MARCH 2020 WRAPUP AND APRIL 2020 TBR

Hi everyone and welcome to my March Wrap Up. I had a much better reading month this month. I did DNF a couple of books and gave up on one after reading one page, but other than that, it’s been a good month.

Now, let’s get to my reading stats. This month I read 4 books with a total of 2080 pages and an average rating of 4.5 stars. The genres I read were sci-fi (2) and fantasy (2). The intended audiences were adult (2) and YA (2) And I sourced (3) of these books from library, and I bought (1).

And now for the books I read.

First I reread Red Rising by Pierce Brown and I gave it 5 stars. I was right when I said I just needed to be in the right mood. This book is violent and gritty and the ending just reminded me of Lord of the Flies. It was a very human-based book that delved into how we would be if we were left to our own devices with the knowledge that it was defeat or be defeated. Some of the actions were questionable but not things that wouldn’t happen if this was our reality.

Next I read Reverie by Ryan La Sala and I gave it 5 stars. This was such a whimsical and fun story. I loved the worlds in the reveries and the LGBT representation within the book. I love reading a book not knowing a character’s sexuality until it happens to be brought up in the story because it feels more like they are people instead of just boxes to be ticked. Our gay and lesbian characters had personalities that didn’t revolve around their sexuality, just like straight characters in other books. I really would love to read more from this author.

Then I read The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes and I gave it 5 stars. I loved everything about this book. The characters were great, their story arcs were great and the story as a whole was great. This was a very character driven book, but there was an overarching plot, even if it was small and I think it was so well done. I got a very big DND vibe from this book. I mean, what would a bunch of adventurers do in a city? It felt like one of the campaigns I play and it just made me feel at home in the world. I can’t wait to continue this series.

Next I DNFed Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers. I found it to be quite dull and more historical/political fiction than I would have liked. I wanted more about the convent and her classes.

Then read/listened to Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman and I gave it 3/5 stars. I liked this one, but not as much as the first. It took me a long time to get connected to the new characters and I couldn’t figure out how much time had passed between Illuminae and Gemina until it was mentioned much later on. But once things started getting more action packed, I started to love the characters and the story a bit more. I gave this one a 3 because I did find some plot points confusing and some of the twists from Illuminae were recycled in Gemina, so it didn’t have the same impact. I’m still looking forward to Obsidio.

Next I DNFed Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I was looking forward to this one and I feel like I wasted so much time on it. This book just got too political and too strategic for me, and I could not, for the life of me, follow what was going on half the time, especially in the battles. Things were happening and I just didn’t understand and it wasn’t sinking in. I’m really sad I didn’t like it. I think it’s safe to say I won’t be reading Morning Star.

After that I was in a huge reading slump for the rest of the month. I did attempt to read The Mortal Tally by Sam Sykes but I couldn’t get into it after reading so much of Golden Son and not liking it.

APRIL TBR

I’m hoping to read Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman to complete the Illuminae Files. I think this will help me get out of my slump as Gemina did that last month. Jay seems to be my go to author to get me out of a slump.

And The Mortal Tally by Sam Sykes.

Due to Covid-19, my library is closed so I’ll be trying to get some Ebooks read, however the books on my library list are not part of the ebook catalog at my library. So I’ll be reading completely different books than planned this year. Hopefully I enjoy more books this month.

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you plan to read this month and how you’re going in lockdown.

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