Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2019

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

Rating: ★★★★☆

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★★☆

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.86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★★★☆

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!!86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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.86B11B6B-FEB6-4837-950E-F6DB12C25BD3

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Rating: ★★★★☆

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

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★★★

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!

I’d love to know

What did you read in March? Have you read any of the books I did?! What were some positive things you got out of your reading experience this month?

25 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2019

  1. My favourite read of March was called The Temptation of Gracie! It’s a historical/contemporary romance (which isn’t usually my thing) but I LOVED it.
    I’m glad you had a great month!

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    1. Ooh I just looked up The Temptation of Gracie and it sounds super good! I’ll have to check that out sometime. Thank you so much Karen! I hope you had a great March as well🙂

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    1. Thank you!! Reflecting on the positive aspects of reading has been so much more helpful than thinking about the numbers. hope you had a wonderful March!! 💞

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  2. I still need to read Radio Silence, and I’m glad you enjoyed rereading it 🙂 I’m so excited that you’re also rereading the Mortal Instruments series. I’ve been considering doing the same, and I think it’d be the perfect way to recap the entire series since it’s been so long.

    I love what you said about your month reading too. It’s about the experience not the numbers FOR SURE!! I remember I used to try to get through a bunch, but I wasn’t enjoying the experience. I hope your mental health is better next month, and I’m sending you all my love and support 🙂 ❤ I'm always here for you!!

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    1. Omg you’re going to LOVE Radio Silence Tiff!! I can’t wait for you to read it💞 and ahh yes you should totally do a TMI reread! It’s been such a fun time and definitely a good refresher.

      YES EXACTLY! I used to try to read as much as possible but now I’m just trying to keep it chill and it’s been a much better experience. And thank you so so so much, my mental health has honestly been way better recently but for some reason reading is still hard sometimes🙃 your support and friendship mean so much to me though and I appreciate it💕💕💕 I hope you had a great March!!


  3. This is such a nice take on a wrap up and it’s really inspired me! I’ve been in a total slump since last year and have only managed to finish one book this year (which I didn’t enjoy much). I’ve been reading Nevernight all month and I would be sad that I didn’t get to finish it in March but it just feels so good to be reading again. I’m feeling positive about it because even though it’s slow I’m reading almost every night and enjoying it, which is a huge step forward! So thank you for writing this post and making me see that ❤️

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    1. Oh my goodness this comment seriously made my entire day!! I’m so, so glad you felt inspired by that segment on the wrap up. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the fact that you’ve finished one book this year and that you’ve been reading Nevernight all month. I promise. The important thing is that you’re enjoying it! You’re doing great Abi and I’m really proud of you. Thank you so much for this comment! & happy reading 💕

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  4. I’m so happy you loved A List of Cages! It’s definitely always going to be one of my all time favorites. ❤ I read Radio Silence for the first time this month and it was SO GOOD, so good, I can't even describe how amazing it was.

    I hope you have a wonderful April!

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    1. YESS ALOC was fantastic!! I can definitely see why it’s one of your all time favorites. I’m super glad to hear you read (and loved!) Radio Silence. Seriously it is waaay too good! Thank you so much Olivia, I hope you have a wonderful April too my friend 💕

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  5. My reading month started out really great with me reading The Seven Husbands of Evevlyn Hugo, but then the third book I picked up (A Reaper at the Gates) unfortunately put me in a bit of a reading slump. It’s disappointing since I really loved the first two books in the An Ember in the Ashes series, but this one is just not doing it for me.

    I’ve also been thinking about rereading TMI for the longest time now but there are just so many books, I’m not sure I want to do it haha. I also remember enjoying the later books more than the first, which isn’t helping.

    Happy April to you! 🙂

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    1. Ooh I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed Evelyn Hugo! It’s such a spectacular book. But ah I’m really sorry to hear you ended up in a reading slump after your third book. Those aren’t fun at all and I hope April is a better month of reading for you!

      That’s actually the exact reason why I never did a TMI reread until now! It really is such a long series and whenever I wanted to revisit the Shadowhunters books I’d end up picking up TID instead (my fave!) I’m happy to finally be reading TMI again though because it’s been so long. If you ever do a reread, I hope you enjoy it!!

      Thank you so much Karin! Happy April to you as well 🙂


  6. I AM SO, SO, SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THE WICKED KING MORE THAN THE CRUEL PRINCE. If that wasn’t obvious from the all caps??? Am I really screaming via comments?? Oops. Anyways (and I want you to know that it’s taken a lot of self control not to scream this and flail about) ahhhh nostalgia!!! The Mortal Instruments! I sooo wanted to reread the first three books before Red Scrolls is out in the wild but I’ve suddenly–very nearly–run out of time. Insert gif of someone dramatically throwing themselves to the ground. ANYWAYS, second anyways in one comment oops, I’m glad you were able to read as much as you did this month! I hope April treats you well.

    Oh, also, on The Lost Sisters: I felt the same way about it and Taryn.

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    1. SAAAME I’M SO HAPPY I LIKED TWK BETTER TOO. IT WAS SO GOOD!! AND OMG PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SCREAM ANYTIME. I’m always down to yell about fave books. Especially TSC books because this TMI reread has been TOO FUN. But ahh I’m sorry you didn’t get to do a reread before Red Scrolls! I cannot believe that book is actually going to be in our lives next week?? I’m so so so excited for us.

      Thank you Jessica!! I hope April treats you well too. And right? I thought The Lost Sisters was supposed to make me understand Taryn better but I didn’t really hahaha


  7. You had such a productive reading month! I’m so glad you enjoyed A List of Cages. It’s definitely one that will mess with your emotions more than you can ever anticipate. I felt the EXACT same way about We Are Okay… I felt like the writing was really beautiful and in some ways that made up for the messy plot, but in some ways it just… couldn’t. I don’t know. It was OK and it showed how truly “boring” and mind-numbing depression can be, so in that sense, it wasn’t so bad. It was just a weird one, I guess. Milk and Honey is not really my style either. I enjoyed the majority of the book the very first time I read it (and before I’d really cultivated any actual tastes in poetry) but I was pretty disappointed in it when I went back to it later on. I can most definitely recommend The Princess Saves Herself in This One. In some ways, the “style” is kind of similar, but the topics and actual messages are sooo different and just better all around (in my opinion).

    Happy reading in April!!

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    1. Awh thanks so much Brittany!! A List of Cages was SO good, but you’re totally right, it messed with my emotions a whole lot. I’m so glad it had a happy ending though! I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my opinions about We Are Okay. I was left feeling super conflicted because the writing was lovely but the plot? It was pretty messy. But same, I did appreciate that it reflected how numbing depression can be! That was done really well. And I’m also glad to hear I’m not the only one who didn’t love Milk and Honey! It seems to be the most popular poetry book out there right now, which confused me after I read it lol. I did up reading The Princess Saves Herself in This One and liked it better! Even though the style was similar, it did feel more meaningful.

      Happy reading to you in April as well!! I hope you have a wonderful month ahead!

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      1. You’re welcome! And I love finding someone who has similar opinions as me about certain books, especially when it’s an unpopular opinion, haha. Honestly, I think people like Milk & Honey because of the aesthetic if that even makes sense. It got super popular and a lot of people want to read/like things that are people are reading/liking. But it’s just not as great as everyone made it out to be!

        And thank you! Hopefully April is good to us!!


  8. Yay for having a 5 star read!!! I’ve yet to get one so far this year, so I think I must be due one *she says hopefully*.

    I feel like Cassandra Clare is such a warm blanket comfort read, so I’m glad you’re getting to reread them. I was very late to that series (I finish the final book last year) and I’m still yet to read the Infernal Devices even though it’s on my shelf. It’s such a fun fandom!

    I’m glad March was an overall more positive month for you. I hope you have an amazing April! 😀

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    1. Yesss I was so happy I had a 5 star read this month!! I’ve only read one 5 star book this year that wasn’t a reread and it’s not been fun haha. Hopefully we both come across some soon😊

      You said that so perfectly! Cassie Clare’s books are incredibly comforting and it’s been so nice to be immersed back in TMI. Oh I hope you love TID when you read it! It’s my all time favorite series and I could not praise it enough!!

      Thank you Becky, your kind words mean so much to me! I hope you have a amazing April too, and good luck with finding your next 5 star read!

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  9. im so glad you managed to grab that 5 star read!! and you read a list of cages!!!! yayyyy! honestly that book made me sob and weep so much. i love the characters so much and the brotherhood that the boys got to share was just so sweet.

    i hope your rereads are going well and you’re enjoying your time revisiting your favs. we seriously need queen of nothing asap, i can’t believe we have to wait so long fjdafafdja

    i hope your april is amazing ❤

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    1. YES I’m really happy about the 5 star read too!! And ALOC, omg it was incredible even though it broke my heart so much😭 I agree, the dynamic between Julian and Adam was so well written! I loved them.

      Aw thank you, I’ve been having the best time revisiting my faves! AND I KNOWWW it’s so unfair that we have to wait this long for Queen of Nothing, especially after that ending AHHH. we have to know what happens next

      Thanks so, so much May!! I hope you have and amazing April as well 💞💞

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