MY MARCH WRAP-UP
During March I read 6 books, my monthly totals are obviously just getting worse and worse the closer we get to exam season. (Help!) Of the 6 I read, only 3 were actually on my original TBR…
|My original March TBR|
|What I actually read…|
So the first short novella companion to The Wrath and the Dawn (one of my absolute favourite reads of 2015 and ever) was released this month and I read this the moment it downloaded onto my phone. This short story is told from Khalid’s perspective and I loved every single page and am all for a whole full-length novel.
I started off the month with my classic of the month for #2016ClassicsChallenge and I think Animal Farm falls into one of my favourite classics of ever.
Kindred Spirits was written by Rainbow Rowell in honour of World Book Day and as always, Rainbow did not disappoint on the warm, mushy-feeling romance front laced with humour. Rainbow Rowell’s stories always make me smile, even if this one was only 61 pages long and all the Star Wars referenced went over my head (I know, I’m lame). It was adorable, and full of humour, and had a POC main character! That’s one thing I love about Rainbow Rowell: she never fails to incorporate diversity into her stories and, seriously, some authors should take notes.
This novel adaptation of Arrow’s season 2 was absolutely fantastic! The story is written from three different perspectives: Slade, Isabel, and Sebastian’s, and then the last section is all three perspectives brought together in the final battle. So this is basically season 2 from the villain’s perspectives and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading from the perspectives of the bad guys, especially Isabel since I hated her in the TV show but grew sympathetic towards her when reading this. The perfect companion for the show!
ANOTHER TWATD companion novel. We were definitely spoiled this month! This short story was told from Despina’s POV and showed us how her romance with Jalal blossomed. I love these characters SO much. I loved Despina in TWATD and it was nice to see more of her relationship with Jalal. Also, the witty sarcasm, and the jokes and the tension. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I WOULD READ A NOVEL ON JUST THESE TWO. The flower scene was perfect and I need 84584948 more scenes like this please. Also, these short stories are reminding me how much I adore Renee Ahdieh’s stunning writing and I can’t wait for The Rose and the Dagger!
I FINALLY FINISHED TMI! I started this series about 7 years ago I was so terrified of finishing it because I’ve held these characters and stories near and dear for a long time and was worried how I’d feel at the end but CoHF is the perfect ending (if you could really call it and ending) to the Mortal Instruments series. I actually felt bad for Sebastian/Jonathan near the end and I didn’t think that would ever be possible so that just goes to show how amazing of a writer Cassie is.
Though I only read 6 books in total, most of the books I read I loved which to me makes it a good month. If I included all of the textbooks and journal articles I’ve read this month it’d be a lot more (around 50…) haha.
MY APRIL TBR AKA SHADOWHUNTER MONTH!
I just want to start off by saying that April is going to be a very stressful month for me because most of my essays are due this month but I’ll also be attending Cassandra Clare’s event on April 16th, and in honour of finishing The Mortal Instruments series, I thought I’d dedicate the entire month to catching up one the rest of Cassandra’s books (sort of in order but not really since I’ve already ruined the ending of The Infernal Devices by finishing The Mortal Instruments).
1. The Infernal Devices
My aim is to reread the first two books in TID trilogy and then actually finish the last book. The first time I picked this up about three years ago, I think, I didn’t finish the ending and it ended up being ruined for me at Cassie’s event last year. I’m so excited to get back to this trilogy though, I think I like it more than TMI and it’s one of my favourite trilogies ever and also Will Herondale.
2. The Bane Chronicles
I started this a while ago but put it down after a couple of pages because I wanted to finish TMI, but now that I’ve read CoHF and it was mentioned in the book I am ready to get back to it plus my love for Magnus has tripled over the last year. (Also, I’m starting to love Harry Shum as Magnus in the TV show).
3. The Shadowhunter Academy stories
A little birdy warned me I would spoil these if I read Lady Midnight before it so I’ll be speeding through these beforehand.
4. Lady Midnight
FINALLY, LADY MIDNIGHT. I’ll end with the long anticipated first instalment of the Dark Artifices series! I can’t wait for this, I’ve heard so much.
I want to spend the entire month enjoying this but also I want to get Lady Midnight read by the event which is halfway through the month… so we’ll see how it pans out.
As well as these, there are a couple other books I’m hoping to read but I wont officially add them to my TBR. You can follow me on twitter, goodreads, or IG to keep up to date though and also if you’re reading any of these books this month feel free to give me a shout or join in!
Things I’m looking forward to in April
1. Alexandra Bracken signing!
So if you haven’t heard the amazing news, Alexandra Bracken is doing a signing at London King’s Cross Waterstones on April 7th!
2. Cassandra Clare signing/event!
The tickets went on sale in January and I bought a ticket as soon as it went on sale so I should be sitting front row which makes me a little nervous because sitting in the front row in a hall that seats 400…. wow.
3. The Rose and the Dagger EARLY release!
In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, The publication date of The Rose and the Dagger has BEEN MOVED FORWARD TO APRIL. THAT MEANS MORE SHAHRZAD AND KHALID EARLIER THAN EXPECTED.
4. BEING DONE WITH 2ND YEAR UNI
There are only 2 more weeks of my last term as a 2nd year student and it is quite terrifying. One more year and then I’ll be out in the world, a free bird with nowhere to go because I have no idea what I’m meant to be doing. Anyway, I’m looking forward to this because 1) I will be rid of a majority of my assignments by the end of April (still have a couple essays and exams in May), 2) I hate the commute to uni, it doesn’t take too long but I despise the tube (I’m Tobias Eaton when it comes to confined spaces) and 3) travel costs around £30+ a week and I could be doing a lot more with that money (uhm, BOOKS).
5. Malorie Blackman signing/event!
I had to quickly throw this in before posting because I only just got tickets to the event and I can’t wait to meet one of my favourite authors again! The signing will be for her new book Chasing the Stars which I am so excited for and can’t wait to get my hands on!
If you’re interested, you can get tickets to any of the above mentioned events on the Waterstones events page (except Cassie’s because it’s sold out). Let me know if you’re attending any though!