March was a hectic month personally and on the bookish front. I had midterms, a shitload of student government work, and things kept piling up in my personal life. At the beginning of the month, I made my first official TBR for a whole month. While I didn’t follow it strictly or end up finishing all the books I aimed to, I definitely plan on making it a regular thing on the blog. It was nice to have some sense of direction because I’m such an impulsive mood reader. I am also finally starting to feel like a Real Blogger~ despite reading way less books than I wanted to this month.
What I Read
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- Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Can be simply described as Vampires in Mexico, but it is so much more than that. The world building w/regards to the vampires was amazing. If you like vampires, this is a must. ★★★★☆
- The Paths We Choose (Lillac Town #2) by M. Hollis: Delightful F/F New Adult. I adore Lily, and was so happy that she got her own novella. So many great tropes. Be on the lookout for my post in TPWC blog tour next week… It may or may not have to do with tropes. 😉 Release Date: April 6th 2017. ★★★★☆
- Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey: I don’t have anything good to say about this book. It was a wakaflocka.png mess of dystopian & superhero tropes with unnecessary homophobia. Canon F/F could not save this book. ★☆☆☆☆
- A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn: New Adult M/M that doesn’t give you that gross feeling of “this was written for that group of heterosexual female new adult readers who say they support LGBTQ people but only read M/M and fetishize it”. Read this if you like the best friend’s brother trope. It has an interracial couple, and bisexual love interest. ★★★★☆
- A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai: *to the tune of the legendary Hillary Duff song* Hey now / Hey now / This is what Feminist Erotica Romance dreams are made of. Amazing development with both main characters, and the best ending trope ever aka I Could Love You Someday. The heroine is a Japanese American billionaire. Just read this. ★★★★☆
- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: Two diverse, swoon worthy romances that happen at a Convention. One heroine a bisexual Chinese Australian, and the other is autistic and fat. Both couples are interracial. The depiction of anxiety is spot on. Best Young Adult I’ve read in a while. ★★★★☆
- So Sweet (Sugar Baby #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon: A Sugar baby romance that ended up falling flat. I was disappointed cause I’ve really enjoyed other novellas by Rebekah. ★★☆☆☆
- So Right (Sugar Baby #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon: A little better than the previous book, but not by much. Bonus points for the hero buying a sports team, familial relationships, and engagement drama. ★★★☆☆
- Better At Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra (Review to come in April as apart of the blog tour): My favorite read of the month. A flawless romance between rival wedding planners. Daphne is one of my favorite heroines ever. I was so blessed to get an ARC of this. Release Date: April 15th 2017. ★★★★★
- Feels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes (Review to come in April as apart of the blog tour): A summer hook-up relationship that leads to more between a recently broken up with band frontman and an emotionally guarded girl who works at a science museum. The development of the heroine and the side characters are what made this novel. Release Date: April 17th 2017. ★★★★☆
Hall of Shame (DNFs)
- Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough: I received this ARC on Netgalley, got one page in, and then heard that the heroine thinks this about someone with dreads: “Charlie and I have our theories about what Hamish keeps in his nest of of unwashed hair. Spare change, perhaps? A family of mice?”. That was an automatic DNF for me, which sucked cause there was going to be F/F, but I don’t have time for racist books. Release Date: April 4th 2017
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston: I also received this other racist ARC on Netgalley. If you didn’t see the situation go down on Twitter, I DMed the author that having one of your characters plan a plantation wedding & using romantic phrases surrounding it was disgusting, especially because it was never condemned (having your villain be the one to do it does not automatically make it bad, you need to be explicit. And doing that is a sign of poor writing anyways.), which is something you need to do when people in the South (including celebrities like Ryan Reynolds) still have plantation weddings today. The author eventually reached out to me and said she was talking to her publisher and agent about the issue. I seriously doubt anything will be done as she never addressed the issue except in private conversations with me. Release Date: April 4th 2017.
Cool Bookish Thing I Did This Month
I made the nearly 400 mile drive up to Menlo Park for the tour of Laini Taylor’s new book, Strange the Dreamer, at Kepler’s Books. It was a lot of fun. I met a girl who also majors in Astrophysics and hates SJM, so that was super awesome. Jandy Nelson was also there. I will be making a blog post very soon recapping the event along with another edition to the Indie Bookstore Diaries, which will be all about Kepler’s.
Other Posts On the Blog
March is my first month of doing Diversity Spotlight Thursdays! I’m having so much fun sharing the diverse books I’ve loved and plan on reading in the future. I thought adding another weekly meme in addition to Trope Tuesday would be too much, but I’m going to continue making Diversity Spotlight Thursdays posts!
- Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1
- Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2
- Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3
- Diversity Spotlight Thursday #4: Adam Silvera Edition
Of course, my love for tropes continues on with my Trope Tuesday posts. I made a special edition of Trope Tuesday this month in which I had a Trope-Off. I plan on doing more in the future. (Also, check out Thai’s Trope Tuesday posts!!! She’s the first person to do Trope Tuesdays besides me. It warms my cold heart whenever others express their love for tropes).
- Trope Tuesday #6: We Met On the Web
- Trope Tuesday #7: I Could Love You Someday
- Trope Tuesday #8: Friends to Lovers vs Enemies to Lovers (Trope-Off Edition)
- Trope Tuesday #9: Secret Baby
I also made a post about Songs I Associate with Books (And you can totally jump on the bandwagon and make one too!! I’d love to see what songs you guys associate with books.) & participated in the Cover Reveal for Mina’s upcoming book Better At Weddings Than You.
And that’s a wrap. I applaud your perseverance for making it through this long post and through another month with me. How was March for you: reading wise or personally?