Everything’s terrifying and kind of in shambles but at least I had a great reading month. Seriously. Keep reading to see a list and my thoughts on what I read in March!
A little background: my fiancé and I both came down with a presumed case of COVID-19 (presumed but unconfirmed as we were unable to get tested due to shortages) and that ended up taking me out of commission for a while. Despite being home sick, I didn’t read all that much at all as I was mainly only able to sleep and rest most days. Once I started to feel better, I was able to pick up a few books and I ended up finishing out the month on such a high note with some really special reads.
I ended up reading 16 books in total this month and had a lot stronger of a reading month than I initially thought I’d be able to achieve!
1. Docile by K.M. Szpara [gifted]
☆☆☆☆☆ – What an incredible debut. I absolutely adored this seductive, thought-provoking, and riveting sci-fi debut by Szpara. I feel like the ending was definitely left open for a possible sequel so I can’t wait to read what Szpara has in store next. Click here for my full review of Docile.
2. Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas [gifted]
☆☆½ – I appreciated what this book was trying to do but it didn’t resonate with me. Still, I encourage those who are looking for a clean, contemporary, YA romance to check this book out! Click here for my full review of Salty, Bitter, Sweet.
3. Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras [gifted]
☆☆☆½ – This was a cute, fun romance with substance. Fans of fake dating and The Unhoneymooners will enjoy this one.
Island Affair will be out 4/28!
4. The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund [gifted]
☆☆☆☆☆ – Reading this book felt like watching all of my favorite 90s/00s teen rom-coms. It was perfection. Click here for my full review of The Best Laid Plans.
The Best Laid Plans will be out 4/7!
5. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
☆☆☆ – This had enemies-to-lovers and forced proximity so I thought I’d enjoy this one. It was fine—I didn’t find it very memorable and almost DNFed it at a point because of how slow I found it. Still, there were cute parts and I did enjoy the end.
6. Reborn Yesterday by Tessa Bailey
☆☆☆☆ – I’m not a big fan of paranormal romance, much less paranormal stories, but, like all hormone-filled tweens, I was absolutely obsessed with the Twilight Saga. So when I heard that Tessa Bailey (one of my favorite romance authors) was coming out with what my friends described as “steamy Twilight,” I knew I NEEDED it. Reborn Yesterday was a fun and quick read but ultimately, it wasn’t my favorite. I’m just not a paranormal romance person.
7. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
☆☆☆☆☆ – Oh wow. THIS BOOK. What a book. I actually listened to this on audiobook because I’d heard it was well done and let me tell ya, that’s an understatement. This audiobook was phenomenal.
8. Try by Ella Frank
☆☆☆½ – I did a quasi-buddy read of this book with Lizzy (@reviewsshewrote) because we both had massive book hangovers after the Him/Us series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy and, in general, are like pigs hunting for truffles when it comes to finding M/M romances. The steam in this one is EXCEPTIONAL. I needed a little more character development in this but Frank has written five more books in this series (I just started the second one!) and Lizzy has assured me there’s some great character development to come.
9. To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters [gifted]
☆☆☆½ – This was a very fun debut that I think will be perfect for those who enjoy historical romances and romantic comedies. Stay posted for my full review of To Have and To Hoax next week!
To Have and To Hoax will be out 4/7!
10. Player by E. Cleveland
☆☆☆ – I love new adult sports romances. Sometimes I just get into this mood where all I want to read are new adult sports and bully romances and thank GOD for Kindle Unlimited. Seriously. I don’t know what I would do without that service. I wanted to enjoy Player more but I weirdly think I’m not that into friends-to-lovers stories. It’s just not my favorite trope.
11. Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett
☆☆☆ – The steam in this story was pretty phenomenal. Sawyer Bennett’s books have come recommended to me before but I started with Uncivilized because it sounded the most original. I felt like it was kind of problematic—I can’t put my finger on what it was exactly, but I couldn’t help but get the feeling that this book was slightly offensive—and I actually ended up getting pretty bored during parts of it, but overall this was a fun read.
12. Cruel Prince by A. Jade
☆☆ – Bully romances are SO problematic but I can’t help myself—I just love ’em. This one was weird though and just felt a bit like it was too much.
13. That’s Not a Thing by Jacqueline Friedland [gifted]
☆☆☆☆☆ – MY HEART. This story was so lovely, brimming with tenderness, emotion, and humanity. It was not at all what I expected but I adored what it ended up being. I’ll be posting my full review soon!
That’s Not a Thing will be out 4/14!
14. Ruthless Knight by A. Jade
☆☆☆☆ – While I didn’t care for Cruel Prince, the first book in this series, I really enjoyed Ruthless Knight and it was 100% because of the protagonist, Sawyer. Thick thighs save lives, folks.
15. Don’t Go Stealing My Heart by Kelly Siskind [gifted]
☆☆☆☆ – This was my second book by Kelly Siskind (the first was New Orleans Rush) and I just adore the way she writes such quirky, original, and satisfying romantic comedies with so much heart. Stay posted for my full review of Don’t Go Stealing My Heart very soon!
Don’t Go Stealing My Heart will be out 4/22!
16. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
☆☆☆☆☆ – Full disclosure: I initially put off reading this book for so long, despite the rave reviews, because of its size. I am 100% someone who gets intimidated by long books. I also didn’t love the only other Rainbow Rowell book I’d read, Attachments. But Lizzy assuaged my concerns and told me that, not only was it absolutely worth the length, but that it also moved quickly. I’m so glad I listened to her because Carry On was delightful, powerful, original, hilarious—it was so much fun.
I struggled with choosing my favorite book this month because I read so many new favorites, but in the end, I’m going to go with The Best Laid Plans. It was such a fun debut and was so well done. If you’re a fan of young adult and contemporary romance, you need to read The Best Laid Plans.