March Wrap Up

March was an interesting month. I managed to get a lot of reading done despite having a mountain of university work to get through. I also watched more films this month than I have in the previous two months so I have a lot to talk about today.

Books:

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great conclusion to the duology but I won’t go into it further here as I did a whole review of it so go check that out to see my full thoughts. –  4 out of 5 stars.

Nought Forever by Malorie Blackman

This was one of the World Book Day short stories and I knew I had to pick it up as I love the Noughts and Crosses world. This was way too short for my liking but it packed a punch. The ending was incredibly open-ended but I didn’t mind that. It was a wonderful addition to this fantastic world. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Down Among The Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

This was my first audiobook of the month that I decided to listen to after finishing the first book in the series last month. These books are so short and make for perfect audiobook reading. I loved this sequel even more than the first because I loved reading about one of the worlds and I especially loved reading more about Jack and Jill. I really hope more people pick up this series soon. – 5 out of 5 stars.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

After buying many romance books on one day, I decided to have a little mini romance book binge and this was the first that I picked up. Whilst I ultimately had a lot of fun reading this, I had too many issues with it to fully enjoy it. My main issue was with the love interest, Carlos. I found him to be incredibly sexist which was shocking considering the emphasis that Nik, our main protagonist, put on feminism throughout the whole novel. It was a fun, quick read but it was nothing special. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

Then I decided to pick up Fight or Flight which I really enjoyed. Whilst I did also struggle with the main love interest, he was better than the previous one. I enjoyed that this book had a lot of focus on the side characters, especially her best friend Harper whilst also giving our main character a good back story. I did however feel like the main guy, Caleb, was incredibly underdeveloped and I would have liked to learn more about him. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

I have had the e-book of this for ages but never picked it but after finding a copy in a charity shop, I decided that it was finally time for me to read it. As expected, I loved this book. I have loved all of Sara Barnard’s other works and this was her only novel that I had left. Sara Barnard writes such fantastic stories about friendship that I love. YA needs more books about friendship from all different angles. I loved the way that this book tackled friendship as a whole and I loved all of the characters, especially Valerie and Connor. I would highly recommend this book along with all of her books because she really is an auto-read author for me. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This is a book that has been on my radar for years yet I’ve never picked it up but I was looking at the books on my TBR shelf one day and I decided to finally read it. I ended up reading 90% of this book in one sitting. It was such a quick, short and intriguing read that I couldn’t put down. I did have some issues, mainly with the writing style and with the fact that I didn’t really understand Aristotle as a character at all however overall I really loved it. I’m only sad that I didn’t listen to the audiobook because Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates it and apparently it’s fantastic! – 4 out of 5 stars.

Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

As expected, I carried with the Wayward Children series on audiobook and this one might be my favourite so far. I loved seeing Confection as a world and I especially loved being introduced to new characters, mainly Cora and Laila. The books in this series are so short but so much fun and so impactful that you will definitely love them. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E Smith

I like to keep an eye out for any new YA romance releases from authors I’ve enjoyed before and this was one of them. I really liked the concept of this as it involved a very long train journey. I found it to be super cute and a lot of fun to read. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Ink, Spark and Scar by Alice Broadway

I decided to finally pick up this trilogy and binge-read the whole series in a week but I’m not going to discuss much of my thoughts here as I did a whole series review of it so go check that out for my opinion. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Snap by Patrice Lawrence

This was another one of the World Book Day 2019 short stories that I decided to pick up as I really enjoy Patrice Lawrence’s writing style. I really liked this mystery story but I really wish it was a full novel because I wanted to learn so much more. – 4 out of 5 stars.

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

I finally finished the Wayward Children series on audiobook and I really love this series. This fourth installment was probably my least favourite so far just because I was less interested in the plot and this character. I highly recommend the audiobooks of this series and I cannot wait for the fifth book to release so that I can pick that up too. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

This was a really random purchase that I made in Foyles in London but I saw it and just decided to read it straight away. It is such a cute and adorable quick story that I devoured in one sitting. I know that I really would have loved the story if I read it when I was younger so I wish I did read it when I was a child but I still recommend it to anyone and everyone. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone and their mother has been raving about this book and since I loved Evelyn Hugo, I thought I would give this one a go. Whilst I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it, I did think it was a really great, fascinating and fast paced read. I liked the format even though sometimes it was hard to remember who was who and I’m intrigued to see what the TV show will be like. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

After enjoying The Proposal, I thought I would give her first book a try and this one was so much better. I love a good fake-dating romance and this one was a lot of fun. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

I started listening to this on audiobook but I soon realised that this story would work a lot better for me if I read it physically so that’s what I did. This was a really good YA contemporary novel about sexuality that I found quite refreshing. It wasn’t what I thought it would be at all but it was a really good novel. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

I’ve owned this book for around 4 years but I’ve never got around to it so I thought I would finally give it a try. I did not like this book. I think if I read it as soon as I got it, I would have enjoyed it but 20 year old Sofia did not gel well with this novel. The writing was incredibly cringy and the romance was very problematic. It was fast paced and it kept me slightly intrigued but that’s about it. – 2 out of 5 stars.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

This is an American classic that I have never read before but ever since reading Fangirl 6 years ago, I have wanted to pick it up since this book plays a big role in Fangirl. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was difficult to gel with but I got into it eventually. I wish Fangirl didn’t spoil this book for me and that I had read it before but I can’t really control that. I’m proud of myself for reading a classic – even if it is a modern classic. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I then for some reason had the strangest urge to do a full Shadowhunter chronicles re-read so that’s what I started this month. I decided that I want to re-read the series all in publication order so I started with City of Bones and City of Ashes this month. I have a weird relationship with The Mortal Instruments. I am very obviously Shadowhunter trash but this series was never my favourite due to the fact that I don’t like Clary or Jace. However, my memory of this series is also terrible as I read them in 2012 when I was 13 so I have zero recollection of what actually happens. City of Bones actually sticks out a lot more to me in my mind because of the film and the TV show showing these events but it was interesting to re-read it. These are very clearly the weakest of her books and they have always been my least favourite Shadowhunter books but they are still an entertaining nostalgic read. – 3 out of 5 stars.

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

I don’t normally read non-fiction but after loving It’s Not About the Burqa, I decided to finally pick this book up that has been on my TBR for ages. This collection is very necessary and very well put-together. I liked the wide range of topics that it covers. I obviously had my particular favourites which ended up being the ones about being South Asian but that’s just because that is what I can relate to the most. Everyone has probably read this by now, but if you haven’t, definitely go pick it up. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Movies:

Sui Dhaaga

For the first time in ages, I decided to sit down and watch a Bollywood movie at home. I don’t know what’s wrong with me recently but I’ve been struggling with paying attention to films at home. Anyway, this was a film that I planned to watch in cinema when it released but I never got around to it so I thought I would finally watch it on Amazon Prime and I loved it. It’s such a sweet and innocent film that I can’t believe came out of a major production house. I loved Varun’s and Anushka’s performances in this and I will be recommending it to a lot of people. – 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Isn’t It Romantic

One night at home, I decided to watch this on Netflix as it looked like a fun rom com movie and it had Priyanka Chopra in it so I knew I was going to like it and I did. I really loved this film. It was absolutely hilarious and everything I like in a film. Priyanka was hardly in it but it was fine because the film as a whole was amazing. Rebel Wilson was hilarious as always as was Adam Devine. I highly recommend this movie to watch as it is another feel good Netflix film. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Captain Marvel

I am a huge MCU fan so obviously, I was incredibly excited for Captain Marvel. I went to a midnight screening and I really loved the film. Yes, it isn’t the best MCU film ever but I had so much fun watching it. I loved learning more about Carol as a character and I especially enjoyed seeing Nick Fury at the beginning of his SHIELD career. The best part of the film for me was the cat, Goose. I love cats. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Andhadhun

This was a film that I saw a lot of people call the best Bollywood movie of 2018 and they were not wrong. I didn’t know what to even expect with this film but it was one wild ride. I don’t want to say much about it except that it constantly had me shocked and I honestly had to pause it multiple times to give myself a few minutes to process what the hell just happened. It is one of the best films I’ve seen in a while and I highly recommend that you watch it since it is on Netflix. – 5 out of 5 stars.

So those are all of the books that I read this month and all of the films that I saw. What was your favourite book of the month? Let me know down below.

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