March Wrap Up

Hello lovelies!

I can't believe how quickly March went by! I can't believe how fast the year itself is going by! I'm already 4 months in to my nursing program, which means there is only 1 year until I'm done!

In March I read quite a bit more than I thought I'd be able to and I'm very proud of all the books I managed to read. In this post you'll be able to see which series I was obsessed with this month, so much so that I completed the majority of the series within this month.

I am not sorry.

Alright, let's get into it!!

1. Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke (March 5th)

This novel is something I read to get out of the mini reading slump I was in at the beginning of March. It was short and sweet and super creepy...
On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens with the fragments of a nightmare floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. Thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric adopted baby Tatty, their pretty, black-haired Rapunzel, from the Pokrovka Orphanage #2. Now, at fifteen, Tatiana is more beautiful than ever—and disturbingly erratic.

As a blizzard rages outside, Holly and Tatiana are alone. With each passing hour, Tatiana’s mood darkens, and her behavior becomes increasingly frightening, until Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.
This novel did exactly what I needed to do.

I finished it in a day and it was intriguing enough to keep me interested, and still reading. It was a creepy novel and it definitely made me scared to read the next page at times.

All in all this novel was a great slump breakers, and totally worth the $3 that I spent on it.

Rating: 3/5

2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (March 12)

Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. 
This novel was something that I'd heard great things about when working at Chapters, and when I read it, it was exactly what I thought it'd be.

This novel made me cry, laugh, and feel so angry. It told the story of a boy who was very well, Born a Crime, and the things he did throughout his life despite the fact that he shouldn't have been conceived.

This novel is an eye opening novel about the things the news doesn't tell us about life in South Africa, as well as the many many things the people of South Africa (mostly the Black community in South Africa) had endured throughout their lives.

I would recommend everyone to read this novel because it's a quick read and it's something that opens your eyes to the treatment of a group of people in the past, additionally it is something that can be applied even today with everything that is going on.

Rating: 5/5

3. I See You by Clare Mackintosh (March 12)

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you're going.

You're not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .
This novel is exactly what you'd expect a thriller to be... thrilling. I finished this novel in one day and it was incredible.

I was on the edge of my seat for quite a bit of the book, and there were a lot of things that I couldn't have guessed by the end of it.

The ending was so good, and really out of the blue.

Thrillers that I read I feel like are always so interesting to me, I love the anticipation that a good thriller brings, and this novel did just that.

Rating: 4/5

4. Animal Farm by George Orwell (March 16)

One night on an English farm, Major the boar recounts his vision of a utopia where his fellow creatures own the land along with the means of production and are no longer the slaves of humans. Before long his dream comes true, and for a short while all animals really are equal. But the clever pigs educate themselves and soon learn how to extend their own power, inevitably at the expense of the rest of the community.
I read this only because I wanted something quick, and I wanted to go over this novel in a time that I want to read it for myself, not for some school assignment.

This novel is actually such a treasure because it covers so many issues, but at the same time it's so interesting and funny to read you can't seem to put it down.

If anyone hasn't read this (which I doubt is many people) definitely pick it up!

... also I'm pretty sure some literature site has this ebook on it for free, for anyone who doesn't want to dish some money out for it

Rating: 3/5

5. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (March 16)

I was going to add a synopsis for this novel, but is there really one??

This book was something I'd never read. I've heard a lot about it (obviously) and I thought I'd finally get to it.

I didn't like this book. Not at all.

It was all over the place, and I understand that's kind of the point, but it just wasn't something that I enjoyed reading at all.

I enjoyed the tea party scene, but other than that everything was so odd and not something that was my cup of tea (ha, get it).

Rating: 2/5

6. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (March 17)

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Here brings the most of what I read this month. The Throne of Glass series.

I had been putting this series off for so long after I read the first novel, and I'm so glad I finally decided to get back into it.

This novel isn't one of my favourites of the series. I would say it's one of those novels that are just a filler to get more information out and have some character growth.

That being said, I did love the character growth in this novel and I did like how you got to know Celaena better throughout the novel.

I don't want to say much more, due to spoilers, but it's something that I will willingly read to get to the next novel in this series.

Rating: 4/5

7. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (March 18)

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it.

This is the best novel of the series in my opinion.

I don't want to say anything due to spoilers, but omg.


Rating: 5/5

8. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (March 22)

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
Again, these novels just keep getting better.

I still think Heir of Fire is my favourite (because of the romance duh), but this novel is so good too.

Not gonna say anything, except everyone READ THIS SERIES!

Rating: 5/5

9. Night by Elie Wiesel (March 23)

Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
I took a break from my Throne of Glass books to read this novel by Elie Wiesel.

This novel was heartbreaking yet eye opening.

It told an in depth account of what happened in the concentration camps and it showed the true torture that these people that had gone through.

I believe this novel is such a true and honest account of what it's like to be a human that is being broken down so badly that they don't understand the difference between right and wrong anymore.

Read this book. You will not regret it.

It changes you.

Rating: 5/5

10. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (March 27)

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
I don't know what to say anymore.

You guys know how I feel about this series.

This book was just as good as the others.

Heir of Fire is still my favourite....

Rating: 5/5

11. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (March 31/April 1)

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
 Despite this being finished on April 1st, I still wanted to include it because I read almost all of it in March.

All my friends kept telling me that this novel was wonderful, so I figured why not.

I didn't like it as much as I liked the first one.

I know, I know. HOW?!

Well, it was slow, and not as action packed as the first...

It had a lot of cute romance, but that was about it.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy parts of this novel, I just wish there were more parts that I enjoyed!

The ending though.... I am SO excited for the next novel because of that ending.

I anticipate the next novel being a whole lot better than the second and I cannot wait to read it!

Rating: 3/5

Alright everyone!

That ends my March Wrap Up. I hope you liked it, and I hope you all don't judge me too much for becoming obsessed with the Throne of Glass series. It was unavoidable.

Thanks for reading!

Comment Prompt: What were your top books you read this month??



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