all 11 books i read this month: march reading wrap up


Hi there friends! How are you all? What have you been reading?

This week has been chaos personified, and I am not even exaggerating! I need 2022 to chill the fuck out, thank you.

Today’s post is one of my favourite posts to write and also to read! It’s my monthly wrap up for march and this month has been a really interesting reading month! In total I read 11 books and I had four five (5) star reads, and I picked up a few books that have been languishing on my physical tbr for a couple of years. So I honestly feel slightly proud of myself! I’m trying to focus more on actually reading books that are on my physical tbr, so I haven’t picked up any ebooks this month as a result.

In terms of genres, I mostly read fantasy and historical fiction books according to Storygraph. The fantasy isn’t a suprise, but the fact that I’ve read 5 historical fiction novels this month, was actually a surprise. I thought that I was slowly weaning off historical fiction but that’s actually a huge lie that I was telling myself.

Only three books were purchased this year, where two were preorders and the other was a spontaneous purchase at a bookstore earlier this year. Here’s a nifty pie chart showing whether the books were from my backlist, or purchased this year:

a pie chart showcasing where the books I read in march, came from. 3 books were purchased this year; 2 were from 2020 backlist; 2 were from 2021 backlist; 2 were from Fairyloot in 2021; 1 was a reread and 1 was borrowed from the library.
pie chart showing where the books I read in the month of march came from.

In total, I also read 4038 pages – which is around about the average for me in terms of my monthly page count. I’m trying to aim to read 55000 pages this year, so I’ll keep you updated about that!

Like usual, this wrap up won’t be providing summaries or synopses for each book I have read, I’ll only be talking about my purely subjective thoughts and feelings! They will in no way be in detail so if you want me to talk about a specific book more, let me know and I can dedicate a post to it!

Shall we begin?

In order of my lowest rated to my highest rated!


๐š๐š‘๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ ๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐š›๐šœ

As I’ve already dedicated an entire post to it, I’ll quickly mention that I reread ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’• ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’๐’๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’๐’ˆ in march and it went from a 4.5 star rating to a solid 3 star. If you want to read more about my thoughts, here’s my post where I talk about it and it’s sequel!

The only other book I have three stars to was, unsurprisingly, another ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’” novel. I have not been having much luck with ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’” in the past year or so. I read ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’—๐’Š๐’… ๐‘ช๐’๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’‡๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’… in 2020 and I absolutely loved it and is one of my favourite classics I have read (in my top 15 at least). But since then, I have read ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ท๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’˜๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ ๐‘ท๐’‚๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐‘ถ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ป๐’˜๐’Š๐’”๐’•, ๐‘ต๐’Š๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’‚๐’” ๐‘ต๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘จ ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’Ž๐’‚๐’” ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’ and they all have been just good. Not amazing. Just good. Which has been such a huge surprise to me considering my experience reading David Copperfield! This month I read ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘น๐’–๐’…๐’ˆ๐’† and honeslty, it was fine. It was a solid read but didn’t blow me away. I do have to say though that on the surface, this book had everything that I could ever want in a classic and the commentary and exploration on religion and the relationship between Church and State was so up my alley but ultimately – it was just fine.

I think the next ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’๐’” book I’m going to be reading is ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ถ๐’๐’… ๐‘ช๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’‘! What’s your favourite Dickens? Do you have one?


๐š๐š‘๐š›๐šŽ๐šŽ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šŠ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š•๐š ๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐š›๐šœ

The only book I have this rating was ๐‘ฌ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‚๐’š๐’‚๐’Œ๐’‚ ๐‘ด๐’–๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’‚. I read ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’“๐’† ๐‘พ๐’๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ by the same author in 2020, I believe, and loved it. It was an incredibly powerful book and one that hits you most in the aftermath of reading. ๐‘ฌ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” is a completely different tone. This is a book that I really truly do not know how to describe. The reading experience was positive, but don’t go into this book thinking it’s similar (content wise) to its predecessor. It’s not. However, the themes are.

Also, for some reason, Elif Bautman keeps blurbing Sayaka Murata as ‘hilarious’ (for this book and for ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’“๐’† ๐‘พ๐’๐’Ž๐’‚๐’) and that is definitely not the case. Murata writes incredibly emotionally intense novels that explore a variety of themes, but mainly living within a stricly capalist society. Not hilarious.

I still don’t understand it fully – I’m not sure if it was all in the main character’s head or if it was real – but let’s just say it was incredibly unpredictable and wild. Trigger warnings for child abuse, pedophilia and cannibalism.

Yes, cannibalism. I mean it when I say that this book is wild.


๐š๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐š›๐šœ

My two four star reads are young adult fantasy. I actually read the most young adult fantasy in one month in march than I have in any other months of this year (and most likely this could be said for last year also). I finally read ๐‘ถ๐’–๐’“ ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’• ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’๐’๐’† ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’๐’ˆ, the sequel and conclusion to the ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐•๐ข๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐๐ฎ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ. I won’t say anything more about this book as I also wrote about it in my dedicated review to this duology here.

The other book was ๐‘บ๐’Š๐’™ ๐‘ช๐’“๐’Š๐’Ž๐’”๐’๐’ ๐‘ช๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’Š๐’›๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’†๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’Ž and this was such a fun reading experience! I was hesitant to pick this book up purely because I haven’t loved a young adult fantasy since I read Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko whenever that came out – majority of the time, YA fantasy lets me down. But ๐‘บ๐’Š๐’™ ๐‘ช๐’“๐’Š๐’Ž๐’”๐’๐’ ๐‘ช๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’” was a wonderful fantasy novel with strong characters and such an interesting world and magic system. I read this so quickly as it was so fast-paced and super engaging. If you want a fun time, I highly recommend it!


๐š๐š˜๐šž๐š› ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐šŠ ๐š‘๐šŠ๐š•๐š ๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐š›๐šœ

I read my first ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’๐’‡๐’‡ book in march and I am so happy I did! I read ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’™ and I loved it. How do I talk about this wonderfully strange novel?!

It was such a great reading experience and the story was incredibly compelling! Nuns! Sapphic (warrior) nuns! What a win. But it felt like more of a character study of Marie, a giantess and the half-sister of the King, who also was a descendent of the fairy queen. She is sent to be a prioress of an abbey, of which she has no choice, by the queen Eleanor. Marie essentially rebuilds the abbey into one of the best in the country. Cantering Marie and the women of the abbey, this book was just so beautiful and weird. This book reminded me in some ways of Nightbitch which may seem like a random comparison, but it feels right. The overall vibes feel similar between the two.

This was like my perfect book – in my first year of uni, I was obsessed with Benedictine nuns for some reason. Medieval history is my jam.

I also read ๐‘จ ๐‘บ๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’† ๐‘บ๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘จ๐’๐’Š๐’™ ๐‘ฌ. ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’๐’˜ and wow. ๐‘จ๐’๐’Š๐’™ ๐‘ฌ. ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’๐’˜ is an auto-buy author and has been ever since I read ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ป๐’†๐’ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ซ๐’๐’๐’“๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’๐’–๐’‚๐’“๐’š and then was cemented by ๐‘ถ๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ญ๐’–๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’† ๐‘พ๐’Š๐’•๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’”. I love her writing and her stories. With ๐‘จ ๐‘บ๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’† ๐‘บ๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’…, I was expecting to have a fun little time as it is only a novella and an incredibly short one at that. In the words of the author herself, is the ‘spider-verse with sleeping beauties’ and it was *chefs kiss*. It was fun and wonderfully magical – I love portal fantasy and I loved the main character Zinnia. This novella was a tiny novella sized bite of perfection.


๐š๐š’๐šŸ๐šŽ ๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐š›๐šœ

I think it’s excellent that I have the most five star reads for march! Four truly excellent and brilliant books.

Let’s start with the only non-fiction book I read in march. And what a book. I finally read ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’†๐’”, ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’๐’†๐’… ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘ช๐’๐’‚๐’Š๐’“๐’† ๐‘ฎ. ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ and this is one of the most wonderful non-fiction book regarding colonisation and the impact of inter-generational trauma on First Nation Australians. This was an actually perfect collection of essays, each exploring the direct impact invasion and trauma had on Coleman and her family and her community. I implore you to read it. It is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read.

Another novella I read in march was book two in the ๐–๐š๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ง ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ by ๐‘บ๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ด๐’„๐‘ฎ๐’–๐’Š๐’“๐’† and that was ๐‘ซ๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐‘จ๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘บ๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’Œ๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’๐’†๐’”. This was absolutely fantastic! I have realised that I love portal fantasy and this book was actually wonderful. This novella takes place technically before the first novella in this series, ๐‘ฌ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’‚ ๐‘ซ๐’๐’๐’“๐’˜๐’‚๐’š, and it focused on Jack and Jill – the twins whose portal world is absolutely insane and super cool. Jack and Jill are not typical heroines at all and I loved Jack so much. She is such a complex and fascinating character!!

The biggest surprise of march was ๐‘จ ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’•๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ด๐’๐’”๐’„๐’๐’˜ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘จ๐’Ž๐’๐’“ ๐‘ป๐’๐’˜๐’๐’†๐’”. How do I describe this book!? I should say that if you want action and plot and a fast moving story, this is not the book for you. This was a lovely meandering novel, focusing on our main character Count Alexander Rostov as he is essentially placed under house arrest at his place of residence, which is the Metropol Hotel in Moscow in the aftermath of the Bolsheviks taking over. Alexander is one of the most charming, wonderful and genuine characters Iโ€™ve read. You canโ€™t help but fall in love with him. He tries so hard to still be in love with his life regardless of the fact that he literally cannot leave the Hotelโ€™s premises. This is primarily a story about him and his life and how he learns to exist in this new way, in a โ€˜newโ€™ kind of Russia.

And what might be my favourite of the month, ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’‰ ๐‘ฎ๐’“๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐‘ซ๐’๐’†๐’”๐’’๐’• ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐‘จ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’†๐’š ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’“๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ-๐‘ฉ๐’๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†. This book. This goDDAMN BOOK. I loved it with my entire heart. I think on Twitter I said that this book was what Iโ€™ve been wanting for so long !!! And it did not disappoint! It actually blew me away โœจ Delilah Green is a woman who has decided not to care. She only has one night stands or sexual partners who know that a relationship is off the table. But then she meets Claire, one of her step-sisterโ€™s best friends, and things change!!! What I loved most about this book other than the adorable romance, was the sibling relationship between Delilah and Astrid. The tension between the siblings and the emotional aspect of just added so much more depth to this story and it enabled us to grow closer to Delilah and to Astrid, as a result. One of my favourite romance novels ever, and the best sapphic romance I’ve read!!!!!!!!


And that’s it for today, friends!

Thank you so much for reading! And I also just want to say a huge thank you for all of your support! Writing these little blog posts are so much fun and allows me to set aside time to talk about one of my favourite things to talk about…books!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you are reading some incredible books!

Until next time, happy reading.

All the love,

allie

xx


๐“ฝ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป

๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ถ

๐“ฐ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ๐“ผ

๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“ป๐”‚๐“ฐ๐“ป๐“ช๐“น๐“ฑ

5 thoughts on “all 11 books i read this month: march reading wrap up

  1. Amazing reading list! I enjoyed reading your post! I really want to read A Gentleman in Moscow because I LOVED The Rules of Civility and it completely surprised me! Happy reading!

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  2. I’m delighted to see A Gentleman in Moscow as a 5-star read for you. It’s one of my favorite books and Amor Towles is one of my favorite authors. I’ve also read Earhlings, weird book.

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    1. yay! i definitely want to read more Amor Towles now. I think Rules of Civility will be next on my list! I love how he constructs his characters. HAHA that is an understatement when considering Earthlings…i am looking forward to her short story collection though. I think short story collections and weirdness perfectly goes together lol xx

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