March was another great reading month and I found a lot of new books and authors that I now love. In total I read six books – a mixture of audio and physical copies. These books varied from the classics, fantasy, young adult (YA) and a physiological thriller.
More in depth reviews will feature on the blog very soon.
1. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
This novel by Jean Rhys came in a recent Books That Matter subscription box and it looked intriguing as it is semi-autobiographical. It is an easy book to read as it’s only 153 pages long and it’s quite fast-paced. The protagonist, Sasha, is troubled by her past and moves to Paris in the 1930s in search of self discovery. At times, Jean Rhys’ novel was a little unsettling as she captures the difficulties that loneliness, anxiety and depression has on an individual. The main character is very cynical and tries to solve her problems with alcohol. Good Morning, Midnight is an interesting insight into mental health issues but might not be an enjoyable read for everyone.
2. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Healey’s debut novel was very hyped when it was first released but there were some aspects that were disappointing. Elizabeth is Missing is narrated by Maud who has trouble remembering most things. It’s not revealed if this is due to her being old or because she might have dementia but it was a major part of the plot. Even though the main story is her searching for her friend, whom she believes is missing, there is an important sub-plot where Maud remembers parts of her past and uncovers another unsolved mystery. It was fascinating to see the story through the eyes of an unreliable narrator. However, it did at times get very repetitive, which let the story down.
3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The first book in the Six of Crows duology was highly addictive. There is so much hype around the Grishaverse books that they seemed too good to be true. In this novel, six individuals who are deemed to be dangerous outsiders are given the opportunity to go on a heist that could change their lives forever. It was interesting to see such diversity in a fantasy novel, including race, gender and sexuality. The only reason it doesn’t have a higher rating is because the first quarter seemed to drag ever so slightly and the story didn’t seem to have begun at that point. However, once it did pick up it was engaging and thrilling. One of the best bits about the story was that it was character driven and as readers we got to see a lot of backstories and relationships build throughout.
4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This is a beautifully written book that is about sisterhood, friendship and escapism. The story is narrated by Scarlett who leaves home and goes on somewhat of an adventure with her younger sister Donatella. They leave their troubled past behind as they enter the magical world of Caraval. It is a show where every member of the audience participates in a game which is controlled by Legend, an unknown man who treats the game players like puppets. While this is a fun read, it does also cover some dark topics, including various issues surrounding child abuse. There were lots of unexpected twists and turns in this book that made it even more entertaining. It is the first book in a trilogy, with the last one, Finale, being released in May this year. Even though it has been described as a similar read to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, it is quite different as it is a faster pace.
5. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
This is the next installment in the Caraval universe and it is difficult to say much about this one without spoiling the plot of the first novel. Legendary is told from a different perspective to Caraval which made the story a lot more fun as the character was very entertaining and carefree. The protagonist goes on a quest to find out who the real Legendary is and the only way they can do that is by winning the game. Fans of this series can expect more love interests added to the mix and more plot twists. Even though it was a great book, the only issue was that it ended quite suddenly so hopefully the final book in the series will add a lot more to it.
6. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas is great at writing about political topics and social injustices that are relevant to many societies today, while also making the subject matter fascinating and not in the slightest bit boring. On the Come Up follows 16-year-old Bri’s journey in the rap industry and the struggles her family has with poverty. The book also tackles racism and misconduct within her school. The characters were the best bit about the book, showing lighthearted moments of friendships and blossoming romances. Though it was a nice read, there were moments where the story seemed to drag on, making it less interesting.
April reading goal:
This month I am going to be more relaxed and not worry about my reading goal. The aim is to find books I am going to enjoy. My next post (coming later this week) will reveal another part of my April goal.