it’s end-of-the-month wrap up time!! March has been quite the month..
anyway, here are the 12 books I read this month!
PS: I am majorly behind on my review writing this month, so most of these books don’t have full reviews yet, but I’m gonna catch up on my reviews this weekend (or so I’m telling myself) so I’ll update this post with links if any of them end up going up on the blog. for now, I’ll just leave mini-reviews in case you’re curious what my general opinion is for each of these books. 😊
🌵 Real Life – Brandon Taylor | ★★★★ | full review
This was a very middle-of-the-road read; I didn’t think there was anything wrong with these stories per se, it was just that unfortunately they didn’t make any impression on me.
🌵 Travelling in a Strange Land – David Park | ★★★
Again, like with How to Pronounce Knife, I thought this was okay. I wish it had more of an emotional punch, especially considering that a big part of its plot was about grief, but it just didn’t end up being all that memorable or emotionally affecting for me.
🌵 We Are Okay – Nina LaCour | ★★
I decided to read this cause I needed a short audiobook and this fit the bill. I gave it a shot, but I didn’t much like it. 😦 The dialogue was stilted and I didn’t particularly care about the story, either. YA these days tends to be more miss than hit for me, unfortunately…
🌵 The Fire Starters – Jan Carson | ★★★.5 | full review
🌵 Young Skins – Colin Barrett | ★★★
There were a couple short stories from this collection that I loved–specifically the last three: “Calm with Horses,” “Diamonds”, and “Kindly Forget My Existence”–but the rest I mostly felt lukewarm about. I’m definitely interested in what Colin Barrett writes next, though, as I do think his writing is quite promising.
🌵 My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell | ★★★★
This was a tough read; it made me very uncomfortable to read, but that has more to do with the subject matter than anything that Kate Elizabeth Russell did wrong because this is an excellent debut. My Dark Vanessa is definitely one of the best character studies I’ve read this year. I can’t wait to see what Russell’s future novels will be like.
🌵 All the Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld | ★★
I read this because I was hearing a lot of praise for Evie Wyld’s newest novel, The Bass Rock, and wanted to check out this novel before I tried The Bass Rock. Sadly this novel didn’t work for me at all. It tried to use an ambitious structure which it couldn’t quite pull off, and the main character was just a little bit too elusive for my liking.
🌵 Milkman – Anna Burns | ★★★★ | full review coming soon
I LOVED this; definitely one of my new favourites of the year. Anna Burns is a one-of-a-kind writer.
🌵 You Will Never Be Forgotten – Mary South | ★★★ | full review coming soon
As with Young Skins, I thought this was just okay. Mary South experiments a lot with her short stories’ structure, with mixed results.
🌵 False Knees – Joshua Barkman | ★★★★ | full review coming soon
The False Knees comics are some of the best things to ever come out of the internet. Adorable, beautifully drawn, funny, and so wholesome. I love these dumb birds and their antics. 💖💖💖💖
I don’t really do TBRs because I’m too much of a mood reader and I tend to randomly pick up a lot of stuff depending on what I have access to and what pops up on my radar during the month (also I DNF a lot 🤷), but here are some books that I would ideally like to get to this month.
the list includes: Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Mary Toft; or The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer, Earthlings by Sayaka Murata, The Everlasting by Katy Simpson Smith, and A Kind of Compass edited by Belinda McKeon.
did you find any new favourite books in March? have you read any of the books I mentioned? let me know; I’d love to hear! 🥰🥰🥰