I didn’t get quite as much reading done as I’d hoped in March – I’d hoped to cross Vicious, The Calculating Stars, Red Sister and The Confessions of Frannie Langton off my TBR, but I’m still in the middle of reading all three of them – but I managed to read eight books, which I’m pleased with!
I took part in the #FemmeFanTale Readathon at the beginning of the month and managed to get through three novels and a novella in one week!
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
- Circe by Madeline Miller
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
I talked about my thoughts in more detail here if you’re interested!
March was a pleasantly busy one, however, as my friend Marisa and I spent a glorious long weekend in Seville. I didn’t get any reading done while exploring Spain, which I’d never visited before, and I’m not sorry for that.
The weather was perfect – not too hot, but plenty of sunshine and cloudless, blue skies – and, being the nerd that I am, I was fascinated by the city’s architecture. It was a much-needed break that I didn’t realise I’d needed!
When I came back well-rested and full of sangria, I was in the mood for something romantic and fun, so I picked up Entreat Me by Grace Draven. I ended up really enjoying this Beauty and the Beast retelling and I’ll definitely be checking out more of Draven’s work in future – as Romance is a genre I’ve been exploring more of over the past few months, I’m glad to have found a Romantasy author I can turn to when the mood takes me, and for me spring and summer are the ideal months for these kinds of stories so I’ll likely be picking up a couple of other Grace Draven books this year. I’ve got my eye on Radiance and Phoenix Unbound, so I may have to treat myself to copies of both of them fairly soon.
The Parasol Protectorate series is one of my favourites, so I finished up my March reading with the manga adaptations!
These books were such a fun, quick way to revisit some of my favourite characters – I particularly loved the character design for Lord Akeldama – and they made me realise just how well-suited these books would be to an anime adaptation. They’re just so brilliantly silly and tongue-in-cheek and I would eat up an anime version like nobody’s business. Could someone get on that for me, please?