March Reads ’21

Winter is now over and Spring is clearing it’s way in.

March has been a busy month, I have read so much but I have also been obsessed with watching Anime again and even got back into embroidery. If you want to see what I have been making, follow me on Instagram. I have read a total of 20 books and I have NEVER read that many books.

Ok I do have a bit of a confession, I have been reading a lot of Manga during the month of March and I am going to group up the reviews of them because they are finished series.

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

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I discovered this book through TikTok and the explanation from this person was the fan love ship of Derek Hale and Stiles Stilinski from Teen Wolf and in my head I thought it would be very bantery and some funny moments, unfortunately that did not happen.

I have to say with the small amount of pages, I felt very confused with the context of the story. The story just starts with an off page first encounter to them entering Tobias’s home. I would have liked some knowledge of the characters before they meet each other but with the small pages it was acknowledged that they both Tobias and Henry cared for another. I don’t remember much of the book since I read it at the beginning of the month.

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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How can the beginning of the month feel like lightyears away?

Judging from my notes in my Reading Journal, I wasn’t keen of this book much. First notes basically says “Not my fav, a lot of development” which speaks volumes as to how I don’t remember what happened. I am hoping Frozen Tides would be memerable.

It’s like one of those filler episdoes that you see in tv shows, they don’t hold much in the over arching plot but it is put there to continue the progression of the series.

Shadow of the Fox Trilogy by Julie Kagawa

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I have already written a full series review, you can find it here.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

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I read this book during the two week Tome Toppleathon (I didn’t do an post about it because I felt I didn’t need to).

I didn’t know much going into this book, I had seen it on Booktube years ago and I just didn’t think on it. I really liked the premise of this story, I enjoyed the world building and the magic system. I grew to admire Nahri, she is a novice throughout the book but she grows as a strong woman in a mans world towards the end of the book. I couldn’t quite understand Ali, throughout the book, he just came off as a caring man but easily subdued from his father and his brothers.

This book gave me many Arabian Nights vibes, so I am curious as to how the next book proceeds.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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This was another book that I read during Tome Topple.

If you thought young girls in a monestary being trained to be assissins, you would be thinking hell yes. To me, this book sounded great and when I first started reading it I thought I would enjoy it. Unfortunately I didn’t, the book had so much world building and also this on going plot of Nona being an enemy to the Emperor and should be executed, it lost it’s focus of the deveoplment of the character. The part towards the end about the heart of something really did not fit into the story since it wasn’t mentioned earlier in the book.

I had hopes that I would enjoy this series but sadly I didn’t.

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 16-27, Hiromu Arakawa

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I read all of these during the readaton, I just want to mention I was reading the omnibus version which is three volumes in one book.

Oh my god, I laughed, I cried and I loved it. So I started the series a couple of years ago, back then I knew that it was a great series with two versions of the anime and I wanted to see if it was good enough. I love the relationship of Edward and Alphose, I love their determination and care for each other, I especially enjoy the amount of times characters have commented on Edwards height. But another great duo is Colonel Roy Mustang and Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye, obviously I shipped them but I enjoyed how well they knew each other.

The ending was very sad, I did cry a few times and I am glad that I started reading the series. I would highly recommend it.

Fruits Basket Vol 5-12, Natsuki Takaya

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So I read Vol 5-9 before the readathon and completed the last three volumes towards the end of the month.

I thought this was a lovely series about a young girl who discovers that the people she is living with turn into a zodiac animal. But no, this is sad, heartbreaking and emotional. I don’t want to spoil anything but this was a beautiful series about family, love, loss and even pain. I highly recommend reading this and don’t forget a box of tissues.

Jujutsu Kaisen Vol 1, Gege Akutami

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Recently I have been obsessed with an anime called Jujutsu Kaisen, the first season has already ended and I am looking forward to the movie that is coming soon. At the moment, I am reading the manga on my kindle but I do have plans to collect the series so far but it’s a bit difficult because it’s been sold out.

This series is about a teenage boy, Itadori Yuji, Yuji and his classmates in the Occult Research Club discover a box with an item inside. Another teenage boy, Megumi Fushiguro tells him that the item inside the box is a sealed talisman which is dangerous and could kill alot of people, underneath the seal is a finger belonging to Ryomen Sukuna the King of Curses. During an attempt to save his friends from a cursed spirit drawn to the finger, Itadori swallows it and Sukuna posesses Itadori.

I really love the anime and I highly recommend that you should watch it. I do have plans to read the rest of the series, probably this month, but I do have a lot of collecting to do in order to keep up with the series.

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I hope you are having a great day where ever you are. I didn’t want this post to be really long. I will be going back to work in the middle of April, so I know that I’ll be reading less than I have been. But I do want to mention that I am 14 books away from my Goodreads Reading goal which is shocking in my eyes because I have never read so many in the first three months of the year and yet here I am with so many books read.

Happy Reading and Happy Easter xx

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