March 2020 Wrap Up

March Wrap Up

Man. What a weird, long month. March is the month that COVID-19 turned the world upside down. Even though I still go to work (essential personnel, yo) so it wasn’t as big of adjustment for me, everything still feels a little surreal! Thankfully, March treated me rather well when it came to the quality of the books I read! I read two five star books. In a row! So, even if the world felt like it was falling apart, at least I had my favorite hobby to lift my spirits.

With that said, let’s get into the wrap up!

Books Read

Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

  1. The Deep by Rivers Solomon::★★★★::My review
  2. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor::★★★★::My review
  3. The Last Human by Zack Jordan::★★★★::My review
  4. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko::★★★★★::My review
  5. Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie::★★★★★::Review to come!

Challenges

Popsugar Challenge prompts completed: 4

  1. A book by a trans or nonbinary author (The Deep)
  2. A bildungsroman (The Last Human)
  3. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed (The Chalk Man)
  4. A book with a three-word title (Bonds of Brass)

#StartOnYouShelfathon books completed: 1

  1. The Chalk Man

Best/Worst Books

So this month produced not one, but two five star reads! Which leaves me in a bit of a lurch when trying to decide which one is the best book of March

Which is why I choose both!

Both Raybearer and Bonds of Brass were transportative stories that made me forget the madness that is our world right now. They both had stories that completely wrapped me up in their worlds and characters. Raybearer is so beautifully evocative and richly written that I wanted to settle myself into Aritsar and never leave! Bonds of Brass is a high-octane ride from start to finish that had me on the edge of my seat! They both thrilled me in different ways, so they both get to hold the top spot this month.

And now for the worst book of March… and, just like last month, I really have nothing! All my other reads of the month were four stars. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I read in March. I’m on kind of a streak here, y’all!

Annnnnd, I probably just jinxed myself 😂🤣

Reflections

*claps her hands together*

Listen. I am clearly terrible at year-long challenges 😅 I only checked off four from the PopSugar Challenge, one from the #StartOnYourShelfathon, and ZERO from the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge! Which is why that I’m planning on focusing on my challenges more in April and May. For April, the month of the Magical Readathon, I chose all of the books to fulfill my prompts from my TBR shelf. That will be four more books checked off for the #StartOnYourShelfathon! And I’m going to use May to try and tackle more prompts from the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I’m determined to get better at this!

Something I’m pretty proud of, though, is my continued success on keeping up with my ARCs. I’ve read all of my April ARCs and will be posting my review for the last one tomorrow (yay, Bonds of Brass!), which means I am currently caught up on my 2020 ARCs! I mean, it’s not like I have a ton, but I’m still pretty pleased. I think part of that is keeping myself from mindlessly scrolling through Netgalley and requesting anything that looks mildly interesting, lol.

I also just noticed that I read five books in both February and March. Perhaps that will be my average? I’m not a fast reader, so I’m pretty stoked with that. I think I could probably pick it up, as well. What I really need are new headphones because mine are broken and I can’t listen to audiobooks without my headphones! Audiobooks always tend to bump up my reading numbers. Of course, if I only read five books each month for the rest of the year, I’ll still be a happy camper 😊


I hope everyone read some great books in March. Perhaps it helped you take a breather from the real world, if only for a moment. Here’s to an excellent reading month in April!

And, as always, happy reading!

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ARC Review: The Last Human

Title: The Last Human

Author: Zack Jordan

Genre: Sci-fi/Space Opera

Publication Date: March 24th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Sarya, a secret human raised by a murderous alien, is obsessed with finding out the truth about what happened to her species and why they were deemed too dangerous to exist.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“In My galaxy, there is order and there is chaos. You Humans are always dreaming of the first, but your pitiful attempts to create it always result in the second.”

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WWW Wednesday: Mar 18, 2020

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Current Reads

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko: I’ve only read the first couple of chapters of this book and I’m already in love! This is the story of a young girl named Tarisai who has grown up under the cold tutelage of her mother, The Lady. The Lady has a mission for Tarisai that sends her into a world where she can find the closeness that she craves. But her mysterious mother has a command for her that could ruin everything: kill the crown prince. This is an African inspired fantasy tale and, if the first few chapters are any indication, it’s going to magnificent!

Recently Finished

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor: This book was so creepy and twisty and good! It’s not a perfect thriller, but it surprised me more than once. You can read my full review here.

The Last Human by Zack Jordan: I just finished this book and, my goodness, what a ride! I bounced through so many emotions while reading this book that I might need to sit with this one for awhile before I can write a coherent review. Was it good? Yes! Did it make me want to strangle the main character multiple times? …Also yes! Just… there’s a lot of complex emotions going on. Review to come!

What’s Next

Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie: Currently, this is the only book I plan on picking up besides Raybearer. They are both April ARCs, so I want to focus on finishing them or at least getting a good chunk into them before we get too far into April. Especially since I have four other books to read in April for the Magical Readathon.

Also, I’ve been so hyped about this book for a long time, so I’m ready to dive in!


What are you reading this week? Finished any books recently that are your new favorites? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

WWW Wednesday: Mar 4, 2020

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Current Reads

The Last Human by Zack Jordan: I started on my second March ARC! So far, it’s definitely interesting. I’ve just started so there’s not much going on. There is, however, a ton of potential!

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor: I picked this book out for the Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt that requires you to pick the first book you touch on your bookshelf. Apparently, my subconscious thinks it has been far too long since I read a proper thriller. I’m really enjoying it so far!

Recently Finished

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu: Y’all, this book was beautiful. The descriptions! The emotions! The cover! Everything about this book was mesmerizing. I’m going to stop myself before I just ramble on for the next hour and point you towards my review if you’d like to know all my thoughts.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon: This is more of a 3.5 rounded up. I rarely give out half stars but this is one of those books that needs it. Because I’m confused about my feelings for this book, lol. It was excellent, but weird? I’m not sure… I’m still trying to wrap up my feelings so I can write my review. It’s definitely a powerful book, though.

What’s Next

Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie: This is one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and I was just approved for an ARC on Netgalley! I was browsing Netgalley when I really shouldn’t be…

Ya know, as one does…

And I spotted this beauty available for request. I knew I shouldn’t cause I’m still catching up, but I figured I wouldn’t get approved anyway. And then, BAM, I got the email saying it was ready for download! I’m so excited to get started on this one 😁


So what are you reading this week? Did you do a WWW Wednesday post? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

WWW Wednesday: Feb 26, 2020

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Current Reads

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu: I won an ARC of this from BookishFirst after reading an excerpt. I’m enjoying the rest of the book as much as I enjoyed that small taste! This is the story of a young woman named Nannerl Mozart and her soon to be well known brother, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Both Nannerl and Wolfgang are musically talented, but she is still a young girl in eighteenth century Europe. She makes a wish to not be forgotten, a wish that is heard by a faerie princeling in a magical kingdom. This is part historical fiction, part fairytale and I’m absolutely loving it!

Recently Finished

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia: Ya’ll, I looooooved this dark, weird, funky book! It centers around a treasure hunt that is heavily influenced by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s an amazing ride and I’m so glad I stumbled upon the synopsis on Goodreads. You can read my full review here.

What’s Next

The Last Human by Zack Jordan: My other March ARC that I want to read before it’s release date. This is a sci-fi that I talked about on my last WWW Wednesday and I’m excited to read it! Probably won’t be finishing it before the end of this month, but I’ll definitely have it done before the release date on March 24th.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon: I’ve been meaning to read this for MONTHS! It’s so short, I really have no excuse for why I’ve put this off for so long. So I’m picking it up next! No excuses!


So what are you reading this week? Did you do a WWW Wednesday post? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

WWW Wednesday: Feb 19, 2020

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Current Reads

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia: This book is such a damn treat! I’ve mainly been reading this at work as my lunch break book and it’s made me late a couple of times, heh. It’s just, when I start reading, I don’t want to stop! I love the mystery, the game, the characters… this book is freakin’ wild in the best way.

Recently Finished

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag: This book was a surprise, tbh. I read it solely because of a Booktuber’s recommendation and wasn’t sure if I would actually like. I ended up loving it! You can read my review here.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: I jumped on the hype train with this one and was happily swept away. This was quite literally laugh-out-loud funny and just a fun ride! You can read my thoughts in my recent mini-review post all about romances.

What’s Next

The Last Human by Zack Jordan: Time to get to my March ARCs! This is a sci-fi that follows the last human in the solar system who has to keep the fact that they are human a secret. It sounds like it’s going to be interesting.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu: I read an excerpt of this (and won a copy!) on BookishFirst. I absolutely loved the excerpt! This is the story of Mozart (but not the Mozart you’re thinking of) and a magical kingdom and I am here. for. it.


How is your reading week going? Have you finished any stunners lately? Let me know in the comments! Or drop a link to your own WWW Wednesday post!

And, as always, happy reading!