What I Read in March 2019

This month and the start of next month, I’m probably going to be reading more than usual because I have some time off of college and work experiance due to an accident and injuries. This is pretty good news, because I have so much I want to read! So, here’s what I read in March:

Solitaire
Alice Oseman

I really really really liked this book. I love how pessimistic the main charecter is and how she hates absolutely everything, it was super relatable. Alice Oseman is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. The only reason why this wasn’t a five star read was because of the problematic elements like referring to something as “spirit animal” and Tori imitated a black woman at one point.

Speak
Louise Henderson

As an autistic, I could really identify with the main charecter and her struggles with being selectively mute. I can’t say Louise Henderson is my favourite writer, although I really enjoyed both this and WINTERGIRLS, because the writing is so…poetic.

The Hobbit: Graphic Novel
Charles Dixon

To be honest? Not my favourite. I don’t know, the art style just really wasn’t for me which is a shame because I otherwise love THE HOBBIT.

On the Come Up
Angie Thomas

I was worried that, because her first book was so amazing, this wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Despite being a bit darker than the first book (although they both cover heavy and important topics) it was still incredible. I should never have doubted her.

The Treasure House
Linda Newberry

This was so cute because it focused on how important people and their posessions can be and how much charecter charity shops can hold. It’s amazing, and I adored it. The mystery was fun and interesting. It was a nice read.

Twilight
Stephenie Meyer

I know, I know, but listen…I adored this series as a teenager so returning to it holds its own comforts, but I absolutely acknowledge how problematic this series is and I’m not going to ignore it or promote it

Sleeping Giants
Sylvain Neuvel

This wasn’t what I was expecting, because it was told in interview format from an outsiders’ perspective instead of the…usual way books are written, but this somehow made it all the more interesting. Because of my autism and learning difficulties, reading science fiction can be a challenge for me but this was much easier which is awesome because I love science fiction

Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo

Obviously, this was amazing. I’m not usually a big fan of young adult worlds (such as the Shadowhunters, althogh I am going to try and get through LADY OF MIDNIGHT soon since I found it for 50p), but the Grisha world is probably one of my favourites. I just love the characters, although I am upset that Nina and Inej didn’t get together, they would be perfect for each other.

New Moon
Stephenie Meyer

This book is probably my favourite from the series purely because of Bella and Jacob, who I think were far more equipped to be together than Bella and Edward ever were. They have actual chemistry, and their relationship was a pure pleasure to read. Also, I think werewolves are cool.

Our House
Louise Gandlish

I expected this to be a paranormal horror about a haunted house from the perspective of people who didn’t know they were dead, which was not at all what this was about. It was still really good, though, and quite…horrific regardless. Following how a crime can turn much worse than it originally was, just trying to hide it.

Lion: A Long Way Home
Saroo Brierley

I had no idea this was a memoir when I picked it up and to be honest I only read it to watch the film because it’s on Netflix and I’ve wanted to watch it for ages, but I actually ended up really enjoying it and it broke my heart. Many times.

The Harrowing
Alexandra Sokoloff

This had quite a few major flaws in it, but I think one of the things that made this really stand out was how it was a Jewish paranormal horror which makes a nice change from the usual Christianity paranormal horror that I’m used to reading.

On the Edge of Gone
Corinne Duyvis

This is about an autistic girl in the middle of an apocalypse and it was actually really good and really interesting. It was great to see myself represented in a story like this. It also had some casual diversity thrown in like wheelchair users and a transgender sister, Iris. It also tackled some dark, challenging issues like drug addiction. The only problem I have with this is that I believe the author is white (correct me if I’m wrong) and the main charecter is black.

Crimes of Passion: When Love Hurts
Sue Blackhall

This was basically a collection of real life stories on murder/severe abuse as a result of passion, such as jealously or revenge. It was really interesting and read like one of those Netflix documentries I’m obsessed with watching.

Anya’s Ghost
Vera Brosgol

Even though this has some fatphobia and follows a very predictable plotline, the art was beautiful and it was just super interesting. It’s a very short, quick read due to how it’s a graphic novel but I would highly reccommend it!

The Girl from the Well
Rin Chupeco

Shockingly, this was really good. It was diverse and interesting and told from the perspectve of the dead girl. Personally, I’ve never read something like that before and I found it really good. I can’t wait to read more.

The Witch’s Boy
Molly Ostertag

I’ve just heard that this is a series that I am really excited about, this was super good. The art work was amazing and I love the story. It was so cute.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid

By far one of the best and most heartbreaking books I have ever ever read. It’ll take me time to recover from this one, no matter how many books I read after it. It shredded my heart multiple times. What a beautiful, beautiful read (and do, please read it – trigger warnings for domestic assault, rape, homophobia, domestic assault and racism)

Furthermore
Taherah Mafi

I wanted something lightweight after Evelyn Hugo, so I picked this one up. I’ve wanted to read it ever since I heard it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling, even though I really didn’t like SHATTER ME. It was exactly what I needed and one of the five star reads I read this month, I can’t wait to get to the second book as I believe this is a dulogy?

The Hidden Witch
Molly Ostertag

Another great addition to the series. My friend bought it for me as soon as she heard how excited I was about the first one, because I have great friends!! I loved how this one focused on love, friendship and how easy it can be to fall into a self hating rage spiral when you’ve been hurt and broken in the past. I can’t wait for the third graphic novel to come out, it’ll be the first thing I buy when it does.

City of Ghosts
Victoria Schwab

Wow, that was incredible. This book is exactly my cup of tea and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read such a masterpiece. I can see her quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

Moonstruck Vol 1: Magic to Brew
Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Kate Leth, Caitlin Quirk, Clayton Cowles

An equally incredible reading experiance and by far one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever EVER read, and again my exact cup of tea like the people who wrote and illustrated this knew exactly what I enjoyed in a graphic novel and created it. Amazing. I can’t wait to read the second volume.

The Chalk Man
C.J.Tudor

I think, for this one, my expectations were just way too high because it fell flat and a lot of the book felt uncomfortable to read (not even the gory parts, believe it or not). For a thriller, it should not feel like walking through mud. Some people like slow paced thrillers, but me? Not so much. Dissapointed with this one.

 

I was going to try and ram in another read before the month finished but that didn’t end up happening due to how slow THE CHALK MAN was to get through. Nevermind, I think I still managed a fair chunk of reading. I’m quite proud of it, I’ve read some things I really wanted to get through and I read quite a lot of five star books as well. Overall, not a bad reading month at all. How was yours??

A.W

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