I hope you all have read some great books this month. I have been pretty satisfied with my reading choices, and I think part of that was being okay with putting down the things I was not enjoying.
I did not do well at all with my NetGalley e-Arcs. I only managed to read one and it wasn’t even one from my TBR post. I started two others, but just could not get into them and gave up. Despite having three DNFs this month I still managed FIVE five-star reads.
Here is a breakdown of my March reading-
Total pages read: 3,860 (page count according to Goodreads of the books I finished. I didn’t include the number of pages I read of the books I DNF’d)
Number of Books Started: 19
Number of Books Finished: 14 (3 DNFs, 3 finished beginning of April)
- Physical Books- 8
- Ebooks- 5
- Audiobooks- 5
- Graphic Novels- 4
I’m not sure if you have ever noticed that my reading format numbers don’t add up to my total books started for the month. In some cases I read the same book over multiple formats, so that explains that.
And here is a closer look-
Wintersong, by S Jae Jones 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
- Oh boy did I love this book! It was my first read of the month and I fangirled HARD over it. It got 5 STARS from me. I was so surprised to have liked it so much based on what I’d been hearing about it. I haven’t read the sequel yet, even though I did buy it immediately upon finishing this book. I wrote about how much I was enjoying Wintersong in my first Currently Reading post of the month. I definitely will be re-reading this whenever I feel nostalgic for the Goblin King.
The Goblin Market and other Poems, by Christina Rosetti 🌟🌟🌟🌟
- I read this on the Kindle app because it was 60 cents on Amazon and heavily referenced in Wintersong. It was a really great read and I would certainly love a physical illustrated copy.
My Boyfriend is a Bear, by Pamela Ribon 🌟🌟🌟
- This is a graphic novel I read via NetGalley as an eARC. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I don’t think it was this. As the title suggests, this girl was in a romantic relationship with a bear. A literal bear. It was a cute story, though. And that bear actually was a really good boyfriend, but I think I was expecting it to be more of a metaphorical situation. It was interesting that some people were able to accept the relationship, and others were attempting to sabotage it. I actually found myself angry at her blonde friend who invited an ex to her birthday party. Here I am thinking ‘how dare she disrespect their relationship?!’ and then checking myself… “but this is a literal bear… how can this end well?” I was waiting for that disastrous event that I was sure was coming… I mean, it’s a bear… around people…. but it never did. Happy Ending. Cute. This was simply a cute story with very appealing art.
The Life and Death Parade, by Eliza Wass
- This was another eARC from NetGalley. I could not connect with this book. The plot summary definitely seems like something I would enjoy. I typically like dark, moody, emotional magical realism. In this case though, I could not connect with the characters and was therefor not interested in the story. The writing seemed a little choppy and abrupt to me too. I ultimately chose not to continue reading this book rather quickly. I was really struggling with it and decided there are too many things that I want to read to invest any more time in something I was not enjoying. I saw plenty of other rave reviews for this, so I may pick it up as a finished version later… sometimes a book just has to be read at the right time in order to enjoy it.
Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance 🌟
- I listened to this audiobook SOLELY because it was my book club’s choice for the month… and then I didn’t even get to go to the meetup! I HATED THIS! I initially gave it two stars on Goodreads, but ended up bumping it back to one. The family drama was the only interesting part of this. Eventually it turned into Vance basically talking about why he is better than everyone, else especially since he overcame so much. He comes off as a smarmy bull-shitter to me. Just my opinion though, apparently I’m in the minority.
Fire Song, by Adam Garnet Jones 🌟🌟🌟
- I was so excited to receive this eARC from NetGalley. I posted a review of it here.
Educated, by Tara Westover🌟🌟🌟🌟
- This is the second memoir I read this month! I don’t usually read nonfiction, so I really don’t know what got into me. But this was very good. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read about an abusive religious fanatic father. I kind of couldn’t believe that I am the same age as the author, what a different experience she had growing up!
806, by Cynthia Weil
- Another eARC from NetGalley that I just couldn’t connect with, 806 is about an unlikely trio who discover they were conceived using the same sperm donor. YA Contemporary is a very hit or miss genre for me. This one was a miss. Someone who reads this type of book might enjoy it, but I found this particular story really cheesy. None of the characters were very likable, least of all the main character KT. I also found almost every scene to be unbelievable. And also, I just have issue with the premise of looking for a sperm donor as a parent. If they were adoptive siblings looking for bio parents, I may have been more invested. But I feel like nothing about sperm donators feels very paternal to me. I feel like, a one night stand pregnancy, or abandoning a mother mid pregnancy… something like that… would make more sense as someone to look for. But not a sperm donor. I don’t know, just my thought on the subject/plot in general.
Fables volumes 1 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟, 2 🌟🌟🌟, and 3🌟🌟🌟🌟, by Bill Willingham
- Volume 1 hooked me, I gave it five stars. It felt like I was reading a really edgy version of Once Upon a Time (remember when that was a good show?) to the point were I read Snow White’s dialogue in Regina’s voice, and Bigby’s in Gold’s voice. Bigby is easily my favorite character. Volume 2 was really dark, as you might expect anything called ‘Animal Farm’ would be. I didn’t enjoy it as much, giving it 3 stars, but I liked getting more information on the structure of how things have worked for the fairy tale characters since they had to leave their land. Volume 3 was definitely better than 2 and got four stars out of me. I can’t wait to see how the series continues.
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
- As I mentioned in my March TBR post, this book was chosen for the Marauder’s Book Club group read this month. I read a paperback as well as listened to a full cast audio version of this. The version of the audio that I had (the 10th anniversary edition) was amazing. I loved reading about the gods of old living in modern America. Yes, this book was slow in a lot of places… but that is just Neil Gaiman for you. Even when the plot progression slows way down, the writing is still captivating and purposeful. It’s a five star book for me.
The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
- I would NEVER have picked this up based on the cover alone. But when I learned more about the book I knew I had to give it a read. I understood everything the main character felt. I underlined the crap out of that book whenever I came across a thought that mirrored my own when I was in high school. This is an example of YA Contemporary that totally worked for me. And it was an easy book to read all at once on a snow day while my husband entertained the kids. Five Stars! I loved it. I really want to read more by this author. I’m hoping Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda gives me all the feels.
Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
- I got this as an audiobook on the Overdrive app because it is narrated by a full cast, with Rebecca Soler narrating as the title character (She narrated all of the Lunar Chronicles books, and amazingly so). I had no idea this was written as a graphic novel. When I learned that, I was hesitant to listen because… well… how in the world would that go? Well, let me tell you. It went. I went so well. I felt like I was watching a movie… with my ears. And the story itself was so good! I definitely want to get get my boys a copy of the graphic novel. It plays a lot on the perceptions of good and evil, and separating the heroes from the villains. FIVE STARS!
The End of Oz, by Danielle Page🌟🌟🌟
- I really didn’t think I would finish this series. I didn’t think I cared that much. But one day I needed something to listen to that I wasn’t terribly invested in, so I listened to this while I did some housework. I gave this book three stars, which happens to be how I would rate the entire series (I didn’t read the novellas that go with it, and I don’t feel the need to). None of these books are written very well, but they are fun enough. Especially the first (Dorothy Must Die). I absolutely hated the ending of this book, and thus the series. It made everything so damn pointless. I do wonder though if there will be another series to come. I would probably read more by this author. I won’t expect greatness, but you don’t need every book to be great now do you?
Stars Above, by Marissa Meyer 🌟🌟🌟🌟
- I love the Lunar Chronicles and I will take more of it wherever I can! I loved these short stories. I read the first one in February when I got the book, (two or three of them I had already read on Wattpad) I technically finished this book on April 1st, but I read most of it in March. I’m going to go story by story at another time I think, but I gave the book overall four stars.
Other books I started, but didn’t finish, in March-
- Illuminae, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
- A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J Maas
Hopefully you enjoyed your reading this month. Let me know if you have read any of these and what you thought of them.
I’m really excited about all the reading I want to do in April. I feel like I’m already off to a good start.