Readers, this month was just plain wild. There’s no other word for it. There were ups and there were many, many downs. I am not sure how to describe this feeling but I am sure many of you are feeling the same. So I won’t try.
On a global front, we all know what’s happening and on a personal front, well, it’s not been bad but it hasn’t exactly been great either. I did read a few books and I am not proud to say that there are reviews pending because I just skipped a week of posting. I did get effected by the pandemic and the way everything seemed to change in a matter of weeks.
So, yeah. It’s not the greatest month but I am not without some reviews posted on the blog. I am eternally grateful for that.
I also continued with the Pretty Covers thing, somehow February had some seriously great covers. It’s not just a January thing, who knew. Then, I also did more Down the TBR Hole posts because seriously, I think my tbr is appreciating me finally doing it.
Now, coming to the reading recap for the month. I read quite a bit if I remember correctly. I enjoyed pretty much all of the books I read which is always great. There were a few that I enjoyed a bit more than the others but that tends to happen anyway.
So, I think I read a total of 9 books? Perhaps. I might have check that to be sure however they weren’t long books and I had quite a lot of time to read books this month with the quarantine. It was mad, I am working from home and that’s exhausting in a whole different way but I also have a lot more time because I am listening to books while I work?
You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
This delightfully creepy book made my day when I read it. It has gorgeous and atmospheric writing. The language is lush and rich, there’s a certain morbidness to the story that reels a reader in and despite the strangeness of it all, I was hooked till the end. I even forgave the whole second person thing because it was done well and the book was that good.
Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole
A hardcore military scifi book. I knew that going in and I was still surprised how very much hard scifi this was. That’s not to say I didn’t like it because it was pretty educational about a lot of things and I loved the main character. She’s an older woman who’s also badass. What’s not to like? I just wish it was less of a wish-fulfillment than it actually was.
You People by Nikita Lalwani
A story of loneliness and a whole new outlook into the immigrants of London, how white passing people can still be very much ignorant of what goes on in the world. It was just so much to experience and I very much enjoyed it. A sense of nostalgia for the things I had never experienced, the writing absolutely wonderful and just an overall great book!
The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
I finally finished this one! It felt like I was reading it forever but I wasn’t. Not really. Loved the writing and the ideas that N. K. Jemisin has. She is great at turning tropes on its head and making something brilliant out of it. It’s just great overall. So do read it if you haven’t yet.
The Disasters by M. K. England
A fun, non-stop adventure through space. I needed something like this during the time I felt like anxiety was going to win. It really is pretty fun and sometimes just laugh out funny. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Ah. This one really made a place in heart as a warm and light but also great book. Nina Hill is very much living the bookish dream and her ‘perfect’ life changes when some things to come to light and how it all unravels from there is the book. It’s just great, okay? An easy five star from me.
The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
This one was great because it was fast paced and I absolutely loved Creeper. Clark clearly knows how to weave a story that’s not stretching too far. It was the exact right length and the pacing was great. I loved captain too! I won’t reveal much but let’s just say that I will definitely be reading more of this author’s works.
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
So I doubt I have to say how much I admire Le Guin for writing such a progressive book back in the seventies! Some of the ideas are still not socially accepted and to present it as in a form of aliens was perfect. (I don’t mean traditional aliens btw.). I love the fact that Le Guin explores such different and deep ideas with such ease!
The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
I listened to this over the weekend and while I don’t disagree with any of the things the author is talking about, I just wanted more? I felt like she’s telling me things I already knew and she wasn’t even coming at them from a different angle or something. It was just well put together and everything but it was something I was already aware of. There were moments where I genuinely laughed and those I do love but overall, it let me down a bit.
And that is it for March. I read a lot and I also enjoyed almost all of my reads and I am so glad for it. I am not sure how many of you are in the same boat as me and I hope everything turns out better and soon. Stay safe and take care of each other.
What about you guys? What was your best read or the worst one? Or, let’s not call it the worst, let’s call it most disappointing read. Tell me all about it in the comments.