Saturday, April 2, 2016

March Wrap-Up | 2016

This month was actually a surprisingly really good reading month for me! I ended up reading:
  • 2 Plays
  • 2 Short Story Collections
  • 1 Comic Book Trade
  • 7 Novels
For a total of 12 things this month, and five of them within the first week of March! So I count that as an accomplishment. Here are some quick thoughts on each, with a link to my Goodreads reviews.


Antigone by Sophocles: [3/5 Stars]
I read this play for class. It's an Ancient Greek play, written around 340 BC and I actually surprisingly enjoyed it! It took me until the end to actually appreciate it, just because the beginning was rather confusing to me personally, but the ending made me feel a lot of emotions.
Goodreads Review

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner: [4/5 Stars]
This one was one I read a while back, and I decided to reread it. I ended up enjoying it more than the first time! Loved the humor and the action that this book provided. It had me absolutely on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it.
Goodreads Review

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2) by James Dashner [3.5/5 Stars]
This was another reread, and I didn't like it as much as the first book for some reason. There were just some choices that the characters made which annoyed me to no end, but I still admire their strength and determination. There were some pretty gruesome scenes in this book, which I could picture perfectly in my head, and I overall still enjoyed it greatly.
Goodreads Review

Othello by William Shakespeare: [4/5 Stars]
This was actually very close to being 4.5 or 5 stars, but I had trouble understanding the language and what was going on in the beginning, and it took me awhile to adjust. When I did I adored it, though! Another great tragedy that actually had things I wasn't expecting. My entire review on this is pretty much, "Dammit, Iago!"
Goodreads Review

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: [4/5 Stars]
This was another one that I read while I was in Elementary school and decided to reread. For a 500+ page book, it was a pretty fast one, mostly due to the large, gorgeous illustrations by the author himself which I greatly admired! I read this one almost in one sitting, in less than 12 hours.
Goodreads Review

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater: [3/5 Stars]
I still have trouble rating this book! The thing is the characters are so great and real, but the plot is just... it doesn't move at all? However, Stiefvater's writing is downright lovely, and very moving. There were so many quotes I wanted to cut out and hang on my wall.
Goodreads Review

True Heroes edited by Jonathon Diaz: [4/5 Stars]
This was one of the short story collections I read. The premise of this collection was each author got to chat with a real kid with cancer, and then write a story about that child fulfilling their dream occupation of warrior princess, fireman, pirate, dragonslayer, Batman, and many other things. It was so adorable and made me feel so hopeful.
Goodreads Review

Twice Upon A Time (Half Upon A Time, #2) by James Riley: [3.5/5 Stars]
So, I didn't read the first book in this trilogy, otherwise I'm sure I would have rated it higher! It was a fun middle grade book that had to do with fairytales, and felt like a fairytale itself. The main three were so cute, I think I liked Philip the best. The only thing that confused me was the world-building, because I wasn't sure where they were. Oops. Again, probably could have been solved by reading the first book...
Goodreads Review

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson: [3.6/5 Stars]
If you didn't know already, Magnus Bane is one of my favorite characters ever. He's from the Shadowhunters Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, and these were some short stories about his adventures, which I checked out from the library. I liked most of them, except the first one, which I only rated 1.5 or 2 stars. Other than that it was really fun, and I have my mini-reviews on each of the 11 stories in my Goodreads Review

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer: [5/5 Stars]
I'm so sad that this series is coming to an end! I loved this finale, even if it wasn't my favorite in the series (my favorite is still probably Scarlet). But this one just was so epic, what with so many characters and plots converging, and I love everyone, and it just made me so happy!
Goodreads Review

Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison: [4/5 Stars]
This was a fun little comic book trade which I adored! The characters were so funny, I loved their friendship, and appreciated the examination of Feminism vs. Misandry, since I often think they are mistaken for one another. The art was also adorable. I want to read the next trade when it comes out (if it's not already).
Goodreads Review

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare: [5/5 Stars]
I would give this 10 stars, if it were possible. THIS WAS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH AND PROBABLY THE YEAR. It is definitely Cassandra Clare's best series starter, and my Goodreads Review is actually the longest I've ever written, I went right up to the 20,000 character limit. My bad. (And I still had things to say). I actually bought this one for myself, which  I rarely do, and it was worth it. I spent an entire day just reading this, and in total it only took me three days to finish this 700 page book. I obviously loved it.
Goodreads Review


What books did you read in March, and what was your favorite? Hopefully April will be as inspired and book-filled as March was for me!


  1. YAY! I'm glad you loved Winter, I really enjoyed it too :D I still need to read Maze Runner and Huge Cabret. I own a copy of Hugo Cabret so I have no excuse but I'm thinking I'll do Maze Runner on audio so I can get to it sooner! Happy April! xx

    1. I thought Winter was a really great conclusion to the series, I'm glad you liked it as well! Hugo Cabret was really good, and it's a very fast read as well, especially for it's size! Thank you, I hope you're getting some nice weather!


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