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.