Hi pals, and welcome to my March wrap up!
So this was a slumpy month for me, sadly. While I’m not doing too badly with my 2021 reading challenge, having reached 21 books, only four of those were read in March. I tried to listen to my brain and understand that it just didn’t feel like reading this month, and instead wanted to deep dive into another rewatch of the MCU.
Out of the four books I did read, two were middle grade, two were young adult and one of each of those was an audiobook. I really like that variety! Anyway, let’s hop into this short but sweet post.
Here is my March wrap up!
I came across this book on my friend Kirsty’s blog, and after hearing how she raved about I was sold. This is the story of Enchanted Jones, a 17 year old aspiring singer and lover of swimming. When she auditions for a popular talent show she meets 28 year old Korey Fields, a world famous music artist, and thus begins Korey’s predatory behaviour towards Enchanted. This book had me gripped and opens up some important discussions such as racial inequality, exploitation, abuse in the music industry, privilege, classism and more. There is also a mystery thriller aspect to this story which paired with the short chapters and excellent narration in the audiobook had me racing through it.
Please be careful if you do read this due to content warnings including on page sexual abuse, kidnapping, drugging, mental abuse, physical abuse, gaslighting, gore and violence.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson was one of my favourite books of 2019, and I also really enjoyed the sequel, Good Girl, Bad Blood. So when I saw that this novella was being released for World Book Day I of course had to grab a copy!
Being a novella this was a super short story, and we follow Pip as she attends a murder mystery party at a pal’s house. It’s actually a prequel to the first book and I think this story sets up that plot really well. While Kill joy didn’t blow me away like the others, I still think that if you’re a fan of Holly Jackson’s that you really should pick this up.
While I was browsing the catalogue on Scribd I came across this audiobook, and after having heard some great reviews I decided to give it a go.
This was such a fun, spooky and diverse middle grade story packed with ghost hunting, strong family bonds, super fab friendships and mystery solving. Despite being a ghost story, listening to this was such a calming and joyful experience, and although I did find the last 1/3 to be a little jarring, I would definitely pick up more books by this author.
Looks like I’ve really been in the mood for some middle grade ghost stories huh? And I have not been disappointed!
Victoria Schwab’s MG series has been one of my faves ever since I picked up City of Ghosts back in 2019. Once again we follow Cassidy, Jacob and Lara as they take on the ghosts of New Orleans and try to escape the sinister being that is threatening to take Cass away. Like the rest of the books in this series, this was a super fun read. I enjoyed the darker elements of the story too, despite it’s intention as a book for younger readers – I appreciate that Victoria doesn’t patronise her readers. I do hope there will be a fourth instalment and more Grim the cat content!
So there we have my March wrap up! While it may have only been four books, they were books I enjoyed, which is the main thing I guess. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my TBR for the upcoming Easter Readathon hosted by Kate and I can’t wait to get started for the fourth year.