What a busy month March has been, I feel like I’ve gotten so much done, especially in contrast with February. I got plenty of plotting done on my WIP in preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo in April, I’ve been out and about quite a lot, and of course, I got a lot of reading done!
The highlight of the month definitely has to have been heading off to London for an adventure with a group of my bookish friends! It was so wonderful being able to meet up with all these people whom I’d only ever chatted with online. We’ve all spoken for so long that when we finally met face to face, it didn’t feel like the first meeting at all. It was a lovely weekend filled with fun, laughter, good food, tasty cocktails, and a sunny wander around London, exploring any little streets that took our fancy! It was very sad having to say goodbye to everyone so soon, so I can’t wait to get more adventures planned for the future!
Now onto my reading activity. Thankfully I squeezed more reading in this month than I managed last month, seems I’ve got my mojo back!
First up this month I read Shadow Of The Fox by Julie Kagawa. It was the first ever book I got through NetGalley, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve read some of Kagawas other books and enjoyed them, so I was fairly sure I would enjoy this one before I even started. You can check out my full review of the book here.
Next up, another read courtesy of NetGalley, but a new author to me this time round. There’s No Place Like Hell by Janis Hill. It’s one of my all-time favourite genres – Urban Fantasy. So it was off to a winning start, and I found it to be a really entertaining read! You can check out my full review of this book here.
I’m trying to avoid falling too far down the NetGalley rabbit hole (It’s a tough task, believe me!) so my next read came out of the TBR jar. Elevation by Stephen King. This is more a novella than a full length novel, and very different to Kings usual style. There’s still a slight magical/fantastical element to the story, but I wouldn’t peg it as a horror. Based in one of Kings usual fictional towns, Castle Rock, the story follows Scott Carey as he deals with a mysterious condition causing him to lose weight without getting any thinner. Over the course of his condition, Scott also helps his new neighbours, a lesbian couple, to overcome the extreme prejudice they have been faced with due to the small town mentality around them. It was a nice little read, but I am definitely more in favour of Kings longer books, with a bit more of a darker element to them!
Another TBR jar book next, The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Another shorter read, one I’ve been meaning to read for years and just never gotten around to. Now that I have read it, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it! I found parts of it entertaining, but I also found myself skimming quite often where it seemed to waffle on a bit… So probably not one I’d ever re-read but hey, at least I can say I’ve read it now, right?
Back into NetGalley, and this time I was reading Your Life Is Mine by Nathan Ripley. It’s a gripping thriller, centred around the daughter of a mass murderer and cult leader. I devoured this book over a couple of days and absolutely loved it – Keep your eyes peeled, and I’ll have a full review of it posting in the near future!
The next pull from my TBR made me so happy – Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott. I’ve been dying to read this since it came out. I won’t lie, I did a little happy dance when I saw this title coming out of the jar. I’d heard a lot of comments about this book along the lines of ‘If you liked The Fault In Our Stars, read this!’ which did one of two things: First off, it made me even more keen to read it as I absolutely love John Greens books, secondly it made me nervous. Very nervous. The further through the book, the more concerned I was that it was going to break my heart, much in the same way TFIOS did all those years ago. At the risk of spoiling things I won’t say whether it did or not, but the book was definitely an emotional roller coaster, and you can check out my full review of it here.
Another TBR read and my final read of the month was The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge. A delightfully dark story based in Norway, full of mystery, magic and demonic happenings. It also has a healthy amount of Norse mythology and folk tales sprinkled in there, just adding to the dark atmosphere. Martha has become blind in one eye after an accident at her Grandmothers house, and ever since then she has developed the most peculiar power. By touching a persons clothing, she can feel their thoughts and emotions, different fabrics giving her different views. Heading back to her Grandmothers house once again, to discover once and for all what is going on, Martha discovers her Grandmother is dead, a strange boy has taken up residence in her house, and a dark creature is now on the loose. I love a good ghost story and found this one to be well written and the mystery surrounding Marthas new powers kept me glued to the book from beginning to end!
What books have you been reading, what’s been your favourite read from March?