March 2019 Wrap Up | Monthly Recap

Hey everyone! How are you?

Have you ever had a month where you read a lot of books, but it feels like you didn’t read anything because nothing really stood out? I read seven books in March, but it feels like I read three because most of the books I read weren’t very memorable. On top of that, I feel like I’ve abandoned my blog because of how busy March was. I hope that changes in April. Anyways, here’s the wrap up.

Books I Read in March

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas ✦✦✦✦✦ This was such a surprise and my favorite book in March. Solid follow up by Angie Thomas. Read my review.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ✦✦✦✦✧ An interesting oral history of a fictional rock band. Highly recommend the full cast audiobook. Read my review.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds ✦✦✦✦✧ Cute YA novel with endearing characters and one of my favorite friendship groups.


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren ✦✦✦✦✧ This was so much fun even though the ending was a bit much. Also, I learned that Christina Lauren is not an author with two first names. It’s two authors writing together. Mind blown.

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames ✦✦✦✧✧ I thought I was going to love this book because of the rave reviews on Goodreads. I liked the beginning, but the middle was too slow. The last 100 pages were so entertaining but too short. I settled on three stars.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro ✦✦✧✧✧ I expected more from this book. Unfortunately, I was bored.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid ✦✦✧✧✧ I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and decided to check out TJR’s previous works. I buddy read this with Lynell. Sadly, this one wasn’t for me.

2019 Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist – In an effort to reduce the number of unread books on my shelf, I decided to participate in Beat the Backlist. This month I read two books from that TBR (Kings of the Wyld and A Study in Charlotte). I unhauled two books (Three Dark Crowns and Two Dark Reigns).

Goodreads Choice Awards – I challenged myself to read 12 winners from the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards. I didn’t read any books for this challenge because I’m waiting for library holds to become available.

Book Haul

This year, I’ve been entirely focused on physical books I already own. Because of that (and finances) I’ve only purchased seven books in 2019. Two of those books were in March. Here are the books I hauled this month.

I was approved an eARC of The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang and I can’t wait to read it because it’s one of my most anticipated releases. I bought ebook copies of Opposite of Always and The Final Empire.

Blog Update

Going forward, I’m going to do a round up post for every three to five books I finish in lieu of monthly wrap ups. Right now, monthly wrap ups don’t spark joy so I need a break until I feel inspired.

How was your reading in March? What was your favorite book? Any highlights? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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22 thoughts on “March 2019 Wrap Up | Monthly Recap

  1. I am going to start On the Come Up tonight! It’s due back at the library this week so I need to read it right now, haha. And good luck working on roundups instead of monthly wrap-ups, that makes sense to do those instead!

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  2. On The Come Up was such a great book – I adored it too! I was actually kind of reminded of it while watching On My Block a couple of times and have been pitching the show based on if they loved Angie’s book.

    I feel like I’ve had an okay reading month even though I ended up finishing nine books but only two really stuck out: Godsgrave and The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats And Piracy, both getting five stars! I just finished Daisy Jones & The Six this past weekend but didn’t end up loving it as much as everyone else seems to. But I love that TRJ went a different route to tell the story and the audiobook was definitely the way to go here.

    Happy reading in April! I hope you have more stand out books!

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    1. Omg! You’re so right about it being similar to On My Block. You should write one of those “If you like this TV show, read this book” posts.

      I need to read Godsgrave before Darkdawn comes out. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Daisy Jones & The Six. I can definitely see why it’s not for everyone.

      Happy reading in April too. I hope you have more standouts.

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  3. I hate it when I read a BUNCH of books and almost all of them feel average. It’s the worst. I know the feeling.

    I listened to On The Come Up on audiobook in March. I’m so picky about my contemporary reads and Angie Thomas does it again! I’ll have to take your word on listening to Daisy Jones and the Six right after I FINALLY read The Seven Husbands…I’m taking so long to get to it. Probably because I’m a mood reader and have been feeling fantasy more lately.

    I hope your change to your blog in terms of no longer doing monthly wrap ups gives you joy for blogging again. There’s a few things I need to consider dropping myself…
    Happy April!

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    1. Happy April love! Angie Thomas blew me away. She’s definitely here to stay in this industry and On the Come Up proves that.

      I know exactly what you mean about mood reading. I’ve been in the mood for contemporary and adult fantasy. I hope you like The Seven Husbands when you get to it. Obviously, I loved it and highly recommend it.


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