Wrap Up: March 2021

Ah March, the month that doesn’t know what it wants to do with the weather here in New York City! One weekend it was almost 70F! Then it was back to the low 50s! And then ALLERGY SEASON! March, I love you since you’re my birthday month, but I’m also glad you’re done.

Nobody is more surprised than me that I read 11* books this month!

*Ok, some of them were REALLYYYYY short but if Goodreads counts it, I count it. And reading short books made me feel super accomplished at the beginning of the month and really motivated me! Here’s what I read!

  1. The Ex Talk – Audiobook – 3.5/5 ★★★☆☆

The premise of this one really intrigued me – radio talk show hosts who pretend to be ex’s and host a talk show on being ex’s and giving relationship advice – what?! I haven’t heard that one in the romance world before and I flew thru this book!

This books focuses on Shay, a 29 year old who has worked the same job in public radio since she interned there in college, and Dominic, a 24 year old reporter who thinks the only kind of journalism is the “serious” ground breaking news type.

Shay is so relatable it hurts. I loved Shay’s and Dominic’s easy banter and rivalry at the radio station. They weren’t exactly “enemies” but they weren’t friends before co-hosting a talk show either. I honestly did not know a lot about public radio before this, but I feel I know a little more now and I loved that premise, I loved reading about people who work in radio! This is definitely a take on enemies-to-lovers situation, but told in a way I haven’t seen before. 

2. On A Sunbeam – Graphic Novel – 4/5 ★★★★☆

Ok, this one I had actually been reading for a while and just never finished – so I decided March was the month to finish it!

This was such a lovely story with gorgeous artwork and coloring, I adored this! I loved the back and forth from the past to the present and seeing how the two timelines ended up coinciding.

The artwork and coloring was bold and detailed, I loved all the detail in the architecture of the different locations.

On A Sunbeam is long, but its a beautiful journey through space about friendship and found family and love. Featuring two f/f couples, and a non-binary character. GAY. SPACE. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT FROM A GRAPHIC NOVEL?! IDK!

3. Lost in the Never Woods – Audiobook ARC – 2/5 ★★☆☆☆

This story is a lot darker than I expect, quite frankly. It deals with grief of losing family members (siblings, and children in the case of her parents) and trauma. Wendy is clearly not well and her parents are too deep in their own grief to help their returned daughter. Even five years later, it’s clear this family is suffering.

Sadly, this book fell very flat for me. It felt like a plateau. I was waiting and waiting and WAITING for things to happen but nothing. ever. did. I look forward to what Aiden will write in the future though, as I enjoy their writing in Cemetery Boys, this book just felt like a sophomore slump.

4. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories – Audiobook – 5/5 ★★★★★

If you were wondering if you should pick up How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories – my suggestion would be yes. It’s six short stories with gorgeous illustrations by Rovina Cai throughout the book. It adds just a little extra to the Folk of the Air world and I think its a nice finishing touch.

These stories range from present time, set in the modern world, to when Cardan was a child in Elfhame. These were a delight to read and learn just a little more about Cardan and why he is the way he is – and how he grows up to change. These stories are all from his POV, rather than Jude’s we see in Folk of the Air, which was a nice change of pace.

5. The Wicker King – Audiobook – 4/5 ★★★★☆

I know I’m about 3 years late to this party, but wow, The Wicker King was such a great story and told in unique way, I read/listened to this all in one day! The (recent) audiobook release is what finally pushed me to read this book and I’m so very glad I did. It was worth the wait.

This is the story of two friends, August and Jack. They do everything together, and essentially care for each other, as neither of their parents are around to take care of them. They don’t fit into the same social circles at school, but growing up together, they’re bonded in a way that makes them inseparable. They’re always willing to do risky things, as long as the other one is there with them.

This story slowly gets darker as it progresses and the pages literally show that, becoming darker and more blotchy around the edges before they are completely black by the end. It’s a trippy and weird story, but also so unique. 

6. The Language of Thorns – Audiobook – 3.5/5 ★★★☆☆

I’ve been meaning to read this for AGES and I’m glad I finally did. This was fun, a collection of short fairytales from the Grishaverse. Each story took me by surprise in different ways, I knew they wouldn’t have happy endings, but still, each ending was shocking in its own way.

I enjoyed this, but I don’t think its necessary so if you decide to skip this – you aren’t missing much.

7. A History of What Comes Next – Audiobook – 3.5/5 ★★★☆☆

I fell in love with Sylvain Neuvel’s writing and story telling abilities when I read the Themis Files series. One of my all time favorite sci-fi series that I will recommend to everyone FOREVER – so I was eager to read something else of his that has to do with rockets and space and sci-fi.

I really didn’t know what to expect going into this one other than it had to do with rockets and space. I will admit…I didn’t love it. I wanted to love it as much as Themis Files, but it never clicked into space (ha, pun, space, get it?!). I will say I did enjoy this one and if you’re a history and sci-fi fan, this is worth a read.

This is science fiction, but there is a lot of factual based history in this book too, which Sylvain explains in length in notes at the end, with reference links provided so you can do more research on your own if you so desire.

8. A Dark and Hollow Star – Audiobook – 4/5 ★★★★☆

This is the story of four queer teens who all know about human deaths that are occurring, but nobody in the faerie courts seems to care. I loved getting to know the background of all four of them – Nausicaä, an immortal Fury, Arlo, an iron-born half fae, Vehan, a crown prince, and Aurelian, his best friend turned bodyguard.

I’ll tell you right now, my knowledge of fae and their courts are…minimal, at best. I don’t know fae lore. Anything I learned, this book told me and it was confusing as heck. It wasn’t super important in my opinion, so I just accepted information as it was given to me. This book isn’t too political, so don’t fear about that!

The majority of this book is set in Toronto, Canada which I enjoyed! That isn’t a setting I see often, and there are landmarks that are mentioned – I’ve visited Toronto once, and only have vague memories of it – but you locals will love it!

Overall this was a fun read that I didn’t want to put down, I was always eager to know what was going to happen next! I became attached to these characters and can’t wait for the sequel, scheduled to be out in 2022.

9. The Whispering Room – ebook – 5/5 ★★★★★

I’m a simple girl. You give me a Shadowhunter short story, tell me it can count towards my Goodreads goal, BAM, READ! This is a scene from Chain of Gold but seen from James’ POV rather than Cordelia’s.

***Chain of Gold spoilers***

My favorite troupe is the “oh no we’re in a room we’re not supposed to be and someone in coming, quick, let’s makeout and hope they go away!” if theres a shorter name for that one someone pls tell me

So seeing that one from James’ perspective… yes. HELL YES. I’M HERE FOR IT!!!

10. The Legend of the Golden Raven – ebook – 3/5 ★★★☆☆

Is this….another short ebook counting towards my Goodreads goal? YOU BET!

If you’re curious about picking this up, read it right after you finish The Wicker King – so the original story is fresh in your mind. I waited 2.5 weeks to read this and didn’t appreciate it as much – even though I loved Wicker King! Set from Jack’s POV and switching between the real world and his hallucination world – it gives Alice in Wonderland vibes – the Wonderland part. I just wish I read this right away!

It’s free on Amazon/Kindle and pretty short at only ~40 pages!

Nice addition to the world, but also not necessary to read – if you skip this one, its ok.

11. You’d Be Mine – Audiobook – 2/5 ★★☆☆☆

If you’re looking for a cute, soft, fluffy, easy read contemporary about music….. keep looking because THIS AIN’T IT AT ALL. Nobody is more disappointed than me that I didn’t like this one.

Major trigger warnings for suicide (off page, but heavily discussed), death of loved ones, underage drinking, alcoholic tendencies, & drug abuse.

I felt no connection to either character and their romance was laughable. It came out of absolutely nowhere and I felt no romantic connection between them. I loved Erin Hahn’s second novel, More Than Maybe, so I figured I’d go back and read her first! …and I wish I hadn’t.

This felt awkward and clumsy. It started out ok, and I generally like books about music/touring/etc. I love attending concerts in real life! But this book just felt so uncomfortable to me.

March was a long month but went fast!
How was your reading month? Any new favorites?

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