Another month over, another reading wrap up! How the hell we are in April already I really don’t know. I managed to read nine books in March, a mixture of; physical, kindle & audiobooks. We hope you are excited to find out the books we read in March.
WHAT WE READ IN MARCH
FEMINISTS DON’T WEAR PINK AND OTHER LIES CURATED BY SCARLETT CURTIS // LINK
TRIGGER WARNINGS – RAPE, FGM, HOMOPHOBIA, SEXISM & TRANSPHOBIA
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink is a collection of writing from extraordinary women, from Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each telling the story of her personal relationship with feminism.
I listened to this via audiobook after owning it for over a year. On the whole, I really enjoyed it, however I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t narrated by the host of people who contributed to the book, but I definitely recommend listening via audio! This book would especially be amazing for young teens, to learn all about feminism and how amazing & empowering it is, however saying that – I learnt so much & I am 28 years old!
THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT BY FARRAH ROCHON // LINK
What happens when three women get screwed over by one guy? They become best friends and form the boyfriend project of course!
This story was predictable as hell but I did enjoy it and would recommend if you want something super easy to read. I loved the friendship that Samiah, London & Taylor formed. They decide to swear off men and focus on themselves are their careers. Enter Daniel… smart, sexy & kind. Samiah is in troubleeee. If you enjoy fun, light hearted and sexy reads – give this a go!
OTHER WORDS FOR HOME BY JASMINE WARGA // LINK
We follow Jude who leaves her homeland of Syria – leaving behind her much loved brother & dad – to live with relatives in Cincinnati, after her hometown becomes too volatile. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises.
I listened to this & absolutely loved it, I have completely fallen in love with middle grade books this month & this is one I really recommend. It is a heart warming & thought provoking read, the book really highlighted the importance of respecting and loving another person’s culture and differences. I do feel the story lost some of it’s focus & flow in the second half, which I really wish it hadn’t as the first half of the book was so hard hitting. However I honestly can’t recommend it enough!
A BEAUTIFUL SPY BY RACHEL HORE // LINK – GIFTED COPY
The story begins in 1928 & we see the story of Minnie, an ordinary young woman, become a spy for the British government.
Sounds intriguing right? WRONG. This is possibly one of the dullest books I have read. It had SO much potential but the plot went absolutely nowhere! I really wanted to DNF it but knew I would be disappointed if I missed out on all the action or a big reveal. I didn’t connect with, or like the character at all and the plot fell flat. I think if you really enjoy historical fiction, you’ll possibly enjoy this! However it is not a genre I usually read, so it could all be down to personal preference.
THE LAST BEAR BY HANNAH GOLD // LINK – GIFTED COPY
There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to a faraway Arctic outpost. But one night, April catches a glimpse of something distinctly bear shaped loping across the horizon. A polar bear who shouldn’t be there—who is hungry, lonely and a long way from home.
Another middle grade and possibly one of my favourite books of 2021. This book perfectly blends a story of friendship whilst raising awareness for environmental in a way children will understand. I absolutely loved Hannah’s writing style and it was really fast paced, such a lovely easy read!
THE GOOD SAMARITAN BY JOHN MARRS // LINK
The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.
I absolutely LOVE John Marrs, he is one of my favourite authors and I will read everything he writes. If you enjoy fast paced, twisted & dark thrillers – he is the perfect author for you. He writes the most incredibly unique plots with the best twists in them. A lot of thrillers have a slow build up to the actual story however this gets into the action STRAIGHT away. This wasn’t my favourite of his books but i’d recommend it 100%!
ALLEGEDLY BY TIFFANY D JACKSON // LINK
Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.
This is the second book I have listened to by Tiffany D Jackson and it’s another I enjoyed! It is dark, gripping & disturbing. The plot was so intriguing however the end of the book fell kind of flat, which is also what happened in Grown, the other book I read by the same author. The plot had so much oomf throughout and then completely changed in the last chapter. That being said, it is a book that will definitely stick with you and it gives you an insight into how messed up the system is.
OPEN WATER BY CALEB AZUMAH NELSON // LINK
Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists – he a photographer, she a dancer – trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence.
This was slightly out of my comfort zone as I knew it would be quite… lyrical writing, which I am not a fan of and the fact this is told in SECOND person was a whole other element I am not used it and it did take me a while to get in. It explores identity, what it is to be a young black Londoner, the nature of masculinity, the excruciating exhaustion and trauma of racism, the police brutality, and of constantly not being seen. As much as this was out my comfort zone, I am SO glad I read it!
TELL ME YOUR SECRET BY DOROTHY KOOMSON // LINK
Our book club pick for March! A thriller set in Brighton, a body of a woman has been found in the park. This seems to be the latest victim of a serial killer who abducted women and then set them free if they kept their eyes closed while they were with him. Now he is targeting his past victims and killing them one by one. Pieta, a reporter was one of his previous victims but has never reported it and is now being sent to interview a another of the victims. Jodi is a detective determined to solve the case. You can read my full review here, along with snippets of those from our book club members.
There you have it! All the books we read in March. We hope you find something that takes your fancy. Have you read any of these?
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