Monthly Wrap Up | March 2019

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March was…different. I had a rather poor start to the month with a string of rather disappointing reads, unfortunately – many did not live up to the hype, and still others were merely passable reads. But luckily the trend did not continue as with a sudden influx of amazing ARCs (some of which I had not expected to get approved for at all), March turned out to be a pretty great month after all! I continued listening to audiobooks this month as well, still sticking to re-reads (I swear, I’m still swooning over Geekerella!), and am really starting to enjoy the audiobook experience! It doesn’t hurt that I nearly double the number of books I get through with them either. I’m also at the halfway mark of my reading challenge goal, and at this rate, I might have to think about increasing the number by May if not earlier!


Books I Read in March 2019
(links lead to reviews)

New Releases
Last of Her Name – Jessica Khoury (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager – Ben Philippe (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
Four Dead Queens – Astrid Scholte (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
A Question of Holmes (Charlotte Holmes #4) – Brittany Cavallaro (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) – Amanda Foody – ARC Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
Descendant of the Crane – Joan He – ARC Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
There’s Something About Sweetie – Sandhya Menon – ARC Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
(Review coming closer to release date)
Girls With Sharp Sticks (Girls With Sharp Sticks #1) – Suzanne Young (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt – Stephanie Thornton
(⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

Backlist
The Game of Hope – Sandra Gulland (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) – Amanda Foody (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) – Kendare Blake (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

Re-Reads
Warcross (Warcross #1) – Marie Lu (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
Geekerella (Once Upon A Con #1) – Ashley Poston (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
(Full review coming soon!)
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) – Suzanne Collins (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) – Suzanne Collins (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
Caraval (Caraval #1) – Stephanie Garber (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)
– Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2) (Full review coming soon!)

Other posts & reviews this month

The Catherine Howard Conspiracy (The Marquess House Trilogy #1) – Alexandra Walsh – ARC Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) – Sarah J. Maas (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)
Mini Reviews #2 (We Set the Dark on Fire, A Question of Holmes, Three Dark Crowns, Four Dead Queens)
Down the TBR Hole #2
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Maas (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)


Reading challenge updates:
1. Beat the Backlist: This month, I read 3 books from my backlist, and finally started catching up on the Three Dark Crowns series!
2. Year of Epic Reads:

  • Challenge of the Month: A BOOK OF NEW BEGINNINGS!
    We want to leave the interpretation open to you and let you take it as literally as you want. Whether it’s the story of a new student moving to town, an unexplored frontier, or just the first book in a series, embrace the freedom of a fresh start and welcome Spring with a good book!
    Chosen Book: American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt – Stephanie Thornton
    This was a last minute addition to my March TBR, since I was quite hesitant to delve into a period of history I’d never explored in my historical fiction forays before. Best decision ever! Stephanie Thornton is one of my go-to authors to discover new historical figures and Alice Roosevelt is now one of my favourites! It’s early yet, but I’m already ranking this book on my Best of Year list.
    Check out my review here!
  • Quarterly Challenge: OUTSIDE THE BOX!
    Between January and March, we want to challenge you to read a book based on instinct alone. Don’t overthink it, don’t waste hours debating or doing research—just pick a book up and go. Finish that series you’ve been putting off. Go boldly where no reader has gone before. Even judge a book by its cover if you’re feeling up to it! Just dive in and get reading.
    Chosen book: The Shadow Game Series – Amanda Foody


    I finally got started on this series from my backlist, and I’m all caught up, ready for the last book (which is still a year away 😭). I added this series to my TBR purely on a whim, and I’m glad I did, because it turned out to be a great read!
    Check out my reviews for book 1, Ace of Shades and book 2, King of Fools!

Stats for the Month

Number of Books: 18
Number of Pages: 7,060
Goodreads Challenge Progress: 48/100


Did you read any of these books or do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!


2 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up | March 2019

  1. Surbhi Das April 1, 2019 / 12:50 am

    Wow! That’s a huge reading wrap-up!! I am really looking forward to reading The Descendant of Crane this month, I hope it’s worth the hype!!

    Happy April and Happy reading!!

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    • journeyintofantasy April 2, 2019 / 7:03 am

      Thank you! Descendant of the Crane is definitely deserving of all the hype – it’s a pretty great book. Hope you enjoy it and happy reading!

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