Monthly Wrap-Up: March ’19

MonthlyWrap-UPI’ve been trying to get into the swing of things after my hiatus, but I am ashamed to say that I’ve been terribly disorganized this month. You might not have noticed, but I’ve neglected by blogging planner **cue gasps**. ‘I do not like this feeling and was able to devote a little time to said planner this past week. Hopefully I can stay on track. This month I read six novels including one reread. I got to say, all these rereads I’ve been doing lately have made my reading for the month so much more enjoyable. Today also marks the beginning of the Latinx Book Club’s first read. We are reading The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes. If you get a chance to join us, please do. You can find us on Twitter @Latinxbookclub and feel free to ask me any questions. Also, if you didn’t already know (I really must add a button to my sidebar) I recently joined Instagram. You can find me here: @akernelofnonsense. I’d love to follow you! Still don’t know what I’m doing, but I’d love to follow you all.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

I’m totally cheating and naming my reread of Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse my favorite March book. But friends, it is so good and it was absolutely wonderful the second time around. If I ever stop shouting about this one, make sure I haven’t been kidnapped and am being impersonated by someone else.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book this month received less than three stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:


Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Books I Didn’t Review:

Yes, sometimes I don’t review books. I’m trying to get better at allowing myself the option of not reviewing everything I read. It’s very hard and it feels weird not saying anything, so just leaving a few thoughts for the following books.

Dhonielle Clayton’s The Everlasting Rose turned out to be less enjoyable than the first book. I’m still head over heels in love with Clayton’s prose, but I found this one wanting in terms of characterization and even plot. Rating: 3/5

Soniah Kamal’a Unmarriageable was such an enjoyable Pride and Prejudice retelling. Alys is one of my favorite Elizabeth Bennet incarnations and Kamal’s narration throughout the novel had me chuckling and reminded me of Austen’s wry humor. Rating: 4/5

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Latinx Book Club: Announcement + April’s Book Pick – As you probably know, I am one of the hosts for the newly minted Twitter-based book club, the Latinx Book Club. We will be reading a book by a Latinx author each month and I am so excited for this project.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhouse – It’s only appropriate that the month I reread Trail of Lightning, I also featured the sequel in a Can’t-Wait Wednesday post. I need this sequel in my possession now.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Spring 2019 Releases – I need all these books in my life right now!

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. This month I picked up Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman and American Panda by Gloria Chao.

  • Challenge Goal: 10 books; Current Count: 3 books

April Releases I’m Excited For:


What was your favorite March read? Any April releases you are eager to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

36 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: March ’19

  1. You read some wonderful books in March. My fave March read was actually a non-fiction book called Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s about how taking small steps will help make good habits and break bad ones. It was so helpful that I’m reading it again!

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  2. Omg I didn’t know Trail of Lightning has a sequel coming out until I read this! I definitely need to hurry up and read it so I can pick up the sequel once it’s released.

    I loved Starfish when I read it last year, so I hope you enjoyed it too, and I’m keen to know what you thought of We Set the Dark on Fire, as that one has been on my radar for a while, but I haven’t decided whether to buy it or not yet. Great wrap up Alicia!

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      1. Ahhh OK I’m going to go look up prices on Amazon right now. I need it in my life 😛 I almost picked it up in Forbidden Planet a few weeks ago, and I wish I had now. Starfish is an amazing book, and I loved Summer Bird Blue as well. I think I’d honestly devour anything Akemi writes at this point. Glad you enjoyed We Set the Dark on Fire! I might try and read it later this year 🙂

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  3. I hope you get your blogging mojo back! I haven’t made my April bujo spread like and I feel so lost!

    I completely agree about Everlasting Rose. It all felt wrapped up too quickly.

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  4. I noticed you haven’t been around as much, but I thought it was perhaps due to a lot of planning with the Latinx Book Club. I used to only read books that I would review at Grab the Lapels, but since I started the theatre job last August and have a more normal schedule than teaching could ever provide, I have more time to read. Thus, I am not reading more books by men. I never review them at Grab the Lapels, and it makes for a totally different reading experience. For me, it was obvious that I wouldn’t review books by men on my blog, but I’m not sure how you would decide what not to review. Maybe choose before you start reading that you won’t review it? That changes how a blogger reads for sure.

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    1. It’s hard to keep up with everything and I actually have a Kernels of Nonsense post about it coming up. When I don’t review, it’s usually because I’m just feeling really meh and can’t find the energy to put down words. I do agree that I read differently when I know I’m not going to review.


  5. I’m glad you are letting yourself of the hook more. I did that last year and it feels less forced to write reviews now.
    I want to read Descendant of the Crane but I don’t think husband will agree if I go running to the store for it haha.

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  6. My copies of Unmarriageable and We Set The Dark To Fire just came in from the library so I plan on listening to them ASAP. I’ve also been struggling with not reviewing every book I read and I’m trying to find like a healthy balance between reviewing and not reviewing. I also bought The Storm Runner last month so I’m really excited to read it for the LatinxBookClub.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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  7. The Trail of Lightning has an amazing cover! The Last 8 is high on my TBR. American Panda was my favorite contemporary YA last year and I can’t wait for Gloria Chao’s next book this fall. Starfish was also a great read for me.

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  8. Great post!

    I never heard of Trail of Lighting before, but it sounds like it’s worth a read.

    I didn’t do much reading in March. I started reading In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, but got busy and had to take a pause on reading for the moment. Just started reading it again, and it seems like it’s going to be a really great thriller.

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      1. Thanks. So far it’s a good read. I actually have that book of hers too, but haven’t read it yet. I’ll have to check out Trail of Lighting the next time I’m at the bookstore.


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