March felt like such a long month??? And look at how much I’ve read!!! I don’t think I’ve had such a productive reading month in ages but to be honest it’s only because I audiobooked A Lot of books and I found out that I can listen to them at 1.5 speed and it’s awesome and totally faster than I would ever read on my own!
Anyway, if you didn’t know, this month I participated in Laura’s mARCh madness challenge, which means I couldn’t read any ARCs (even though I did request/receive more than a few). You guys probably know I don’t usually make monthly TBRs (not on the blog at least), but I did write a guideline list with both March releases that I wanted to read as soon as they came out AND backlist titles. I didn’t end up reading all of the ones that I planned, and I also read some stuff I hadn’t even thought I would get to in March, but in any case this was a great, if a little weird, reading month.
• Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: I honestly hadn’t thought about the original trilogy much in the one and a half year since I’d read it, but I really wanted to continue it and I’m glad I did. This book was so entertaining and I was never bored, plus I loved seeing my favorites again. Read my review here.
• All Out: the no-longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by various authors: this was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and it didn’t disappoint. There’s 17 stories total and I still need to write my review but in any case I think the average of all the stories would be something around 4 stars or more. Some stories didn’t draw my attention or were sort of forgettable, but some were simply amazing. And anyway, even if not all stories are for you, there’s gotta be something for every person in this anthology, so I totally recommend reading it.
• Obsidio by Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff: this was also among my most anticipated releases and I loved it so much. I cried and screamed but it was such a satisfying ending to a series that I adore so much.
• Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: this was a buddy read with Laura and I’m so glad I finally managed to read it. It was simply amazing and the kind of perfect contemporary that’s both epic and relatable because it keeps up with modern times (like fandom stuff).
• I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: I listened to this book for ten days straight and I wasn’t sure what to think about it at the beginning, but then I slowly started to fall in love with it. This is a book about the many shapes of love, loss and guilt, and I highly recommend it.
• Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: I was promised a feminist masterpiece by Elise and it totally delivered. It’s kind of slow because you get to glimpse into the lives of three different women and learn all about how their relationships intersect, and at first it starts out kind of mundane but each page uncovers secrets. There’s also a mystery theme going on so you’re kept on the edge of your seat until the very end.
• Percy Jackson and the Olympians (books #1-#5) by Rick Riordan: it was my first time reading this series and how I wish I had read it when I was a teen. It was just so fun and listening to the audiobooks probably made everything better. I know I’m the last person on this planet to have read this series but please read it.
• The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan: well what else was I supposed to read after finishing PJO? I’m in the middle of this and I love how different it feels from PJO because of the different POVs, while keeping the overall feel of PJO the same.
• Circle of Ashes by Elise Kova: this is an ARC and I’m enjoying it much more than book one in the series. I basically read most of it during my trip yesterday and I couldn’t believe that I’d read so much in just a handful of hours (I’m a slow reader y’all).
I watched Everything Sucks! (I even attempted to review it here) and I loved it. It has great representation and diversity, but it’s not just that. The plot is fun and the dialogue hilarious. Not one character is nonredeemable and I can’t recommend it enough.
I also started One Day at a Time and it’s just so amazing. I’m waiting to actually finish it (I’m almost done) before I even try to write a review, but honestly everyone should watch it. It’s hilarious but each episode focuses on a real life issue (immigration, misogyny, metal health, coming out, and many more) and it has its own five minutes of seriousness that sets it apart from other humorous shows. It follows a Cuban family living in America and my favorite characters are Abuelita and Elena.
I posted more #QueerLitStories and I’m super proud of everyone who participated! All the posts are so interesting and relevant, and they focus on different aspects of representation.
• Syd talks about how sometimes even a side character can help us feel represented and seen;
Find out how you can send me your own guest post here.
Another post I wrote and that I like is my reasons for not being on bookstagram. I’d love for you to check it out whether you’re on bookstagram or not, and tell me what you think!
I also took a little semi hiatus on the second half of the month and I guess I’m still on it. I was posting four times a week before but now I’m probably going to keep it at one or two for a little while. I’m just not in a good place right now and I need to really focus on myself for a while.