What a weird month March was! I read one whole book and DNFed a bunch. I just wasn’t in the mood. Things were changing so rapidly and I just didn’t have the space for books. I was more interested in spending time on Facebook checking in on friends and trying to get work-from-home arrangements all sorted.
Fortunately, I feel like April has calmed down a little. I know this comes from a place of privilege, but now that shut-down has reached the point of “Don’t go out except for essentials” and there is actually a list of what those are, I feel like I know what I’m doing, rather than balancing on a knife-edge, waiting for more news.
Since I only read one book in the whole of March, I’ve rolled that month in with this month’s wrap-up. As usual, I have not always written a review, but I’ll link to GoodReads if I expressed more than a sentence or two of thoughts there.
Past Month’s Reading
- The True Colour of the Sea by Robert Drewe (short stories/literary fiction – 2 stars – GoodReads)
- Scythe (Arc of Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman (YA dystopia – 3.5 stars – review)
- Troll Hunter: Witch For Hire by P A. Mason (fantasy – 4 stars – not intending to review)
- The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews (historical romance – 3 stars – not intending to review)
- That Night In Paris (Holiday Romance #2) by Sandy Barker (romance – 3.5 stars – review)
- Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley (YA contemporary – 5 stars – review)
- The Damsel Gauntlet by P. A. Mason (fantasy – 4 stars – review)
- The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (contemporary romance – 3 stars – mini review)
- Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA sci-fi – 4 stars – review)
- There she Goes by Lynne Shelby (contemporary romance – 3 stars – mini-review)
- Cookies and Curses by Rosie Pease (cozy mystery/paranormal – 3.5 stars stars – mini review)
Interesting how many of these were romances of one form or another. I have no idea where to find it now but I was reading an article a few weeks ago about how sales of romance always go up in times of crisis, and how romance books basically kept the publishing industry afloat during WW2. I think we all need a guaranteed happy ending or two to get us through these strange times.
I have an announcement on that front. After several months of sporadic posting, I have finally decided to let my Booktube channel die. It was started on a bit of a whim and it was fun for a while. But I wasn’t really invested in it and putting together videos takes a lot more work than blogging. So I’m just going to keep this as my little corner of the bookish Internets.
Favourite Bookish Photo:
I’m probably a little bit biased with this one, as I’m currently in (online) rehearsals for a musical adaptation of The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones. But seriously, these books were such fun. If you enjoy The Addams Family and A Series of Unfortunate Events and quirky British humour, then you will love these books!
We might be going into the colder months here but we are lucky enough to still get beautiful sunny days even when it’s chilly. This photo was taken on a Saturday morning when I sat outside on my sun lounge and read for a couple of hours. I read Aurora Rising just in time for the sequel, which came out a couple of days ago.
You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.
Physical book: Ochre Dragon by V. E. Patton. I’m finally reading this! This is by one of my dear writer friends, and also it has dragons so how has it taken me this long? Also I love that one of the characters is a woman over 50! How often do you see that in fantasy?
Ebook: No ebook at the moment.
Audio book: The King of Crows by Libba Bray, book four in the Diviners series. This is… three big road trips at the moment? Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying it, it’s just,… taking a while to literally get anywhere.
Planning to Read Next:
I’m not completely sure yet but I suspect it might be Oasis by Katya de Becerra. I won a signed copy recently and i can’t wait to get started. I’ve heard such good things about it and it sounds fascinating! I just hope it lives up to expectations.
What have you been reading lately? 🙂