March in Review // For REAL This Time
If you are one of the 36 people that saw the draft version of this post go up yesterday, April Fools, I guess? If that glaring mistake isn’t the most indicative representation of my life right now, I don’t know what is.
March was another difficult month for me professionally and personally, continuing the Reading Slump of Doom. I won’t be talking about this in detail, but I do want to share that almost two weeks ago I went on a medical leave of absence from work. Right now I am trying to focus on my health and getting better, which is why my blog hopping and replying to comments is slow and sporadic right now. I promise I will reply to all my comments as I am able and will do my best to hop as much as possible.
The good news is that I am finally reading a little bit! And even better, I am ENJOYING IT! Maybe the slump is coming to a close?
I read seven books again in March, and most of that reading was done in the last half of the month. The Year of the Slump may be ending, but it is far too soon to call it a win for me. We’ll see how April fares…
As a quick reminder, I’ve done away with star ratings on my wrap-up reviews. I’ve decided to not list star ratings on my blog reviews anymore because I don’t feel it’s aligned with my approach to reviewing in general. I am instead listing who I would recommend read the book, and am leaving the stars for the necessary evil of Amazon/Goodreads/B&N reviews.
My Favorite Read of March
To say that I loved this debut novel would be an understatement. I was a bit nervous to read it because of the glowing reviews that I read by pretty much all of my Twitter timeline. A lot of times books I have seen highly praised by my friends get so built up in my head that I set my reading experience up for failure.
This book gripped me from the first page to the very last. Descendant of the Crane is a stunning debut fantasy that delivers on the “Chinese version of Game of Thrones” comparison that I’ve seen. This is a fast paced and action packed book that you cannot miss! I am so happy that I was able to read this amazing book early with a group of blogging buddies.
ARCs/copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *
- Ace of Shades (Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody (re-read): just as amazing as my first read and it felt like coming home to characters I love! I re-read the book to refresh my memory going into reading King of Fools. | 📖 Read my full review
- * King of Fools (Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody: as one of my most highly anticipated sequels, I was so excited to receive an eARC of this book! I am still trying to sort out my thoughts about King of Fools but loved learning more about the characters, their burgeoning enterprises, and the stakes are higher than ever. Suffice to say that Foody is a creative monster. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- * Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson: I don’t read a lot of graphic novels but I jumped at the chance to check it out as I grew up reading Nancy Drew! This was a really fun read and I will be watching for the next issue because OH GOODNESS THAT ENDING! I loved the art style and the writing is easy to follow, witty, and full of life as the voices of the characters shine through the pages. I definitely recommend this to fans of strong female characters that aren’t all pointy (can be soft, too), mystery lovers, and those that read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys as a kid. | 📖 Read my full ARC review
- Shutter by Courtney Alameda: this was a buddy read with Camilla @ Reader in the Attic, and I really enjoyed reading & discussing this one with her! After falling in love with Pitch Dark last year, I wanted to read her 2015 debut. It’s obvious that she has a way with words and crafting intricate worlds that deliver on the horror, but I was left a little disconnected from the characters. | 📖 Read my full review
- Obsidio (Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: This was a buddy read with This Mortal Squad and it took me almost two months because I didn’t want the series to come to an end (also slump). While I think Gemina is my favorite in the series, this was a fantastic end to an amazing trilogy! | 📖 Read my full review
- You by Caroline Kepnes: I bought this audiobook a couple of months ago after Taylor and Destiny essentially yelled at me to get it, and I devoured this one in two days. I still haven’t sorted out my thoughts yet, but it was very disturbing to be in the mind of this guy but it is written so well. I plan on watching the show on Netflix soon. | 📖 Full review to come
DNF – Did Not Finish
Total Books Read: 7 | Total Pages Read: 2,780
Total Books Read in 2019: 21
Goodreads Reading Goal: 52
I didn’t game that much in March, and when I did I was playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 12/10 would recommend it. I’ve clocked many hours and barely done any of the main plot; I love open-world RPGs.
Are you on Steam? Feel free to add me as a friend, I am kalventure on Steam! I am always down for a game of Town of Salem, DST, or Uno, so hit me up!
Awesome Community Posts
Here are some amazing posts that you have missed from the blogosphere this month!
- Are Selling, Trading, and Hoarding of ARCs the Next Necessary Evil? by Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties
- Marie @ Drizzle Hurricane Books wrote a really great perspective on book blogging statistics
- Vinny @ Artsy Draft released free IG Story templates on Twitter!
- CW @ The Quiet Pond released a statistician’s dream of data compiled from the 42 bloggers that shared how they balance life and blogging
- Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf shared a list of seasonal post ideas, month-by-month, for book bloggers
- Gayathri @ Elgee Writes shared a list of things bloggers can do to increase the number of comments their posts receive
Thank you, everyone, so much for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your bookish thoughts with me last month! Thanks for helping to make a bad month a little brighter!
I hope that you had a fantastic March, let me know how your month went in the comments below!