Happy last day of March and happy wrap-up day, friends!
This month was a little more hectic than usual, but I did end up being happy with what I read this month. I discovered some new books I enjoyed, and I also revisited some old favorites (I always love a reread). These were also all mostly 3 & 4 stars, and I even finally had a 5 star read this month! It was one of the rereads, but I haven’t had many 5 star books this year so far. All in all, March was a good one.
Here’s all I read this month! ~
The Wicked King by Holly Black
After feeling pretty indifferent about The Cruel Prince, I was going back and forth trying to decide if I should continue the series. I wanted to for Jude (I love love love her) but was unsure. In the end, you all convinced me to pick up The Wicked King, and for that, I am grateful. This was good. Even if this series might not ever be a favorite of mine, I can say that I like it now. I’ll be eagerly waiting for The Queen of Nothing!!
The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
This was a quick read (that I probably should’ve read before The Wicked King) about Taryn, who I still don’t have many strong opinions about. I liked getting a bit more insight on her character, even though reading this didn’t make me feel any different about her to be honest. All in all, this novella wasn’t anything too special, but I think it was an okay companion piece to this series. Plus, I’ll never complain about more Jude content, even if it’s only a little.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
This month, I embarked on a journey of rereading the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series to prepare for The Red Scrolls of Magic (which is out in TEN! DAYS!) and it has been the best time. Revisiting this book in particular made me extra emotional since it was what introduced me to The Shadowhunters Chronicles five years ago. It’s where my love for these books all began, so I was feeling all the nostalgia. This book holds a very special place in my heart.
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Unsurprisingly, I love this book a whole lot too. It’s not one of my very favorites of the series, which I blame on the somewhat chaotic plot and the lack of Isabelle Lightwood, but it’s still a good one. I also found that I had forgotten a ton of what happened in this so it was a nice refresher. This one was a fun read and only convinced me further that coming back to this series was an excellent decision. Lots of love for this!!
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
This book was so calming and so soft. The plot was a bit of a mess, and the story itself didn’t hit me quite as hard as I expected it to, but the writing was absolutely lovely. I also liked how character-driven this was, and how it delved in to the topics of loneliness and grief. Even though I found that it lacked in some areas, I did enjoy this book a lot. Also, that cover is actually stunning.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
I finally read it!! FINALLY. Seriously, I’ve been meaning to read this book for way too long. It feels like I’ve added it to my monthly TBRs a million times. But I read it. And I loved it. I certainly wasn’t prepared for how heartwrenching it was going to be, but it was incredible and I’m glad I got around to it. Very powerful, very emotional, and very, very good.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Let me preface this by saying I didn’t even mean to buy this book. I meant to get The Princess Saves Herself in This One, but somehow I accidentally bought this. I guess because the covers are similar?? I have no idea what happened. Either way, I ended up reading this since I had it, but unfortunately, I wasn’t exactly the biggest fan. I liked a handful of the poems, but I just don’t think the style was for me.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Here’s that 5 star reread, and one I am so happy I did. No words can ever describe how much this book means to me. It hits me so deeply, and it’s been such an enormous help to me at the point of my life I’m in right now. Last time I tried to review this book, I got nervous for how personal I was making it and it was just hard to talk about in general, so it never got posted. BUT I do hope to finish that review now and finally share exactly why I love this book as much as I do!
And that’s it for March! Since my mental health has been making it difficult to get through books these past few months, I’ve found that it doesn’t help to focus on how many books I’ve read per month or any other type of stats, so I’m not going to go in to that. Instead, I wanted to make a list of positive things from my reading experience this month. I’ve done this on wrap-ups before and I like it.
Some happy highlights from this month:
- Reading Radio Silence helped me a lot, again
- Even though I bought the wrong book (ha), at least I read more poetry! I’ve been meaning to do that.
- I revisited a series that means the world to me (love you, TMI)
- I finally read a book I’ve been meaning to get to for ages
- Reading a mixture of mainly contemporary and fantasy (my fave genres) this month was the best
- Most of what I read this month was 3+ stars! Love that.
- I participated in my first Readathon EVER yesterday. It was a lot of fun and I found out I like doing reading sprints.
- I got to read about Jude Duarte, Isabelle Lightwood, and Aled Last this month, and that in itself made March a great month
And honestly so many other things! It’s definitely been better to focus on the good things I’ve gained from reading as opposed to how much of it I’m doing. Your reading experience is so much more important than just the numbers. ❤
Alright friends, I hope you all had a wonderful March, and that April will treat you well. I’m off to continue my TMI reread with City of Glass so I’m ready for the 9th when Red Scrolls of Magic is in my life (*cue screaming*).
Happy reading to you all!