Coffee and … A Bookish March

My loves. What is going on with the world right now? I’m so confused about everything and I don’t know how we’re at the end of March or what is going on with life, but I’m going to sit down with my coffee and reflect on another month of reading all the same. Join me?

coffee and...The Coffee:

This week, I am drinking the Pha Yar Gyi Gone from Myanmar roasted by Clifton Coffee. It’s the first coffee I have had from this region and has tasting notes of cacao nibs, green tea and chamomile. It’s an interesting and tasty coffee.

The Books:

month in books

For a while now, I’ve been posting my wrap ups on the last Wednesday of the month, which this time means there is nearly a week of March left… and I can read a lot in a week, especially during an apocalypse where I’m banished to the house. I’m going to start making my wrap ups all the books I’ve read since the last wrap up rather than necessarily just the ones read that calendar month.  I hope this makes sense to you. I’ve re-drafted this paragraph so many times now that words have lost all meaning to me.

March has been a crazy month. The early part was really busy with travelling for work, and then a trip to London for the launch of Melinda Salisbury’s epic book Hold Back the Tide. And then everything just kind of…stopped. I’m classed as high risk for this virus because of my autoimmune and asthma issues so I’m staying in for the forseeable future. I had big bookish plans (Northern YA Lit Fest), and a lot of upcoming travel for a big rollout at work, which now seems sort of irrelevant even though we’ve been building up to this for months and it’s a big deal at work. But, in all that Rachel chose me a brilliant TBR and I’ve read some amazing books this month, some that I knew I would love and some total surprises.

March is also the month I decided to start using Book Roast’s cawpile spreadsheet to track my reading and rate books more consistently. I’m going to be writing a bit more about this and why I’m using it next month, but so far it’s worked well.

 

Stats

reading stats

Books Read:  14

Pages Read: 5268

Star Ratings:

Five Stars

  • First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson: Absolutely blown away by this. It’s so clever, so well written. I loved the three perspectives and how the character’s lives overlapped. I was on the edge of my seat the whole book.
  • Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson: Ro Snow broke my little heart. She has so much going on, I felt for her in that environment, I was angry with her parents, I loved her tentative relationship with Noah and the way Tanvi was a whirlwind in her life. Excellent book.
  • Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin: A really dark story of a girl and her coven seeking revenge on the boys who wronged her. Really strong Lady Macbeth vibes. Absolutely brilliant.
  • The Murderer’s Ape by Jacob Wegelius: A gorgeous story of crime, friendship, adventure and loyalty. Sally Jones is the most amazing character and I loved her so much.
  • Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard: One day Sara will write a book that doesn’t hurt my heart, but this is not that book. I hurt so much for Peyton, loved her adventure and the way she works to heal herself. This is another fantastic book from Sara and you all need to read it.
  • The Mercies  by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Four Stars

  • 19 Love Songs by David Levithan: This is a brilliant book of stories about love. Some of these stories really hit me in the feels. Brilliant collection and I know I’ll be going back to read some of them again.
  • A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge: A brilliant, atmospheric and creepy book with a lot of twists. I adored Makepeace and Bear and their adventure together. This was nothing at all like I expected, but I loved it.
  • The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell: I love all things wolf and this was right up my street. A gorgeous adventure story about family, friendship and doing the right thing even when it’s really hard. Brilliant!
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill: I just loved this. Brilliant characters, great concept, filled with magic and love and hope. It’s everything I needed to read right now.
  • The Chain by Adrian McKinty: This book has such a fascinating concept and I cannot stop thinking about it. It is a fast-paced page turner with some brilliant characters and great twists.
  • The Binding by Bridget Collins: A world where books are a dangerous kind of magic? Yes please. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Definitely one to read for all the bookish people.

Three Stars

  • Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari: A good middle grade dystopia with an intriguing plot, interesting characters and a great concept. Would definitely recommend.
  • The Dream Snatcher by Abi Elphinstone: It took me a little while to get into this one, but once I did I enjoyed it. The characters are brilliant, and I love the concept. Looking forward to seeing where this goes in book two.

Challenge Updates

challenge updates

Goodreads: 39/175 According to the Goodreads algorithm I am currently on track and need to read 3.5 books a week to stay that way. We’ll see how that goes now I’m not travelling for the foreseeable future!

Conquering Mount Ted: 176. Last month I had 182. I’ve added a fair few books this month, but my overall total is down. Go me! 

Steph’s Books: I read one book from Steph’s pile this month. Lol. This is going badly. Shush. I will read them all eventually. I have 11 books left from Steph that I need to read. 

Copy of Coffee and.... (3)

  • Venom by Bex Hogan
  • The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski
  • Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
  • Don’t Tell Him I’m A Mermaid by Laura Kirkpatrick

What was the best book you read in February? And what’s top of your list for March?

4 thoughts on “Coffee and … A Bookish March

Add yours

  1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed do many of the books I picked out (and a lot more besides!), especially The Girl Who Drank the Moon which I forgot about (and which I’ve just realised I often forget about when recommending books too) but which I love!
    Sorry you’re having to stay home and watch yourself even more so than the rest of us at the moment, hopefully it’ll make for some good reading time at least!

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