Hello end of March! I can’t say that I mind March as a month. It is when the cold claws of winter finally start retracting and I can walk out my front door without having my breath whisked away by the frigid wind. But, I think it is really the promise of change that brings me some joy. Daffodils and crocus start popping up from the ground, tiny buds begin to grow on trees, and the grass begins to turn from its winter brown to a cheerful green once again. And, my favorite, the winter depression slowly starts to lift away.
Outside of the mood lifting change that was March, it was also a stellar reading month! In the past month I read some lovely new-to-me books, revisited some old favorites, and retried a series I had previously abandoned. Lets take a look back at reading here at Literary Weaponry for the month of March, 2021.
An Unexpected Peril (Veronica Speedwell #6) by Deanna Raybourn – This is the sixth book in Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series and I think I love each book she releases even more than the last. The series is set during the Victorian era and features the mystery solving duo of Speedwell and Stoker. The character growth for these two over the series has been carefully crafted and each mystery they find themselves embroiled in is more entertaining than the last. If you love historical mysteries with a fascinating female lead and the slowest of slow burn romance I cannot recommend this series enough. 4/5
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – This was my fourth reread of this book and it never gets dull for me. An Enchantment of Ravens has become one of my comfort reads. When I am feeling the lowest of low I turn to this book for steady and enchanting company. Sure, I know the story inside and out at this point but it is like spending time with an old friend. I will never tire of it. 4/5
From Blood and Ash and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I decided to reread the first two books in Armentrout’s Blood and Ash series in March to prepare for the release of the third book in April. I wanted the story fresh in my mind so I could dive into the next installment without missing a beat. I love this new adult fantasy romance series and can’t wait to continue with it in April. 4/5 and 5/5
The Air Awakens series by Elise Kova – I don’t know what prompted me to choose this to read in March but here it is. I read the entire Air Awakens series in just under a week and it was a pretty fun binge read. Overall I gave the series a 3.5 and it may have been higher if it had not included scenes of romanticized abuse. Mostly it was just a fun, simple, binge-able ya fantasy romance series that didn’t take a lot of brain power to get through which is just what I was looking for. 3.5/5
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Okay. So. I brought this up before but when I read Six of Crows for the first time in 2017 I really didn’t like it. Like, at all. I reread it this year to reacquaint myself with the characters prior to the Shadow and Bone show coming out in April. I didn’t expect for my opinion on the book to change but I wanted to have a better understanding of the characters. However, this time around, I fell in love with the story. In the past five years since my first read I’ve obviously changed as a person, as we all have, and now I’m trash for Kaz and company. I can’t help it. I’m so glad I decided to give these books a second try. 4/5
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar – In 2021 one of my goals is to read all of my backlist OwlCrate books that are sitting on my shelves and this was my March pick out of the TBR jar. It was…okay. The world building was interesting and the magic concept felt fresh and interesting but the story itself had no draw for me. It was very family oriented and the main character’s choices were mostly motivated by familial love and a desire for their acceptance which is simply not my cup of tea. 3/5
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – This book was my only DNF in March. I think it is time for me to accept that Holly Black’s writing just is not for me. I love the concepts of her books and the synopsis always pulls at me but the books themselves just never connect and that’s okay. Not every book is for every reader. DNF
March was such an excellent reading month. Not only did I read more pages during the month than any other but I truly enjoyed most everything I read. I don’t have any solid goals going into April other than to continue reading things I enjoy and hopefully get a little more organized between blogging and booktube. In January I had made spreadsheets and all kinds of things to keep myself together and those were all abandoned in March. Whoops.
I’m not sure what kind of momentum I’ll carry on into April as I had significantly slowed my reading by the end of March but we’ll see what happens. I hope you are all having a wonderful year and are happy and healthy. If you want to reach out for a chat you can always find me on twitter @literaryweapnry or you can hear more of my mouthy opinions on my BookTube channel.
Happy reading! 🖤