We are already a quarter of the way through 2021! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t! Somehow despite March being one of my lowest months of the year so far (in terms of health & productivity), I managed to read more than the last two months! I guess I just escaped into books much more than I realized.
It was an okay reading month for me. I read a decent amount of really great books, and then a few “meh” books, too.
Let’s dive in!
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I have wanted to read this book since it first came out a couple of years ago, but I let it sit on my shelf for far too long. I don’t know why I didn’t get to this one sooner! I fell in love with the writing style—it’s witty, fast-paced, and just so intriguing. Book number two is already on my TBR and I am really looking forward to reading it!
You by Caroline Kepnes — ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Can you believe I still haven’t watched the Netflix adaptation of this yet? I was waiting until after I read the book because I already owned it. I knew if I didn’t read it first, I never would. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my favorite read. It’s another case of a book being very hyped up for me that hinders my enjoyment a bit.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough — ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I decided to pick this one up since the Netflix show just came out (& I didn’t want this to turn into another You situation where I let it sit for years). I personally enjoyed the show more than the book in this instance. I feel like the book gives away too much to the point where I was guessing a lot of the plot. I prefer to be really surprised by the mystery/thrillers I read! It was still enjoyable, and I’m probably going to read more from Sarah Pinborough in the future!
House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune — ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Apparently I hit a bit of an “average three” block this month. I know everyone absolutely loves this book. I wanted so badly to love it, too. However, I didn’t find myself craving to read it. It was very slow moving to me, and I just didn’t think I was the right audience for this book! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very cute and fun read, it just didn’t hit me the way it hit others and that’s okay!
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I read quite a bit of mysteries and thrillers this month, totally unintentionally, but I’m enjoying it! I’m really trying to work through the unread physical books I have because I’m going to be studying abroad in the fall and will only have my kindle and phone with me. Anyway, this was a really enjoyable read! The ending shocked me completely. I also really enjoyed learning about the secrets each of the characters was hiding. It was very well done!
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a story about two sisters who disappear one day, and three years later, only one of them returns! It was such an eerie read. And it was surprisingly gruesome!? I was not expecting the ending at all, but I really liked it.
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE!! I had the e-ARC of this book for months now, and I can’t believe I waited so long to pick it up. It was a total page turner. I don’t read as many YA books as I used to, but this one is definitely on my list of favorites now!
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid — ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You all know how much I adore Daisy Jones & The Six at this point, so I won’t say anymore, but I was beyond excited to read TJR’s newest release! I am so grateful to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC. This was a really good read! It wasn’t quite up to the Daisy Jones or Evelyn Hugo level for me, but it was still phenomenal! It gave me all of the best summer vibes, and I played Miley Cyrus’ song Malibu on repeat while reading this one! I’m excited for it to hit shelves so I can grab a copy for my bookshelves soon!
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez — ⭐️⭐️
I don’t want to spend too long talking about this one because I simply did not enjoy it. The writing was really beautiful, but aside from that, it did not have much going for it in my opinion. I was confused at times, bored at others, and disgusted for the majority of the book because the “romance” of the book is really just creepy, obsessive behavior that I am not okay with.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver — ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I ended the month with a really quick read. I finished it in just two days! I listened to it on audio, and I think that contributed partly to my low rating. I just didn’t enjoy reading from the perspective of a high school mean girl. The main character was just too unlikeable for me (& not in a good way, cause I can enjoy an unlikeable character from time to time). I’m planning on watching the movie soon, which I think the story would translate better as. I’d love to know your thoughts if you’ve read it!
What was your reading month like? Did you find any new favorites? Chat with me in the comments!