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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2021

  • A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson (★★★★★)
  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (★★☆☆☆)
  • Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft (★★★★☆)
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (★★★★★)
  • A Border Passage by Leila Ahmed (★★★★☆)
  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (★★★☆☆)
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (★★★☆☆)
  • The Project by Courtney Summers (★★★★★)
  • Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard (★★★★★)
  • The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 10
YEARLY SO FAR: 25

It does seem like I read a lot this month, and I certainly read more than I did last month, but I also read two teeny tiny novellas and a couple of shorter novels, which is probably why my overall count is so inflated. It was a pretty good reading month; I found some new favorites and was entertained by some classics.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2020

  • In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (★★★★★)
  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (★★★★★)
  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (★★★★☆)
  • When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (★★★☆☆)
  • A History of Magic and Witchcraft by Frances Timbers (★★★★☆)
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (★★★★☆)
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (★★★★☆)
  • Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Return by Rachel Harrison (★★★★☆)
  • The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters (★★★★☆)
  • The Demonists by Thomas Sniegowski (★★☆☆☆)
  • Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 12
YEARLY SO FAR: 35

So…March has been one hell of a year, huh?

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Wrap-Up: March 2019

  • The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso (★★★☆☆)
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (★★★★★)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng (★★★★☆)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (★★★★★)
  • Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore (★★☆☆☆)
  • Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer  (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY SO FAR: 23

It’s been an interesting reading month! March started off with the #FemmeFanTale readathon, during which I managed to read…two books, I think? Or three? Fair enough, I suppose. But I kept the momentum going for the rest of the month and read only fantasy books, which was so much fun! I fell short of my #FemmeFanTale TBR by five books, but I also supplanted two different books, so really, I only fell short of my overall reading goal by three books, which isn’t terrible. And I hope to read at least some of those five #FemmeFanTale books next month! This readathon has definitely reminded me of how much joy fantasy brings me. Last year one of my goals was to expand my reading and step out of my comfort zone, but I think this year, now that I’ve gotten a better idea of what I like and don’t like, I can veer back into fantasy for a bit.

I am currently reading…nothing, actually. I literally just finished my last book of the month and have yet to decide what to pick up next. I’m thinking The Silent Patient, since it’s been getting a lot of buzz and I’m in the mood for a thriller, but I also really want to read We Set the Dark on Fire, which I’ve been anticipating for three years. I’m gonna be flying to Chicago on Sunday, so I need a good plane book, and I’m thinking that would be the thriller. I also want to read at least one horror book in April, but I don’t know what that will be.

TV Update: 

Well, I finished Salem, which was…something. I kind of want to scream at somebody about it, but I don’t know anyone who has watched it. Then I also binged Shetland, which is a British police procedural that takes place on the Shetland Islands. It’s so great. I actually really like the lead male detective and the mysteries are very interesting. Plus the views are gorgeous! But other than that, I didn’t watch very much TV, as I tried to focus more on reading!

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Wrap-Up: March

 

 

  • My Lady Jane by Hand, Ashton, & Meadows (★★★☆☆)
  • Unmentionable by Therese Oneill (★★★★☆)
  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (★★★☆☆)
  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James (★★★☆☆)
  • Hunter by Roxane Gay (★★★★★)
  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY SO FAR: 21

I’m hoping I can keep up this average of six books a month thing I’ve got going on! This was kind of an average reading month, and it was 100% mood reading. The only book that wasn’t a mood read was Things a Bright Girl Can Do which I’ve been reading for over a month. I’m glad I explored outside of my usual reading preferences, though; only two books this month were YA! And although I didn’t love The Haunting of Maddy Clare, I look forward to checking out more of Simone St. James’ books.

Oh, I also started and DNF’d Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. Check out my Goodreads review for why. I was really disappointed, as I had hoped to love it.

UPDATE: Rachel kindly reminded me that I’ve also finished Circe by Madeline Miller this month.

I am currently reading an ARC of Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft, but I’m strongly considering putting it on pause until the book is published. I’m loving the short stories so far, but the formatting of my e-ARC is awful, so I’m thinking I may just wait until I can get a physical copy from my library. I’m also reading Girls Made of Snow and Glass, which I’ve been wanting to read for ages and I’m liking it a lot!

Finally, a couple of days ago I started a non-fiction book I’ve been wanting to read for months – Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England. Y’all might not know this about me, but I’m a Victorian era fiend; I’m utterly fascinated by its history, literature, and culture.  This book is going to explore the various relationships between women in the Victorian era, so it’s right up my alley.

As for what I’ve got coming up, I’ve checked out Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave from the library and I am SO EXCITED to get to it next! Also, hopefully Chelsea and I will start out buddy read of Jane Eyre this month!

I’m going to play the rest of the month by ear; even though this month’s reads were average, I really enjoyed surprising myself with random reads. Mood reading is the best! I’m also really enjoying reading outside my usual genre of YA fantasy? So we’ll see how that goes. I’ve been meaning to pick up another Sarah Waters book and to check out Agatha Christie and Megan Chance. But we’ll see!