I was so much busier this month than I was in February! The books on my shelves languished for want of my attention, and the checkboxes on my TBR remained woefully empty inside.
Okay, maybe that’s being a bit dramatic.
But this month was busy—partially my fault (procrastination!?) and partially not. In the end I read ten books, and two of them were assigned but I stuck them in anyway because they’re fiction. I also feel that, though most of the books I read were enjoyable, I didn’t find as many that really pulled me in and that I really, really loved. I did have two, though—Eliza and Her Monsters and This Savage Song!
I took part in the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge hosted by Margaret @ Weird Zeal and decided to do both the reading and blogging parts. You can find my posts for those here! In the end, I read seven books that fit the challenge:
Eliza and Her Monsters – fit the book with a disabled MC challenge
The Upside of Unrequited – fit the body positive book challenge
Dreadnought – fit the book with a trans spec MC challenge
Graceling – fit the sci-fi or fantasy by/about a woman challenge
Truthwitch – fit the book with a woman on the cover challenge
This Savage Song – fit the book with no romantic subplot challenge
Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening – fit the graphic novel by/about a woman challenge
I’m also almost halfway done with The Priory of the Orange Tree, but I’m reading it slowly as I am buddy reading with someone on Goodreads. (It’s actually my first buddy read!)
Even though I didn’t read as many books this month, I still want to briefly do my Of The Months: where I look at the books I read during the month and spotlight my favorite things from them.
This OTM is for the character that I feel was most developed and interesting, the one I was drawn to the most.
August from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
It’s that whole “humans can be monsters and monsters can be human” thing, which intrigues me so much. I loved seeing August’s character and his struggles with wanting to be human but also being unable to change the parts of him that mark him as a monster…
(Just so you know, August, you’re human to me!)
Not necessarily limited to romantic ships (could be siblings or partners working together), this OTM goes to my favorite pairing.
Eliza and Wallace from Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I was tempted to put August and Kate here, but I think Eliza and Wallace make such a beautiful pair. They’re both quiet, but they seem to understand each other so well and they just… fit together? I loved how their romance wasn’t just filled with all those “hot” moments, but also a lot of talking and just spending time together.
In general, my favorite book I read this month.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
I honestly don’t know how I didn’t read Victoria Schwab’s books before this? Like, I barely even knew about her before I started blogging. I loved both the characters and the world, but characters always make the book for me. The first part of the book was mostly spent introducing the reader to the world and characters,w which I already was loving, but when the plot picked up in the second half I was sitting there listening to the audiobook (the audiobook is really good btw) and feeling all the anxiety.
I really want to read the sequel, but I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get to it.
My review for the book will be coming next month!
For the most stunning cover!
Um so yes it might be obvious from these OTMs that I really loved This Savage Song. The runner ups for the best cover were Dreadnought and Four Dead Queens, but this one just won me over. I’m slowly learning I’m a really unobservant person when looking at books online, because I barely notice anything about covers until I actually get the books. When I look at books online I’m focused on reading the title so I can list it, and I don’t appreciate the covers as much as I should, especially since they’re usually small images.
I guess I’m very good at not judging books by the cover.
So imagine my surprise when I got the book and finally noticed that what I thought was just a spotlight was actually the silhouette of a violin. How did I not see that before? I think this cover shows the atmosphere of the book perfectly—I love the rundown alleyway, the red tinge, the violin, and the curly chalk looking letters!
I’m not going to be posting my TBR for April, even though I have a general idea of what I want to read. The problem is that I am struggling to much to narrow down my TBR to a manageable amount and I don’t want to restrict myself, so I’m leaving things a bit more open ended than usual. Hopefully, though, I’ll be able to read more books next month!
I am also planning to participate in Bookending Spring! I found out about this really late because… I guess I haven’t gotten the hang of browsing the book community yet? But I found out about it, and I thought it would be a perfect way to start getting more involved and motivate me to write more discussion/original posts. Not 100% I will be successful, but hey, gotta try!