Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
Author: Josie Silver
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Audience: Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 369 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Source: Book of the Month
Content Warnings: death, grief

SYNOPSIS

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible.

But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life–and perhaps even love–again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.

Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them.

MY THOUGHTS

This is the lowest rating I’ve ever given a book that made me cry so much. This is a testament to the emotional content and effective writing, but overall the plot was lacking.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird offers a raw and real look at grief. This is a book you need to take your time with to process, but it will also suck you in and make you feel all the feels as Lydia struggles to discover who she is without Freddie.

I was really intrigued by the concept of the “dream world” Lydia visits where Freddie is still alive. She has the opportunity to spend more time with her lost loved one, but can dream Freddie live up to her expectations of what their life together should look like?

While I felt a strong emotional connection to Lydia and felt her loss, the plot really dragged. The story begins the day Freddie dies and spans the next almost two years. I think the way Lydia struggles to deal with her grief and get back to “normal” life is realistic, but it is not particularly engaging to read through her stages of grief in what feels like real time.

While the dream world concept was unique, I thought many of Lydia’s actions toward the end were cliche and unoriginal. I have witnessed other grieving characters follow the same patterns. I feel harsh writing so critically of what I thought was a very realistic depiction of death and grief. Lydia did grow a lot throughout the story as she better understood herself and her relationship with Freddie, but I just wanted something different.

This is a book that I know some people will really, really love based on the emotional response it evokes, but the overarching plot just wasn’t enough for me.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆1/2
Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Series: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #1
Genre: Thriller
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Source: Purchased
Recommended for Fans of: true crime podcasts, Veronica Mars, Karen M. McManus books

SYNOPSIS

For readers of Kara Thomas and Karen McManus, an addictive, twisty crime thriller with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about a closed local murder case that doesn’t add up, and a girl who’s determined to find the real killer–but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.

Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?

Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you’ll never expect.

MY THOUGHTS

There is something so refreshing about reading a YA thriller. YA thrillers still deal with dark and heavy content, but there is a sort of lightness and a sense that justice will be served. This is the perfect book for readers who grew up reading Nancy Drew, watching Veronica Mars, and are now obsessed with true crime.

This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning. It’s the first book I binged in a weekend in quite some time. The mystery was very complex, and I loved how the narrative included interviews, emails, and journal entries from Pip’s project.

I loved Pip’s dedication to finding the truth and clearing Sal’s name. What starts as a school project becomes a bit of an obsession and takes over much of Pip’s life. I loved her chemistry with Ravi. They make a great crime-solving duo and I hope to see more of them together in the rest of the series!

This book had so many twists and turns to keep me frantically flipping pages. I did predict one major thing, but I was honestly surprised when I turned out to be right, so that did not take away from the impact of the reveal. And the twists kept coming even after it seemed like everything had been figured out! This book will keep you on the edge of your til the very end, and I’m so glad it’s going to be a series.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: Ninth House
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Alex Stern #1
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 459 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Source: Purchased
Recommended for Fans of: paranormal fantasy, ghost stories
Triggers: rape/sexual assault, drug use, possession

SYNOPSIS

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

MY THOUGHTS

Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s first foray into “Adult Fantasy.” It is really more of a paranormal book with a dark mystery. The main characters are college students, but the themes and gritty descriptions are definitely more mature than her YA writing.

This book had a very slow build. Throughout the first half of the book, chapters jump around in time and alternate POV between Alex and Darlington. The information about the different secret societies, their histories, and their rituals was also overwhelming; I thought it was fascinating, but even by the end of the book I struggled to tell them apart. This all made the beginning of the book difficult to follow.

I preferred Darlington as a narrator because I thought he provided better insights. It took me awhile to figure out Alex, but once I understood the horrors she overcame growing up in Los Angeles, I admired her strength, her tenacity, and her idgaf attitude. Her outsider status made her a threat to the careful balance between the societies and Lethe.

I didn’t think the story really took off or made sense until Chapter 9 (about 150 pages in). At that point, I was HOOKED. I was so invested in the mysteries surrounding Darlington’s disappearance, the local murder, and the societies’ potential involvement. I did not see the major twists coming and was shocked when the truth was finally revealed. The climax of the story was a whirlwind that sets the stage for book 2.

I think it is worth sticking with this book to the end, but I know many readers will be turned off by the slow and confusing build.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: House of Earth and Blood
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Crescent City #1
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 799 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Source: Purchased
Recommended for Fans of: SJM (obvi), urban fantasy, mythology

SYNOPSIS

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until **SPOILERS** , leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

MY THOUGHTS

I don’t even know how to review this, I just loved it so much.

This was an amazing start to a new series by Sarah J. Maas! I loved her foray into urban fantasy: the city, the fashion, and the technology were all relatable since they mirrored our world. This was also her first book published for an adult audience. The characters are older, there’s a lot of swearing, but honestly there was not as much sex as I expected.

There was A LOT of worldbuilding at the beginning to establish this city, its history, and the hierarchy of the various paranormal and mythological beings that live in Crescent City. It was slow, but necessary and fascinating.

I love the way Maas develops her characters. Bryce seems like an untouchable, unaffected, shallow party girl, but she actually has the biggest, most selfless heart. She is the most caring, loyal friends, and she puts everyone else’s needs above her own (even though you can’t see that on the surface). Her friendship with Danika especially was so important and gave me all the feels. AND HUNT! He endured centuries of torture and slavery, hellbent on revenge, but working with Bryce helps him see that there might be other things worth living for.

The mystery and romance developed slow and steady, constantly sucking me into the story. Once I was fully hooked, the last ~200 pages to an adrenaline pumping, guns blazing, Game of Thrones style turn that did not let up until the end of the book and WOW I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

I don’t know how I will possibly wait for book 2! This book had so much to love, and if Maas’s past work is any indication, the series is only going to improve from here! In the meantime, I’ll be finishing the Throne of Glass series and my reread of ACOTAR because I need more Maas in my life!

P.S. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and watch SJM’s YouTube Live Q&A’s with her husband.

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Midnight Lie
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Midnight Lie #1
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 358 pages (~9.5 hours)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for Fans of: The Winner’s Trilogy, LGBTQ romance

SYNOPSIS

Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

MY THOUGHTS

Marie Rutkoski is such a beautiful writer, creating rich imagery with her words as she weaves her stories. The Midnight Lie takes place in the same world as The Winner’s Trilogy, but at a later time and in a secret country where magic is real. That was one of my issues with The Winner’s Trilogy–it’s classified as fantasy because it’s set in a made up world with different customs and beliefs, but there isn’t any real magic. I think The Midnight Lie is setting up to be an even better series.

Nirrim is such an interesting MC. At first she seems simple. She trusts too much in others and not enough in herself, choosing to see only the good in people even if it means ignoring some serious issues. She cares so much about doing what is right and doing what others expect, which leaves room for a very interesting character evolution.

The slow building romance with Sid was so well done. Sid challenged Nirrim to believe in herself, to stop letting others take advantage of her, and to want more from life than her caste allows. Sid was tricky to figure out with all of her lies and half-truths. I predicted her true identify, but that did not lessen the impact of the reveal.

The best way for me to describe the situation with Herrath and the caste system and the Ward is MESSED UP. Nirrim and Sid’s investigation into the source of the city’s hidden magic led to some disturbing revelations about the city’s history.

The story was slow in some places, but that was more a side-effect of the rich world building and deep character development rather than a lack of action. I love how confident Nirrim was by the end, while still retaining her selflessness. AND THAT ENDING! This book ends on such an unexpected cliffhanger that changes everything and left me desperate for the next book.

Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Queen’s Shadow
Author: E.K. Johnston
Series: Star Wars Disney Canon
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Catherine Taber
Length: ~8 hours (400 pages)
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Source: Library (Libby app)

SYNOPSIS

Written by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Ahsoka!

When Padmé Naberrie, “Queen Amidala” of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.

MY THOUGHTS

I have always loved Padmé. I think she is an incredibly under-appreciated character, and i was curious to learn more about who she was before she got entangled with Anakin. I also have an extreme case of cover love for this book.

This book focuses on Padmé’s transition from queen to senator and how she must re-learn politics and protocol on the galactic level. The story focuses on her handmaidens and their evolving relationships. While I enjoyed learning more about Padmé’s intense friendships with her handmaidens, I was sometimes confused when the story changed narrators because they all had a similar voice, even if they had different motivations and desires.

This book was not particularly exciting. Early on in the book there is an attempt on Padme‘s life that is never fully explored. The politics were interesting, but not thrilling. Based on The Clone Wars animated series, I expected more drama from Padmé’s relationship with Senator Clovis. This story needed more action and a clear villain. Overall, I just wanted MORE.

I did enjoy the audiobook production. The narrator, Catherine Taber, voiced Padmé in The Clone Wars series, so that was a nice touch, along with the signature music and sound effects included in most Star Wars audiobooks.

I am still waiting for a story that does Padmé the justice she deserves. I hoped that would be this book, but it was not. This book explores the intelligent and compassionate sides of Padmé, but I want to see more of the fierce and fearless leader. However, I will be picking up Johnston’s upcoming prequel, Queen’s Peril, which publishes June 2. It tells the story of Padmé’s election to queen and leads into the events of Episode I. Maybe that will be the book I hoped this would be.

ARC Review: The Shadows by Alex North

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: The Shadows
Author: Alex North
Genre: Thriller
Audience: Adult
Format: ARC
Length: 323 pages
Publisher: Celadon Books
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Source: gifted from publisher

SYNOPSIS

The haunting new thriller from Alex North, author of the New York Times bestseller The Whisper Man

You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile–always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet–and inspired more than one copycat.

Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree–and his victim–were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and senile, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.

It’s not long before things start to go wrong. Reading the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. His mother is distressed, insistent that there’s something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.

It wasn’t just the murder.

It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again…

MY THOUGHTS

Thank you so much to Celadon Books for my gifted review copy of The Shadows! The Whisper Man was one of my top 10 books of 2019, so this was highly anticipated read for me.

I love Alex North’s writing. He creates such a spooky atmosphere and expertly builds suspense. I also love the way he toys with the supernatural in his books. Lucid dreaming plays a key role in this story. I think the concept of lucid dreaming is fascinating, and it brings an unsettling element to the story as readers question what is real and what is just a dream. I had to stop reading this at bedtime because the writing was so effective that it messed with my dreams.

The Shadows shares some similarities with The Whisper Man. Detective Amanda Beck is once again assigned to a case that recalls a decades-old crime. The main character, Paul Adams, is a struggling writer haunted by his past. However, this formula clearly works because by 50 pages I was completely hooked, absorbed in in the dual timelines of the story, trying to find the link between the past and present.

There was a huge twist toward that end that completely took me off guard and honestly pulled me out of the story a bit because it was so unexpected and forced me to rethink the entire book. While I never would’ve suspected the true identity of the killer, I wanted a little bit more from the ending.

Still, this book was incredibly well-written, suspenseful, compelling, and full of surprises, and I highly recommend it. Alex North is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: Master and Apprentice
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Star Wars Disney Canon
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Adult (appropriate for younger audiences)
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Length: 330 pages
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Source: Library (Libby app)

SYNOPSIS

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.

When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.

MY THOUGHTS

I love the depth Claudia Gray brings to the Star Wars universe. This book gave us a new perspective on Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s relationship and the struggles they faced learning to understand each other to form an effective partnership. We also learned more about the Jedi prophecies concerning the Chosen One, so this was a good prequel to Episode I.

I loved the way the mystery unfolded. I think Gray is skilled at balancing action, politics, espionage, and interpersonal relationships in her space epics. The twists in the story were surprising and well executed.

I was initially confused by he inclusion of new original characters’ perspectives to the story; I expected this book to alternate exclusively between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s points of view. However, once I understood these new characters and the roles they played in the story, I grew to appreciate the inclusion of their POVs.

I really enjoyed how this particular mission forced Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to confront their differences and work through them to finally build the strong Master/Padawan relationship they both wanted. I also loved the flashbacks to Qui-Gon’s own training with Dooku, and I wouldn’t appreciated more.

I did not love the portrayal of the Jedi Council. I understand why that portrayal served the story, but I thought there were some inconsistencies with some of the characters, particularly Yoda.

The audiobook was amazing. I love listening to Star Wars novels on audio because they are always a complete production with sound effects, music, and character voices. For example, Yoda was Yoda, not the narrator mimicking a Yoda voice. During battle scenes, you hear the sounds of blasters firing and lightsabers clashing. And the Star Wars score we know and love was included to add drama to key scenes.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: The Simple Wild
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: The Simple Wild #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Length: ~12.5 hours (390 pages)
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Source: Library-Libby app

SYNOPSIS

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

MY THOUGHTS

Beautiful. Hilarious. Heartbreaking.

Calla is a fish out of water when she returns to her birth state of Alaska for the first time in 24 years to visit her father after his cancer diagnosis. Calla’s culture shock led to a lot of hilarious moments. I found Calla to be very relatable, and I loved watching her grow throughout the story as she understood the community better and became a part of it.

AND JONAH, THE GRUFF, LOVABLE YETI! I love the way he challenged Calla to be less shallow, even if he went about it the completely wrong way at first. I was totally here for their humorous banter and I absolutely loved their relationship.

This book also had several heartfelt moments as Calla bonded with her dad. All of the characters were so well developed and I cared for them all. The story became incredibly emotional, and the end had me WEEPING.

*spoilers below*

I couldn’t write this review without sharing my thoughts about the ending. A major recurring point in this book was the reasons for Calla’s parents’ failed relationship. Basically, they loved each other, but they wanted different things, and neither was willing to make that sacrifice to stay together. I’m glad that Calla and Jonah decided to find a compromise so they can give their relationship a chance without repeating her parents’ mistakes. It wouldn’t be fair for either of them to force the other into their existing lives, but maybe they can make a new life together. Can’t wait to read Wild at Heart!

March 2020 Wrap Up

March is finally over! This was a tough month for everyone as life completely changed with COVID-19 and social distancing/quarantine/shelter in place, but I still managed to read 12 books with all that going on.

PHYSICAL BOOKS

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo ☆☆☆☆
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson ☆☆☆☆☆
The Shadows by Alex North [ARC] ☆☆☆☆
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver ☆☆☆.5

EBOOKS

Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples ☆☆☆☆.5

AUDIOBOOKS

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker ☆☆☆☆☆
Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray ☆☆☆☆
Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston ☆☆☆
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski ☆☆☆☆
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker ☆☆☆
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams ☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 75 books: 34/75 (16 books ahead of schedule!)

Explore more genres: I had a decent mix of genres this month, but it was all my favorites. Lydia Bird was the only book that was different for me. Nothing wrong with comfort reads at a time like this!

Buy fewer books: I got my preorder of Crescent City and I ordered a few books at the end of March to prepare for another month of isolation. Whoops.

Finish more series: Nope. Started more series.

Reread more: No rereads this month. Lots of new releases.

Read at least two classics: Not yet

Read one graphic novel each month: Saga, Vol. 2


I didn’t make amazing progress on my goals in March, but I did read a lot. I only read one more book in March than I did in January in February, BUT Crescent City was 800 pages, so I think that should count for more. In April, I’m predicting more physical books as I finally adjust my schedule to shelter-in-place life, but fewer audiobooks because I normally listen to those in the car during my commute to work. Maybe I’ll finally read one of those classics!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in March?

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