March Wrap Up

Ciao!

It’s time for the monthly wrap up again! This month had its ups and downs and there were days when I didn’t even look at a book but the craziest thing is. I read more books this month than the last month, and not even like, one or two more. It’s a whopping sixteen books!!! I just went back and checked and yes, that’s correct. I read sixteen books in a month. I don’t understand what happened.

One thing is for sure though, this month was incredibly awesome in terms of books. I read some truly wonderful and absolutely memorable books. So much so that I am kinda obsessed with some of them? I think Goodreads is both good and bad for me. I have been devouring books like a madwoman, which I sort of am when it comes to books. It’s just becoming more obvious because of places like Goodreads, NetGalley & Edelweiss+.

all the books i read this month -

Without further delay, here are the books I read during this month!

The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it. 

It’s a lovely book if you love historical fiction with a dash of mystery and love and gothic suspense all rolled into one!

Call Me By Your Name by André  Aciman

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it.

An absolutely lovely and almost painful story of first love and all it’s longings. Be sure to read it if you love to read about coming of age, sexual awakenings (explorations) and just stories of first love.

(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it. 

An absolute hilarious and funny account of the author’s experience of living in France. If you are into reading about travel and different cultures and just plain funny moments then this is the book for you!

The Prince of Mirrors by Alan Robert Clark

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it.

This book is….it’s just so beautifully written. If historical fiction, LGBT representation and a good showing of how mental health was perceived back in the day, this is the book for you.

The Mirror and The Mountain by Luke Aylen

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it. 

I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, who wants to revisit their childhood, anyone who has children and would like to read to them. It’s just the right thing to expose your children to.

The Italian Story by Geoffrey Trease

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it.

I would totally recommend it to someone who’s interested in Italian history! Unfortunately, the current edition of the book is off the shelves. The publication house has shut down however, you can still buy the older editions.

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it.

Overall, it’s a quick and lovely book to read if you wanna be entertained and learn about some truly awesome women, then this is the book for you.

Amsterdam Exposed by David Wienir

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it.

All in all, this book was an eye-opener and not particularly in a good way but if you are interested in getting know Amsterdam, then go for it, it is worth reading.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it.

If you love contemporary, young adult fiction then this is the book for you! If you, like me, love to read about Italy every chance you get, then this is the book for you.

The Wolf by Leo Carew

This book has a separate review post and you can just click here to read it. 

I think this book is worth reading if you are into high fantasy and would love to read about politics and awesome characters. If you liked ASOIAF then you might like this.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I have been a bit hesitant reading this for a long while but I finally managed to gather enough courage to read it. This book packs a punch, that’s for sure. It has a dark humour that I wasn’t really expecting, it also makes me think of the things I would rather not think of. I think, I wasn’t quite prepared for the straightforward and yet, emotional way of handling the way Esther goes through her problems. It gave me the feeling of gratefulness, gratefulness because I am not and wasn’t suffering the way Esther did. Sure, I did have my moments (many, many moments) of lost hope and blues and everything that comes with depression but Esther suffered more, I think. It gave an almost clear vision of the author herself must have suffered, it saddens me that Plath didn’t have a more comforting and understanding mother, that she didn’t have access to the kind of medical care she so desperately needed. I couldn’t separate Esther and Plath and maybe that’s not so bad. I loved the book, at times, it was painful to read but I finished it and I am glad for it. I wouldn’t dare post a review of the book because I don’t feel worthy. (As if I am worthy of doing that anyway but let’s not go there.)

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

This book has a separate review post and you can click here to read it. 

If you are a foodie or a person who loves to read books about food and fiction and just a dash of ‘something else’ then this is the book for you.

A Daughter’s Gift by Maggie Hope

I have generally given up on traditional romance novels, I don’t know why, I suppose it all became too much for me. However with A Daughter’s Gift, I decided to give romance another chance.

I am kinda glad that I did? Reading this book brought back my fond memories of the time I was obsessed with historical romance. I think the book was really well written and the characters fairly interesting however I have to admit it that I wasn’t as engrossed in it as I thought I might be. The worst thing is, I am not even sure why I wasn’t trying to finish the book as fast as I could. The book really is a good one, the writing, the pacing and even the characters are pretty good.

Oh well.

All in all, I enjoyed the book, if it’s historical fiction you are looking for, then it is for you. If it’s romance you are looking for then it’s definitely for you!

To Green Angel Tower (Part One) by Tad Williams

★★★★★

I have been thoroughly enchanted by this series, in fact, this is fast becoming my favourites! It toppled off A Song Of Ice And Fire way back in the second book. I still can’t believe these books existed for so long and I had no idea. (I am ashamed about it, frankly.) This book was basically establishing and improving friendships left and right and I loved every moment of it. Yes, I am aware that it’s the last book and things are not gonna be all unicorns but hey, I enjoyed the warm moments. I am going to start reading the second part in April for sure! I am so freaking excited!!!

I have also read two more books but because their publishing dates aren’t near yet, I am not posting their reviews just yet. However, I do have to admit that I absolutely loved both of them! They are, each in their own way, pretty awesome reads. The books were The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh & Sunshine & Sweet Peas In Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain. Their reviews will be posted nearer to their publishing dates!

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That’s it for March! I really enjoyed March as far as books are concerned, I mean, sixteen books!!!  So, have you read any of the books listed here? If yes, what are your opinions on them? If not, are you tempted to read them now? How did you find my reviews? Do you agree with them or do you have your own bit to add to them?

I have a few books lined up for April as well so be on the lookout for book reviews in April. The next monthly wrap up will be at the end of April or in the beginning of May. I can’t wait to read even more books. (I might be reading too much, I think but is there any such thing though?)

After all, this GIF says it all.

 

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