Wrap Up| March 2020

How are three months of the year already over? This year is really flying by. Yesterday we showed you our bookhaul, so today we want to talk about the books we read. How did the month go? Did we read a lot? Are we keeping up with our Goodreads challenge? Let’s talk about that in our March wrap up.

Candyce

Reading has been going pretty well this year. March definitely went well after reading quite a few graphic novels, haha. In March I was able to read a total of 27 books (11 graphic novels, 9 ARCs, 4 audiobooks and 3 paperbacks). I read 6,641 pages (I love seeing my statistics, haha). So let’s take a look at the books.

Elantris – Brandon Sanderson

After loving The Final Empire, I was really excited about starting Elantris. I really enjoyed this book. The worldbuilding, plot and characters were all amazing! Elantris definitely had some twists and turns I didn’t expect and there were some I did see coming. The ending was a little too rushed for my liking, but all in all, I was impressed.

The Prophecy – Jennifer L. Armentrout

After enjoying the first three books in this series, I was really disappointed by the final installment. The author chose to concentrate on an aspect of the story that kind of felt too much to me. Also, she did something in this book that I hate (can’t say too much without spoilers) and that definitely made me not like how this turned out.

Heartstopper Vol. 2 – Alice Oseman

Heartstopper is so much fun to read. I love the characters and the artwork is just so cute. My only issue is that I read these way too quickly. I really need more. The only reason I haven’t read Vol. 3 yet is because I don’t want it to be over, haha.

Dance of Despair – Kara S. Weaver

Dance of the Despair is the sequel in the series a really good friend of mine wrote. Yet again, I couldn’t put it down. There were so many twists and turns and she’s definitely evil. Let’s just say she’s not the nicest author to her characters.

Brave Chef Brianna – Sam Sykes

Brave Chef Brianna was the first graphic novel I read this month and it was really cute. I loved that Brianna decided to go for what she believed in. The characters are really unique and interesting and I really hope we eventually get more from this series.

The Upside of Falling – Alex Light

As a book lover and a contemporary lover, I was very happy with The Upside of Falling. Our main character escapes into romance books, because she doesn’t believe in real love. After what her family went through, it’s not easy. When she pretends to have a boyfriend, things get interesting for both of our main characters.

Devil Side – Lacey Dailey

I love road trip/rock star romances, so I was really curious about Devil Side. Once I started reading, I really couldn’t put it down. This book surprised me in a pleasant way and I can’t wait to read more by this author.

The Great American Whatever – Tim Federle

The Great American Whatever has been on my radar for awhile, but just a book I haven’t gotten around to yet. Well, at work we were closed one morning, so I got some cleaning done while listening to this one. I really enjoyed the story and our main character’s journey. Dealing with grief after suddenly losing his sister isn’t easy.

Magic Unleashed – Devri Walls

I was on the blog tour for this book and it sounded really good. There were a lot of magical creatures I love reading about. Add a fun adventure and I’d think I would get a good book. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I hoped. The plot is really interesting, but I don’t really feel like much happened? We don’t really get to know the characters that well or what they’re up against. Just wasn’t for me.

Be Not Far From Me – Mindy McGinnis

I’ve heard many times that Mindy McGinnis is an amazing author and that I really should read one of her books. Her newest release, Be Not Far From Me, came on Storytel and I decided to listen. Be Not Far From Me is a really intense survival story. I’ll definitely be checking out more of Mindy McGinnis’ stories.

Runaway Road – Devney Perry

Devney Perry is another author I need to read everything by. Runaway Road is the start of a new series and a fast and fun read. Our main character has a hard time staying in one place after a difficult childhood. When her marriage doesn’t work out, she goes on a road trip. When her car breaks down, she’s brought to a small town. Her life changes in many ways and definitely in a positive way.

The Perdurables – Morgan G. Farris

The Chalam Faerytales quickly became one of my favorite series and I’ve been anxiously awaiting a new book. The Perdurables doesn’t start where we left off (I was definitely made about this), but gives us a backstory I didn’t know I needed. I couldn’t put this book down and can’t wait for the series to continue.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

Sometimes I just need a romcom in between the heavier books. With everything going on at the moment, they’re very welcome. A friend of mine was listening to Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and really enjoyed it. Hazel is so much fun and I really enjoyed listening to this book.

Meet Me at Midnight – Jessica Pennington

If you’re looking for a fun enemies to lovers book to read this summer, please pick up Meet Me at Midnight. The characters are a lot of fun and their pranks had me laughing out loud. I loved the idea of families going on vacation with each other every year. If I could I would definitely be at the lake they spend time at right now.

Unrequited – Julia Wolf

Julia Wolf always writes books that make you love her characters and their stories. Unrequited was no different. The story had me hooked from the go and left me wanting more. I loved these characters so much.

Don’t Check Out This Book – Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise

I’m always up for cute middle grade stories, so when I was approached for the blog tour of Don’t Check Out This Book, I couldn’t say no. The layout is a lot of fun and I loved the authors’ use of names filled with puns. I think this story may have been a bit too serious at times for this age group, but all in all, a fun book!

Giant Days Vol. 1, Vol. 2, & Vol. 3 – John Allison

I’ve definitely been using my free month on Scribd, haha. Giant Days is such a simple graphic novel, but so much fun. I love following the lives of these three characters. Some things are definitely relatable and they make me laugh. I’ll definitely be reading more of these.

Penalty Box – Kayla Tirrell

Kayla Tirrell writes books with characters I end up loving and that leave a smile on my face. Penalty Box is another one of those to add to the list. Her first soccer romance was so much fun. Silas and Miriam were a couple, but things didn’t quite work out. They may just get their second chance.

The Backstagers Vol. 1 & The Backstagers Vol. 2 – James Tynion IV

I’ve seen this series around a few times, but didn’t know much about it. I’m happy I decided to try it though. The friendship and adventures The Backstagers go on are quirky and fun. I’ll be reading the third volume soon.

Beware the Kitty Holy & Friendship to the Max – Noelle Stevenson

The Lumberjanes is another series of graphic novels I’ve seen around quite often. I gave the first two volumes ago. This story is definitely unique. The characters are a lot of fun and I love how close they are. I’d have to say the things going on at their camp aren’t very normal though. I’m glad I didn’t run into the monsters they do when I was at camp when I was younger, haha.

Goldie Vance Vol 1. & Goldie Vance Vol. 2 – Hope Larson

Goldie Vance was one I hadn’t heard of until recently. Isabelle said she was reading it and I looked it up. Goldie wants to be a detective and each volume is a mystery. The mysteries are a little bit out there, but the characters are fun and the story does stay interesting.

One Plus Two – Christina Butrum

I’m a big fan of small town romances and loved going back to Maple Glen. One Plus Two was a fast read with characters that I really ended up loving. It’s nice to see how much goes on in small towns and how this family ends up helping a lot of people. And Aunt Fran is never wrong about love, haha.

Isabelle

I was so busy before the crisis that I wasn’t reading that much. And when I was reading, it was mostly big books so I wasn’t finishing anything, haha. But with the crisis came more reading time and I’m blasting through books again!

Harry Potter 1-4 – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is such a comfort read and I could really use that in a time like this. I love the audiobooks and often listen to them before I go to sleep. This month I’ve been bingelistening the series and I’ll probably finish the rest of the series in April.

A Royal Witch – Danielle Garrett

Another comfort read haha. This series has the best cosy supernatural mysteries and I had to listen to the latest one. I listen to them on Storytel so I usually don’t get to listen as soon as they release but every time I see a new one on there I get super excited.

Goldie Vance vol 1-3 – Hope Larson

Scribd offered a free trial and I grabbed the opportunity to finally read Goldie Vance. I really enjoyed these first 3 volumes in the series and was pretty sad Scribd limited me on the fourth one. It does look like I can read the individual issues so I might try that.

Giant Days vol 2-10 – John Allison

I own the first volume of Giant Days and always planned on continuing the series at some point. And that point was my free Scribd trial haha. It’s good to be back with these girls and I plan on reading all of the volumes before my free trial is up haha.

Vengeful – V.E. Schwab

I finally finished Vengeful! When this one was released I immediately started reading it but put it down in favor of Two Dark Reigns. A buddy read prompted me to pick it back up and now I finally finished it. This was a wonderful read and I’m very excited for the third book.

So that’s what we read this month! Have you read any of the books we got to this month? We’d love to hear your opinion. What did you read this month? Any books we need to check out? Let us know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Wrap Up| March 2020

  1. What a fantastic month!! I can’t wait to read more Mistborn, and I love a good HP re-read! Congrats on an excellent month – I hope April is equally full of amazing reads! ??

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