March Book Haul and Wrap-Up

The end of March is here! It’s crazy how my last semester in college is just flying by.

I would say I had an okay reading month. Considering how busy I’ve been at school, the number of books I was able to read and review wasn’t all that bad.

Books I Finished and Reviewed in March

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Sarah Dennard (Review) (Discussion)
I gave this 3/5 stars. The first quarter of the book was unbearably slow and I almost stopped reading it, but I kept going and it got better a bit over 100 pages in. I’d recommend this to people who can be patient with reading info-dumps before getting to good parts of a book.

The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith (Review) (Discussion)
I gave this 4/5 stars. This novel focuses on three important women in Roman history, and aims to make their stories more relatable. I would recommend this to readers who would enjoy a historical fiction set in Rome.

Never Never (Never Never #1) by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (Review) (Discussion)
I gave this novella 4/5 stars. It’s a contemporary romance that has a mystery element to it. I would highly recommend this to readers who want a short, fast-paced read.

 

March Book Haul

As usual, I made up for reading less by buying more books. Let me know if you’ve read any of these! I’m listing them by chronological order of when I got them.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This book won the Pulitzer Prize! I read some glowing reviews on this from some people who I follow on Goodreads, so I’m really looking forward to reading this.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
I’m a judgmental, regretful person. I’ve known about this book since it first came out in January 2012. I was a senior in high school then, and my amazing school librarian had pre-ordered this book. I was usually the person at my small high school to first check out an interesting new release. However, I read the synopsis of Cinder, then decided that I didn’t want to read a love story about a robot. Oh, silly me. Now I’m just incredibly late to this bandwagon.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This book has been on my radar for a couple of months, so I finally took the plunge (haha) and bought it last week!

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
I’ve heard a lot about the One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights) retellings. This book been very hyped up, so I’m a bit apprehensive to go into it. At the same time however, I’m very ready to read it since the sequel is coming out soon.

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
This is another retelling of One Thousand and One Nights. I wanted to read this one before I got to The Wrath and the Dawn since it’s a standalone and looks like a smaller book.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
I received this in my ParnassusNext subscription box of the month. Ever since the March box was announced, I’ve read non-spoiler reviews and followed the author on Twitter. All of the reviews were raving about the book, and the author is absolutely hilarious and witty. Suffice it to say, I’ve been highly anticipating getting this book.

Devil’s Playground by Heather Eagar
The author sent me this E-Book for review. I’m excited to get around to reading it because it sounds really unique. A young adult fantasy based off of the Salem Witch Trials? Yes, please.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I know I’m incredibly late on getting this book, but I finally got it! This will be the perfect read when I’m busy with work and need a pick-me-up.

The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga #1) by Patrick W. Carr
I found this at my local used bookstore and thought I’d pick up an adult fantasy read. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized it was Christian fiction, which isn’t usually my cup of tea, but I’ll still try it out!

The Last Child by John Hart
I also found this at the local used bookstore! I scanned it with my Goodreads app, read a few reviews, then picked this up because why not.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
I actually haven’t read this book… I read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire when they were first published, but I kept holding off on reading Mockingjay because all my friends told me that it was dark and sad. However, I just watched both of the Mockingjay movies and enjoyed them enough to buy this book and finally read it.

 

Books I Started in March

I only started one book in March that’s going to trickle into April.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
I started this book a few days ago because I’m going to be bogged down with work in April, so I wanted to have a light read that would cheer me up. I thought this book would do just that.

 

Thursday Thoughts

As usual, this monthly wrap-up is posted instead of the Thursday Thoughts of the week. Here are the other Thursday Thoughts of March!

E-Books vs. Physical Books

The Struggle of Waiting for Book Releases

Enjoying Assigned Readings?

 

I already know that April will be extremely busy for me. It’s my last month of college! Well, the last month before finals, which are the first week of May. Since things will be hectic in April and for the first week of May, I know that I won’t be able to read books and post reviews that often. However, I’ll be much more active once I graduate mid-May! So please bear with me. 🙂

Was March a good reading month for you?

82 thoughts on “March Book Haul and Wrap-Up

  1. shiviigoesrawr

    I own Cinder and All the Light We Cannot See but have not read either of them. I’m excited to read the both of them, but they’re not at the top of my TBR. I’ve read Fangirl and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and I loved the both of them! I hope you enjoy them too! 🙂

  2. booksblurbsandbeyond

    I received Cinder (and Scarlett) as a birthday present two years ago, and I am ashamed to admit I have no read them yet. I plan on reading them soon. I have been itching to get my hands on A Thousand Nights and The Wrath and the Dawn. I really enjoyed Fangirl and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I hope you enjoy them as well.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      We’re in the same boat of having the opportunity to read Cinder for years, but not doing so yet! Haha, hopefully we can both read the series soon (finally).

      Thanks! I’m really looking forward to reading Fangirl and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. They both seem like such cute, fun reads.

  3. Sharanya

    Cinder is HELLA fun, and The Wrath & the Dawn was my absolute FAVORITE book of 2015!! If you’re into richly imagined YA fantasy romance (emphasis on the romance), I can’t recc it enough.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I absolutely love richly imagined YA fantasy romances! They’re perfect for when I’m in the mood for them, which has been pretty often lately. Now I can’t wait to read The Wrath & The Dawn – I just hope my expectations aren’t becoming too high. I’m glad you also enjoyed Cinder! I have so many books on my TBR list now that I’m really looking forward to.

  4. noteablepad

    The Wrath and the Dawn looks incredibly interesting- I love One Thousand and One Arabian Nights retellings. I will definitely be reading your review on that, and add it to my reading list. Also, Fangirl looks interesting too! I read Eleanor & Park by Rowell, which I loved!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I loved the original One Thousand and One Nights, so I’m really looking forward to reading the retellings! I hope I enjoy them as much as everyone else seems to.

      I think Fangirl looks adorable! I actually haven’t read any books by Rainbow Rowell yet… I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. However, I’m really excited to start!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you! I love the variety of books that I got this month – I have great choices to pick from when I’m in the mood for different genres.

      Yeah, I’m reading great things about The Serpent King everywhere. I’m really glad everyone’s loving it so much – I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I first heard about it a couple of months ago.

  5. Beth (Reading Every Night)

    I’ve been meaning to read Truthwitch for a while now, I really enjoyed Susan Dennards first series but I’ve seen mixed reviews for Truthwitch so I’ve pushed it back a little.
    But I LOVE Cinder, The Wrath and the The Dawn, and All The Light We Cannot See. In my opinion they are all AMAZING books so I really hope you enjoy them all. Cinder is part of my all-time favourite series!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I think you should only read Truthwitch when you aren’t too busy or stressed (i.e. when you have a good amount of patience), because otherwise it might be near impossible to fully get into. If I read it during one of my busy periods, I think it would have become a DNF.

      Wow, it’s a big deal that Cinder is part of your all-time favorite series! I really hope I love it as much as you! I’m also crossing my fingers that I’ll enjoy all those books. It’s always sad when I don’t click well with books that other people really love.

      1. Beth (Reading Every Night)

        I’ll definitely keep that in mind for Truthwitch it would not have been a good pick for me to read this week, I’ve been so busy I haven’t even had the time to post my monthly recap, so it probably would have been a DNF for me too.
        I loved all of the Lunar Chronicle, I’ve recommend the books to literally everyone who’s even mentioned them in passing 🙂 I really hope you love Cinder as much as I did, I know what you mean, I almost feel like I’m missing something when everyone loves a book I don’t!

  6. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

    I bought Cinder over a year ago (maybe two years ago?) and still haven’t read it… I have no idea why I keep putting it off, either. Salt to the Sea, The Wrath and the Dawn, and A Thousand Nights are all on my TBR! I’m hoping I’ll be able to borrow them from the library over the summer.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Maybe people keep putting off reading Cinder because it would mean starting a whole new series?

      I’m hoping to read all of the books that I bought this month by the end of the summer, but I might get distracted by other books… Nonetheless, I look forward to hearing what you think about them!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      It’s hard balancing reading and schoolwork sometimes, especially when classes are really busy! I might only read one or two books in April, three if I get really on top of it. There’s nothing wrong with that! I’m sure book bloggers are going to be posting a lot more reviews over the summer when there are no classes.

  7. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

    Whoa great haul!! So many of those books are on my TBR. I have the same thoughts about The Wrath and the Dawn. I’m always nervous about hyped books, but at the same time I need to experience them for myself so I can’t resist them. Good luck with your last semester of college <3

  8. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks

    Wow, great haul! I’m really excited to hear your thoughts about Cinder, I really liked that book! I have the Wrath and the Dawn on my TBR as well, and I’m a bit anxious about it, because, well, the hype… I really hope it’ll be great! YAY for Mockingjay! I read it a long time ago when it was released, so I didn’t know how it would end, and, well, I cried…
    To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the cutest read ever, I loved it! 🙂
    Good luck with your last semester of college…I’m in my last months as a student, too. I’m going to cry, haha.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thanks! I’m really looking forward to reading Cinder now because everyone is highly recommending it! Haha, I feel like I’ll cry when I read Mockingjay too, even though I know what generally happens because of the movies.

      I’ve only read the first few chapters of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and it really is cute so far!

      Good luck to you too!! These last months are incredibly bittersweet – they’re tough and stressful, but they’re also something we should cherish because we won’t experience the same thing again.

  9. Reg | She Latitude

    Wow, such an amazing haul! I hope you enjoy TWATD; that was one of my favourite reads last year. I’ve also read A Thousand Nights and would caution that while they’re both retellings of the same tale, they’re really quite different – A Thousand Nights feels a LOT more literary to me and is much, much slower than TWATD, whereas the latter is just a good YA novel.

    I’ve actually started Truthwitch but dropped it because the beginning was so, SO slow, but now I’m reconsidering i. 3 stars isn’t bad at all. 🙂

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much, Reg! I’ll probably read A Thousand Nights before The Wrath and the Dawn then, so that I don’t get frustrated by the pace of A Thousand Nights if I read it second.

      Truthwitch gets a lot better after around 120 pages in! I would definitely recommend it if you can get to that point.

  10. uptilmidnight

    I read a sneak peek of Truthwitch and then I brought the book. I agree with you that it’s an info dump and we just have to keep up. However, I feel like it’s almost too much. I have it sitting on my shelf and one day I will get to it. I just have so many other books on my Kindle and shelf I want to get to first.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Truthwitch requires a lot of patience since the plot doesn’t truly start moving forward until over a quarter into a book. I would’ve put it off myself if I knew this before I started! It would probably be good to start reading it only when you’re completely ready to trudge through the beginning.

  11. Paul @ The Galaxial Word

    Woah! Looks like you got a good months worth of reading in for March. I didn’t read nearly as much as I’d like to, however, I did get heaps of reviews finished – of books that I’d actually read a few months ago but simply didn’t get around to reviewing. I’ll also be reading Cinder and All The Light We Cannot See as soon as possible! I really recommend The Wrath and the Dawn – I really enjoyed that. Fangirl wasn’t my cup of tea, though. It started off with a bang, and ended with a bang, but imo, nothing really happened in the middle of the book and it was just boring. I hope you do enjoy it though!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I probably won’t be reading Cinder or All The Light We Cannot See for a couple of months because I have other books that I want to read first, so I’m looking forward to your review on those! Everyone is saying good things about The Wrath and the Dawn – I can’t wait to get to that! The Wrath and the Dawn is a book that I want to start sooner than later because the sequel is out fairly soon. Thanks for the heads up on Fangirl! Everyone has had only positive things to say about it, so it’s nice hearing another opinion. Thank you!

  12. InCaseOfBookishness

    I bought All The Light I Cannot See, in February, but haven’t hit round to reading it yet. I’ve heard amazing things about it though, so let me know what you think when you’ve read it! I was also thinking of buying The Wrath and The Dawn this month, so let me know if it’s worth the buy 😊

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I’ll probably be reading those two books after this semester is over, so in a couple of months. I’ll definitely be posting reviews on them once I get around to reading them! I’ve heard nothing but good things about The Wrath and The Dawn, so I’m assuming that’s a safe buy. The sequel is also coming out in a few weeks, so it’s perfect timing now!

  13. Prima

    I hope you like To All The Boys I’ve Love Before! It’s definitely a super light read, you picked well. AND YOU HAVE TO READ CINDER do it you won’t regret it 😉 Good luck with everything at college!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Haha, I love that you’ve read those books! I’m so glad you enjoyed them – I can’t wait to read the ones you mentioned. I actually haven’t read any Rainbow Rowells books yet, so I’m really looking forward to starting because I hear such great things about them!

  14. MyBookJacket

    I’m later than you to the Lunar series. I haven’t even bought the book. Silly us! That’s quite the collection. I’m most excited for you to love All The Light. It was one of my favourite books in 2015!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I’m excited to finally get around to reading The Lunar Chronicles! I’ve heard so many great things about it and I wish I started earlier. What’s good about us starting so late though is that all of the books are already released!

      All the Light We Cannot See is one of the books on my list that I’m looking forward to reading the most. I can’t wait to start it!

  15. lry93

    I was late on the Cinder bandwagon too … I actually have Winter waiting for me on my bedside table, but it keeps getting bumped down!! I will read it *chants*

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Haha, isn’t Winter the 800+ page book in the series? That might be a reason why you keep deferring it! I know that another reason why I kept putting off reading Cinder was because I knew that there were a few other books in the series that I’d also need to read.

  16. simranpgupta

    I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! I’m so happy to find a fellow book-lover/reviewer 🙂 I noticed you said you were a little apprehensive about the Wrath and the Dawn, and I was wondering if you’d read it yet? I finished it a few weeks ago, and have a book review for it in the works. I LOVED it, and would love to hear your thoughts!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Aww, thank you so much! I also love connecting with other bookworms!

      I actually haven’t gotten around to reading The Wrath and the Dawn yet because I’ve been too busy with schoolwork recently. From how my schedule’s looking, I’ll probably get around to reading it sometime in late May or June unfortunately.

      Let me know when your review get posted! I’m excited to check it out. I’d also love to discuss it once I finally get around to reading it! 🙂

  17. Libby

    Hi Jorelene–Thank you for visiting my blog (Streeds Reads). I thought I would visit you as well and was delighted by this post. Your comment “I made up for reading less by buying more books” resonated with me and gave me a giggle. Its good to know there are others out there in the world like me. Happy reading!

  18. Amelie

    Cinder, All the Light We Cannot See and The Wrath and the Dawn are so good! I really hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did! To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is also one of my faves. It’s a light, cheerful romance that will no doubt make you smile!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Those are some of my most highly anticipated reads! I’ve heard great things about all three, so I can’t wait to get around to reading them.

      I actually just finished reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – it was super cute! I’ll be posting my review on that soon! 🙂

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