The Madness of My March Reading List (Not Really!)

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Hello. Bonjour. Hola. March came in like a lion and in lambish. Okay. Okay. Well, the weather’s pretty mediocre, but a little rain and chill never stopped me from reading good books.

Let me tell you. March starts the book season for me. Yeah, I read some good stuff in January and February, but usually, these months come and go without truly engaging in greatness. When March arrives, I await great stories, conventions, and festivals on the horizon.

Fourteen books in total. I’m good with reading anywhere from five to ten books a month nowadays. Reading too many books (Let’s be real, what’s too many?) affects my writing time-wise. So, I can’t read as much as I’d like.

Also, Surprise. Surprise. No audiobooks used this month. Three e-books, a format I put on hold, snatched my attention, but not a single audiobook. Oh well!

Also, my book ratings ranged from 2.5 to 5, (3.5 being the largest ratings with the most books), which I like. I’m not saying I don’t want to entirely read fives, a rare feat, and I certainly do not wish to read all twos and threes; au contraire, variety ensnares me more than perfection.

What did you read this month? This month I read the following:

  • A young, British-Jamaican woman’s coming of age.
  • An autistic woman’s journey to self-sufficiency and love
  • A young woman in the seventies with an allure unmatched
  • A woman living with Bipolar Disorder and the neighbor with a secret in need of unraveling
  • A much-awaited sequel (At least for me) to The Belles
  • Thirty-three accounts of taking back the word, “Crazy”.
  • A young Latina struggles to find who she is without getting her ass kicked.
  • A patient refusing to share her story with an infatuated doctor.
  • Various representations of society getting their time in the spotlight.
  • A good story involving “The Green Book”.
  • A lyrical poem about loving yourself in a world that wants you to do the opposite.
  • A young royal’s decides to marry someone she doesn’t love for the interests of her king.
  • A family drama centered around a Los Angeles-area bookshop.
  • A woman dealing with her pregnant daughter’s brain-dead diagnosis and those responsible.

See? What did I tell you? March brings book hits like no other. I cannot wait for April.

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The Night Olivia Fell by Christina  McDonaldBefore She Knew HimThe Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesThe Bookshop of YesterdaysQueenie by Candice Carty-Williams

(Don't) Call Me Crazy by Kelly  JensenThe Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle ClaytonDaisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins ReidFresh Ink by Lamar GilesYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

  1. Queenie (Hue’s Review: Queenie) ★★★★/★★★★★ (Favorite!)
  2. The Girl He Used to Know (Hue’s Review: The Girl He Used to Know) ★★★/★★★★★
  3. Daisy Jones & The Six (Hue’s Reviews: Daisy Jones and The Six) ★★★★/★★★★★ (Favorite!)
  4. Before She Knew Him (Goodreads Review)★★★½/★★★★★
  5. Fresh Ink: An Anthology (Goodreads Review)★★★½/★★★★★
  6. The Belles: The Everlasting Rose (Hue’s Reviews: The Everlasting Rose) ★★★½/★★★★★
  7. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Goodreads Review)★★★½ /★★★★★
  8. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start The Conversation About Mental Health  (Goodreads Review)★★½/★★★★★
  9. The Silent Patient (Goodreads Review)★★★★ /★★★★★ (Favorite!)
  10. The Bookshop of Yesterdays ★★★ /★★★★★
  11. The Night Olivia Fell ★★★½ /★★★★★

Children’s Books

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander RamseyHey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins

  1. Ruth and the Green Book (Hue’s Mini-Reviews: Ruth and The Green Book; Hey Black Child) ★★★★/★★★★★
  2. Hey Black Child ★★★★/★★★★★ (Favorite!)

Graphic Novels/Comics

Sleepless #7 by [Vaughn, Sarah]

Sleepless #7 ★★★½/★★★★★

Did Not Finish (DNF)

The Lost Night: A Novel

I copped an audiobook version. Not only did the narrator’s voice annoy me, the story felt flat. I gave it two chapters and found it not worth commitment. Looking at its rating on Goodreads, I made a good call. The percentage going for this book meant more 3s, 2s, and 1s created its 3.76 review average. Nope.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Roya…

I anticipated this novella. Black sapphic love rarely gets a chance to shine. However, I have to say, despite it’s 3.96 rating on Goodreads, I found myself bored. Novellas should not take six days to reach the halfway mark. Bummer. I found myself in disbelief in this couple. Wooden characters. Bland love scenes. I like Cole’s writing, especially An Extraordinary Union and A Hope Divided. So, I hope this novella writes himself as a glitch in the system.

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Bring on April!


Author: Crafty Scribbles

Lover of Words. Mother. Teacher. Traveler. Writer. Bionic woman against ignorance. Finding the balance between words and reality. M.Ed. built to school you.