Hi everyone! It’s time for my March wrap up, which includes 17 books! I read a lot at the beginning of the month but by the end I was not reading as much because everything that was going on in the world. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe during this time!
Anyway, I’m excited with the new format that I’m using where I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.
In terms of my March tbr, I did ok considering everything that was going on, I read 6 of the books in my tbr and I’m halfway through another, so I only missed 2 out of the 9 books. I read 6 books that were on my tbr and 11 that were not. Here’s how I ranked them:
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My Least Favorite Book of the Month
In March, I only read one book that I really disliked and that I had big issues with:
17. To Drink Coffee with Ghosts by Amanda Lovelace (2,8 stars): None of the poems in this collection left a lasting impression. I feel like Lovelace’s poetry is starting to feel very repetitive to me mainly because she maintains the same structure and style and does nothing to make it feel different or new in comparison with the her other collections.
The”Just Ok” Books
These can be books that 1) I had issues with, but I don’t have a strong negative opinion about them 2) had good elements but bored me or didn’t really impact me in any way, the meh books.
16. Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (3,4 stars): This book felt self-congratulatory to me at the beginning and I didn’t really enjoyed reading it for the most part, I understand what he was doing with his list-like poems but they became repetitive and boring. There were a few sections, a few lines that really resonated with me and made me stop and think, so there were definitely parts of this that I appreciated.
15. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (3,5 stars): This was entertaining and interesting. I was very intrigued the entire time, but the ending was confusing and kind of sad. Honslty, I think I missed a lot of the big themes in this story and that’s why it was only ok for me.
The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books
These are books that I had significant issues with, but they had redeeming qualities that made me mostly enjoy them:
14. Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams (3,5 stars): Braden was a great hero, but Liv was judgemental and rash and her character development was too last minute. I liked seeing the characters go from dislike to friendship, but the transition from friendship to love didn’t feel organic. The whole storyline about sexual harrasment could have been better incorporated into the story and resolved in a more realistic way.
13. Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): This book has two of my favorite tropes: friends to lovers + fake relationship. I loved the main characters friendship and how they were always there for each other. But I felt like this kept me at a distance from the characters and that didn’t allow me to feel invested in their story and I think it’s because the characters never felt three dimentional. The ending felt a little bit rushed.
12. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano (3,5 stars): This was cute and I really liked the relationship between the sisters. The idea of mixing magic and baking is really interesting and it’s well executed. This reads a lot younger than most of the middle grade I have read and because of that it didn’t work so well for me personally.
11. Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras (3,6 stars): The main characters had so much chemistry, the physical attraction was evident from the beginning, but it took me a while to actually buy into their romantic relationship. I really liked the complicated family dynamics that both characters are dealing with: the development of Sara’s relationship with her family and the way eveything was resolved was satyisfing, but the resolution to Luis’ conflict with his brother was a bit rushed.
The Ones I Liked
The ones I liked are books that I had really small issues with, but after I finished them I had mainly positive feelings towards them:
10. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (3,7 stars): Miss Marple is an interesting character and I really wish she was a bigger part of this book, because she solves the mystery at the end but she is barely in the book. Anyway, I really liked the narrator, I was really invested in the mystery and Christie totally deceived me with that ending, I wasn’t expecting it at all.
9. Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne (3,7 stars): I really liked the two main characters and the chemestry they had, which wasn’t only physical, they understood each other. I really liked seeing them go from dislike to friendship to love. I also really liked the female friendship. Claire’s character development was amazing, I loved getting to see her find herself again. My main problem with this is that the ending is SO RUSHED
8. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (3,7 stars): It took me a long time to get into this book, the writing took me out of the story all the time and I had to re-read passages a few times to really understand what they were saying. But once I got used to the writing, I was able to enjoy this a lot. Also, once the book got into the angsty romance, I was invested and I LOVED the final part of the book.
7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (3,8 stars): I had fun reading this, I love Sherlock and Watson and their relationship. I liked that in most of the nine shorts stories that are part of this collection, the author gives enough clues to solve the mystery or come close to guessing what happened.
The Ones I Really Liked
I consider books I really liked the ones I really enjoyed, but they are not new favorites:
6. A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert (3,8 stars): This book has a black, autistic main character and the representation is #ownvoices, which it’s amazing. I really like Ruth, she was an amazing protagonist and I loved seeing her confront her fears and stand up for herself. The hero is so sweet and amazing, the chemestry between the main characters is off the charts and there are some very steamy scenes.
5. b.b. free by Gabby Rivera (4 stars): This book has beautiful art, an interesting premise, a lot of fascinating worldbuilding in this first issue and really lovable characters.
4. Pastillas y Cheesecakes de Limón by La Rubia Inmoral (4 stars): This is a book by a Colombian instagramer that talks about feminism, mental illness, sex and relationships. This book is written in the honest, raw and even a little vulgar tone that characterizes her. The only small issue I had was that it’s a bit jumpy, sometimes it’s hard to see how or why she goes from one idea to the next.
My Favorite Books of the Month
My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was. This month I didn’t rate anything higher than 4 stars, but I still read some brilliant books:
3. We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia (4 stars): I LOVE Carmen and Dani and I really enjoyed reading the conclusion to their story. This was a quick read, there were things happening all the time so it was very entertaining. I feel like the stakes were a little low, I never felt any real worry over the fate of the main characters and a few very convenient things happened.
2. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski(4 stars): This was a very quick, interesting and entertaining read, but since it’s a collection of short stories not a lot of time was spent explaining the world or the magic system. Still, this book is defintely a great introduction to Geralt as a character, to the different creatures he faces, his adventures and his main companions. I only wish there was more Yennefer in this book.
1.Gods of Jade and Shadows by Silvia Moreno- Garcia (4 stars): I loved the writing in this book, it was really engaging. The Mayan mythology was captivating and lush and the mix of the mythological elements and the ‘modernity’ of the Jazz Age worked really well and gave this story an even more unique touch. I loved the main characters and the dynamic between them. My only issue with this was that the romance felt a little forced at the beginning. But by the end, I was invested in the relationship and that ending was so angsty and poetic that I couldn’t help but be on board with the romance.
What were your favorite and least favorite books you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this wrap up? Do you agree with my opinions about them?
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