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March 2018 Bookish Wrap-Up + Book Haul

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Goodbye March & hello April!

April is such an awesome month, don’t you think?  I mean, I guess I am a little bias since it is my birth month and all.  I will be turning 29 for the 3rd year in a row, and I must say 29 still feels great 🙂

Anyways!  Let’s see what I read & accomplished in March…

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» As Good As True by Cheryl Reid

AsGoodAsTrue

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • This book took me longer than normal to get through, which I attribute to the heavy tone throughout the book
  • The writing was really good
  • Explores complex themes like segregation, dysfunctional family dynamics, race issues, motherhood, etc.
  • I struggled with the main character, Anna.  On one hand I respected her strength, but on the other I was frustrated with her weakness.  I also struggled with her neediness in regards to her daughter
  • There was just something “off” about this book – possibly the lack of balance.  There needed to be some lighter-hearted moments to balance out Anna’s life
  • Content/Trigger warning: domestic violence & rape

» Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I’m so glad I decided to give this one a go – it was definitely outside of my comfort zone
  • The concept behind this book was absolutely fascinating – loved the world building
  • You don’t need to be avid gamer to enjoy this book – I’m sure not – but I feel like those who are into gaming will appreciate this book even more
  • It did include some of the typical YA tropes: orphaned main character – Why do parents always have to be killed off or abandon their kids in YA books?  and the rich guy/poor girl trope – which here it didn’t overly bother me because the rich guy wasn’t showering her with lavish gifts, so I guess it was ok.
  • I enjoyed the plotline – I saw one of the big twists coming, but did not expect the other one.
  • Loved the chemistry between Emika & her love interest
  • My one hang up is that I wanted to see more inside the Warcross Games & the training.  We get to see the first round of the games & the training for the first match, but the 2nd round is glazed over… I just wanted a little more about the rest of the competition.  The book needed to be longer.

» Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • The concept for this one is so clever & unique – very Gaiman (who came up with the original idea from what I understand)
  • Good vs. Evil
  • I adored the quirky characters.  My favorites would be Aziraphale, Crowley, Shadwell, & Madame Tracy
  • Aspects of this book felt like Gaiman, while others did not – I felt like this book went off on tangents quit a bit that hindered the flow of the story for me – I’ve never read any of Terry Pratchett’s work, so I wonder if this was more his style
  • Despite the intriguing plot line & great characters, my attention tended to wander
  • I listened to the audiobook format (which was wonderfully narrated) but maybe this (paired with the random tangents) was why I had a hard time concentrating
  • Will possibly revisit in print form – will not rate until then
  • Possibly too many perspectives – I could have done without Newt & Anathema’s perspectives
  • Adam’s perspective felt off in the story
  • Can’t wait to see how this translates to a TV mini-series

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Author Event: An Evening with Neil Gaiman

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Book Haul

eBooks:

» The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia#2) by Sarah Beth Durst

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Print Books:

» Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman *Signed Copy*

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» The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee *Signed Copy*

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» Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee *Signed Copy*

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Which books did you read this month?

Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month?  If so, what did you think?

Did you buy any books?  If so, which ones?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

4 thoughts on “March 2018 Bookish Wrap-Up + Book Haul”

  1. I loved Good Omens and I’m super excited for the TV series! I’m currently reading American Gods and plan on watching that series right after, Gaiman is such a great writer 🙂 I have Warcross on my tbr still but I think I’ll really enjoy it, good to see you liked it!

    Hope you have a great April 😀

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