Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2022

March was an incredible reading month for me, surprisingly so considering how dire February was. I’m still storming through Attack on Titan and I even got to read a few physical books, amazing I know! I actually got through 18 different books/graphic novels and honestly, I’m really impressed with myself.

Not included in this wrap-up is Saint Death’s Daughter by C.S.E. Cooney. I haven’t included it as I didn’t finish it. It was the first book I have ever done that with and that really speaks volumes. I did however post a review of it so read it here if you want.

After having such a great reading month I am super excited to share my March wrap-up with you.

Attack on Titan Vol. 16, Vol. 17, Vol. 18, Vol. 19, Vol. 20, Vol. 21, Vol. 22, Vol. 23, Vol. 24 & Vol. 25 by Hajime Isayama

Read: 1/03/22 – 20/03/22

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Damn, I read a lot of Attack on Titan in March. I’m genuinely surprised by how many volumes I’ve read this month. Like I didn’t realise just how many I was getting through. It’s very clear that my obsession which started in 2015 is not going away any time soon. 

Goodreads synopsis for Vol.16: Captured by Rod Reiss, the rightful king, Krista and Eren finally have their memories back. What exactly happened to Eren, and what was the crime his father committed? Meanwhile, the Survey Corps desperately hunts for Eren, while at the same time seeking to legitimize their military coup. As the situation inside the walls comes to a head, the mysteries of the world of the Titans seem on the cusp of being solved at last!

Squire by Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas

Read: 3/03/22 – 5/03/22

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was so very excited to read this graphic novel when it appeared in my inbox, but honestly, I wasn’t overly impressed. Don’t get me wrong it was good and the art style was phenomenal but it just fell a little flat for me. 

If you want you can read my full review of Squire here.

Goodreads synopsis: Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight. It’s the highest military honor in the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire, and as a member of the subjugated Ornu people, Knighthood is her only path to full citizenship. Ravaged by famine and mounting tensions, Bayt-Sajji finds itself on the brink of war once again, so Aiza can finally enlist in the competitive Squire training program.

It’s not how she imagined it, though. Aiza must navigate new friendships, rivalries, and rigorous training under the unyielding General Hende, all while hiding her Ornu background. As the pressure mounts, Aiza realizes that the “greater good” that Bayt-Sajji’s military promises might not include her, and that the recruits might be in greater danger than she ever imagined.

Aiza will have to choose, once and for all: loyalty to her heart and heritage, or loyalty to the Empire.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Read: 21/02/22 – 5/03/22

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow. What an amazing read. One of my mutuals on Twitter told me to read the audiobook version of Daisy Jones and I was not let down. This was absolutely incredible, definitely, my favourite read of the year so far. I was completely immersed from the beginning and the actors were incredible. 

I posted a full review of Daisy Jones & The Six a few days ago read it here if you would like.

Goodreads synopsis: Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The Book of Living Secrets by Madeleine Roux

Read: 24/02/22 – 13/03/22

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was somewhat of a disappointment. I did manage to finish the book but it was a kind of painful experience. Honestly I feel like I’ve talked about this a lot now, so I’m just going to link to my actual review of it. Read it here.

Goodreads synopsis: No matter how different best friends Adelle and Connie are, one thing they’ve always had in common is their love of a little-known gothic romance novel called Moira. So when the girls are tempted by a mysterious stranger to enter the world of the book, they hardly suspect it will work. But suddenly they are in the world of Moira, living among characters they’ve obsessed about for years.

Except…all is not how they remembered it. The world has been turned upside down: The lavish balls and star-crossed love affairs are now interlaced with unspeakable horrors. The girls realize that something dark is lurking behind their foray into fiction—and they will have to rewrite their own arcs if they hope to escape this nightmare with their lives.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Read: 29/01/22 – 20/03/22

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

My god did it take me a long time to get through this. I really had a hard time with it and honestly if I didn’t already own the rest of the series I probably would never think of this book again. Also if it wasn’t for some of my mutuals on Twitter hyping this series up I definitely wouldn’t, but I have heard this gets way better so I’m feeling hopeful that it will. 

Goodreads synopsis: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war—and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Heartstopper Volumes 1-4 by Alice Oseman

Read: 19/03/22 – 22/03/22

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Words truly cannot describe just how much I love this series. I was extremely late to the party but boy am I glad I showed up. Nick and Charlie have become my whole world for the last few weeks and I’m seriously excited for the show. 

Goodreads synopsis: Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…


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