As can be seen from my March TBR, I intended to dedicate this month of reading to the first books in new YA series but, I think I tried to start a few too many series, so I got halfway through my TBR and then got a wee bit slumpy, so I decided to change things up a bit.
March Reads – Least Favourite to Most Favourite:
Anthem for Doomed Youth – Wilfred Owen – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – Review – This was a collection of the war poet’s greatest poems so I thought I’d stick this at the top as it isn’t really comparable to my other reads from this month. Wilfred Owen is one of my favourite poets and this mini anthology really did not disappoint. It had all the greats (Dulce et Decorum est, Futility, Strange Meeting, etc) and had a few I wasn’t so familiar with that have become new favourites of mine (Mental Cases). If you’re a fan of war poetry, I would wholeheartedly urge you to check this out.
Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 🌟🌟🌟.5 – Review – I liked a lot but also I disliked quite a lot, too. Hm. I could not connect to Tessa. I SEVERELY disliked Mr. William Herondale. The plot twists were a tad predictable. But, I adored the Shadowhunter world and I really admired the rest of the supporting characters. Especially Jem ❤ He is everything.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling – 🌟🌟🌟.5 – Review – It took me SO LONG to finish this book. I was reading it in-between other books so I feel like I didn’t enjoy my reading experience of this book as much as I would have liked to, purely because it wasn’t my main focus. I still enjoyed it but I actually surprised myself and ended up preferring some aspects of the film over the book. Hopefully I’ll have more fun with Goblet of Fire.
Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins – 🌟🌟🌟🌟 – Review – This book was so much fun! And quite different from what I usually read in the sense that it is not cliched/tropey at all. All of the characters are highly relatable, very realistic and don’t fall into any stereotypes. The narrative itself from our MC is hilarious and if you’re looking for a little something different, I’d highly recommend this read.
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater – 🌟🌟🌟🌟 – Review – This book was weird. But good weird. Amazing weird. With highly complex, three-dimensional characters, a brilliantly imagined world and lovely, poetic writing, Stiefvater has created an achingly refreshing story that I honestly cannot wait to continue on with. Thankfully, nearly all of the books in this quartet are already released, so I won’t have the agonizing wait of years!
With the release of Lady Midnight and the show, Shadowhunters (which I’m not the hugest fan of, but somehow can’t stop watching 😂), I’m currently really in the mood for some Cassie Clare. I’m about 200 pages through City of Lost Souls and 100 pages through Clockwork Prince and I’m enjoying them both. I think I’m preferring Clockwork Prince at the mo – it’s already heaps stronger than its predecessor.
What I love about the books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles is that they’re just intensely enjoyable, fast-paced, kind of light-hearted, funny reads with (mainly) great, memorable characters. The books don’t take themselves too seriously either so they’re just a lot of fun and I always find myself looking back on my reading experience of each book and feeling pretty happy.
In lieu of my post concerning the reading of series, I have decided to make April a month of sequels. Especially seeing as I have just started reading 3 new series this past month, I think I seriously need to play catch-up! I don’t want to crowd my TBR with too many books for April as I want a little room for movement over the choice of what I read. So these two books I will definitely be reading and I am beyond excited to jump back into these story-worlds.
I Might Read…
I’m unsure of what else I’ll be in the mood for this month. I kind of want to continue on with some more series but, now that it’s getting sunnier, I feel like I could possibly be more in the mood for some summery contemporaries?
If I decide to read some more sequels, I will read World After and The Dream Thieves. But, if I feel like a contemporary or two, I think I might go for I’ll Give You the Sun.
Who knows?! Maybe, if I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I’ll attempt to read all of these! 😂