Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a great March. Personally I felt like March lasted five seconds, it seemed to fly by! In between reading seven months in March I managed to complete my university mid-terms, go to the beach three times (one being at half six in the morning), and myself and my university housemates joined in with millions of people across the UK to remember those lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. So much good happened in March and although I read the least amount of books out of the first three months in March, I still think it’s my best reading month of 2021 so far! So here is what I read in March:
- These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong- 5 stars
- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro- 5 stars
- The Alchemist by Ben Jonson- 4 stars
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare- 4.75 stars
- Act Your Age, Eve Brown- 5 stars
- Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes- 3.75 stars
- Helen of Troy- Margaret George- 4 stars
Three five star reads in one month is almost unheard of for me. I usually try and pick up books that I know I’m more than likely going to enjoy, because no one has time to struggle through a book they aren’t vibing with. I knew going into March that Klara and the Sun was going to be a good read for me, everything Ishiguro has ever published has been at least 4 stars for me. What surprised me was These Violent Delights and Act Your Age, Eve Brown. Both of these books I had seen across Book Twitter and had read a lot of reviews of so although they weren’t books I was anticipating reading, they were both absolutely incredible. These Violent Delights, especially, reminded me why I love fantasy fiction. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
The other books on my list are all books I read for university. The Alchemist was the first Renaissance comedy play that actually managed to make me laugh. Macbeth was a quick tragedy to get through and (exposing myself here as possibly the worst English Literature student ever) it was my first ever time reading this play. Pandora’s Jar and Helen of Troy are both books that I finished in March in order to use in my dissertation. I enjoyed reading them but Pandora’s Jar was more of a book of necessity to read in a month where I was enjoying what I was picking out so it didn’t feel as enjoyable for me.
One book I missed out on my monthly star rating was Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. I had to read this book for a module at university. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish it and if I was reading it for enjoyment I would have DNF’d it before I stopped reading it. I managed to read 165 pages of it and was able to answer questions about it in my seminar but it was the first book I’ve come across for university this year that I really didn’t like. It’s length was off-putting and the writing style wasn’t my favourite.
Looking ahead into April I have a few key life moments coming up. My dissertation is due in on the 22nd. I have an interview for a PGCE course on the 27th. I’m looking forward to some publications towards the end of the month as well. In terms of an April TBR I definitely want to finish Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare. Over my Easter break from university I need to read Coriolanus and The Essex Serpent both of which I feel I will able to get through quickly.
What books did you get to read in March? Did anyone else have an abundance of 5 star reads like me? I would love to hear what books you really enjoyed in March!