March is over! I really can’t believe it, but it’s already April, spring has supposedly sprung, Easter has come and gone… and I read a pretty good spread of books. I stumbled across some real gems in March, and it’s going to be so, so hard to pick out my favorite. My book picking game was on point last month.
Honestly it’s not that hard, I guess, because I absolutely cannot stop thinking about how much I loved…
Favorite March 2018 Read:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
And boy did I love it. It snared me into its world from page one and wouldn’t let go until I’d come out the other side. The fluidity of the magic system, the dangerous beauty of the wood and its ultimately heart-wrenching history, and Agnieszka’s rural-style magic were some of my absolute favorite components here. The contrast and comparisons between Agnieszka’s magic and the Dragon’s magic were hands down my favorite individual scenes of this book. Novik does such an incredible job writing these moments that you feel just as wrapped up in the magic as our two main characters. Plus, it’s a stand-alone fantasy, which gets MAJOR brownie points from me, a person who has the attention span of a mouse when it comes to those 1000+ page, tangled, 12-book-long fantasy epics everyone’s always suggesting I read… (/sad trombone noises play over copy of A Way of Kings)
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic, #2) by Amanda Lovelace
I picked this up at the grocery store on a complete whim, having heard it mentioned in one of the many book podcasts I listen to (I suspect it was Reading Glasses – go check ’em out!). This collection of heartfelt poetry has stuck with me for weeks. I’ve snapped photos of poems which spoke to me with my phone, I post them on Twitter or send them to friends constantly, and I can’t stop thinking about them. Lovelace speaks to all the women who have been thrown in the fire, all the women who feel the heat of the flames, and all the women who have been too afraid or too complacent to speak out. Please please please go read this. Support Lovelace. Then send some of your favorites to your friends in an endless loop to make them understand what it’s like to stand in the fire. Some that really stuck with me: “The Hollow Girl”, “expectations vs. reality,” “a girl’s first words/a girl’s last words,” and “THE FRIENDZONE DOESN’T EXIST.”
I read four other books last month, and while I’m not going to linger too long on them, I do want to spare a moment for each. Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Talents is just as timely and biting as Sower was, backed by Butler’s amazing writing and world-building, though I found I liked Sower more. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson remains one of my favorite graphic novels to date, and I will love Ambrosius and Blackheart and Nimona for all eternity. Genevieve Cogman brings back what I loved about The Invisible Library with The Burning Page, which is just so FUN that I immediately had to hop on Amazon and grab The Lost Plot. March was a good, good month for books, my friends.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer was kind of a bust, but hey, I can’t win ’em all. It did make me want to check out the movie, so the moment I can get my hands on that, I’m allllll over it.
So that was March. I read 6 total books, 5 written by women and 1 written by a man. 3 were fantasy, 2 were sci-fi, and 1 was poetry. That ended up being 1916 pages of reading! We’re now sitting at 15/20 books read for our 2018 goal, which, well, means I should probably increase that goal, as the April TBR pile is already rapidly growing.
Speaking of, here’s the (tentative) reading backlog for April:
Currently Reading: A God in the Shed by J-F. Dubeau (which I just finished, see the review here!)
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
Some horror, some fantasy, and GASP! Non-fiction!? I’ve heard Cannibalism come up in conversation enough times now that I just couldn’t resist. (Which, y’know, is an extremely weird sentence to type out. Don’t…. don’t take that one out of context.)
Well, that’s all for our March round-up. Until next time: burn whoever tries to burn you :fire: