Read in March

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I know we’re at the beginning of May but I’m finally catching up with all of the books I’ve been reading since the beginning of this year and the good news if I’ve even got my photos snapped and ready for next month’s round-up. Aren’t I organised?

As I type this we’re about to get ready and head out to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to see the rugby, an event we planned ages ago and I booked time off work specifically for. The Gods of the rota have even looked down on me and blessed me with a whole bank holiday weekend off so we’ve taken the opportunity to do some serious life admin at home. Being as I came home laden with fresh ink and paper for the printer on Friday Rick has promised to provide the wine in return so I think all the boring adult stuff we have to do over the next few nights will become a little more fun. I’m excited!

Anyways, onto the books I got my nose into during March:

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I borrowed this from library a while back because, as always, I saw it doing the rounds and was interested to read what it was all about. I’ve read Fangirl and have seen the follow-up Carry On in many places but I was reluctant to invest in another Rainbow Rowell novel because I didn’t think Fangirl was all that.

In this book however, I was pleasantly surprised even up until the last page. It’s not often I read through an entire novel in one sitting but I settled down with Landline one afternoon and had it finished within a few hours. Coincidently this was during a time when Rick was going through a rough patch with his health so I had some time to myself whilst he went off to bed and this book helped me tick some hours off with a nice little distraction rather than spending my entire afternoon worried sick and silently planning when we may have to go hospital and how I was going organise work shifts around visiting hours.

This story is like an essay on how a long-term relationship can stale over time. The central character, Georgie, is a breadth away from her big career break as a screenwriter with her best-friend and writing partner. The only problem is that this big chance she has means she’ll have to work extra time over the holidays so she ruthlessly hands off her kids to her long-suffering husbands and dives straight into working overtime to make the deadline.

Cue Georgie gradually coming to realise that taking a chance on her career isn’t all that and that she loves and relies on her husband Neal more than she thought. This epiphany brought about by some kind of mid-life crisis where she moves back into her Mum’s house and discovers an old landline telephone that can communicate with the Neal of the past when they first started dating.

Generally I enjoyed this book and it was a good read for an afternoon on the sofa but I am glad I borrowed it from the library rather than buy. As much as I appreciate a good read Rowell isn’t my favourite author.

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Monsters by Emerald Fennell

I had heard a lot about this book before I decided to check it out of the library and for once it wasn’t because of it’s cover. I remember reading on a blog somewhere that this book was about child killers and I was immediately interested because I am generally interested in how children can cause such great harm at such young ages in modern society.

Technically this isn’t the book I thought it would be because the story is actually about two young children in a sleepy seaside town who are just that little bit messed up and they find eachother within this wilderness and immediately strike up a really unusual friendship.

Read this if you’re drawn to that stubbornness and world-weary thought patterns child characters can develop in literature. This book is thought provoking as well as strange, between each page I got the impression that something really messed up was going to happen at some point and I wasn’t disappointed.

I’m not really going to type anything more than that and will continue to be cryptic about the plot because I believe that this is a book individuals who read it should find their own conclusion – it’s just that sort of good.

Very good, I liked it and found it disturbing in just the right way to keep me reading on.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I read the first book in this series recently and was gifted the second book for my birthday. This series is certainly the new one of the moment for me. I really like to invest in a series of books each year and I think these will be taking top place because I know that a few more books after this one have been published.

The summary of this novel reads:

‘Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other. As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner…’

So this is the second instalment in the Lunar Chronicles series and a great continuation of the first. Cinder is back as well as some new characters who kept the story interesting and to the point. I liked the twists and turns of this book and I know that I will soon be picking up the third book to keep on reading.

If you like your YA action and adventure read this, I don’t want to talk too much about the plot because it inevitably thickens during this publication and will continue to do so as the series goes on – and I will definitely be reading!

There you go, finally a round-up of what I read in March.

Have you read any of these books and what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.