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March Wrap Up & Reviews

Wrap Up

Hello bookworms!!

March was another hard month for me. On the first I found out that my uncle passed away after a month of fighting COVID/double pneumonia. I know you’re not supposed to have favorite family members, but he has always been my favorite uncle on my dad’s side. I was always closest to him so hearing he passed was hard. Heck just typing this I am fighting back tears. I ended up going to Florida for a weekend at the beginning of the month. Luckily my aunt was going, and she let me ride with her because this was a couple of weeks after my surgery, and I was still in pain and wasn’t able to sit up straight so I wouldn’t have been able to drive 5 hours myself. I would have done it if I had to though because I knew I had to go. I still can’t think about my uncle without wanting to cry so honestly, I keep myself occupied with YouTube and reading so that I don’t think much. I am completely healed from my surgery now. Well maybe not completely. There are still instances where I will lean up against something and it will cause a little bit of discomfort but I’m 99% better. As for reading, I didn’t read everything I wanted to this month, but I did end up reading some things that weren’t on my TBR because I’ve been mood reading a lot lately and apparently, I’m in the mood for all the romances. Here are all the books I read in March.

Praying for RainPraying for Rain by B.B. Easton – 3 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book, and I don’t really know what to say about it. Apparently, there are 3 days until the world is going to end and Rain is doing what she needs to get by until then. I was pulled into the story immediately. I loved the premise but there were somethings that bothered me. Don’t read past this point if you don’t want to be spoiled because I can’t write this review without spoilers. Ok so we have Rain who is doing what she needs to do to get by and after learning everything she’s been through I understand her choices even if I don’t completely agree with how she coped with things. Then we have Wes who literally saves her from a mob of people by kidnapping her a gunpoint and proceeds to use her to get what he needs. He’s a jerk but at the same time he keeps saving her from one thing or another and Rain immediately falls in love with him even though he is basically using her. I have to say she’s kind of using him too but she’s not a jerk. Anyways Rain is also very clingy and needy but also very useful and smart. I can’t deny they had chemistry, but this is one of those instances where I couldn’t fully get behind the romance no matter how much I was drawn into the story or how they both grew throughout the story. I will say I do want to continue the series though.

The Cat in the HatThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss – 4 stars

While I was away in Florida my husband bought this book for me because he remembered it from his childhood. I’m pretty sure I have read this before as a kid but of course I didn’t remember it, so I was glad to have it to read now. I am definitely not the target audience for this book. As an adult reading it, I thought it was ok. But for kids I think it would make a fun read whether you’re reading it with them, or they are reading it themselves. I also think it can be used to teach kids some great lessons while at the same time having a little bit of fun.

Dirty First Dates: The MuseumDirty First Dates: The Museum by Harley Laroux: 3 stars

I read the first book in this series last month and continued on with the series this month. I don’t really have anything much to say about this book that I didn’t say about the first one. This is a very short book coming in at 36 pages so it’s a quick read. It’s also a very steamy read and I liked it. I just can’t get past how unrealistic it is that not once did anyone ever catch them or even come close to catching them.

Dirty First Dates: The ArcadeDirty First Dates: The Arcade by Harley Laroux – 3 stars

I am just going to say the same thing that I said about the above book because there’s literally nothing else to add. I read the first book in this series last month and continued on with the series this month. I don’t really have anything much to say about this book that I didn’t say about the first one. This is a very short book coming in at 36 pages so it’s a quick read. It’s also a very steamy read and I liked it. I just can’t get past how unrealistic it is that not once did anyone ever catch them or even come close to catching them.

Tokyo Ueno StationTokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri – 3.5 stars

This book was recommended to me by Luna as part of the 12 in 12 challenge that I am participating in this year. Thanks for the recommendation, Luna!! I have to say this book was out of my comfort zone and I knew that going into it, but I was still excited to read it because I trust Luna. This is a pretty short book but it’s a heart wrenching book as well. This book goes through Kazu’s life and details all the hardships he had to face. Reading about everything he endured was hard to read. You will feel so many emotions while reading this book. This book is translated from Japanese to English and I’m not sure if it was because of the translation or what but it felt a little disjointed. It would literally jump from one thing to the next in the middle of a paragraph that I found myself lost several times and wondering if I had missed something. You have to really be paying attention while reading this book otherwise you will find yourself lost like I did. In the synopsis it tells you this story is about a ghost. Kazu is dead and this is him basically telling his story. However, if I hadn’t read the synopsis beforehand, I wouldn’t have known he was a ghost. I don’t think that’s ever mentioned until we are a little ways into the book unless it was one of those instances where I missed something. Overall I did enjoy this book and I am so glad that Luna got me to step out of my comfort zone and read something I wouldn’t normally have picked up on my own.

RageRage by Richard Bachman – 2.5 stars

This was a pretty quick read and I found myself pulled in immediately wanting to know how it ends but by the end I was left feeling underwhelmed and confused about something that happened in the end. For a story about a school shooting, it was less about the shooting and more about the back stories of some of the kids being held hostage and what led Charlie to do the things he did. I guess I was expecting more especially after King himself had it pulled because of its disturbing nature and how much people seem to love it. Overall, I’m glad I can mark this off of my King books to read but this one just wasn’t for me.

Get A Life, Chloe BrownGet a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – 4.5 stars

I have been wanting to read this book for a long time but like I tend to do with a lot of hyped books I put off reading it but luckily it ended up being March’s pick for the Lost in Romance Book Club and I am so glad I have finally read it. This book tackles chronic illness. Chloe has fibromyalgia and chronic pain. It’s an invisible illness and I think Talia did a great job of depicting the things someone with this illness has to go through and deal with. I don’t have any personal experience with this illness so I can’t comment on how accurately it’s depicted I can just say that it seems like an accurate depiction and recommend you reading on voices reviews. There is more representation in this book but the chronic illness is the one that gets the most attention which isn’t a bad thing, but I would have liked for other things to have been elaborated on more. Like for instance domestic violence is mentioned but it’s glossed over. I loved Chloe and Red as a couple. They both have hardships from their pasts that they haven’t really gotten over so they both struggle to trust so understandably there are misunderstandings and drama and the drama actually made sense to me based on what has happened to them each individually in the past. I loved the banter between the characters as well. Chole can come off as a bit of a… well a bitch but I understand why she distanced herself the way she did, and I loved how she opened up throughout the book. Overall I really loved this book and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

To Love and Be LovedTo Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse – 5 stars

This book was recommended to me by Jay as part of the 12 in 12 challenge I am participating in this year. I’ve never read anything by this author before and I don’t really know why so thank you so much Jay for finally getting me to pick up one of her books. I’ve been sitting here for what seems like forever trying to figure out how to write a review for this book that is more than I absolutely loved this book, and you need to read it. It pulled me in immediately and I was attached to characters, especially Merrin, from the very beginning. You get a taste of what living in a small community is like and how it can affect someone. It is a little slow going more so in the beginning, but the author wrote it in a way that made me not care so much about the pacing. I went through so many emotions while reading this book. I was angry because of what happened to Merrin and how her sister kept guilting her afterward. I was sad because of all the hurt and humiliation and loss she endured and I was happy when she was able to find herself again. I don’t cry often while reading. It takes a lot to get me to full on cry when reading a book and this author succeeded. I crying like a baby toward the end of this book because it was so heart breaking. I could go on and on about why I loved this book but I would probably end up spoiling things and I don’t want to do that so I am going to end it by saying READ THIS BOOK!!

Dread WoodDread Wood by Jennifer Killick – 5 stars

I’m not going to be reviewing this today because I am part of the blog tour so my review for it will be coming on the 14th, but I still wanted to include it in my wrap up post. I will say that I ended up really enjoying this book.

Stats:

  • Number of books read in March – 9
  • Number of books read this year – 27
  • Number of pages read in March – 1,753
  • Number of pages read this year – 7,253

I actually managed to stay on top of writing my reviews for this month, so this post is going up earlier than I usually get it up which I am very proud of. Quality wise my reading was all over the place this month, but I did read two 5 star books. What did you read in March? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

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13 thoughts on “March Wrap Up & Reviews

  1. It sounds like you had a good reading month even though your personal life was in turmoil. The Cat in the Hat is my second favourite Dr. Seuss book, the first being, Green Eggs and Ham. I definitely need to read To Love and Be Loved, it sounds amazing.

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    1. Yeah books have definitely helped me these past few months to get my mind off of things. I’m sure I’ve read other Dr. Seuss books but I can’t remember. I would definitely like to eventually own all of them and read them. It was amazing!!!

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      1. I used to have books when I was a kid but I left them all behind when I moved out because back then I didn’t like reading. I’m kind of regretting that now. I may have owned some of his books at one point but I can’t remember. As of right now The Cat in the Hat is the only one I have.

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    1. Thank you and I am sorry to hear about your losses. Yeah sometimes it’s hard to fit on reading during these times but when I was able to read it definitely helped me take my mind off things for a while.

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