I think we could all agree that the month of March is probably the worst month of 2020 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We just finished the first quarter of the year and yet a lot of things has happened; a widespread virus, lots of deaths, the lockdowns in different parts of the world. So thank you March for this one hell of a ride. Let’s just hope that April will be 10 times better.
So enough about my monologue. I am here to do my March Wrap-up. I did not think that I have read a lot this month but I was surprised that I finished a decent amount of books. I managed to finish 3 novellas and 6 whole books, all of which are more than 300 pages. So good job self.
Okay so without further ado, let’s dive into the books that I have read this month. I will be linking my full review of the books if I have any so please check it out!
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
My first ever Brandon Sanderson book and it did not disappoint. The world, the magic system, the characters and the writing style are all good. This book would surely intrigued and hooked you the moment that you started getting the hang of all the things that’s happening. It also leaves me wanting for more. So I am excited to read Mistborn this month!
Walking the Bones by Randall Silvis
This is a mystery book following the unsolved case of the deaths of 7 girls whose bones are found in a church and the main character tries to solve this mystery.
I was a disappointed with this book considering how good the first one is. The story is more focused on the past issues of the character and his relationship rather than the actual crime. But the crime and mystery solving part is quite interesting.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is my first reread of the series because the last book just came out. So I was excited and at the same time hesitant to reread the books. And my rating was the same as when I first read it 2 Moons. Even though the writing style is good, the characters, specially Adam, are unlikable. This is also a very character driven story so we didn’t get much info about the world. But the next book is good so just push yourself to get pass this and it would somehow be worth it.😉
The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
This is a novella that is set in the world of Elantris although it is not connected in the actual novel. This book has a magic system revolving around stamp and we follow this girl who was given an impossible task. It was a fun and fast read. Less than 200 pages and every bit of it is interesting. I just wished that we could have explored the world and the magic system more. But oh well.
The Hope of Elantis by Brandon Sanderson
Now this novella is also set in the world of Elantris and you really need to read the novel to understand the book. I like this novella although it was only 25 pages long. It gives us another perspective on a certain scene that we did not get to see in the novel. Really enjoyed this book.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
I’m quite disappointed with this book. I did not feel connected with the characters and the mystery in it. It’s not that the book is bad, it just felt okay. It is one of those books that you would read and forget afterwards. The story felt flat and the ending is not that mind blowing. Plus the reveal feels so anti-climatic. I think this book is not for me.
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
This is the 1.5 novella for the Shatter Me Series and reading this added a little understanding on Warner’s character. I did not find him that appealing in my reread of the first book but I am beginning to understand why I love him in this book. Though I am a little skeptical still if I would love him as much as before. I think this will be a must-read to the series so give it a try. if you haven’t.
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
I really love this. Warner and Kenji’s characters in this book revived my love for the both of them. I can now understand as to why they are one of my beloved characters up until this day. I just wished that the new books in this series would not ruin that for me. Also we finally get to see the world building and some character development on Juliette. There are also some revelation here and there. Definitely worth reading.
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
I did not know when was the last time I rated a book this low but I did not like it at all. I am so disappointed with this book and there is so much potential with the development of the story. But the execution felt flat and this was supposed to be a novel about the history of philosophy but it turns into a science book towards the end. And that is not how you wrap-up philosophy’s history.
So that is it for this wrap-up. I do not have a book haul this month because of the lockdown. I don’t think I will be able to haul anything until then, which is sad because I really want to get my hands on Imagine Me.
But that is all for this blog. I hope you have a good reading month this April.
Until next time!