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March Wrap Up

I find it hard to believe that I actually read this many books in March. I feel like I had a really unsuccessful reading month, but as I gathered up my titles for this post I found I was actually doing okay.

I guess the bulk of my failure comes from the fact that I only read one book from my TBR, the rest were all either for school or random reads.

As always, we’ll start with some stats:

book stats march2017 stats march

Disgrace by JM Coetzee

4-stars
+ Easy to read (in comparison to other uni texts)

+ Loved the South African setting

+ Really interesting narration

+ Quite interesting and unique (more than I can say for most of my uni reads this semester)

– Some of the plot points made me a little uncomfortable.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

2-star

+ Interesting concept

+ Started off well, I got through the first third in a flash

– I really grew to dislike Flora’s character

– I didn’t like the presentation of Flora’s parents, particularly her mother

– The repetitive narrative was difficult to stomach in places, despite its necessity

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight

4-stars
+ Really creative way of evaluating your life

+ Loved the simplicity of the 2 step process

+ I have since utilised the principle of the ‘personal policy’ and it works a treat

+ Really funny in places, Knight brings in a lot of her own experiences

– The use of explicit language was a real downer for me

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

4-stars

+ Mare remains one of my absolute favourite heroines in literature – she’s badass

+ I loved the Mare/Cal cuteness in this instalment

+ This series is really wonderful because I have not yet encountered a filler book (you know the one, like ‘The Elite’ in the Selection series, we could have easily skipped it)

+ This wasn’t the last book so I don’t have to give up on it quite yet

– This wasn’t the last book and now I have to wait until February to read the next instalment.

Chain of Custody by Anita Nair

3-star
+ I think this is the first book I’ve ever read that was set in India

+ The writing was really cinematic, it felt like reading a movie (if that makes sense)

+ A really interesting look at child trafficking

– I wasn’t overly fond of any of the characters, I didn’t hate them, but they didn’t leave any lasting impression

– Some really painful to read rape scenes in here

The Girl Before by J P Delaney

2-star

+ Nice concept, I loved the idea of painting a trend like minimalism in a more sinister light

+ Really quick to read, brought me one book closer to my Goodreads goal

– Hated the treatment of Down Syndrome in this book

– I wasn’t expecting the ending, but I also wasn’t surprised by it – which I can imagine is actually a paradox that’s difficult to achieve

– The sexual content felt out of places and trivial in the context of this story

3-star

+ There’s no disputing that Woolf is a great writer

+ The interlinking of the characters’ lives was interesting to unfold

+ It’s short (again, more than I can say for most of my uni reads)

– I’m sure if you know anything about Mrs Dalloway, you’ll know that it’s hard to follow

– Impossible to find quotes when you’re trying to write an essay because it doesn’t have chapters (grr)

So, there we go! 7 books isn’t too bad I suppose. I’m very excited for my Easter holidays, I plan to take a long break from uni books and dive back into the world of contemporaries – I miss them!

All in all, it just wasn’t a great month for reading, I’m sad that there are still no 5 stars in my 2017 stats, if you’ve read anything really amazing lately let me know, I’m open to suggestions!

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