March 2019 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up

March was another slow reading month, I read two very big books that took up a lot of my time.

The Mermaids Voice Returns in This One
by Amanda Lovelace
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this installment of the Woman Are Some Kind of Magic series, I want to say that it’s my favorite one but I feel like I need to reread everything before I can make that decision. While reading this, I felt like these poems inspired more visuals in my head then the other two books.

To Make Monsters out of Girls
by Amanda Lovelace
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this collection of poetry, it was strong and emotional, there was so much power behind her words and I would highly recommend.

The Fiery Cross
by Diana Gabaldon
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My least favorite of the Outlander series so far, thank god I was listening to the audiobook because I can’t imagine how long it would have taken me otherwise. I honestly feel like not a lot happened in this installment, there were a few events that took place but for the most part, it was Claire and Jaime and the rest living more every day lives kind of waiting for the American Revolution to start. I hope the next installment is just explosive and action-packed since this book felt like a build up.

The Way of Kings
by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Despite my five star rating, I have some mixed feelings on this, don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed the story and most of the characters, I am also anxious to start book 2 soon. My issues are mostly with the worldbuilding and how limited the characters are. My edition of The Way of Kings was 1,001 pages and I feel like I have a tenuous grasp on the rules of the religion and social customs, I don’t think that should really be the case after reading a thousand pages. This leads me to my issue with the characters and the realization that Brandon Sanderson doesn’t allow his characters a lot of complexity in their thoughts or motivations, so many thoughts/believes/motives need to be black and white. I noticed this in Mistborn with Vin and I noticed this with Dalinar and Kaladin in particular.

Daisy Jones and The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book, loved it so much. It’s set up in a continuous interview conducted among everyone associated with the band, so the managers, audio techs, journalists, the band members. It was a fun format that made for a really quick read. I am going to be forever sad that Aurora isn’t an album that I can go listen to and buy…I just want someone to make that happen.

by Neil Gaiman
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

So, I did enjoy this and I thought it was very funny and weird. It was also very well written and Neil Gaiman narrated the audio book, which makes it feel so special. It’s just that I never felt connected to the story or any of the characters.

The Hollow Crown
by Jeff Wheeler
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was honestly disappointed with this, I really enjoyed the first Kingsfountain trilogy and I’m not sure if my issue is with the story or if my taste has changed since I read The Kings Traitor, but I felt like most of this book was the main character thinking highly of herself and I wasn’t sure why. I missed a lot of things that Owen brought to the story.

Next Year In Havana
by Chanel Cleeton
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this, I loved the writing style very much, it felt like I was reading a love letter to Cuba and everything that Cuba could be. I also really liked how it tackled the issue of not knowing where you belong, the MC was Cuban American and she had a strong love for the Cuba of her Grandmas stories but that Cuba and today’s Cuba isn’t the same and since her family left, where does that leave her? This book was really thought provoking and I would recommend it to fans of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Favorite of the Month: Daisy Jones and the Six
Least Favorite of the Month: The Hollow Crown

What did you read this month?

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