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March Wrap Up

I had a great month of reading in March although that is largely due to the insomnia that I’ve been dealing with. It started late February with the anniversary of my Grandma’s passing and was just made worse by daylight savings. At least if I wasn’t sleeping I was reading good books!

Books Read: 18

Last month I participated in four readathons and one of them, GreekGodAThon, was a month long. I read 6 of the 14 books I picked out for but I’m sure if I went through I could probably make some other books that I read fit. I also completed one “episode” for the Murder She Wrote readathon which was a fun one to participate in and I hope they do it again in the future. I completed three of the four prompts for the Magical Readathon: Gear Up edition and I also participated in the Final Book Support Group readathon. I love coming up with prompts for all the readathons which is why I always participate in so many!

Blog Tours

Sweet Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates, Caitlin Crews, Nicola Helm and Jackie Ashenden

The Lying Club by Annie Ward

Killing Time by Brenna Ehrlich

A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson

Readathons

Magical Readathon & Final Book Support Group

These were the three books for the Murder She Wrote readathon.

I gave The Jade Setter of Janaloon by Fonda Lee five stars. This was a fantastic novella set before the events of Jade City and I loved being back in the world. I have only ever read Jade City so this sparked a desire to reread Jade City and then finally read the last two books in the trilogy. This novella comes out at the end of April and I will have my review up around then.

I DNF’d The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams @40%. Gavin and Thea’s whole relationship is one miscommunication after another which was so annoying. Miscommunication is my least favorite trope and it just kept happening. I also didn’t really care for either of them. I own another book in this series on my Kindle so eventually I will try that one and see if I fare better with it.

I finally finished House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas. This book took me on a roller coaster. The pacing was all over the place and I was so annoyed for the majority of the last two hundred pages .However, that ending was intense, emotional and shocking and I can’t wait for the third book to come out. Four stars because I hated how fast things were happening with no build up. I will be rereading this in preparation for the third book (probably in two years) and I will be interested to see if I like it more knowing what it’s building to.

Heartstopper Vol. 2 & 3 by Alice Oseman is the only two things that I read specifically for GreekGodAThon that I didn’t read for other readathons as well. This series is so heartwarming and I love the honest way Oseman tackles hard topics. I recently got the fourth volume from the library and I will probably read that whenever I have my manga reading day that I’m planning for this month. Five stars for both.

Everything Else

The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright was a unique and devastating read. I have a review coming sometime (probably next month) but this was a four star read. I enjoyed the accompanying essay Wright wrote about his ideas and inspiration for the story.

I’ve talked about A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara quite a bit on my blog during my WWW posts so I won’t get into to much detail right now. I’m also writing a review for it because I have so many thoughts about it. I gave this book three stars because the writing is masterful but I don’t know what was the point of this book. All the great ideas that it had were pretty much all squandered away by the end. It had the potential to be brilliant but needed a lot of editing and reformatting. I understand why it has won so many awards since fellow authors are usually the ones giving them out and Yanagihara really delved into the life of Jude and I can’t even imagine what it was like living with a story like this inside you.

The award to my favorite YA book goes to The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune. This book gave me all the feels and I love the world that Klune created. This was an easy five stars from me and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

I read Nine Lives by Peter Swanson in two days. This book is a retelling of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie but it didn’t have the same effect since it doesn’t have the locked room element. I was set on giving this book three stars but I did like the twist that the ending had so I gave it four stars. I have only read three Swanson novels but each one I read in the a matter of a day or two. There is something about his writing that completely sucks me in.

~Cassie

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