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March Wrap-Up 2019

Hey readers! Sorry for such a belated wrap-up. Still trying to get in the swing of things and I haven’t had much energy to write this post until now. March was a pretty good reading month for me– I managed to finish a total of 12 books (most of which were audiobooks tbh). I finished:

  • 6 adult fiction
  • 2 adult romance
  • 2 young adult fiction
  • 2 non-fiction

I’m pretty happy with this wrap-up, so lets get into the books!


Books I Read in March

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» Vardaesia (Medoran Chronicles #5) by Lynette Noni 

This is one of my favourite YA fantasy series, and I think this conclusion fit the story well. Whilst I’m not completely content with the ending and the way it all went down, I appreciate that the author stayed true to the nature of the characters. I’m very interested to read anything Noni puts out, now!

» The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

This was probably my most anticipated book of March and it did not disappoint! I know this certainly won’t be for everyone, but it worked really well for me. Walker’s writing was beautiful, I loved that we didn’t spend too long getting to know any specific character and that it was more about the the overarching narrative. Just my type of book, to be honest, and very glad it lived up to my expectations.

» Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #3.5) by Alyssa Cole

You can find my review for this one here. I really enjoyed this for a number of reasons: it has the softest romance, both MCs are neurodivergent and there’s lots of discussions about ableism and accessibility, there was so much nerdy stuff, and as always, Alyssa Cole’s writing was amazing. I only had minor issues with it, but overall I’m head over heels for this series.

» Luck of the Draw (Chance of a Lifetime #2) by Kate Clayborn

Ahhh this series is one of my fave romance series, and this particular book is my fave of the lot. We have a hate-to-love romance, fake dating, a soft hero, an ice queen, cutthroat heroine. I seriously adore Clayborn’s writing, and this story was just done so well. I love Zoe and Aiden so much and I look forward to reading everything Clayborn publishes in the future.

Audiobooks I Read in March 

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» Fight Like a Girl & Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a prominent Australian feminist I’ve had on my radar for a long time. Internalised misogyny I wielded against her as a young teen prevented me from picking up these books sooner, but damn am I glad I did. There’s nothing overly original in these pieces of feminist literature, but perhaps I loved them so much because they were written by a fellow Australian. The references to Australia’s culture and climate were ones I could more keenly relate to, and Ford writes in such a humorous, relatable and engaging voice. I especially loved that she narrated the audiobooks for her own books, because I feel like I gained a deeper understanding of her tone and which points she specifically wanted to emphasise. I saw that these were recently acquired for international publishing, so I highly recommend you pick them up if you can!

» Conversations with Friends & Normal People by Sally Rooney

I’ve been hearing loads of great things about Sally Rooney lately and I’ve come to tell you that she deserves all the hype. Rooney is officially one of my new favourite authors. Rooney is a masterful writer who really knows how to explore the experiences of young people. Her writing style perfectly suits the stories she’s trying to tell– it’s not too flowery or simple, and she doesn’t try to talk down to the reader. Never in my life have I read a book by anyone that just understands people so deeply, and something I can relate to so much. Rooney’s characters are just so *human* (deeply flawed, realistic people) and even when they’re making questionable decisions, you can’t help but root for them. I also appreciate the subtle (and at other times not so subtle) ways in which she explores some important topics. Now, don’t get me wrong. Rooney’s work definitely won’t be for everyone, though nevertheless, I highly recommend giving both of her books a shot. I know I’ll now be reading everything she publishes.

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» The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

I should’ve known even before starting this that I wasn’t going to be a fan. This follows a bunch of priviliged, gossipy socialites of New York in the 1950s. It’s based on real people, which makes me feel lowkey bad about my rating, but I just couldn’t connect with the story at all. Also, no matter if this is historical or not, this was littered with racism, homophobia and anti-semitism. I’ve seen a lot of people who really enjoyed this, but it definitely wasn’t for me.

» The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

This book is told in alternating perspectives between three sisters & their reflection on the ways that the incarceration of one of these sisters affects the family as a whole. Gray explores family dynamics thoroughly throughout the novel, but as a whole, I was left feeling underwhelmed and it was ultimately a pretty forgettable read for me. I didn’t write a review when I finished this, and I’m honestly struggling to recall all of the details. I remember feeling quite disjointed at the end, and felt there were too many things left unresolved. I liked Gray’s writing, and may pick up her work in the future, but overall this could have been a lot stronger. 

» An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I’ve had this on my radar for quite some time, and it has garnered quite a lot of hype. Whilst it didn’t fully live up to my expectations, I still liked this well enough. Jones explores a myraid of topics throughout the course of this book– love, loyalty, marriage, race, justice. In saying that, I feel like the exploration of a crumbling marriage overtook the other themes Jones was trying to portray here, and so threads of the story were left underdeveloped. The pacing in the second half was also a bit off, and I really didn’t like the entitlement Roy felt towards Celestial. Overall I can see why a lot of people really love this, but it wasn’t for me.

» A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

This is a novel I would describe as very quiet, but it packs one hell of a punch. It’s hard to read at times, as the main characters is dealing heavily with grief and guilt, and often times pushes her body beyond a healthy point, but it’s one that I recommend to anyone in the right headspace to read it. Some people considering the subject matter a spoiler and think you should go in not knowing, but I don’t think it takes anything away from the story. If you don’t want to know what it’s about, just skip over this. Caletti defty explores toxic masculinity, gun violence and survivors guilt. I feel like Americans will identity with this novel a lot more than I could, because gun violence is something I generally don’t have to worry about living in Australia. But I can tell Caletti explored this topic with care and the weight it deserves, and that it’s just a really important book to read.


Blog Posts I Published in March 

» February Wrap-Up 2019

» WWW Wednesday | #1

» Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole | Review

» Anticipated April Releases | 2019


There we have my March wrap-up! Have you read any of the books I read in March? What were your thoughts? If you posted a March wrap-up, reply with your link & I’ll check it out!

Thanks so much for reading!

Taryn xxx

One thought on “March Wrap-Up 2019

  1. OMG I really need to read an audiobook by Sally Rooney! I’m currently reading Normal People and loving it, and I know it’ll feel even more vivid and real if you listen to it. Good luck for reading in April, Taryn! 🙂

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