I was afraid that I wouldn’t get much reading done this month with the kids being home for March break. But luckily, even with them home, I finished 8 books this month. I hope that I can keep up with this reading pace when the nice weather comes. It’s just starting to warm up here and I’ve already started with the yard work, but the best it yet to come. I’m sure that with all the fantastic new releases coming out this spring and summer, reading will be easy! Here are the books I read this month:
FROST BLOOD by Elly Blake <– (full review) At the time that I read this I was in need of a good fantasy with a magic system – and this one delivered! I absolutely loved the folklore and history between the frost and fire bloods, as well as the other magic holders. And there were even some magical creatures! The relationships formed throughout between Ruby and those in her life who were trying to help her were just fantastic. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book to this series! I need to know more!
STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor <— (full review) I may be slightly obsessed with this book. Ok, I’m COMPLETELY obsessed! I loved the story, I loved the characters, and the writing…… it was everything. I finished this one at the beginning of the month and not a day goes by that I don’t think of the stories, the characters, or quotes from the book. I have a feeling that this one may end up on my top books of 2017 list!!!
YOU’RE WELCOME UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner <— (full review) One of the best contemporary reads I’ve come across! It was unique in that it was from the perspective of a deaf character. I was apprehensive how that would work in print form but it was really well done. But the main character herself was what made this so amazing. She was just so real! Indecisive, lost, angry, confused, searching, finding, and more. I loved her relationships with people and art, and I loved the diverse aspects throughout. Such a good read!
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gabriel Savit <— (full review) I wanted to love this one so badly. It’s a WWII historical fiction where we follow a young girl and how she survives after her father is taken away to a death camp. Unfortunately I found that there was something missing and I just couldn’t connect with it.
CALENDAR GIRL #10 OCTOBER by Audrey Carlan <— (full review) This was the quickest read of the month. I can’t believe that I only have two stories left and then I’m done this series! It’s unusual for me to enjoy an erotic romance novel – they’re just not my thing! But this series is amazing, has taught me much about myself, and Mia (the main character), well I wish she was my best friend!
CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo <— (Full review) This one was a long time coming! I read Six of Crows and couldn’t wait for the sequel! But then when it came out this book sat on my shelves for the longest time while I waited until I was in the right mood to read it. And it did not disappoint! This one had the same wonderful Kaz Brekker genius and action while also giving us an emotional punch. It was a rollercoaster of a read and I’m more than a little sad that it’s over!
CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES by Natalie C Anderson <— (full review) This one had sat on my TBR list for three consecutive months before I finally got around to it. Mystery, especially those that deal with a crime, is my least favourite genre. But I was shocked when I actually enjoyed it! I enjoyed the characters and the setting, and didn’t experience the usual mystery confusion. If mystery is a genre you typically turn to I would suggest this one!
THE END OF THE DAY by Claire North <— (full review) Lastly, I finished an ARC that will be published on April 4th. This was an unexpected and haunting read. It’s not your typical book with a streamlined plot, but it’s one that should be experienced. Claire North books have been talked about quite a lot over the last few years and I was glad to finally pick up one of her books. I have a feeling this one will take me a few months to think about it before it really sinks in!
So there’s all my March reads! It was a month of really fantastic reads, one that didn’t suit me all that well, and then a few in the middle. I have a VERY ambitious TBR coming up so I’m hoping that I can keep up this pace when the sun starts to shine and the weather calls me outside!
I hope you all had a fantastic reading month! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Also, if you’ve had any really great reads this month that you think others NEED to read, I’m always looking for recommendations 🙂
Until next time, happy reading!