Monthly Wrap-Ups

Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2015 [#7]


So this month I read 16 books. Not too shabby, I’d say. I read a bunch of recent 2015 releases, and 9 books of the 16 were review copies. (I’m slowly creeping up to 80% on NetGalley… slowly.) I also read a lot of contemporary — a lot for me, since I hardly ever pick up contemporaries. And, of course, some sci-fi and fantasy, my favorite genres. I even read two nonfiction books: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. I wanted to read a lot more books this month, as my ARC pile (physical and virtual) and my library stack are unwieldy, but in retrospect I’m happy with what I did get to read. I’ll be making an April TBR post to give you and myself a better sense of what I have to read and what I really want to read. So stay tuned for that! But now let’s get on to what you’re really interested in: all the books!

What I read last month:

Here’s what I read in March 2015. (16 books!)


Fiction: 14, Nonfiction: 2
Total number of pages read this month (approximately): 5,079!

Click on a title to be directed to my review:

  1. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma | paranormal
  2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | fantasy
  3. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan | historical
  4. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga | contemporary
  5. How to Fly with Broken Wings by Jane Elson | contemporary
  6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | contemporary
  7. Nightbird by Alice Hoffman | magical realism
  8. The Decaying Empire by Laura Thalassa | sci-fi | Review to come closer to release date!
  9. Infinite by Jodi Meadows | fantasy
  10. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs | nonfiction | Review to come closer to release date!
  11. The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe | contemporary
  12. Soulprint by Megan Miranda | sci-fi
  13. Dare to Dream by Carys Jones | post-apocalyptic
  14. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook edited by Kate White | nonfiction
  15. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury | fantasy
  16. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski | fantasy

Most popular reviews:

Here’s what you clicked on the most in March 2015:

  1. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  4. Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks
  5. How to Fly with Broken Wings by Jane Elson

Non-review posts:

Here are my non-review blog posts from March 2015.

  1. Top 5 Wednesday — Books I’d Save In a Fire
  2. The TBR Tag
  3. The Sunday Post — March 8th, 2015
  4. Top Ten Tuesday — Books for Readers Who Like Magical Creatures
  5. Top 5 Wednesday — Books That Made Me Think
  6. Loony Blurbs — March 2015: One-Word Titles
  7. The Sunday Post — March 15th, 2015
  8. In Which I Interrogate Myself About My Reviewing Tactics
  9. Top Ten Tuesday — Books On My Spring TBR List
  10. Waiting on Wednesday — Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  11. The Sunday Post — March 22nd, 2015
  12. Top Ten Tuesday — Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit
  13. Top 5 Wednesday — Worst Series Enders
  14. Waiting on Wednesday — Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  15. Series Wrap-Up — The Newsoul Trilogy by Jodi Meadows
  16. The Literary Twin Book Tag!
  17. The Sunday Post — March 29th, 2015

The books I acquired:

Here are the books I acquired in March 2015. (12 books!)


To the authors and publishers who sent me books for review — many thanks!

(Books are listed in order of when I received them.)

  1. Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR via NetGalley.
  2. The Doublecross by Jackson Pearce — Bloomsbury USA Children’s via NetGalley.
  3. Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt — Bloomsbury USA Children’s via NetGalley.
  4. The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy — Crown Publishers (Random House) via Shelf Awareness.
  5. A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick — Pegasus Crime. Thanks, Iris!
  6. The Decaying Empire by Laura ThalassaRead! Review coming closer to release date! | Skyscape (Amazon Children’s Publishing) via NetGalley.
  7. The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa — Purchased.
  8. Dare to Dream by Carys JonesRead! Click on the title to read my review! | Received from the author. Thanks, Carys!
  9. Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford — St. Martin’s Press via Shelf Awareness.
  10. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman — Simon & Schuster via Shelf Awareness.
  11. Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt — Henry Holt and Company BFYR via Shelf Awareness.
  12. Bone Deep by Kim O’Brien — Spencer Hill Contemporary via NetGalley.

In other news…

An update on my 105 Reading Challenge (so far at 50/105 books):

105 Challenge

The 105 Challenge is hosted by by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28.

I completed another category this month! Category #11: 2015 releases! Visit my Goodreads shelf to see all 11 books in the category.

I read 16 books this month, and those books went toward these categories:

What did you read in March 2015?
What was your favorite book you read this month?
Comment below letting me know!
Oh, and cheers to the month of April!

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2 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2015 [#7]

    1. Agh, Hold Me Like a Breath is begging me to read it!! And I do recommend The Sin Eater’s Daughter — but be warned that the plot doesn’t kick in for a VERY long time. Let me know what you think of Sin Eater’s Daughter because I had mixed feelings, which it appears a lot of other readers share.


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