March Wrap-Up & April TBR (2019)

If anyone cares for a life update, I just recently left for a two-month summer study tour in China. That may mean I won’t be able to interact with people as much, so please don’t take it as me ignoring you! Seriously, I’ve been spending my days sitting in class, partying at a friend’s dorm and/or sightseeing. I barely have time to read, blog hop and draft blog posts–send help.

Anyways, I read eight books in the month of March, and I also updated my Year of the Asian book tracker with all the Asian books I read last month!

Books I Read in March

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (3.5/5)– Read my full review here!

Shadow Me by Tahereh Mafi (3/5)– Reading this was just a means to seeing the Shatter Me series through to the end.

Snotgirl, Vol.1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley (2.5/5)– Cool art, but I ultimately won’t read the other volumes.

The Poppy War by R.F Kuang (4/5)– This was one of my first forays into grimdark adult high fantasy, and it definitely won’t be my last Read my full review here!

Sadie by Courtney Summers (mini review-5/5)– This is such an important book, showing that rapists and pedophiles can do “good people” things–they can believe in God, do charity work, etc., but that doesn’t mean they are incapable of committing terrible acts. Sadie also has amazing poverty rep, and the main character is the first I’ve read from with a stutter. I also love that Sadie’s character can be colored in with the identity of any missing girl. This is not to say her character wasn’t well-developed, but once you read this book, I think you can assign different identities to Sadie and they all will somehow fit. She’s just a representation of every missing girl.

The book is split into two parts–one where we follow the actual story of Sadie in search of her sister’s killer, and the other is a podcast chronicling a host trying to find Sadie. I loved that the characters we already saw Sadie interact with reappear in the podcast as interviewees. (I’m reading this draft again after pre writing it before my tour, and I’ve come to realize that my thoughts for this book are so all over the place, but we’ll just go with it.)

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger (mini review-3/5)– In this book, different types of booze give people different kinds of abilities, and bartenders are heroes who battle monsters called tremens. I love that Paul made this a gateway to discuss the treatment of people who work in service-type jobs. This book is a homage to bartenders, waiters, cashiers, janitors, etc. –all people whose services we take for granted.

The main character Bailey is Chinese, and she was a decent protagonist for the most part, though she could be annoying at times, and she ultimately was too much of a Mary Sue for my taste. But there’s this one hilarious line where Paul Krueger describes how a scene in the book would look in a movie, and then he sneaks in this snarky line that Bailey would probably be played by a white actress. 😂 The book is filled with snarky lines like this, so definitely pick this up if you like funny writing–kinda like Rick Riordan’s except less child-friendly. The reason I simply gave this a three stars was because I didn’t find it particularly memorable.

Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle (3.5/5)– I participated in the blog tour for this! Thank you to Shut Up, Shealea for hosting the tour, and thank you to her and the author for the complimentary copy. Click here to visit my blog tour stop where I interview Brittni, review the book, feature quote graphics and list three of my favorite royal couples. If you just read one section of it, please read the part where I list my favorite royal couples because I’m really proud of that one hihi.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (5/5)– Angie Thomas does it again–no doubt my favorite read of the month! I am doing a full review of this book, and I will link it here once it goes up.

Books I Plan on Reading in April

April, alongside May, is the month when most of my anticipated releases will come out. I’m already behind on reading January-March releases, so drowning in my TBR even more should be fun.

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi– [see what I said about Shadow Me]

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman– This is being called Stranger Things meets The Raven Cycle, and it’s about a group of diverse teenagers who team up to defeat a monster, which is perfect because I’m always looking for more fictional squad goals to stan and cry over (hello Six of Crows).

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan– I’ve seen some negative to middling reviews for this book, but lately there seems to have been an influx of five star reviews for it, plus this is supposed to be a gory Joan of Arc with Grisha trilogy vibes? I really don’t know how I’m going to feel about this book, and I’m excited to read it and find out.

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston– I really enjoyed Geekerella, so of course I’m highly anticipating another book about nerds falling in love, and this also features a sapphic romance? Hell yeah!

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He– This Chinese-inspired fantasy has been receiving a ton of early reviews and most of them are positive–can’t wait to read it!

As for other books I plan on reading in April, there’s Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, which has been on my TBR since forever, and the Books with Friends book club happened to choose it for their April book. For my graphic novel/manga read of the month, I chose Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu. Since April is autism pride month, I will also be reading Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, which features autism rep, along with a sapphic romance(!!). I also have a million other books I want to read in April, but for now, these are all I’m gonna mention. Please pray I finish at least 90% of my April TBR (hah! You think?) because I am so excited to read all of these books.

That’s all, folks! What was the best book you read in March? How was the month of March for you? What do you plan to read in April?

12 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up & April TBR (2019)

  1. I’m excited for your review of the Poppy War! I started the Gilded Wolves but I have some weird feeling about it, so I’m curious about your review for that one too.

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  2. I hope you’re having fun in China, Caitlin! I would love to go there, as I’m Chinese myself, but hope you have a blast! On the Come Up was a pretty solid novel, and so was Sadie, so I’m glaf you loved it! I’m CR-ing the Gilded Wolves rn, and if I’m being honest, I’m not loving it? I hope you have a great April, and happiest of reading!

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    1. Thank you! So far, I am :)) Hope you can go soon! Honestly, I don’t love the Gilded Wolves very much because if I don’t love the characters, then I won’t love the book. I hope that doesn’t happen for you and you still end up enjoying it in the end 💖

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  3. Those are some solid good reads, ahhh! And it’s amazing that you get to go to China on that summer study tour. You lucky hooman! ❤ The best book I read in March is definitely The School for Good and Evil: A Crystal of Time by Soman Chainani (omg yes the title is V long haha!)

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    1. I’m really grateful for the opportunity:)) I actually read the first three books in that series, but then I wasn’t interested when the author decided to continue the characters’ story. I definitely will check them all out, and try to read them 🖤

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  4. I hope you will have a great time in China, Caitlin and that this will be a fantastic experience! 🙂
    You’ve had quite a great reading month, yay! So happy you loved On the come up, I really want to read that one 🙂 and I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Devouring Gray, I really liked this book, the cast of characters was so great.
    Happy reading! 🙂

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  5. you’ll love into the downing deep!! I also have the devouring gray on my tbr and I’m so excited for it. descendant of the crane is honestly one of my top favourites this year.

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