March was all about finishing up The Illuminae Files with the release of Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I absolutely adored this trilogy and Obsidio was an epic end to it. I didn’t want it to be finished but they ended it so well and really knocked it out of the park, or in this case, universe might be more apt.
My favourite thing about these books was the format. It’s not for everyone but I just fell in love with it and made it much more of an experience while reading it.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia was another book with a slightly different format and I very much enjoyed it and I love that there are webcomics of Monstrous Sea and The Children of Hypnos (which are part of the plot in the book) available to read. I love stuff like this.
I also ended my reading month with another YA contemporary. It’s one that I’ve been putting off for ages for no other reason that there was so much hype surrounding it and I try to avoid hypey books.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is proof that I should ignore my inner voice whenever it tells me that the reality will not live up to the expectation. This book was utterly lovely and I actually can’t wait to reread it. I suspect this will be a comfort reread for me. I’m also hoping to go see the movie soon, it’s released in Ireland on Friday 6 April which is later than EVERYWHERE ELSE for some bizarre reason. I don’t usually do book movies but I’m told this is a very good adaption and I’m curious about the soundtrack. The music in the book is fabulous!
More than Bread by Marya Layth was my poetry choice for March and I managed to just squeeze it in. This was a bookstagram recommendation.
I sometimes get too bogged down in the words with poetry and forget to enjoy the flow of the poem. I’m also not a very religious or spiritual person so I thought shortly after I started this that it might lose me but it actually drew me in the more I read. There is definitely a spiritual undertone but nothing preachy and it encompasses all of us. Or at least that’s how I took it. It’s also just a small part of it. I described this to a friend of mine as a hug for the soul. It legit gave me warm fuzzy feelings. I’ve decided to leave this on my bedside table for the foreseeable so I can dip in and out from time to time.
Before you cross that bridge,
you should know,
forgiving people does not change them;
it changes you.
I also tired my hand at an autobiography in March. It didn’t really work out. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish was the first autobiography I’ve read in about 10 years. I had problems with ‘the voice’ as it reads like it was copied verbatim. This was actually fine when she was just telling a story but I really didn’t like it when it was conversations as it read like a movie script. It’s also not in chronological order which was just confusing to be honest.
I found the story about her disabled coworker incredibly uncomfortable and I’m legitimately concerned about what happened to him. The man just disappeared and nobody seems to find that worrisome? I was contemplating giving up at this point and I did put it aside for about two weeks but in the end I pushed through and I think the second half was less controversial and a lot more personal. She has not had an easy life and she worked her ass off to get where she is today. I really do hope that she continues to be successful. I did decide not to rate this book though as maybe I just don’t ‘get’ autobiographies.
I read ten books in total for March which is about two or three books short of my usual, it was a busy month with travel though so I’m satisfied with what I read.