It has been a mixed month for me with some good and some bad. Personally and reading-wise, I had the best month so far this year. However, work has become quite difficult to manage and I even had to skip a posting day. I’m feeling burnt out and I’m finding it hard to get the motivation to get up every day. I don’t see this pace slowing down any time soon as my family commitments will increase and work pressure as well in the coming months. However, I’m going to strive to put my health first despite everything, which hopefully will translate to more reading time! Anyway, let me put away my grand plans for the future and talk about how March went for me.
I have already read 4 books this month and plan to start a 5th tonight. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it, so I’m not going to count it for this wrap-up. They were all really good and I had initially rated all of them 5 stars, but upon consideration, I docked one star from one of the books. The first book I devoured, which was the fastest I have finished any book this year, was Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. It was such a page turner and an amazing feudal Japanese-inspired fantasy. Everything from the characters, the plot, the world-building and writing were A+. I will put up a gushing review for it soon. I had actually received an ARC for this via NetGalley and cannot believe I slept on it for so long! Even though I was on the Small Town Hearts blog tour, which I had to technically read first, I was in a fantasy mood, so this book by the talented debut author Lillie Vale was my second read. It was such a fun summer contemporary and perfect for the tropical weather here! It didn’t blow my mind but I’d still highly recommend it.
I finished Internment by Samira Ahmed next, which I had started way back in February but set it aside as I couldn’t handle anything heavy then. It was a very powerful read and I think that everyone should put it on their TBRs. Check out my review for some more pursuasion if you need it. The latest book I read was Kindred by Octavia Butler, Stars and Sorcery’s first sci-fi pick and the March book of the month. Reading both this and Internment at the same time really drained me but this was yet another unforgettable read. It presents the stark reality of Black slaves in America in a time-travel narrative that chilled me to the bone! Another must-read if you can handle the disturbing content because I feel we all should know just what atrocities we as human beings are capable of and how bad our history really was. Overall, I had an excellent reading month and plan to take that momentum forward into April as well.
- I crossed 850 followers on the blog this month and I’m feeling so blessed for everyone’s continued support!
- I was on the Small Town Hearts blog tour thanks to Lili @ Utopia State of Mind
- I also got into the food crawl-type blog tour for Hungry Hearts, an anthology dedicated to the vibrant food culture of people of colour, edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond and hosted by CW @ The Quiet Pond and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads
I haven’t gone blog hopping for the second consecutive month, which I’m embarrassed to admit, but I’m skipping this section again. Sorry, dear readers, but I’ll bring it back in April for sure!
- Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (April 2nd: US release) – a debut Gothic fantasy series that follows multiple points of views of a saints, war, royalty and secrets
- Forward Me Back to You by Mitali Perkins (April 2nd: US release) – the queen of writing nuanced immigrant experiences is back with another young adult novel that explores the power of friendships
- You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn (April 2nd: US release) – a heartfelt debut about country music, fame and young love
- An Anatomy of Beasts by Olivia A. Cole (April 16th: US release) – the sequel to the highly praised A Conspiracy of Stars, a young adult sci-fi series with a heroine in the STEM field and inter-planetary politics
- King of Fools by Amanda Foody (April 30th: US release, May 2nd: UK release) – the highly anticipated next book in The Shadow Game series, which delves deeper into the City of Sin and the cost of great power
I will be finishing my current read, an ARC of Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi (thanks again to Jenna @ Falling Letters for this!) first. I’m taking part in the OWLs readathon hosted by Book Roast again this April and I plan to study the required subjects to be an Astronomer. I need to finish Arithmancy, Astronomy and History of Magic for that. I’ve chosen to read my Hungry Hearts ARC for Arithmancy, All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett for Astronomy and either How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell or The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner for History of Magic. Here is the announcement video so you can know more if you’re curious how this works. Besides that, I need to read the Stars and Sorcery pick for April, which is How Long ‘Til Black Future Month, a short story collection by the legendary N. K. Jemisin. I hope I can finish all of these in time!
How was the month of March for you? What kind of books are you gravitating towards as it’s getting warmer? What plans do you have for April? If you do monthly wrap-ups on your blog too, please leave a link in the comments section so I can check it out!