March Wrapup

Total Reads: 48 books
Average Rating: 3.83 out of 5 stars
#DiversityBingo2017 Challenges Completed: 20 out of 36
Popsugar Challenges Completed: 26 out of 40
Owned Physical Books Read: 18
Books Read for Borrowathon: #127, #129-134
TBR Books Read: Four

98. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
13455782I reread this for the purpose of continuing on in the series and my initial 3 star rating stands. I’m honestly mostly here to see how the ship from this ends up sailing.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 1, 2017

99. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
28877Something about the writing style kept me from loving this the way I hoped to.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 2-3, 2017

100. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
4979435Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 2-3, 2017

101. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe By CS Lewis
65645Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 5, 2017

102. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
25558608 In comparison to the first book, I liked this one less than the first time I read the first one. If that makes any kind of sense.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 5-6, 2017

103. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
31176886 Interesting premise, catching opening, but overall it’s kinda…boring.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 1-6, 2017

104. Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley
31159623 An excellent middle grade about the Tudors, though the romance could have used some work.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 5-7, 2017

105. Locke & Mori by Heather W. Petty
24885790A really interesting take on Sherlock Holmes. I’m curious were it’ll head since this story seems mostly like setup
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 7, 2017

106. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
13104080 I’m really interested where this will end because I actually enjoyed this one more
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 5-7, 2017

107. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
32075671 This book had high praises before it’s release and I can say it’s well worth it. At times, this book made me cry without me knowing I was crying; it’s definitely an important read.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 7, 2017

108. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
26594801I’ve never seen Pretty in Pink, which this has been compared to, but I did really enjoy this book. Sometimes you just are in the mood for a coming-of-age story.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 7-8, 2017

109. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
18528190There were some essays that I liked more than others and when your favorite piece is one of the firsts, it’s kind of hard to give it a higher rating.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 8, 2017

110. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
24178 After reading George last year, I wanted to return to this book since it’s been years. Totally worth it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 9, 2017

111. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
13188676I maaay have misjudged this series based on the first book.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 8-9, 2017

112. Congo by Michael Crichton
7672While I know that this book is really dated since it relies of the science of the past to make it work, but as someone who grew up loving Amy, I may have a stuffed version of her that, to be honest, has been my favorite stuffed animal forever, I can’t get myself to give this less than four stars.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 9, 2017

113. Homeland by R.A. Salvatore
50027This is a high 4 out of 5. How much I struggled in the beginning keeping track of the characters is the only reason I’m not giving this a five. I’m really interested in where the second book heads.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 9-11, 2017

114. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
23203257While I initially wanted to read this because transgender representation in this, I also ended up really enjoying the bipolar representation. On a side note, I really appreciate how the resources she uses in the book also are on her website and listed above reviews.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 11, 2017

115.The Diviners by Libba Bray
7728889 The beginning and introduction of all the characters was a little slow going for me, but once the ball starts rolling it rolls. I’m a little upset with 2015 me who dropped this at some point
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 9-12, 2017

116. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
12262741
I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it wasn’t for my Pop Sugar reading challenge for this year. I enjoyed the parts that took place on the trail more than the background though I understand it’s necessary to understand the story.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 11-12, 2017

117. The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine
26116514 Pretty cute, but nothing mind-blowing.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 12-13, 2017

118. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
248704 This was a reread that was kind of a long time coming. When I first read this book, it really hit hard for me because I was in a different place than I am now. It was nice to reread a book that meant a lot to a different me.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 11-13, 2017

119. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
480204Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 5-14, 2017

120. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
24335Having loved both Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, I figured it was about time to read this. It was a lot cuter than I was anticipating.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 14, 2017

121. Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
27804653A reread because the audiobook was available through the library. Just lovely.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 14, 2017

122. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
28588345 I feel like there was quite a bit of nothing then poof everything.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 14, 2017

123. A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
11369904Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 14-15, 2017

124. Vixen by Jillian Larkin
7903851While not the best 1920s story, it’s clear that the author knows this time period enough to make it still entertaining.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 15-16, 2017

125. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
16096824I’m trash for this series and decided to reread it due to being able to see her during her A Court of Wings and Ruin tour. Plus I couldn’t wait until my original planned reread date of late April.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 14-15, 2017

126. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
30320053 less of a fantasy, more of a who done it. overall pretty average but enjoyable
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 11-18, 2017

127. A Taste for Monsters by Mathew J. Kirby
29241322A really good “retelling” of Jack the Ripper.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 20-21, 2017

128. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
17927395I have so many theories and I did reread this for Rhys, thanks for asking.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 22-23, 2017

129. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and  Meagan Spooner
13138736I probably would have enjoyed this series a lot more if I had finished it when I first started it in 2015.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 20-23, 2017

130. The Light Between Oceans
13158800Kind of a low three for me, but this was a “it’s not you it’s me” situation.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 23, 2017

131. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
21414439I think with how slow this was for me in the beginning and this murderous thing called hype, I’d be lying if I made my rating higher. I may retry this again at a later date.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 21-23, 2017

132. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
127455I think the main strike against this book is that it wasn’t what I was looking for at the time I was reading it as I felt some spark was missing for me.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 20-24, 2017

133. The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin
19161852 Something about this book just didn’t work for me. maybe it’s the 2nd pov or what I wanted and got varied. either way I’m a little sad I didn’t enjoy this more.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 25, 2017

134. Monster High by Lisi Harrison
7823524This book was a “I have remotely enjoyed watching the movies based on this and am in need of a cleanse” kind of book. I enjoyed the character Melody, who isn’t in the movies at all, but she also was my least favorite character which is strange.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 25, 2017

135. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
31020402 Nothing particularly new or special to this genre, but still rather enjoyable. This author and story has potential and I’m interested in book two. I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 24-26, 2017

136. Stuart Little by E.B. White
138959Out of all of E.B. White’s children’s books, I think Stuart Little is my favorite.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 26, 2017

137. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
23299513Overall, this book was pretty average. While it was a retelling, it lack anything new that makes retellings compelling to read.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: March 25-27, 2017

138. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
25667918 I really liked the world built in this. I know there is a second part, but this felt a little…short?
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 27, 2017

139. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
22232 You know how rereading old favorites feels like coming home? This book does that for me; it was one of the first books I considered a favorite when I read back when I was 14.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 26-27, 2017

140. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
727800This rating is slightly inflated because of how conflicted this book left me. On one hand, the parts with Frodo and Sam were rather boring in comparison to the rest of the story. One the other hand, Sam is my favorite character in this whole series. So while I struggled with the parts with Frodo and Sam, I still enjoyed them.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 26-27, 2017

141. The Melody of Me and You by M. Hollis
31193155 The writing wasn’t my thing at times, but the romance was.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 28, 2017

142. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
18490 What I expected this to be was not what it was and for that it probably became one of my more favorite classics that I’ve read since I started my “read more classics” project.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: March 28, 2017

143. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
30688435 While I enjoyed the story, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the writing style.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 30, 2017

144. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
22020598I think the biggest deterrent for this book and me is that I’m not a big dystopian person anymore.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 28-31, 2017

145. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
17167166There’s something with how perspectives are done that’s bugging me with this one, but I think it’ll change in the next book.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: March 26-31, 2017

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