this month, as it’s pretty short and I definitely needed some short books on this TBR! Speaking of short books, The Lady and the Little Fox is also only about 80-90 pages, so I should hopefully be able to get to that one as well.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms isn’t part of N. K. Jemisin’s most popular series, but the concept for this one interests me, whereas the one for the Shattered Earth series doesn’t interest me as much, so I will be reading this one!

And that’s all! (That sounds so wrong when there are so many books on this TBR, but oh well.)

What are you planning to read this month? Are you taking part in any readathons?

Also please let me know if you’ve read any of these books!!

Happy reading,

Keira x.

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Keira @Headphones&Hyperboles

Hi! I'm Keira and I'm the author here at Headphones and Hyperboles. It's nice to meet you :) I like to read and listen to music (obviously), but I also really like sleeping, eating chocolate and going out to eat with friends.

4 thoughts on “April TBR 2020! (ft. OWLS, Murakami Marathon, etc.)”

  1. Good luck with your readathon!! I hope that you’ll surpass March and read even more, with having to stay home and all that. I kinda.. shuffled reading onto before bed only, as i’m mostly playing Animal Crossing on my days off 😅 (yep, my coffee shop is still going..)

    the magical language of others and the cat and the city both appeals to me.. but as i’m not so sure about memoirs, i’ll add only the second one onto my virtual wanna read!

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