The first quarter of the month is finally over! Only 3 more quarters to go until my Summer Holidays! I can do it, I can push through. I’m so glad to say that I’m incredibly proud of the amount and quality of books I read these first three months. Classics, mystery novels, impressive fantasy worlds… this year I’m focusing on quality rather than quantity, that’s why my reading goal is at 80 books (fairly doable) because I don’t want to give up on those long, chunky books I’m dying to read.
In the month of March, I read all good books that I enjoyed and not a single one that was below 3 stars! Highly satisfied with that, and, if you read my post about my April TBR for the Harry Potter OWLs Read-A-Thon, then you’ll understand why I think April will be EVEN BETTER.
Books I Read in March (from least to most favorite)
1- The Wedding Date by Jennifer Guillory. 3/5 stars / 320 pages
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A book with your favorite color on the cover
I really did enjoy this book, despite it being at the very bottom. It followed two characters who get stuck in a hotel elevator when the power goes off. The male character, Drew, is attending his ex-girlfriend’s wedding to his ex-best friend from College. An unfortunate circumstance, as you may imagine.
Alexa is visiting her sister at the hotel to celebrate her recent promotion. Both talk and he convinces her of joining him at the wedding as his companion after his real date bailed on him. All of this happens literally in the first chapter of the book. The pacing during the entire first half was super fast, and the author didn’t waste a single second.
After the wedding was over, however, there was still half of the book to go and not much about the plot left to delve into. After the main event was over, the story started to drag. It was still enjoyable, but there wasn’t much substance and purpose left, in my opinion.
I adored that Alexa was a POC main character, extremely strong-headed and relatable that definitely put Drew in his place multiple times! It was wonderful. I thought the writing was very witty and the banter between the two main characters really made me laugh.
If you enjoyed The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, I think you would really love this too- a lot. You’ll love the characters, but bare in mind that this may consist of a much weaker plot. 3/5 stars.
2- Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. 3.5/5 stars / 192 pages
This book really surprised me! It’s like a compilation of Peculiar Stories and Legends from the world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
I picked it up because it was short and on my physical TBR, and I wanted to get it done. However, I thought it was so creative and unique, the stories very rich and entertaining. My favorite one was The Splendid Cannibals. Even if you haven’t read Ransom Riggs’ other books, or even if you didn’t enjoy them like I did (give me a high five if the writing made you fall asleep too), I think this one is worth picking up, especially if you’re a fan of darker or weird fairytales!
3- Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. 3.5/5 stars
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My thoughts were very mixed about this book:
-Great anxiety representation.
-The strong writing style, as always.
-Beautiful character progression. I love where Tahereh is taking Juliette and Warner.
-I felt this installment was very detached from the previous three books.
-Very character driven, slow-paced and not a lot of plot until the very end.
-A poor portrayal of Argentinian characters (this was so disappointing). The characters had a different accent, not from Argentina.
-We didn't meet any of the side characters that were relevant in the other books, which felt super strange.
-THE ENDING BLEW MY MIND.
4- We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. 3.5/5 stars / 455
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a diverse book
This was extremely hard-hitting. TW for depression, suicide, attempted rape, nihilism, bullying. I loved how the author used the aliens element, although I would have wished them to be actually a part of a sci-fi element intertwined in the storyline. I didn’t know it would be magical realism going into it, but it was a good mashup of metaphor and space people, haha. It was a hard book to read sometimes, though. The main character went through so many hardships, and there was a lot of physical violence and bullying.
Some of the characters really got on my nerves, others were total assholes, but the terrible family dynamics took the “What A Mess” prize.
I really appreciated this book, but I wasn’t ready to suffer along with the main character like I did. I would recommend this for fans of Adam Silvera. The structure and narration were very reminiscent of one of my favorite authors, which is high praise. If you liked History is All You Left Me, this may be a book for you in particular!
5- The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One. 4/5 stars / 208
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I don’t tend to like modern poetry too much because the writing style is not my cup of tea, but I always enjoy Amanda Lovelace’s poems. There is something about the strength that she transmits that resonates with me. Everything in this collection was what I needed at the time.
6- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. 4.5/5 stars / 324
Buddy read a book
a book that’s been adapted
I filmed a full review of this book since I buddy read it with one of my booktube friends, and this is now one of my favorite dystopian novels. It was terrifying at times because the way Margaret Atwood built the world gave it such a realistic feeling. It felt like something that could possibly happen in our present-day world. I discussed some of the themes and important symbols that stood out to me the most.
The writing was harder for me to get into because of the weirdly paced sentences and the many commas, but I got used to it after a while, and the whole message of the book was flawless. It’s one of the best books for discussing, and I think it would have been such a perfect book club pick.
7- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. 5/5 stars / 626
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This was my third time re-reading this book and it still holds its place at the very top of my favorite books of all-time list.
8-Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. 5/5 stars / 659
A book everyone’s been telling you to read
a sci-fi book
a book you started but haven’t finished
I cannot express to you how OBSESSED I am with this series now! I’m definitely looking forward to getting more into sci-fi now, and I want to read some of Amie Kaufman’s other co-written novels too! These authors have my brain and heart in their hands. They can manipulate me in any way they want and I will fall for the tricks over and over again! I need Obsidio as soon as possible!
I read a lot more pages than I’d thought before putting together my wrap-up, and the fact that every book I read had around 400 pages blows my mind! It was such a satisfying reading month and I know that April will be ten times better. I’m so hyped for this month’s TBR!
14/25 challenges completed for the emoji-a-thon
56% pretty bad but at least more than half.
1st Quarter Wrap-Up
I’m very satisfied with the number of books and pages that I read this first quarter. At this rate, at 27 books per quarter, I would be at 108 books by the end of the year, way ahead of my actual goal for this year, which is 80 books. I want to focus on reading quality, worth it, enriching books and not care whether the ones I’m reading are too long. In fact, my April TBR contains mostly really chunky books that I’m super excited about, so it’s quality over quantity for me at the moment!
Number of Books Read This Quarter: 27
-Books By Genre-
I read a lot more contemporary than fantasy and that is SCARY. I normally always read more Fantasy than anything else, but I guess that since I participated in a Contemporary-A-Thon and was very in the mood for them during the Holidays, it makes sense the difference. However, I’m planning on reading a huge amount of Fantasy this coming Winter, and my entire immediate list of books to read is made up of it, so I anticipate these percentages will change by the next time I check in.
I read three classics in these three months, all ones that I highly enjoyed. Emma by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
-Books By Rating-
2 stars: 3
3 stars: 5
3.5 stars: 5 17.5
4 stars: 5
4.5 stars: 5 22.5
5 stars: 4
I’m satisfied with my ratings, but I think I will be even harsher during the rest of the year because I want to look at my 5-stars shelf and feel extremely overwhelmed by that feeling I get when I regard those books that were SO EXTREMELY GOOD.
It will be a limited amount of books which will get to be on that shelf, I will judge very critically the potential 5 stars, and if they’re not the best of the best, I don’t want to put them there.
Pages Read: 10,142
Average Pages Per Book: 376
Average Rating: 3.74 stars
My technique is working because this amount of pages is almost a THIRD of the total amount that I read in all of 2017, so I’m positive this year will be incredibly positive.
I don’t think I was more disappointed than I was when I read these three books. I’ve done reviews about most of them, either on the blog or on Youtube. Some problems in these books really pissed me off!
Tess Of The Road - The Upside of Unrequited - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Top Five Favorite Books
Here are the best of the best from these first three months. I love these books so so much, almost equally. Number 5 is the least MOST INCREDIBLE book, and number 1 is THE MOST INCREDIBLE BOOK.
5- Emma by Jane Austen
4- Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
3- Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
2- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
1- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I hope 2018 will be a good, solid, successful year. I loved writing this post and organizing all my stats, it was super fun! Of course, I’m not counting the books I’ve read in April, so those will be featured later on. This month is looking promising, though!
I can't wait for this next quarter to end so that I can peacefully retreat from school and into my reading nook from where I don't plan to reemerge in a looooong while. I need vacations ASAP. As a little update, I'm having so much fun with my Booktube channel, and I'm amazed by how friendly the community is. I am certain I already have at least 10 really close friends that I actively interact with. It's great.
Let me know which books disappointed you the most and rave about them if you want in the comments! I really love reading your opinions. But also tell me your top three or five books that you read this first quarter, and which you would recommend the most! Have a lovely day and an incredible month!!!! I’ll see you soon.
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