Now that we’re in the middle of our first week of April, I figured it was time to do my wrap up for March! I’m also trying to be more punctual with my wrap ups than I was in 2020, lol. March was quite the reading month for me, what with buddy reads and participating in the Trope-ical Readathon. I read the most I have all year and I thoroughly enjoyed most of what I read! I also realized that I am super behind on my non-blog tour reviews 😅
But let’s not focus on that right now! Let’s talk about what I read in the month of March.
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Book: Ranger’s Oath by Blake Arthur Peel
Thoughts: This was one of my blog tour books for the month of March. I ended up enjoying this one, though it could be a bit info-dumpy. The characters were interesting and the world was easy to get lost in, so it made for a quick read! You can read my full thoughts here!
Book: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Thoughts: This book made me realize that I don’t dislike all werewolf stories. This was so good and not at all what I was expecting! For the Trope-ical Readathon, I was on Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller and this was one of the choices for the team book. I’m so glad it was because I probably would never have picked it up otherwise! I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.
Book: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Thoughts: I’ve finally decided to give the Lord of the Rings trilogy another go with a little prodding from some of the Write Reads gang. I… was not a fan when I first tried these books, to state it mildly. However, I’m going the audiobook route this time and, I have to say, I’m absolutely loving the experience! It helps to have friends to talk to about the story as we go 💕
Book: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
Thoughts: This was my other blog tour book for the month of March. This one features vampires in a post-apocalyptic world and I rather enjoyed it! There’s intrigue and danger and a little sprinkle of romance. It was a fun ride from page one until the end! You can read my full thoughts here.
Book: Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern
Thoughts: Ahhh, this graphic novel was so much fun! I loved the art style, the story, and, of course, the characters! Lord Bryon is an idiot and I love him for it, lol. This also has a rather diverse cast for being set in Regency England. It was a quick, engaging read and I’m glad I picked it up for our TWR gang buddy read!
Book: Nightbooks by J.A. White
Thoughts: This was one of the March picks for Middle Grade Marvels and I’m so glad I decided to read it! I was iffy because I had quite a few books to get through already, but it just sounded so good. This was a spooky read that I ended up loving. I especially loved the short scary stories that are littered throughout because we all know I enjoy books within books!
Book: Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
Thoughts: I’m participating in a readalong for this entire series and I am so happy that I decided to join in! The second book in the Peter Grant series has to be my favorite of the ones I’ve read so far. The mysteries, the characters, getting to learn more about the magic system… it all came together to create an incredible read! I’m so excited to continue in April.
Book: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Thoughts: This book definitely took me by surprise! I read this for the “Whodunit” prompt for the Trope-ical Readathon. I picked it up because I had heard nothing but great things about this book, which caused me to impulse buy it the last time I went to a bookstore. I was ready for a good YA thriller, but I was not prepared to be blown away! I absolutely loved this one, so much so that I immediately bought the sequel 😂
Book: Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Thoughts: I’ve never read anything by Nnedi Okorafor, though I’ve been meaning to for quite some time. I thought the premise of this sci-fi sounded interesting, it was super short, and it was available at the library, so I snatched it up. I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed this story! Following Sankofa on her journey was so intriguing and I adore Okorafor’s writing. I’ll be picking up more of her books, for sure!
Book: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
Thoughts: This book made me want to read ALL the Jane Eyre retellings! I thought this was a entertaining and thrilling take on one of my favorite classics. It was fast-paced and a lot of fun, in a murder-y kind of way, lol. I read this book for the Trope-ical Readathon, as well, and I’m so glad I did.
Book: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Thoughts: Hahahahahaha, THIS BOOK! I literally closed it after finishing and said, out loud, “What the f***?” This was a strange, dense book, with footnotes for footnotes and odd formatting that will have your mind in knots. But I can honestly say that this is the first book in a long time that genuinely creeped me out, so it gets points for that. Still… what the f***?
Book of the Month
As you can see, most of the books I read in March were at least four stars. It was a pretty great reading month, even if I stressed myself out with the amount of books I had on my TBR 😂 That being said, there was one book that stood out among all the great reads, my one five star read of the month. The Book of the Month for March is…
I loved my time with this book! It was an incredibly crafted thriller that kept me guessing as I tore through the pages. I really connected with the main character, Pippa, as well. She reminded me of myself in my senior year of high school, lol. I thought everything was well-crafted and it had the perfect, dark tone that I love in my thrillers. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
March proved to me that I am just not a TBR person! Not that I didn’t stick to my TBR. I’m actually quite impressed that I managed to read everything that I wanted/needed to in March. No… I stuck to what I was supposed to be reading, but I found myself not as motivated to read because, as soon as I picked book that I “had” to read, my brain rebelled and wanted to read everything else 😅 House of Leaves certainly didn’t help. Every time I picked it up, I would just think “I don’t want to read this…”, put it down, and not pick anything else up. I think the only reason I got through everything I was meant to read in March is because I was really enjoying most everything I was reading. Thank goodness I picked well, right? The Trope-ical Readathon certainly helped, as well, because I always have a great time participating!
Now we’re to April and I, once again, have a TBR. This one is much looser, though, as I’m just trying to catch up with my Netgalley backlist. That gives me more freedom to pick whatever I’m feeling, which is making it much easier to actually stick to my TBR. Still, I think, after April, I’m just gonna do Mood-Reading May because I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve just randomly picked a book to read because that’s what I was feeling at the moment. And I’m trying to read more of the books off of my shelf so I can
buy more books reduce the amount of unread books I own.
I will say that reading so many thriller, mystery, and horror books last month has put me in a spooky mood. Thankfully, I have a few spooky books I’m planning on reading this month, so we can keep that energy rolling. We’ll see if I can read over ten books, again, as well. Probably not, but it’s a possibility!
How was your reading in March? Did you find a new favorite? Make any progress on some challenges? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!