I had a great start to March, reading-wise, and then it kinda tailed off amidst assignments, presentations and moving back home from university. But, I still managed to read 9 books this month (5 physical reads and 4 audiobooks) and discovered a new favourite book! I’ve written a brief review under each of my reads as well as the rating, in the order that I read them this month.
The Wild Way Home
This was an adorable Middle Grade book about a young boy who stumbles into the Stone Age, and is forced to join forces with a Stone Age boy so that they can both find their way home. It was really cute and fun, and I think children will absolutely love it. It felt a little bit too young for me, and the primitive language that the Stone Age boy used throughout the book really irritated me (I can’t help it I’m a linguistics student!).
My Sister, The Serial Killer
I had such mixed feelings about this book. I’m not sure I’ve loved and hated and been so frustrated with a book as I have been with My Sister, The Serial Killer. This was such a unique book, and half of me loved it. So the two stars seems wrong, but at the same time I found the two female main characters completely conformed to sexist stereotypes that divide women based on beauty and intelligence. The ending was also incredibly unsatisfying, and it really lacked the depth that I was hoping for. It was definitely a unique read, and I will remember it for a long time, but mostly for the wrong reasons.
A Work in Progress
I picked this up on a whim based on the beautiful cover and artwork within the book, having never heard of the author. This book is about his life growing up and how he became a YouTuber. It is also about gaining confidence, learning to embrace the things you enjoy, believing in yourself, leaving home, struggling with the transition to adulthood and being creative. I really enjoyed it, and found it very relatable. It was a very quick read, and I loved the visuals within it.
A History of Britain in 21 Women
This was an amazing book, detailing the lives of 21 women who helped shaped modern Britain. There were several women in here that I’m ashamed to say I’d never even heard of, and I learnt a lot about their lives and their impact on Britain. Those that I did know, such as Jane Austen and Emmeline Pankhurst, I learnt even more about. I particularly loved the idea of Jane Austen as the cool Aunt that viewed looking after her niece’s as a huge responsibility and encouraging them not to marry! I found it such an interesting book, and I’d really recommend it.
The Starless Sea
My FAVOURITE book of the month, and added to my all-time favourites list! I loved this book. It was whimsical and lyrical and had some of the best writing I’ve ever read. It is a work of pure genius, and I fell completely in love with Erin Morgenstern. No piece of writing has ever felt like a work of art quite like this book, and it is just on a whole over level. It was full of wit and humour, with an adorable book lover of an MC and plenty of cats! I was a bit scared whilst reading the last 100 pages that it was going to suddenly disappoint me but it brought it back and I was 99% happy with the ending. I really really recommend this one.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
This was a quick and light little audiobook. The best bit about it was that it was narrated by Eddie Redmayne (I genuinely almost wrote Newt Scamander) and it just goes through an A-Z of magical creatures. It is definitely designed for a younger audience, complete with animal noises, and was quite forgettable.
One of Us is Lying
This is one of the most hyped books that I’ve ever seen on bookstagram. It didn’t fully live up to the hype, but I did really enjoy it. I found it intriguing and entertaining, with an interesting storyline that kept me hooked. I enjoyed the friendships that developed between the four teenagers accused of the murder, and the character growth that they went through. However, I wasn’t that impressed or shocked with the twist and revelation of the killer, and I thought the ending seemed a bit unnecessary.
Every Heart a Doorway
This is another series that I’ve seen a lot about on bookstagram, and I decided to give it a go. It’s weird and strange and a bit creepy but it’s really interesting. The books are really short, and offer a small insight into the many different worlds that McGuire creates. It is full of morally grey characters, magical realms and a murder mystery. I also loved listening to it as an audiobook, as the narrator did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
I started this audiobook as soon as I finished the first, and I enjoyed it just as much. I thought Jack and Jill were such interesting characters, and I loved the narrative style. It’s the type of writing that I’d hate to read physically, but listening to it is really effective. It’s as though McGuire is having a chat with you and telling you a story, and I loved it. I will definitely be listening to the rest of the series.
How many books did you read this month? What was your favourite?