March 2018 Reading Round-Up

So March was an unexpectedly great month for reading.  I’ve been feeling like I’ve not been reading enough lately, but that’s clearly not true.  Why?  I read 12 books in March.  12 books!  To be fair, they were a combination of full-length novels, shorter books, and graphic novels (which I absolutely power through).  Regardless, I’m so pleased with my progress!  This is going to be a long post, so I’m not really going to go into detail here.  I’ll have reviews for each book I read soon!


Books I read


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (YA fantasy)

Women in Power by Mary Beard (nonfiction)

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (audiobook)

The Breakthrough by Daphne Du Maurier (Little Penguin Classics)

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (adult thriller/mystery/historical fiction)

The Accidental Recluse by Tom McCulloch (literary fiction)

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (adult fantasy)

Paper Girls 1 by Brian K. Vaughn (graphic novel/science fiction)

Paper Girls 2 by Brian K. Vaughn (graphic novel/science fiction)

The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson (Little Penguin Classics)

Planetfall by Emma Newman (adult science fiction)

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury (YA fantasy)

I read a lot of great stuff this month!  I think the winners were The Silkworm, City of Stairs, Planetfall, and Children of Blood and Bone.  Although they’re all different books from different genres, each one was a five-star read for me.  If you want to hear more about these while waiting for reviews, you can check out my wrap-up video here!


Books I bought


Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (YA science fiction)

City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (adult fantasy)

The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw (YA fantasy)

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (adult dystopia)

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin (adult science fiction)

Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (classic crime fiction)

Annihilation by Jeff VanDermeer (adult science fiction)

Africa’s Tarnished Name by Chinua Achebe (Little Penguin Classics)

Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King (Little Penguin Classics)

The Breakthrough by Daphne Du Maurier (Little Penguin Classics)

The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson (Little Penguin Classics)

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey (adult science fiction)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (contemporary YA/Waterstones Book of the Year Edition)

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (YA fantasy)

The Shadow of What was Lost by James Islington (adult fantasy)

Orphan, Monster, Spy by Mark Killeen (YA historical fiction/thriller)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (contemporary YA/thriller)

Okay, so I wasn’t supposed to buy any books this month.  Clearly that didn’t go as planned — so much for my Shelf-buster Challenge!  I don’t feel bad about this though — I ended up getting some really great stuff.  I’ve already started working my way through these books, as you can see above.  A number of them will also be on my April TBR, so stay tuned!


Book post


Kin by Snorri Kristjansson (historical fiction)

The History of Heavy Metal by Andrew O’Neill (nonfiction)

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (contemporary YA)

The Accidental Recluse by Tom McCulloch (literary fiction)

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (fiction)

Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio (adult science fiction/fantasy)

From Distant Stars by Sam Peters (adult science fiction)

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury (YA fantasy/FairyLoot exclusive hardback)

I received some great book post this month!  A fair few are the tail end of The Great BookBridgr Requesting Spree of 2018 while the rest are either from publishers, internet pals (thank you Sarah!), and book subscription boxes.  As above, I’ve made a good start on these and a few will be in tomorrow’s April TBR!



NetGalley Approvals


City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (adult fantasy)

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

The Fire Court by Andrew Taylor

It looks like this was a great month for NetGalley approvals as well!  I didn’t think I would be approved for City of Brass, so I ended up buying a copy (oops).  I don’t have copies of the others.  I think I’m most excited for The Queens of Innis Lear and Legendary, despite feeling a bit ho-hum about Caraval.


That’s it for this month!  April should end up being a great one — I have so many marvelous books to read.  I’m planning to do some serious catch-up with my reviewing, so stay tuned!


How was your month in reading?  Did you pick up anything you loved?  Have you read any of these books or are they in your TBR?  Let me know!


6 thoughts on “March 2018 Reading Round-Up

  1. Wow! 12 books! That’s pretty great. 🙂 I’ve read 7 books last month and also Children of Blood and Bone which I loved!! And I see that you added some great books to your lists! THUG is absolutely amazing and I hope that you’ll end up enjoying it. 🙂

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  2. I also have the Wicked Deep on my TBR, and am considering getting State of Sorrow from the library as it sounds quite political and not too dystopian so I feel like I might enjoy it. Loved Upside of Unrequited last year!
    Amy xx

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  3. I finished The Lodger about Shakespeare’s live in London as part of your Bank Holiday weekend read a thon. Good book. Now I have to choose a new book.

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