After last month’s absolutely tragic reading month (to be fair, I had to write a dissertation and it was my 21st birthday) I wanted to make this month an absolutely brilliant reading month! The first three weeks of the month were filled completely with Uni work, however once March the 18th hit I had a new wave of freedom and I had time to actually sit down and read! I’d forgotten what that feeling was like!
The first book that I read in March was Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Jill Mansell. I have a full review of it HERE if you want to read my complete thoughts. Don’t Want To Miss A Thing is the story of Dex, a London big shot who gets stuck caring for his niece when his sister suddenly passes away. Thus commence super dad who gets all the single ladies to fall in love with him. Overall I enjoyed this book, I didn’t enjoy it as much as An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell, but it satisfied my craving for some chick-lit, mushy romance quite nicely!
The second book that I got to this month was Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve been excited about the release of this short story for months, nothing bad can come from Rainbow Rowell and a short story about Star Wars! My full review of Kindred Spirits is HERE if you want to check it out. Kindred Spirits follows Elena, a teenager completely obsessed with Star Wars. She joins the queue for the new movie four days before its release, expecting a huge party exclusively for Star Wars fans, however that’s not exactly what she gets. I didn’t know how I’d feel about this short story as I know absolutely nothing about Star Wars, but if you read my review, you’ll find out I loved it!
February marked the release of Mr Jolly, a short story collection by Michael Stewart. I was sent this book for review and I could not honestly be happier I was. Once again if you want to read my full thoughts, my review is up HERE. Mr Jolly is a collection of 15 stories that are about the human condition, identity, love, loss, divorce and happiness…all these themes are explored just within 160 pages. I completely fell head over heels in love with short stories after this, I highly recommend it!
I’ve been in the process of on-and-off reading Her by Harriet Lane for about a month in between Uni work. I finally got round to finishing it this month. I will have a full review on the way for you, so hang tight. Her is the story of Emma and Nina. Nina remembers Emma from when they were teenagers, however Emma does not remember Nina. As their lives start to intertwine all over again now they’re in their 40’s, their lives unravel from their teenage years. I won’t overly go in to my thoughts of this novel, however I will say that it was quite a big disappointment to me. Definitely was not my favourite read of the month.
After finishing Her, I FINALLY got round to finishing Soundless by Richelle Mead. I’ve been reading this Chinese Folklore book for approximately three months, and it’s finally over. I will have a complete review up of it very soon. The story follows Fei, a young girl in a town completely made up of deaf people. They live on top of a mountain and rely on the trade of silver and gold to receive food for their village. That is until one day Fei regains her hearing. I’ll talk more about this book in my review but I thought it was okay. I’m glad I’ve read it, however I’m not sure I’ll be picking up another Richelle Mead book in a hurry.
So those are the books that I got around to reading in March 2016 and I’m pretty happy with these achievements. I’m starting to get more time to read now as University is easing off a little, and it’s the most excited I’ve been in a long time. Look out for next month’s wrap up to see what I get stuck in to in April!