Happy April, book friends! I feel like March went by in a flash of birthday festivities and a blur of chronic pain flare ups. But the sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, and I’m looking forward to sitting on our new porch swing with a book very, very soon.
But first, let’s take a look at the month in reading. In March, I hit an audiobook slump and therefore read a bit less. In total, I finished four books this month. Still, the books I read have been good ones overall, and I’m excited to share a few five star reads!
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Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey
Format Read: Hardcover
Why I Read It: The cover and the title drew me in, then I saw how many rave reviews it was getting.
This was one of my most highly anticipated reads, and it did not disappoint. Our main character is going through a divorce and she’s doing, um, really good actually. By which I mean not very well at all, actually.
I love the dark humor and raw honesty in Really Good, Actually, and I couldn’t have asked for a better companion during the multi-day power outage that started our month.
I can hardly believe this one is a debut because it feels quite polished and smart. Definitely a candidate for favorite read of the year.
Weyward by Emilia Hart
Format Read: Hardcover (BOTM Edition)
Why I Read It: Honestly, I hadn’t heard of it until I saw it was available as a Book of the Month add on in March, which also happens to be the month I get to pick a free add on for my birthday. It sounded interesting, so I went for it.
THIS BOOK. I cannot say enough about how much I loved Weyward. It is a powerful story about women (re)claiming their power in a world that doesn’t want them to, across three generations in the same family. There are certainly some difficult moments to read, but the writing was just so beautiful and compelling. It’s a light touch on the magical front, but it works well.
For a bit more on my thoughts, check out this mini-review post.
- Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen — I honestly quite liked this one, but it was up against some tough competition for “best books” this month. I discuss it in my “magical mini reviews” post.
- Play the Fool* by Lina Chern — a fun debut mystery about a tarot reader that just didn’t quite make favorite book status. Mini review on Your Book Friend.
That’s it for this month in books!
In addition to reading and enjoying the warmer weather, I’ve spent a good bit of time catching up on podcasts and watching more TV than usual thanks to realizing that several seasons of Cutthroat Kitchen are available on Hulu. Thankfully, this hasn’t made much of a dent in my reading life, and I’m already excited for what’s in store for April’s reads!