Hello, this is my March wrap up where I read a lot because Women’s Prize and also the world is sucking! On a more serious note, I hope you all are doing well and taking care of yourself.
I truly do hate it here, but I liked some of these books. So let’s talk about books because that’s always safe.
This was freaking spectacular. The writing is absolutely stunning, the imagery so lush and evocative, and the story totally shines. This is a narrative about queer women reclaiming agency and their rightful place both in history and their own stories, but it’s also a look at history from a working-class perspective, in a way. And on an even more meta-level, it’s about storytelling and its power. It was gorgeous and marvelous and it’s definitely one of my favorite things I read this year and will probably end up on my best of the year list.
This was really great and I am so glad I finally picked it up. The writing is fantastic, the world is compelling, albeit a little chaotic and confusing, and I absolutely loved the characters and their relationships. The only reason this did not get a full 5 is because it was a bit hard to get into, and also because this isn’t usually the kind of fantasy I go for – I am much more of a high fantasy person, while this veers to a post-apocalyptic vibe, but that’s just a personal preference. The book is objectively fantastic, and this series has the potential to become a favorite.
Yes, I did reread for the second time, but that’s because I deserved it. The world sucked less when I reread it, okay? I still adore this book and the characters so much. More of my thoughts can be found HERE.
Then it was self-care time again, and I reread the second Percy Jackson book. I read this probably my first year of high school, and it was such a nostalgic read. Plus, these books are funny and charming, and I still love them dearly. I also remember liking this one the least, but I really loved it this time around.
And here start my Women’s Prize reads! We’ll be brief here, since it’s extensively covered in my reviews. I will say that the reading experience as a whole is super fun actually (shoutout to the group chat Rachel, Hannah, Callum, Naty, Emily, & Sarah for that), but I am not all that obsessed with the actual books. Hopefully, there are some hidden gems on the list, but even without them, I am really glad that I am reading the longlist, since I really needed a push to really get back into literary fiction.
Here are the books from the longlist that I read in March:
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – 3 stars
Weather by Jenny Offill – 2 stars
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson – 4 stars
Actress by Anne Enright – 2.5 stars
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes – 4 stars
And here are my stats for the month of March:
I read more this month than I do usually, which is great. Loved some books, liked some others, didn’t really like a few. So, not great, but not terrible. April is also going to be the Women’s Prize central, so we’ll see how I cope with the rest of the list!
I’d love to hear from you – how was your reading month? What was your favorite read in March? I’d love to know!
In the meantime, happy reading
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