March 2020 Wrap-Up

So, March was… A Lot. I had midterms at the start then the universe was like “here’s a pandemic” so the fact that I actually got reading done is impressive even to me (even though I know the reason is because mst of these books are short.)

I read 13 books this month, so let’s get into the wrap-up, from first to last book read.

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia – 4 stars

Technically I finished this one like, 1AM on March 1st, even though I read most of it in February. This was an utterly imaginative middle grade book! Read my full review here!

Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – 3 stars

This had a good plot, like, I love that investigating secret societies and cracking codes stuff. However, the characters? The main characters were all garbage (except Mr. Penumbra), but the main character and who he hangs out with? Made me very uncomfortable for multiple reasons.

Sins of the Sea by Lalia Winters – 3 stars

This was a pirate adventure novel that was overall enjoyable if a bit predictable. It had some good lines, but also had the issue of not having a lot of build-up to the romance/believable romance.

All that being said, this was the book that got me through the initial pandemic news cycle, so this is great for getting lost in.

Bring Her On by Chelsea M. Cameron – 3 stars

It was good and fluffy and again, great for forgetting the current situation, but I can’t get over the writing style.

Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott – 3.5 stars

This is like, the writing advice book everyone talks about. It had decent advice, but also weird talk of mentally ill people.

Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire

I read the first 4 novellas in hardback and the 5th on audio and loved every one. Read my full review of books 1-5 here!

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness – 5 stars

This was an absolutely amazing audiobook, I highly recommend it if you’re going to read the book. Also head any trigger warning as this is a hard, emotional journey. I love Jonathan even more and just want to rewatch Queer Eye.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee – 4 stars

This was a reread as I intended to read my ARC of the sequel in time for it’s pub date, but then… pandemic. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time, even if it took a whole month to read it. Check out my original review from last year!

As a note, I love this book and recommend people read it, there is a magical virus that’s pretty central to the book. Other than that, there isn’t a lot of parallels to current life, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re being particularly affected.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – 5 stars

Utterly phenomenal. I have nothing to say that everyone else hasn’t already said.

One last thing, if this was a rough reading month, please don’t beat yourself up as wrap-ups are posted. Everyone is dealing with this emergency in different ways and it’s completely understandable if you can’t focus on reading. As I said, most of these books are under 300 pages.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know!

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