Happy April, y’all! I hope you’re all safe and healthy and remain so as we navigate another month. I am still working nearly every day as an essential employee, which means I’m washing my hands 40 times a day, Lysol-ing the life out of my surroundings and coworkers, and drinking all of the water.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in the past week about how I can make this blog more fun and more entertaining in a way that means less stress and pressure for myself. One thing I’m trying out (in my reading life in general but also on this blog) is NO planned TBR. I used to plan my TBR every month, and I never understood why I only managed about half the books I’d planned for myself. I’ve learned that while I would LOVE to be a planner, I’m a mood reader at heart, and planning a strict reading list for the month just doesn’t make sense. What this means for my blog is that I’ll no longer be posting my “what I’d like to read this month” posts, but I will still be doing the monthly wrap-ups. I feel like this change will allow me to read more books without the guilt that comes from neglecting my TBR, so I’m excited to start reading for April! With all of that being said, let’s get into my wrap up for March.
1., 2., &3. Heartstopper vol. 1 2 & 3 – Alice Oseman
5 out of 5 stars. This was the cutest read, my heart felt like it might explode, and I smiled 90 percent of the time. I have a short review here if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts.
4. King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo
5 out of 5 stars. This book reminded my of my undying love for Nikolai and the Grishaverse, and I also have a newfound love for a character that I was NOT a fan of in the original trilogy. This book went from 4/5 to 5/5 stars in the last 100 or so pages, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.
5. Solitaire – Alice Oseman
3 out of 5 stars. I read this book after finishing Heartstopper because I knew I would be familiar with the characters. It wasn’t bad, but also wasn’t my favorite. I came for Charlie and Nick, my babies, and I stayed for Michael Holden, who is arguably the most compelling character in the whole book.
6. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
5 out of 5 stars, of course. The only note I made while reading is that I would burn the world for Simon and Baz, and I’m not mad about it. I might reread this in the near future to write an actual review.
7. Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell
5 out of 5 stars. See my comments above. This one made my heart ache MUCH more than the first one did, but in a good way, kind of. Baz and Simon’s happiness is all I care about in book three, to be honest.
8. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
4 out of 5 stars. I read this years ago and really liked it, so I had to reread it after finishing Carry On. I read this for the first time during my freshman year of college, so I related to Cath on a deep level back then, and I still found this book extremely relatable and cute.
9. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding – Alexandra Bracken
This was a solid middle grade with some great plot twists that I really didn’t see coming. I don’t have much experience with middle grade books, so I had no expectations and was still pleasantly surprised while reading. I would definitely read the sequel to see how Prosper’s story comes to an end.
I thought it would be fun to start keeping track of my reading stats, so here we go for the month of March:
Number of books read – 9
Number of pages read – 3,626
Most read genre – YA Contemporary
DNF – zero!
Let me know what books you read in March, and do you plan your monthly TBR, or are you a mood reader like me? I would love to hear from ya. Until next time, stay well and happy reading.