Hey bookworms! March is somehow over already, and 2018 continues to perplex me in terms of time passing. I just don’t know where it’s disappearing to.
March turned out to be a decent reading month for me (definitely better than February, at least). I finished eight books this month, and hey, some of them were even on that TBR I compiled. I’m getting slightly better at this!
Here are the books I completed in March:
1. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
I received a digital ARC of To Kill A Kingdom from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Following a prince-killing siren princess and a siren-hunting pirate prince, this story is full of exciting adventure and fantastic world building. It’s also a stand alone, and I feel like it’s so difficult to find genuinely good fantasy stand alones. So if you’re interested in siren lore and pirate stories, I recommend picking this up. I gave it 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads, and you can see my full review of it here.
2. The Place Between Breaths by An Na
I received an ARC of The Place Between Breaths so that I could review it for Culturess, one of the websites I write articles for. This story follows a girl struggling with the onset of schizophrenia. I enjoyed the fast pacing of this novel and the number of twists it contained. However, I’m not sure it’s something that will stick with me. I’m also a bit iffy about the way mental illness is represented, and I’d recommend reading with caution if such topics are triggering to you.
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Okay, I suppose March has to be counted as a successful reading month because I finally got to A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you somehow don’t know what this book is about, it’s a Beauty and the Beast reimagining with fae. Our main character, Feyre, is taken to live in fae lands after accidentally killing one of them. From there, she gets wrapped up in fae politics and becomes more attached to these creatures than she ever could have imagined.
The hype surrounding this series is definitely warranted, and I’m officially addicted. I gave this story a 4 of 5 stars, and I highly recommend to fantasy fans. If you want to see all of my thoughts, you can check out my review.
4. the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace
I’ve been not-so-patiently awaiting Amanda Lovelace’s second poetry collection since I put down the first one. While this collection addresses many of the same issues brought up in the princess saves herself in this one, I think that this book tackles these discussions with far more rage. And I mean that in the best way possible. If you are an angry feminist like I am, you will absolutely adore this.
I’m not certain whether I’ll be reviewing this for my blog yet, but let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in reading. I did give the book 5 stars on Goodreads, so it’s definitely one of the top reads for March. Definitely pick this up.
5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
This was my favorite read for March, hands down. This sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses takes Feyre’s story to an all new level. We see new courts and characters, all of which are fleshed out and amazing. The romance is top notch, and I just don’t even have words for how amazing everything else is.
Pick. Up. This. Series. Seriously. If you really need to ask, I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads. I will 100% be posting a review of this within the next week! I need to discuss it.
6. Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
March was clearly a poetry reading month. This collection tackles mental illness, heartbreak, and sadness. It’s beautifully crafted, and I found the poems about depression to be so, so accurate. Unfortunately, I did wish there were more of them. While the lovesick poems were still gorgeously written, I didn’t relate to them as much – and there were definitely more of those. I love reading mental illness poetry that doesn’t relate back to relationships, so if anyone has any suggestions, hit a girl up.
But anyway, I gave this collection 3.5 of 5 stars. It really was gorgeous, and fans of modern poetry will no doubt enjoy it.
7. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
I read an ARC of Emergency Contact in order to rite an article on it for Culturess. Both Penny and Sam suffer with anxiety and they’re both working to become artists. When they meet, they learn to open up to and lean on one another for support. Neither of them has ever been great at that sort of thing, so the book documents them coming to terms with their issues. It doesn’t sound like much, but it really is a cute read.
I gave Emergency Contact 4.5 of 5 stars on Goodreads, and if you know my relationship with contemporaries, you’ll know that rating is quite an outlier. I really love how quirky and genuine this novel is, and I absolutely flew through it. I highly recommend diving in. You can read my reasoning in my Culturess article.
8. The 13 Ways You’re F*cking Up Your Job Search by Adam A. Anderson
I was reading an article about self-help books that aren’t horrible, and this gem popped up. As I’m currently in the process of trying to change fields, I thought I’d check this out. The combination of Anderson’s humor and actual, solid advice makes this book a must-read. Seriously, if you’re ever searching for a job, read this. And even if you aren’t, you can always use professional development tips.
I gave this one 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads. I did skim the portions of the book that were less relevant to me, but I generally enjoyed the majority of this.
That about sums up my reads for the month of March! What books did you read? Let me know in the comments below!