So you probably noticed by now but I’m not really huge on TBRs. I particularly stopped making posts/announcements about them because I know that I never respect them, so it’s a bit pointless and frustrating. However, ever since I started using my Owlcrate reading planner, I somehow started making some TBR planning again. Without any pressure. And somehow it worked out this month so I wanted to share!
The only book I didn’t get to this month was Scavenge the Stars and it was the last one in order of priorities, because I’d gotten Crier’s War first, and the rest of them were settled for a French release in March (or even before that). And anyway, I’ll most likely get to it next month because I’m also really curious about it! And without further ado, here come all of the 14 books that I have completed this month!
Frankly in Love by David Yoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book had like three of my favourite tropes all in one: childhood friends to lovers, fake dating AND falling in love with the person your parents picked for you (I honestly don’t know why I enjoy that last one so much, it is for some reason super sweet and cute to me…) Add to that the whole coming-of-age aspect of the story which I really enjoy, sprinkle some drama and BAM you have it. This book was brilliant. (
And is partly to blame for my falling-down-the-kdrama-rabbit-hole once again…)
Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher ⭐⭐⭐
Eve of Man is a YA dystopia about a girl called Eve who lives in a world where she is the first girl to be born in 50 years. Basically, she is responsible for keeping humanity alive. I was not sure how to feel about the concept (to be honest, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read a book with only one female character) but I ended up reading it nevertheless because I was curious. Overall, I was not entirely sold on this book, but I’m still curious as to what will happen next. (Full review)
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I don’t know why I didn’t listen sooner when people recommend this book. Well, actually I know: I was worried that it’d be overrated. Well I was worried for nothing. I absolutely loved it. It was just the right amount of relatable, sweet and inspiring.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another book that I feel like I am the last one on Earth to read. And I did take my sweet time with the audiobook. I really liked the universe and the atmosphere. It has a witchy vibe which I always enjoy (and it reminded me of Winterwood a little bit, which I’m glad of because I was looking for more books like this!). So anyway, I’m glad that I finally gave this series a try, and I am now listening to The Dream Thieves.
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Y’all, I have found a new favourite book. It is hands down the best book I have read this year so far. I liked it even better than Tash Hearts Tolstoy and I don’t even feel bad about it, because it also had ace rep. I feel like I am reading so many amazing queer books this year and I am THRIVING. Yes, I am absolutely doing it on purpose. Anyway. Summer Bird Blue was amazing. Go read it, it will break you, but I promise it’s worth it.
Crier’s War by Nina Varela ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one had been on my TBR for the past few months, ever since I got it in the October Owlcrate box if I am correct. And it turned out that it was the F/F fantasy I didn’t know I had been waiting for. I would probably not have picked it up otherwise, and that would have been a pity because I loved it wholeheartedly. It has some good old enemies-to-lovers romance, mutual pining and oh-the-angst. Add a revolution on top of that, some more drama and a cliffhanger… I need the sequel, like, right now.
American Panda by Gloria Chao ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another book I fell in love with! In this one, we follow Mei, a Chinese-American teenager, as she starts college and contronts what she really wants to do with her life, and her parents’ expectations. There is romance as well, but the focus of the book is mostly on Mei figuring out what she wants, and her relationship with her mother as well as her estranged brother, and I am all here for the complex family relationships! While I did get frustrated a little bit especially in the beginning, it was a really good book which I would most definitely recommend!
While I am super happy with the amount of YA I managed to read this month, I’m also glad that I got to read other things as well. These two books were released in France in March, and I really enjoyed them both. Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (⭐⭐⭐⭐) takes place in Virginia right before slavery was abolished, and centers on the relationship between an enslaved Black woman, and the white girl she raised. I thought that it was a really beautiful book. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (also ⭐⭐⭐⭐) was released in 2019 and is the journey of a couple of Syrian refugees as they crossed Europe in hopes of finding a better life. I cried a lot, but it was worth it. This book was really good.
Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn ⭐⭐⭐
I was glad to discover a new poetry book when I subscribed to Scribd, and I liked it. It was very relatable in some parts — and in some others it was not. Overall I enjoyed it, and it (once again) made me want to read more poetry books.
Les Fleurs de l’ombre de Tatiana de Rosnay ⭐⭐⭐
I was highly anticipating this book because I love the author. She wrote best-seller Sarah’s Key as well as one my all-time favourite books, The House That I Love, which takes place in late 19th century Paris as the city is being remapped by the authorities, and people are forced out of their homes. Flowers of Darkness, unlike those two, is a dystopia, and while I did love the writing, I was not entirely sold on the story itself.
Impasse Verlaine de Dalie Farah ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a 2019 release which seems to be mostly autobiographical. It follows the author’s mother’s life as she moved from Algeria to France when she got married to a man much older than her. It then follows the author/narrator’s life and relationship with her mother until she graduated high school and moved out. It’s a really good book about family, and one’s relationship with their mother, and I would definitely recommend it to other French readers out there! (As I still haven’t made a reading update in French, at least I am putting it out there.)
Comics & more:
And in addition to the rest I have also read this month one French graphic novel called Flipette & Vénère which is about two sisters’ very different perspectives on life. It was absolutely excellent and I gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. And finally, I read volume 3 of Living-no Matsunaga-san by Iwashita Keiko. I’m making my progress with this manga series very slowly, but it’s fun to read, and I gave it ⭐⭐⭐. And there you have it, my March reading wrap up!
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Kdramas I’ve watched this month:
Healer 9/10 ❤
Crash Landing On You 9/10 ❤
Hyde, Jekyll, Me (almost finished) 8/10 ❤
Pinocchio (rewatch) 9/10 ❤
And in terms of TV shows in general, I’m keeping up to date with Brooklyn Nine Nine, and I watched season 3 of Élite at the very beginning of the quarantine! I also completed season 3 of The Crown with my mom, it took us a while as usual. The plan for April is to watch the new season of La Casa de Papel, probably more kdrama and we shall see!