Tuesday, April 14, 2015

March in Review

Hello readers! Sorry it's been about a week since I posted..still trying to get into the swing of blogging again. 

I thought today I'd show you what the month of March was like for me. I read 8 books (yay!), I hit a huge mile stone on my Instagram, got a lot of books..there's a lot to show you all. Let's get started!

As I mentioned, I read 8 books in March which is pretty good for me. Usually during the school year I get through 4-5 books a month. In general I really liked most of what I read in March; there was nothing that I didn't like!

Young Avengers V1 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie: For one of my English classes I had to read a comic book, so I chose the first volume of Young Avengers. It was basically just introducing the characters and their lives, but I really enjoyed it. It was serious but also kind of poked fun at itself and managed to make me laugh out loud a couple times. Overall it was just a really fun, really quick read and I'd like to continue on with. I gave it 4/5 stars.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger: This book really surprised me. Honestly, I expected it to be kind of a crappy book but I was totally wrong. It was full of teenage drama and raging hormones, but it was really fun. There was some deeper stuff in there along with the drama, I thought it was mostly just fun. I gave it 3.5/5 stars. 

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King: Beautifully written story about a girl confused about her sexuality. I thought King really captured how it feels to be a lost, confused teenager. There’s also a really great addition of magical realism that really adds something special. I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4/5 stars.

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott: This is the sequel to Fire & Flood, and man was it a good sequel. The series is about a race in which the winner gets medicine that will cure any disease. The main character, Tella, enters with the idea of saving her brother, but the race ends up being more than she bargained for. There are 4 different phases the contenders need to race (and try to live) through: rain forest, desert, ocean, and mountains. This book takes place during the ocean and mountain phases and they’re so intense. This is a series that really gets your heart rate up because so many crazy things happen. If you haven’t read this yet, you really should. I gave this 4.5/5 stars. 

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutcoskti: This is another sequel I read this month, the first book being The Winner’s Curse. It takes place in a fantasy setting where one very rich race owns slave of another poorer race. The main character, Kestrel, buys a slave and ends up having feelings for him. But that’s just the beginning. There’s so much scandal and betrayal in this series, it’s incredible. And it ends up being really political, too. The Winner’s Crime had less action than the first book and all the politics was interesting but made it feel like it was moving slowly. I really enjoyed it though, and you should definitely start this series. I gave this 4/5 stars.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: If you’ve been following my Instagram and blog, you’re probably sick of me talking about this book. But in case you don’t know yet: I. Loved. This. Book. Honestly one of my all time favorites now. The characters are gorgeous, the writing is beautiful, the story is painful. I wrote a review of this book if you’d like to read more of my thoughts on it. And, obviously, I gave this 5/5 stars. 

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona: THIS COMIC IS SO MUCH FUN. Kamala Khan, who's a Pakistani Muslim, is the new Ms. Marvel and I couldn't be happier. She's super cute and quirky and the most perfect girl to be a superhero. This first volume was just setting up her story and how she got her power, but it was still so great and fun. I gave this 4/5 stars and cannot wait to start Volume 2!!

Mosquitoland by David Arnold: This book was interesting. It's about a girl who lives with her dad in Missouri and takes a Greyhound bus back to where her mother lives in Cleveland, OH. I had heard a lot of great, great things from authors who got ARC's of this so I bought it the week it came out. It...didn't live up to my expectations, which was disappointing. But also my fault because I expected too much of it. It was a good story with very wonderful characters but it didn't end up being anything special to me and didn't really resonate with me the way I was hoping it would. It was a good story though! I gave it 3.5/5 stars. 

Another exciting thing that happened in March was that I hit 100k followers on Instagram!!! That’s so incredible, I can’t believe that many people want to hear what I have to say about books. It’s so awesome and I’m so grateful. As a THANK YOU to those who follow me, I’m currently planning a giveaway and I have a surprise for when I hit 1,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, so stay tuned for those!

In March I got around 25 books which is crazy, but at least I didn’t buy them all myself. If you’d like to see all the books I got, my book haul will be on YouTube shortly (I'll update this with the link once it's uploaded).

So there’s my bookish March wrap up! Again, sorry, that was super late. I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things with the blogging. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you again with another post soon (I hope)!!


  1. I was surprised by The DUFF as well. I expected it to be light and fun, which it was. But it also had some really good messages.
    I've heard really good things about the Fire and Flood series, and I really want to pick it up soon!
    Also, I just got The Winners Crime this week and I'm so excited to read it! Such a great series!
    Awesome wrap up - I look forward to your youtube book haul.

  2. I actually bought Into the Sun because I saw you post is so much on your instagram and you said it was so good. I havent read it yet because I'm currently reading Inkheart which isn't bad, but its definitely on my list. Love your blog. Keep it up!