It’s almost April, everyone, can you believe it? I almost forgot to put together this post, because it really snuck up on me. But here is a list of all of the books that I’ve read this month. I’ve stayed really close to my blog theme this month, with nothing being too divergent, which is awesome! I felt like I hadn’t read many books this month, until I pulled together all 9 of these reads and realized I should give myself a little more credit! Anyway, without further ado, please enjoy my March 2021 Monthly Wrap Up!
khōréō Magazine Vol 1, Issue 1
This was absolutely the highlight of my month of reading. It took me quite a while to get through all of the stories, but this magazine was created for me. It was created for any of my fellow diaspora friends. It is important and I am so glad that I was fortunate enough to get a review copy of it. All of the short stories from the first issue are available for free on khoreo magazine’s website. I don’t say this lightly, if you identify as a member of any diaspora, this magazine is for you. We often struggle with feelings of belonging, but knowing that we are not alone helps. Check it out, read the stories from the first issue, buy a subscription, they are amazing.
The Sword in the Street by CM Caplan
This was my first book tour book, and it was so fun to be able to participate in one! I felt all the love from other tour hosts, and I made some new blog friends! And that is before we even talk about how we got to read a really sweet book. 🙂 It was definitely a fun experience to participate in a blog tour and I want to do more. Talking to you all is the best part about having a blog, and blog tours really feel even more like a community. So look out for those soon!
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Buddy read alert!
This was my first official buddy read with Sarah at Girl on Books! And I have to say official, because we have read a lot of books together already, but this was the first one where we officially blogged about it as a buddy read. It was super fun, and we have more surprises in store for you all for future buddy reads! But besides that, Wicked Fox was incredible and it was such a fun, lighthearted read. Definitely recommend! And you all should check to out all of our fun buddy read stuff!
War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
War Girls was incredibly informative. I was really happy to be able to read a book about the Nigerian Civil War, which we totally do not talk about enough. I had no idea anything about it before reading, and so of course I did some due diligence and read up on Tochi’s family’s history. If you’re going into War Girls I completely recommend briefly looking up some history on the Nigerian Civil War and you will learn how close to Tochi Onyebuchi’s heart this story is.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, but it turned out to be really good! Dread Nation didn’t pull me in for the characters themselves, but the world was so compelling in every little detail, I couldn’t look away. I’m definitely glad that I read this one, and I am very interested to see how the second one goes!
Anna K. by Jenny Lee
Review to come, stay tuned!
I’ve been getting told to read this book for months by Sarah. Back in November, we watched the movie together in preparation for me to read this book (Sorry, Sarah), but I finally read it!! And it was so fun! It was the same kind of love that I have (had?) for Gossip Girl, but with more representation. I’d like to petition to reimagine more really old books with a more diverse cast. Who’s with me?
Feminism, Interrupted by Lola Olufemi
This book I picked up on a whim. I got this on Pluto Press for free with an ask of donation to Sisters Uncut (what a really cool way to support an organization, props to Pluto Press and Lola Olufemi!!). I absolutely started this on a whim, while waiting in my car for my take out to be ready. 😂 I was absolutely enthralled the entire time, it’s such a good book, everyone should read it!
If you want to donate to Sisters Uncut yourself (if you can, you should!), check out their website here.
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
The Dead and the Dark was one of those books that I requested an advanced copy for just because the cover was absolutely gorgeous. Turns out it was kind of a scary book, and I am a huge scaredy cat, so it was exhilarating the entire time. (For those of you fellow chickens, it wasn’t that scary, don’t worry) It was such a nice read, I really really enjoyed it.
Band Sinister by KJ Charles
Band Sinister was a wonderful book, KJ Charles is a gem. I have never seen an author write consent in such a sexy way. It’s so rare. I loved the relationships between all of the characters in this book, this was definitely my favorite KJ Charles book that I’ve read so far! Also this was a buddy read with Sarah! Stay tuned for her review to come.
There you have it, friends! I had 9 reads this month, and they were all really good. I had a very fortunate month with the books I selected to read. What did you read this month that has stuck with you? Did you read more or less than anticipated? Let me know!