March was another AWESOME reading month for me! So awesome that I read nearly the same number of books in March as I did in January and Feburary combined. Fingers crossed I can keep this momentum going!
A large contributor to the 13 books I was able to complete this month was Buzzwordathon, a week-long readathon during which I read 7 books. Instead of repeating my thoughts, here’s a link to my post recapping the 7 books I completed that week and what I thought of them! Spoiler: I think one of the books I read became my new favorite for the year, if not all-time 🙂
As for the other 6 books I completed in March, below are the mini-reviews starting with my least favorite (1 star… yikes) up to my two 5-star reads. Feel free to let me know how you’re doing on your reading goals so far this year and if you’ve read any of the books I list here!
|This month’s quick stats:|
13 authors (6 female)
5 nonfiction | 8 fiction
|Year-to-date quick stats:|
27 books (1 audiobook)
25 authors (14 female)
11 nonfiction | 16 fiction
Title: Not All Migrate
Author: Krystyna Byers
My Rating: 1 star
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Thanks to NetGalley and SFK Press for providing me with this eARC in return for an honest review!
Brief Summary: This book is about a man named Mark who has just lost his wife and two daughters in a car accident. When the autopsy report comes back, the doctors tell him that his wife had had an unknown drug in her system at the time of death. This prompts Mark to look into the drug, why his wife had been on it, and who had sold it or given it to her in the first place.
My Thoughts: Right off the bat, I was extremely intrigued by this book’s synopsis. Unfortunately, instead of being suspenseful or realistic in any way, this story was just all-around strange.
To start, we never get any information on what kind of man Mark was before losing his family other than the fact that he worked a lot of long hours at his corporate job. While it’s understandable that a tragedy like this would change him, it became unfathomable that his new personality or behaviors could ever resemble the hard-working family man he supposedly was before. All of the other characters in the book were even less-developed than Mark, so I wasn’t invested in any of them.
The second and biggest problem I have is with the book’s plot – Mark is supposed to be searching for answers about his family’s accident and the myserious drug his wife was on… but once he finds the drug, he becomes an addict himself and loses sight completely of his original goals. (That’s not a spoiler, this addiction part is essentially the entire book). I just didn’t get it, or believe it. With that said, while this book was very much NOT for me, it is possible that someone else could find it entertaining because of the out-of-the-box storyline and graphic drug experiences. I just warn that if you are looking for a traditional thriller, this is not it.
Title: He Will Kill You
Author: Charlie Gallagher
My Rating: 3 stars
Content Warnings: Domestic abuse, rape
Thanks to NetGally and Joffe Books for providing me with this eARC in return for an honest review!
Brief Summary: Told in multiple perspectives, this book primarily follows two women, Grace Hughes and Maddie Ives. Grace is a victim of domestic abuse and a prisoner within her own home. Although she’s spoken with the police before, she’s too scared to seek the help she needs in order to escape the danger she’s in. Maddie a detective with a passion for saving women in abusive relationships and is doing everything she can to bring Grace to safety. Maddie’s also on the police team for an unrelated crime within the same city: a car bomber on the loose and sure to strike again.
My Thoughts: I was so drawn in at the start of this book. I was heavily invested in all of the different storylines and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen. Around the halfway mark, things started to change (and the big twist was revealed, I suppose) and I began to lose interest. Although I was satisfied with the ending, it didn’t quite live up to everything I was hoping for. I did write an entire spoiler-free review for the book, which you can read here if you’re looking for more details to help determine if this book is for you!
Title: Things My Son Needs to Know about the World
Author: Fredrik Backman
My Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing me with this eARC in return for an honest review!
Brief Summary: This book is actually a collectino of essays that Backman has written for his infant son to read in the future. They range in length, in format, and in tone – from silly to serious, and everything in between.
My Thoughts: This book is really sweet. If you are a fan of Fredrik Backman as an author, you will love reading this and getting to know him better as a person and as a father. The essay format helps prevent any one part becoming too long-winded or redundant. Overall sweet, funny, and meaningful.
Title: The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
My Rating: 4 stars
Brief Summary: This memoir follows Jeannette, her three siblings, and her parents as they roam the country in and out of homelessness and poverty. Starting with stories from her very young childhood through present-day, she describes all of the hardships they went through and triumphs they had as a family and how they continued to impact her even as a successful adult.
My Thoughts: Oddly enough, I found this book both heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time. Some of the stories were really tough to read, as no one could ever wish for children to go through the things that Jeannette and her siblings did. But, she saw the good in most situations and upheld an overwhelming love for both of her parents despite their flaws and lack of responsibility when it came to raising children, which I think is really admirable.
Title: The Girl He Used to Know
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
My Rating: 5 stars
Brief Summary: This novel follows the love story of Jonathan and Annika, told within two different timelines. The first timeline is about when they first met in college and how they fell in love the first time. The second timeline is ten years later, when they are reconnecting and rekindling their love. We know that something happened within those ten years to cause them to break up and fall out of love, but we don’t know what.
My Thoughts:This book is BEAUTIFUL. I found myself completely falling in love with both of the characters, twice. The really special thing about this book is that it features Annika, who has high-functioning autism. Throughout the story we learn about the difficulties she faces trying to pick up on social cues and navigate through uncomfortable situations in which she doesn’t know how she’s supposed to behave. The beautiful thing is that Jonathan loves her not despite her mental health issues, but actually because of them, and not in an unrealistic way. We as readers fall in love with her at the same time, making it feel completely genuine.
Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5 stars
Brief Summary: In this novel, Evelyn Hugo is about as big of a star as they come. Now an elderly woman, she’s finally decided to provide an exclusive interview to unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant about her life that has been kept secret for so many years. Through the interview, Evelyn walks through each of the seven husbands she had throughout her life, their impact on her life and career, and if she has an answer to the question everyone’s been asking, “Who was the love of your life?”
My Thoughts: I don’t know if there’s much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said – it has been sooooo hyped…. and it’s completely worth it. The story is complex, well thought-out, and perfectly told in a unique format. The characters are dynamic and easy to relate to – even if you don’t always like them. The message is important and the ending is impactful. I loved it.
And that’s it! I’m pretty glad I had a separate Buzzwordathon wrap-up to keep this list from getting too long. Let me know if you prefer long wrap ups or several smaller posts!