March 30, 2018 by elnadesbookchat
Wow it is hard to believe that March is already over. It feels like I just posted my February Wrap Up yesterday. Time flies when you are busy, I guess, although I didn’t feel particularly busy this month. I didn’t do much except work and read, like most months. At least the weather is getting nicer here, it is beginning to feel like Spring finally. And the trees are blooming which always looks so nice, although my nose does not appreciate it as much. I read a lot of good books this month, most of them I have reviewed already, but there are few that I will be doing in the next few weeks.
What I read in March:
As of this writing, I have read 13 books this month. It might be 14 by the time March actually ends, I have three books that I am close to finishing so it is possible that at least one of them will be done by the 31st. Three of the 13 were audio books. I have been struggling with audiobooks lately. I’m finding that my audio books are my mood books. I have been wanting to listen to something funny lately and I have been having trouble coming up with titles. I read Geekerella last year and that was what I was thinking about while looking for a funny audiobook to listen to, so when I couldn’t find anything else available, I just finally downloaded it. The audiobook was pretty good. I still found it to be a great story. The Last of August was also a reread as an audiobook. My new audiobook series is Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly. I am finding it very amusing and I just love Digby, he cracks me up. I’m currently listening to the second one and then the third one is out at the end of April. I will probably wait to review these books as a group once I get the third one done.
So many good reads this month, I don’t think I can pick a favorite. The Illuminae series was fantastic. The first two were rereads, but I just plowed right through them pretty much in two days. Obsidio took a little longer, because I wanted to savor it as the last one, and also because it was new. I can get through rereads pretty quickly. Legendary was also an excellent read as was To Kill a Kingdom and Truly Devious.
There are four books coming out in April that I am really looking forward to.
Infamous and The Fates Divide I know for sure are both finales to their series. I think Defy the Worlds is also the last one, but I am not sure about that. There is going to be one more in the Shattered Realms series after Stormcaster (YEAH!). I was thinking of rereading the first two in this series before I start Stormcaster, but now that I know it isn’t the last one, I’m having second thoughts. I kind of like the cover of this one, but I’m still not happy with the cover change in this series. I’m sure there are other books coming out in April that I will be interested in reading but these four are on the top of my must read list.
The ARC’s I have coming up from Netgalley are:
I’ve started From the Earth to the Shadows and so far so good. Sky in the Deep has been getting a lot of hype so hopefully it is as good as I’ve been hearing. The other two both come out the first of May. I like to read at least one fun contemporary a year and Bookish Boyfriends looked good to fill that role. Song of Blood and Stone just sounded really interesting.
I still have lots of ARC’s from ALA Midwinter, that hopefully I will be able to get to this month. I have been trying to read more of what I want or feel like reading rather than what I have to for the publishers.
Other Bookish News:
I only bought two books this month, for myself, and I only bought them because the authors were in town giving a talk and signing. They were together and it was a really interesting talk.
I went to this event, just to hear Rachel Hartman talk. I have heard of Tamora Pierce, who hasn’t, but to the best of my knowledge I don’t think I have read any of her books. Maybe back in my youth, I might have, she has been writing since the 80’s, but I would not swear to it. She was a pistol though. She was very funny and it was very interesting hearing her talk about everything she has done. I guess this is her first book being told from a male point of view. It sounds interesting and I will probably give it a try at some point. Rachel Hartman was also interesting, and she talked about how Tamora’s books had influenced her writing. It was great to see a veteran author paired up with a relatively new one and listen to them talk about their craft. The place was packed with both young and old fans and I’m pretty sure the majority were there for Tamora, but hopefully some of them also picked up Rachel’s book and will discover her wonderful world as well.
I did win a book as well this month. The lovely Cait over at Paper Fury had a contest for this book and I was so happy I won it. I had it on my TBR radar already and I am hoping to read it in April. If you have never been to Cait’s blog, you really must check her out. I just love her posts, they are funny and very witty. She is also an author with her new book coming out this summer called A Thousand Perfect Notes which I can’t wait to read either.
I just love the cover of this book!
Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.
Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.
Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.
Well I hope that your month of reading was as good as mine. Not a bad book in the lot. What are you looking forward to next month?