For many of us it still feels as if March 2020 is still going. That is when the COVID lockdowns began, social distancing measures were put into place, and the common person began looking at the weekly food shop wondering if it was safe. I for one embraced curbside pickup for everything from bread and milk, cat food from the pet store, and arts and crafts projects from the craft store to keep my child entertained. Maybe once this big pause on our lives lifts we can all mentally move on from March 2020 because as of right now I think that month that turned into year will be burned into our brains forever.
Despite how it feels, I promise you that January – March of 2021 has occurred and with it came a lot of wonderful new books, fun reads, and general joy in the bookish world. I personally have read more books in the first few months of this year than any other months in my reading life and most of them have been good! Let’s take a look back at the 1st quarter of 2021 at my reading here at Literary Weaponry.
Title: The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published: September 1, 2020
Genre(s): mystery, young adult, contemporary
Read as: ebook, library
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.
Every month I get excited when I see my OwlCrate box waiting for me in the mailbox. Sometimes I know what the book will be, sometimes I don’t, but I’m always anxious to open it and see what is waiting for me inside. So far in 2021 we have received a stunning copy of Lore by Alexandra Bracken and The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna as well as some fun and useful bookish themed items. When my March box arrived, I dove right in.
Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 29, 2015
Genre(s): fantasy, young adult, heist
Read as: physical, owned
Title(s): Air Awakens, Fire Falling, Earth’s End, Water’s Wrath, and Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova
Published: 2015, 2015, 2016, 2016, 2016 respectively
Genre(s): YA, fantasy, romance
Read as: ebook, Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 4, 3, 4, 3.5, 4 respectively
Series rating: 4
Hi, hello there! Something that has been bugging me for ages is the state of my bookshelves. I just haven’t been happy with the way they are organized, how they look, or the lack of space to put new books. So, this week, I took on the task of reorganizing all of my shelves! I would love for you to join me on this little adventure.
February. The armpit of months. The dirty sweat sock at the bottom of the laundry hamper that has been forgotten for months. The feel of cold rain seeping into your shoe. I don’t like February. By the time it comes around it has been oppressively cold for months and you just can’t take it anymore even though you know within a month or so it should start warming up but not yet. No, you are still just cold down to your bones. And miserable. And it is still getting dark so early that you feel that there really isn’t a purpose to anything and you want to stay in bed all day.
Title: A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Published: February 16, 2021
Genre(s): fantasy, adult, faeries
Read as: hardcover, owned
Title: In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
Published: May 18, 2021
Genre(s): fantasy, romance, magic, LGBTQIA+
Read as: ebook, eARC