I’ve been letting this blog fall to the wayside and that makes me really sad. I’m going to try to make a bigger effort to get my reviews back on track. Until then, my March Wrap Up!
Total Number of Books: 14
Total Number of Pages: 5,269
Favorite (New) Reads of the Month: Always Jane by Jennifer Bennett AND The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Unlock Your Storybook Heart by Amanda Lovelace – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (reread) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I think this is the first poetry collection from Amanda Lovelace that I’ve rated less than five stars. It just didn’t draw me in like the others, though it was still quite good. I loved rereading Jandy Nelson’s debut to prepare to watch the adaptation. I forgot how beautiful and whimsical the story and her writing was. I’ve been waiting for her next book for YEARS!
Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann Haydu – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Everything Must Go by Camille Pagan – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Delphine Jones Takes a Chance by Beth Morrey – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Year on Fire by Julie Buxbaum – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Always Jane by Jenn Bennett – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Good Intentions by Kasim Ali – ⭐️⭐️.5
Daughter by Kate McLaughlin – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This May End Badly by Samantha Markum – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Jenn Bennett always writes such wonderful YA romance—I almost always give them between four and five stars. Always Jane is no different. I loved the disability rep—Jane suffers from aphasia following an accident—and the character’s love of music. Her characters always display depth that is sometimes lacking in YA. Daughter follows Scarlet as she learns that her father is an infamous serial killer. He’s also dying. This was heaaavvvvyyyyy, but also an interesting look into how to grapple with the guilt of others people’s mistakes. I really enjoyed the family drama of The Younger Wife and it got me excited to read Sally Hepworth’s books that are currently sitting on my shelf. Love from Scratch was very cheesy, but still a really sweet summer romance set in San Francisco, filled with mentions of food and a lot of great chemistry.
Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyer – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama by Bob Odenkirk – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I usually give anthologies three stars so whenever they get higher, that means they are pretty great. There were a ton of stories in Serendipity that I would love to see as full on novels. I loved reading about Bob Odenkirk’s journey through comedy leading to his most successful role in his career. This is my second month in a row listening to Phoebe Robinson and she’s slowly becoming one of my favorite writers. Should I read her latest book this month?