That March was a strange month is probably the understatement of the decade. In the Netherlands, we got our first case of Covid19 in the last weekend of February, but there was no reason to panic yet. So, life was normal in the first weeks of March. However, that changed on March 12 and even more on March 15. Measures have been taken and rules were implemented. Social distancing became a thing. Many people struggled with reading and this certainly applies to me too. I missed my commute as I had to work at home. However, I started to build in some reading time before and right after work to keep this reading routine. Therefore, I still managed to read a good amount of books in March. Here is what I have been reading!
- I started March with a book I already started in the last 2 days of February, The city of brass by S. A. Chakraborty. This book started out quite good, but I got bored halfway through. I struggled a lot and ended up rating it just 1 star.
- The first book I started actually in March is Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao. This book had a lot of controversy surrounding its release, but to be honest I don’t understand any of it. I found this book really boring and not worth the hype. 2 stars.
- Another book surrounded by a lot of controversy is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. This book is really hyped and not for the right reasons most of the time. Well, I unfortunately don’t get all the hype, because this book was really disappointing. 3 stars.
- Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens is receiving a lot of hype lately as well and again, I don’t get it. The book is okay, but not as spectacular as many people are saying. Again, 3 stars.
- March has been quite disappointing in both life and books, because Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan was a complete shitshow. I mean, it’s good that abortion is tackled in young adult literature, but the humor in this book deals with this theme all wrong. I had the feeling that abortion is just used as an excuse to make the roadtrip our main character is making, because a book needs a plot point right? Well, I prefer a book with a much more serious tone of voice for such themes. 2 stars.
- On March 3, I finally had this book in my possession, the most anticipated book of the year. You know which book this is right? No? Of course, House of earth and blood by Sarah J. Maas. This book was sitting in my pre-orders for over a year and it finally was here. I didn’t know how quick I should have started it, but I had to finish A city of brass first. However, House of earth and blood was a straight 5 star read.
- I have been really looking forward to Girls of storm and shadow by Natasha Ngan, but unfortunately this book suffers a lot from second book syndrome. I missed the charms of the first book, I didn’t want to binge read this one at all. In fact, I zoned out a lot. Unfortunately, this one gets 3 stars.
- I was in the mood for a new adult romance, so I decided to finally pick up The score by Elle Kennedy. I have a feeling that this book contains lots more sex than the first 2 books in the “off-campus” series, but I still enjoyed this book. 4 stars.
- The 4th monkey by J. D. Barker is a book I was having my eye on for a while. However, I didn’t expect this to be so dirty, sometimes I really had to stop reading. Although the story is good, I’m not sure whether I want to read the sequels. 4 stars.
- I have read 5 books in “The seven sisters” series by Lucinda Riley, but I never read one of her standalones. She republished all her old books and The Italian Girl is one of them. At first, I didn’t know whether this was something for me, but after a while, I couldn’t stop reading. I ended up rating this book 4 stars.
- Yes yes, I finally continued my Cassandra Clare reads. It was time to go back to “The mortal instruments” and I read City of fallen angels. Again, 5 stars.
- I was already having my doubts about Yes no maybe so by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, especially after reading some reviews. However, I wanted to try it and I’m sorry, but this one disappointed me to the core. 2 stars.
- The final book for my challenge this month was a Dutch fantasy called Abdij van de nacht and is written by Ellis van Zijll. It’s about werewolves and a monastry, but unfortunately it was not my kind of fantasy. I couldn’t get into the story, it didn’t suck me in. However, it’s a really original story, so 3 stars it is.
Not for my challenge
- I only reread Defy me by Tahereh Mafi this month, just in time for the release of Imagine me.