What I Read in… March

I’ve been trying to avoid purchasing new books so I went deep into my NetGalley shelf and TBR shelf and read an amazing 10 books! I don’t think I’ve ever read 10 books a month!


In March I read:

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day – Felicia Day is fantastic. She is an actress known for her work in sci-fi shows as well as working with NPH and Nathan Fillion on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She is a nerd and gamer and huge in the Comic-Con community, and her book talked about her unusual upbringing and her work creating internet content, gaming and more. It was super fun to read and I loved how honest she is about her mental illnesses. Rating 4/5.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – OMG this book. Guys this was up there for me with Ready Player One. It was so good! Jason Dessen is a married professor with a teenage son and he’s pretty satisfied with his life. Yes, he was on track to become a world-renowned physicist but he wouldn’t trade his life for anything – until a masked abductor does it for him. Jason is abducted and drugged and wakes up in a world he doesn’t recognize and will do anything to get back to the life he knows. I stayed up sooooo late just to finish the book and I wish it didn’t end! My only gripe is that one of the character’s stories is left open-ended, but otherwise, it was an amazing read. I heard they are going to make it into a movie and I hope they do the book justice! Rating 5/5.

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky – Mackenzie Cooper has run from her previous life. After taking her eyes off the road for one second and it costing her her daughter’s life, she has reinvented herself as Maggie Reid and keeps herself at arms length from everyone around her, until her past catches up with her in the form of her ex-husband and her brother. I liked the overall moral of the story, how you can’t run from your past but the book dragged on at some parts. Rating 3/5.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Like seemingly everyone else on the planet I was really excited about this new book from Taylor Jenkins Reid, the same author as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. However, it kind of fell flat for me! I enjoyed the interview format of the book and how the band members appeared to be bantering with each other when it was just individual interviews meshed together. And I was super confused for a hot minute because I couldn’t remember if this was about a real band or not! But for me it was just hard to get through. Rating 3/5.

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll – I enjoyed this book on the same level as The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. It was suspenseful and had me guessing until the last chapter. When Brett, the favorite of a Real Housewives-style reality show is murdered it’s up to her sister and the new cast member Kelly to give an in-depth TV interview before the season airs and in the end try to figure out who really killed Brett, because what viewers think is the truth really isn’t. Rating 4/5.

In Her Skin by Kim Savage – Jolene is a 16-year-old girl on the streets and she’s tired of it. She just wants a safe, warm home and a family. She decides to impersonate a missing girl from a rich family and becomes Vivi Weir. What starts off as a dream come true for Jo turns into something that may be even more dangerous than living on the streets. This story was intriguing and I loved the plot but it dragged a lot at times. Regardless, totally worth the read. Rating 4/5.

My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd – This YA book was great. It opens with Venus Black, a straight-A student who has killed her stepfather. She winds up in a juvenile facility and as the book fast forwards to her release as an adult, all Venus wants to do is forget about her past and start over. Unfortunately, her past seems to keep popping up no matter what she does or where she goes. In the end she’s able to stay true to who she is and come face-to-face with her past. Rating 5/5.

The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable – Based on a true story, Alicia Corning Clark is a Polish immigrant who worked for the Kennedy clan and was rumored to have had a romance and even been engaged to JFK. Told from Alicia’s point of view, this story narrates how she was looking for stardom and for love in all the wrong places. The book tries to flit back and forth between the past and present day, but until the point is made to why we are in the present with certain characters, it’s a bit confusing. I also really didn’t like the main character! Rating 3/5.

Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza – In the midst of all the political discord from the 2016 election Charlotte Walsh decides to leave her high-powered job in Silicon Valley and return home to a mill town in Pennsylvania to run for Senate. The book, while fiction, definitely sheds light on how political campaigns seem to run nowadays and all of the lying and scheming that goes along with it. This book was entertaining but the cliffhanger left me annoyed. (I get that it wasn’t really important to the story, but still!) Rating 2/5.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya – this was a Book of the Month selection and a memoir by a girl who became a refugee after fleeing the Rwandan massacre. She ultimately wound up in the United States but it took years to gain her individuality back again and move on from the little girl who at six lost her home and her parents. I enjoyed how Clemantine’s tale was woven and how it went back and forth in time but at times I grew frustrated with her (which is difficult to say, given her situation.) Rating 4/5.

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  1. I went to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book signing for Daisy Jones and the Six, and hearing her process for writing the book was SO interesting. But I can understand your struggle with it – I wonder if I’ll feel the same, or if knowing how she came to write such a unique novel will affect how I read it.

    Right now, I’m reading Something Like Happy and while I’m loving it, it’s also really heavy! But in a light-hearted way? It’s hard to explain!
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  2. I liked Daisy Jones and the Six, but am SO glad I read it when I did. I’m kind of tired of hearing about it now… lol!! I haven’t read The Seven Husbands yet for similar reasons. I’ll get there eventually! SO many books lately! Woohoo! XO – Alexandra

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  3. Too bad you didn’t love Daisy Jones, I want to read that one!

  4. What a great reading month for you! I haven’t read any of these yet, but I am marking them down!
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