Wrap Ups

Wrap Up – March 2019

March 2019 Wrap Up

 

I read a total of sixteen books this month, which is double my goal of eight books a month, so I’m incredibly happy with what I’ve achieved. I will break down my reading into four categories: adult fiction, young adult fiction, non-fiction and manga/graphic novels, and will link any reviews and relevant information within these sections. I hope you are happy with the way your March turned out also, let me know if we read any of the same books, so we can discuss them.

 

Adult Fiction

 

1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami – 4/5

A more detailed description of this book can be found here but this is a story laced with magical elements, leaving the reader wondering what has happened. Essentially, Toru Okada’s cat goes missing, leading to a multitude of mysterious happenings, ranging from coincidental to unfortunate to downright bizarre. I thought the writing was extremely compelling, and it did not feel at all as though I was reading a six hundred page book, so I would love to read more from this author in the future. Any recommendations of what to read by him next would be greatly appreciated. 

Book Depository: Paperback

2. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier – 5/5

This was my first foray into the work of fantasy writer Juliet Marillier, and I was definitely not disappointed. Heart’s Blood is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but one that feels original, and interesting. Following Caitrin and Anluan’s adventures, downfalls and triumphs had me hooked from the first page to the very last, and I have already purchased another of Marillier’s books – the first novel in the Blackthorn and Grim. A full description of Heart’s Blood can be found here.

Book Depository: Paperback

3. Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter – 5/5 

I have written an author spotlight on Max Porter here and a full description of Grief is the Thing with Feathers can be found here.

Book Depository: Paperback

4. Lanny by Max Porter – 5/5 

Same as above, my spotlight on this author, including descriptions of both books can be found here. I thoroughly recommend both books by Max Porter, and I’m glad I read them both this month. 

Book Depository: Hardback

5. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi – 5/5

I read this one because it was long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and I’m trying to read all of the long listed books. A full review can be found here.  

Book Depository: Hardback

6. The Pisces by Melissa Broder – 2/5

As you can see I wasn’t much of a fan of this one, despite it being long listed for the Women’s Prize, and you can find out why here.

Book Depository: Hardback // Paperback

7. Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss – 4/5

This was a descriptive, atmospheric short book and I’d thoroughly recommend it, I am interested to discover more of Sarah Moss’ work in the future. My full review can be found here.

Book Depository: Hardback

8. Normal People by Sally Rooney – 3/5

I was expecting to love this novel based on the reviews and recommendations of other book bloggers, but unfortunately it fell a little bit flat for me. That’s not to say I found it a bad book, it just wasn’t anything spectacular to read, from my perspective. My full review will be up soon, but it is about Connell and Marianne, two young adults who strike up an unlikely relationship that haunts them throughout their school and university years. A full description can be found here.

Book Depository: Hardback

9. Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott – 1/5

I wasn’t a fan of this book unfortunately, there was really nothing redeeming about it for me and I will be uploading a full review in the near future. However, I feel it’s necessary to point out that my dislike of the book is the minority, many people thoroughly enjoyed it, a few examples being: Life with Literature’s review here, Bookish Chat’s review here, and Novel Heights’ review here.

Book Depository: Hardback // Paperback

 

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Young Adult Fiction

 

1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – 3/5 

This is the first installment in the trilogy of the same name, a young adult trilogy following Alina, a young soldier whose life changes forever when she discovers she has possessed a secret, powerful power her whole life. I enjoyed this book, but could see that it does have flaws – there is not much context to the surrounding world, and the shallow nature of some of the characters to name a couple. However, I would probably continue with the series to see how the story arc concludes. A full description of the book can be found here.

Book Depository: Paperback // Boxed Set

2. Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard – 3/5 

This book is about Helen, a teenager living in London with her father Zeus, who happens to be a God. My full review can be found here.

Book Depository: Paperback

 

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Manga and Graphic Novels

 

1. Monstress volume 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – 4/5

This graphic novel has intrigued me for a while, because of its striking art style and interesting concept, and I was not disappointed. The story consists of a young girl who is inhabited by an ancient monster, and their subsequent battle for control, and it is as bizarre as it sounds. It can become a little confusing, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless, and I’m excited to get to the second volume as soon as I am able. 

Book Depository: Paperback

2. Blue Exorcist volume 1 by Kazue Kato – 3/5

This manga is about Rin Okumuru, whose father just happens to be Satan, and the events that ensue when he discovers this fact. In this first volume, we see Satan destroying Rin’s family structure, forcing him to vow to become an exorcist. Whilst I enjoyed the volume, I thought it wasn’t any better than average, and hoped the second volume would be more plot driven, with action laced within. A full description of this manga can be found here.

Book Depository: Paperback

3. Blue Exorcist volume 2 by Kazue Kato – 4/5

The second volume delivered for me, and was much more plot driven, and I learned more about the backgrounds of the different characters. This one focused on Rin’s learning within exorcist school, and the challenges he faces when someone close to the school turns against him. I enjoyed this one much more than volume one and I can’t wait to continue – I have already purchased volumes 3-5 for when I have some time to dedicate to the series. 

Book Depository: Paperback

4. Yona of the Dawn volume 2 by Mizuho Kusanagi – 4/5

I read the first volume of this manga series in February and couldn’t wait to read the second – it is about Princess Yona who has been forced to leave her home because someone close to her has betrayed her family. In this volume we see Yona meet the wind tribe and an elusive priest, and I appreciated seeing more of Hak’s background. I’m intrigued to see where the next volume goes, and am also enjoying watching the anime series alongside reading the manga, which gives an added depth to the story. 

Book Depository: Paperback

 

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Non-Fiction

 

1. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink edited by Scarlett Curtis – 4/5

There were some pieces in this collection that I didn’t enjoy, but for the most part, I thought it was a good book that explores what the word ‘feminist’ means to a multitude of different women. I will have a full review coming soon, but for now you can find a description here.

Book Depository: Hardback  

 

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