March Wrap Up

I finished 8 books in March. This may seem less than the 18 average for January and February, but they were all part of my goal total so I’ve read 23 books in three months. There might have been a couple of picture books towards the end of the month too that I need to add to my Goodreads.

Here are the eight books:

Frustratingly I am currently in a reading slump. Fly By Night took over ten days to read, and I’m only forty-something pages into my current read after five days. Sigh.

My favourite book in March was (of course) Obsidio. I utterly adore the Illuminae files trilogy and have BookTube to thank for looking them up. I’ll definitely be re-reading soon, and I even took a three month Audible trial to see if I can manage audio books when they’re a full cast recording.

My second favourite of the month was The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, another one recommended on BookTube, which is only just published in hardback but was ridiculously cheap on Kindle (under £3) so I bought because the premise sounded so good. It is so good. If it’s not already been optioned for a film I’ll be very surprised. Wonderful mix of historical murder mystery with convoluted time-repeating (main character can interact with his future/past self) body-swapping, redemptive, satisfying, philosophical, frightening, I’m not sure where I’m going with the sentence. It’s good. If I wasn’t in love with the Illuminae series, it would be a clear favourite so far this year.

I’ve reviewed The Hazel Wood as part of my last NetGalley roundup. It wasn’t really my kind of thing, although I liked the premise.

Moon Angel is the last in the currently published Samantha Moon series, which I’ve been borrowing monthly via the Kindle User’s Lending Library. They are pretty awful really but I still enjoy them, and will probably move on to the spinoff series if I can borrow them.

The Up-Side of Unrequited was another BookTuber recommendation / cheap Kindle try, and I actually really liked it. Wonderful to have a main character who is overweight but doesn’t spend the whole book trying to lose weight to get the boy. Cute and fun, and very diverse.

I read Ready Player One so I could see the film. Hopefully I’ll get to see the film. I enjoyed it. I know it’s problematic in places, but it was fun. I didn’t get all the references despite being a child and teen in the eighties but much of it was so nostalgic. I utterly hated the use of the phrase “suffers” in relation to autism, but it was a throw away single line and obviously no research behind it. I expect the film will be better.

1602 was a re-read to see if my eleven-year-old could read it, as she’s enjoying all the MCU films at the moment. It didn’t seem unsuitable, and I definitely got more out of it than on my first read now I’ve seen the films because I know very little of the Marvel universe other than via the films.

I was slumping by the time I got to Fly By Night so wasn’t at my best reading it. Frances Hardinge is a wonderful author, and I need to read everything she’s written (Fly By Night is my second of hers, The Lie Tree being the first.) The world was well imagined, Mosca was wonderful, the names were brilliant. I enjoyed it despite my mood, and will get to the sequel sooner rather than later.

I’m currently reading Children of Blood and Bone, but I think I might be putting it aside and finding something else because I need to be in a better frame of mind to get into a fantasy world so I need to look for something contemporary or alternate history or urban fantasy or near future because I think my brain is looking for something more familiar at the moment.

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