Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s March was great, I really don’t know where mine went, it passed in a whirlwind of project work, passing my theory test, meeting VE Schwab (again) and visiting home, plus AGMs for all my clubs at Uni, it’s been quite the busy month!
Anyway, for those of you who are new here, #RockMyTBR is a challenge originally set up by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveler in 2016, where she challenged us to take a list of backlist books that we want to knock off our TBRs. I’ve kind of co-opted it over the last two years, because it’s a really fun, low pressure challenge. I have 12 books on my list, so I aim to have finished them all by December, one for each month. March was actually AMAZING for me in terms of reading, which is weird considering how busy I’ve been, but I’ll go with it. I read 5 books and 4 comics for a total of 9 (!!!!!) books over March. That’s summer level reading people! Anyway, here’s all the books I read in March:
Speak Up! by Laura Coryton:
I actually became interested in this book because I interviewed Laura for one of my articles for my project. It’s definitely aimed for a younger audience, but it was a fun, quick read and I did pick up some useful tips for if I ever start campaigning in the future. I read this book from 28th February-2nd March (it’s only 224 pages, so it was relatively quick to read). I didn’t write a review of it, just because it was so short so I didn’t really see the point (I did however put a review up on Netgalley where I got it).
Modern Women: 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane:
My mum got me this one for my birthday and I’ve kind of been dipping in and out of it since then, it’s a great one to do that with because it’s basically just a collection of mini-bios of all these really cool women and you can pretty much just read a couple of bios at a time then go away and come back. I really loved this one, reading about cool women from History is totally my jam! I also don’t have a review of this one because it would have been kind of tricky to review.
The Steel Prince (Vol 1-4) by VE Schwab:
I went to see VE Schwab at her Glasgow event in March and I really wanted to finish these before I went as I knew she’d be talking about The Steel Prince a bit. This was my first foray into comics and it was mostly succesful? I definitely preferred the first two to the last two, the last two felt kind of rushed, but the artwork was amazing in all of them and I’m really enjoying the story, I look forward to seeing what’s next for Maxim in the upcoming arc of the series, The Night of Knives. Again I don’t have a review for these, because they’re comics, and I didn’t really know how. I read them all on 6th March.
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo:
This was my #RockMyTBR book for March, and I really LOVED IT! It was dark, full of banter, had brilliant anti-hero main characters, amazing writing, lots of action and a brilliant slow burn romance. This is definitely the best Little Mermaid retelling I’ve ever read. I read it from 1st-13th March. Here is my review of it:
Becoming by Michelle Obama:
I’m not usually a big non-fiction fan, but I loved Michelle’s book, she writes about her life in such a candid and honest way, like she’s sitting there telling you the story (I definitely get why so many people love the audio of this one) and I found out a lot of things about her that I didn’t know before, I think if it’s possible I admire her even more now. I read this one from 14th-27th March. Here is my review of it:
Descendant of The Crane by Joan He:
My main Netgalley read for this month, since I finished Speak Up! so quickly. I loved the concept for this one but found the execution lacking, there weren’t enough fantastical elements for me, I didn’t feel like the world was fleshed out enough and the characters were a bit bland. I did however love the writing and the plot twists towards the end. I read this one from 3rd March-1st April (the pacing is not great, it took me a long time to get through). Here is my review of it:
So that’s what I read in March, here’s what I have coming up for April:
Catwoman: Soulstealer-Sarah J.Maas
My #RockMyTBR book for April, which I actually started a few days before the end of March, so I’m already a good 40% of the way through. I’m actually enjoying this more than I expected to, given that I’m not a comic book person and I’d heard mixed reviews.
We Are Blood And Thunder-Kesia Lupo
DOTC took me longer than anticipated to finish, so I didn’t get around to We Are Blood and Thunder in March, but I’m intending on starting it tonight and it’s going to be one of my Netgalley reads for this month.
A Girl Called Shameless-Laura Steven
I’m ridiculously excited for this one, I can’t wait to read it, I’ve been wanting the sequel to TEOOO since I read it last year.
King of Fools-Amanda Foody
This will be my other Netgalley read of the month and since I’m done with Uni as of Friday, I’m probably going to be reading this and We Are Blood and Thunder concurrently, I can’t wait any longer to read King of Fools after what happened at the end of Ace of Shades!
I’m so pleased with how much reading I got done this month, considering how much work I had to do, I’ve upped my Goodreads Challenge to 35, same as last year and I’m still 7 books ahead of schedule so it’s making me feel very smug and satisfied. How did your March reading go? Let me know in the comments!