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March 2020 Wrap Up: I Hate It Here

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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.

empress of salt and fortune

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.

the fifth season

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.

red white royal blue

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.

the sea of monsters

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  RachelHannahCallumNatyEmily, &  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:

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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!

addI’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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20 thoughts on “March 2020 Wrap Up: I Hate It Here

  1. im so excited to read empress of salt and fortune!! ive heard nothing but positive reviews of it so far, and i love the fact that since its a novella its gonna be a compact, quick story ☺ glad you enjoyed it so much!!

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  2. Hey, great post! Thanks so much for the recs, I just can’t wait to pick The Empress of Salt and Fortune up now! We all stan badass, well-written sapphic stories about knocking down the patriarchy and reclaiming power, don’t we:)?

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  3. Totally agreed about The Fifth Season – objectively AMAZING book but it took me unbelievably long to get into it. I thought the sequel was a little second book syndromey and I haven’t gotten around to the third yet!

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      1. The second one is like… it’s still good but I found it a bit too meandering. I also think I had left it WAY too long after reading the first one so I’d forgotten a lot of details!!

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  4. What a great month! The Women’s Prize has definitely been a mixed bag so far, but it’s so fun to read and compare with the group. 🙂
    I feel like the last person on earth who hasn’t read The Fifth Season yet, but I really want to so I’m glad to see you really liked it! I hope you have a good time with the rest of the series as well.

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  5. this title lmaoooo. but i’m very happy that you loved the fifth season — i’ll have to finish reading it soon 😭😭 and yay to rereading all the favorites! i’ve definitely been tempted to reread rw&rb and pjo because why not, but i’m trying to save it for when i’m really sad, which i strangely haven’t been lately 😎 i hope you have a great april!!!

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  6. i totally agree with you on ‘the fifth season’ i really liked the characters and the world but it was really hard to get into, especially with the three narrations going (which the reveal for MESSED ME UP!!!) rereading the percy jackson books 😭😭 best for of self-care there is.

    9 books!! it looks like you had a great reading month. hope you’re having an amazing april

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    1. I think the three perspective narrations was so clever, but I did vibe better with Syenite’s PoV better than the other two! I MISSED PERCY’S SNARK SO MUCH. I did, thank you! I hope you have an amazing April too!

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  7. Hi I know I’m late but we love impromptu-rereading Red White and Royal Blue!! it’s what you deserve.

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