As far as actual published works are concerned, I didn’t have as good of a reading month in March quality-wise as I did in February. Nothing that I read was such that I disliked it, but there were a couple of pretty meh books in there. There were however also a couple of books that I really enjoyed! I wouldn’t go quite so far as to say that I discovered any new favourites this past month, but my criteria for what makes something a favourite is kinda undefinable even to myself.
So, in the order that I read them, here are the books I read during March!
Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson
I was part of a blog tour for this book, and you can find my tour stop here. I really enjoyed this book, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I’d expected to! Isda and Emeric were both really interesting and compelling characters, the world and magic system system set up in this book had implications that I spent a long time thinking about after I’d finished the book, and the second half of the book was intensely satisfying to read.
Nichijou vol. 5 by Keiichi Arawi
This series is always a fun time! Like I said last month, check out the anime if you can, it’s iconic for a reason.
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
This book felt like a victim of its own ambition. A lot of time gets spent on describing the world, the many people in it, and how it fits into the world as we know it, and as a result there isn’t really enough time spent on the actual plot or why we should care about what’s happening. I do plan on continuing with the series, hopefully all the time spent describing things here means that later installments won’t need to do that. You can read my full review here.
Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl by Erin Grammar
I ended up having really mixed feelings about this book. I like the concept, I like what Grammar was aiming for, and I didn’t feel bored at all while reading it. But I didn’t connect to any of the characters and so struggled to feel invested in anything that was happening, and for me that’s a huge drawback for a book. You can read my full review here.
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki
I watched the anime of this series a few years ago, and finally got around to starting the manga. It’s a really sweet and funny series, with some hilarious commentary on the shōjo manga genre, and it’s way more queer friendly than I remember it being! Mikorin and Kashima are a great case of mlm-wlw solidarity, and the scene where Mikorin and Nozaki play the dating sim together is truly one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
I’m slowly but surely working my way through the books I promised myself that I’d read this year! This was my first McGuire book outside of her Wayward Children series and it did not disappoint in the slightest. Very tonally different, but very very cool! I went into this one expecting to like it, and I’m so happy that my expectations were met! I have zero complaints, and I’m intrigued to see what the sequel’s going to be about.
That’s it for me for March! What about you? What’s the best book you read in March?
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El is a 21 year old university student from the UK who loves to read and loves talking about what they read. They particularly like to focus on books featuring lgbtq+ main characters.