Friday, April 2, 2021

Month in Review: March 2021

I really have no idea how I feel about March. I think it felt pretty slow? I remember thinking it was mid-late March when it was only the first week or so, so I think things went pretty slowly... and I feel like a lot happened in March!

In personal news, I took my Masters programs' comprehensive exam, which was the last step (other than completing my classes this semester) before graduating! It feels great to not have that hanging over my head anymore, and I finally got confirmation a couple days ago that I passed! I'm almost more relieved than I am excited about being done with everything, haha. Also, in California, where I live, I believe vaccines are opening up to 16+ on April 15th, so that's something to look forward to. Otherwise, nothing of note has happened this past month. Which I guess is good? It's just been another month, has that been the same for all of you? Let me know how things are going! 

In reading news, it was a pretty good month overall, I think! I read some incredible books (The Tiger's Daughter and Piranesi are easily new favorites!) I also really enjoyed Fools Crow, Plain Bad Heroines, and The Last Watch! Reviews for some of these April releases will be up soon, as well. Also, the least fun-looking book on this last called Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome was something I've been reading over the past two months for a grad seminar, but since I read it and spent ages on it I felt I should include it, haha. I'm honestly surprised by how much I ended up reading in March because it felt like an off month, but it also felt weirdly long, so I guess at the end of the day I have no idea what I'm saying and we should probably just jump into the wrap-up!


How was your reading month!? Read any new favorites? Anything not so great? Let me know in the comments, I love chatting!

# books read: 14
   


Plain Bad HeroinesThe Tiger's Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency, #1)The Last Watch (The Divide, #1)Fools Crow
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover

The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera 
Source: Library | Format: Paperback

The Last Watch by J.S. Dewes 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

Fools Crow by James Welch 
Source: Owned | Format: Paperback

Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1)First, Become AshesThe Unbroken (Magic of the Lost, #1)The Trials of Koli (Rampart Trilogy, #2)
Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick ★ (re-read)
Source: Owned | Format: Hardcover

First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

The Unbroken by C.L. Clark 
Source: Publisher (Orbit) | Format: Paperback

The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey 
Source: Publisher (Orbit) | Format: Paperback/Audiobook

Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First FrontierThe Lost VillageThe Puppetmaster’s ApprenticePiranesi
Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC
 
The Lost Village by Camilla Sten 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC
 
The Puppetmaster's Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover
 
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke 
Source: Lirary | Format: Hardcover

The CousinsMediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome
The Cousins by Karen McManus 
Source: Giveaway | Format: Paperback

Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome by Arthur Eckstein
Source: University Library | Format: Hardcover
 

DNF/To-Be-Finished:
A Brief History of Seven KillingsFoxheart (Foxheart, #1)
A Brief History of Seven Killings by James Marlon
Format: Audio
I'll be picking this up again sometime, but I was listening to it on audio and it just wasn't working for me. I couldn't keep up with everything and I definitely feel like I'd prefer reading this one physically. 

Foxheart by Claire Legrand
Format: Paperback
I almost didn't even put this one on here because I absolutely plan to pick this up again in the next month or two! But for now, something about it just isn't clicking with me--it has all the elements that I love in middle grade fantasy and I can't quite put my finger on what's not working, so I just decided to put it down for now.


 

We Begin at the EndAll the Murmuring BonesThe Phone Booth at the Edge of the WorldThe Ikessar Falcon (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen, #2)The Lost VillageThe Trials of Koli (Rampart Trilogy, #2)The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost, #1)RhapsodyFirst, Become Ashes


(other than reviews)

Top Five/Ten Tuesday:

Can't-Wait Wednesday:
3/31:


The Friday Face-Off:

Have you read any of these? What books did you read this month? I hope you all had a great month-- comment below and let me know!

5 comments:

  1. Yes, March definitely felt like "just another month." I was putting together my month in review and I couldn't even remember anything that really happened. Congrats on passing your exam!

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    1. Thanks! And right!? I kept thinking, "there has to be more that happened March??" A quiet but long month, I guess, haha.

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  2. Looks like you had a really good month! I got an appointment for my first vaccine next week, so I'm feeling pretty relieved­čśü

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    1. Hooray for your vaccine appointment! That is such a relief, I am so happy to see more and more people being able to get it! :)

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  3. Congrats on passing the exam! And that's exciting that vaccines are opening up more- we're hoping to get ours soon as well.

    the Lost Village looks creepy and fun!

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