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March Wrap-Up

Hello, reader! I know the month is almost done, but I really need to make this post because I read a lot in March, and have read quite a bit in April already.

March was a great reading month for me. I read twelve books, which is the most I’ve ever read in one month. Content-wise it was also a pretty good reading month. There were a couple misses, but I enjoyed most of the books I read and a couple will be on my yearly favorites.

This month, I was participating in Tis the Damn Readathon, and my goal was to read a book for every Taylor Swift album. If you want to learn more about the readathon and my goals for it, click here for my March tbr. I didn’t read every book I said I would, which is not surprising because I’m a mood reader.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

I started this year with a new favorite! I picked this up because I had a feeling that it was exactly what I needed at this point in my life, and it was. I really loved how this book was a romance, but it focused more on Grace’s love with herself. I also love a good found family, and this had two so you really can’t go wrong. I also have a review for it so click here for that. I picked this one for Lover with the prompt of a five-star prediction, and it was five stars. I have a review for this so you can click here for that.

Rating: 5 stars

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I picked up this audiobook because I love full cast audiobooks and I love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I really liked it. It wasn’t a new favorite of mine. I don’t really know what it was about it that didn’t make it a five star read. I knew I would like it since it is heavily inspired by Fleetwood Mac, and I love Fleetwood Mac. I love it when books are in an unconventional format like this one. I highly recommend the audiobook since it is completely in interview format.

Rating: 4 stars

Grown by Tiffany D Jackson

I have been wanting to read this author’s work for a long time so I am so glad I was finally able to read one, and I really enjoyed this. It was really hard to read because it discusses the power in balance in the music industry and grooming. I’ve noticed that people that are disappointed feel misled so don’t go in thinking that it’s a thriller because it’s not. It’s definitely a contemporary. The one thing I didn’t like was the use of Enchanted’s friend.

Rating: 4 stars

Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman

This was a reread, and I think I appreciated it more the second time. I had given it four stars when I first read it, but I decided to move it up to five stars because I just really love this series as a whole. It’s a comfort series for me, and just instantly makes me feel better.

Rating: 5 stars

The Project by Courtney Summers

This was one of my most anticipated reads, and it didn’t live up to the anticipation. I was weary of it because I don’t think I saw a positive review of this book, and I get it. For one, I think the main character Lo was really poorly designed. She didn’t feel real to me because I felt like she was changing sides way too quickly.

Rating: 2 stars

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I can’t explain why this book didn’t work for me, but it didn’t work. I really wanted it to because I heard so many good things about it, and I really liked Coraline, but this book was just not it. It was cute and heartwarming, but it just wasn’t really for me. I picked this for the prompt of a book that I previously dnfed because I needed something to read for a car ride.

Rating: 3 stars

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

This was another reread as y’all know because I recommend it all the time. I read this one and a couple other books for a buddy read with a friend of mine, and I still really liked it. There is seriously nothing I can say that I haven’t already said.

Rating: 4 stars

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

This book. This book is genius. I don’t know if the author intended for it to be, but it was. I love that the main characters’ flaws are at the forefront and the focus on humanity. I do agree with the complaint about the representation and how Addie LaRue’s life is extremely white. It took me almost a whole month to rate this because I just needed to chew everything. I don’t think it’s a perfect book by any means, but it still made an impact on me.

Rating: 5 stars

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

This is another example of where I really wanted to read the author for a while. I have three other books of theirs on my shelves because their stories just really speak to my soul. I was motivated to pick this book up because it reminded me of book idea I have, but it’s not the same. I really loved the way the author discusses gender and identity within this book.

Rating: 4 stars

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I understand the hype, but this is just not the book for me. That being said, I did immediately buy the sequel after I finished it. I realized as I read this that I have a really hard time reading battle scenes because I just don’t understand what’s going on and my eyes glaze across the screen. And this is a heist novel so there was a lot of strategy.

Rating: 3 stars

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This was a well-needed reread. I read it when I was sixteen, and I hadn’t read many classics out of a school setting so a lot of it went past me. I remember being annoyed and not really liking it but giving it four stars because I liked the plot, but I have changed ways. I love the way that Jane Austen writes characters because the annoying characters are intentionally written that way. That was not something I had really observed or caught when I read the first time.

Rating: 4 stars

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

My last book of the month, and it was a low note. I was hoping to find a hidden gem because I don’t feel like a lot of people talk about it, but I think it is a product of mid-2000s Young Adult contemporaries. I think that books that focus on mental health outdate themselves relatively quickly. I didn’t like that it was used as a plot point, and Lex really annoyed me.

Rating: 2 stars

Those are all the books I read during March. What books did you read? I’d love to have a conversation with you in the comments.

Published by alyssathebookvagabond

A 22-year-old college student with a restless heart and equally restless brain

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