March Wrap Up


This month I read 14 books for a total of 3,885 pages and an average of 125 pages per day. Boy am I happy with this month’s turnout! It was largely due to focusing on middle-grade, but it also helped me cross more books off my TBR, some of which have been gathering dust (literally and figuratively.) Sadly, much of the middle-grade I read didn’t wow me, but Tanith saved the day. Arabella and Bats were huge hits for me too.


Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
First Sentence: Arabella Ashby lay prone atop a dune, her whole length pressed tight upon the cool red sands of Mars.

Bats of the Republic by Zachary Dodson
First Sentence: It was the third massacre I’d witnessed

Phoenix Rising by Bryony Pearce
First Sentence: The ship was empty; silent but for the creak of rigging, the ticking of the boiler, and the hiss of the fire as it consumed the fuel Toby had fed it.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
First Sentence: Once upon a time, a girl was born.

A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt
First Sentence: Wren Matthews was about to lose the Science Olympiad Trivia Challenge.

Piratica by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: One day when she was sixteen, Art remembered her mother.

A few thoughts on Goodreads:

Darcy Swipes Left by Courtney Carbone

The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life by Jacqueline West
First Sentence: Winter is a dangerous time.

Yvain by M.T. Anderson

Sixty-Eight Rooms: Stealing Magic by Marianne Malone
First Sentence: It was some time before dawn when Ruthie Stewart opened her eyes.

Sixty-Eight Rooms: The Pirate’s Coin by Marianne Malone
First Sentence: “Ahoy mates!”

Sixty-Eight Rooms: The Secret of the Key by Marianne Malone
First Sentence: A job – a real job!

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
First Sentence: Visitors to the Jeweled Valley should expect rustic accommodations and varying degrees of adventure, as the area is both remote and not under the protection of any State or Commonwealth.

Review to come:

Piratica II: Return to Parrot Island by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: “Nnn-nh! By the Bull’s Rushshes-“

March Wrap Up



In March I read 10 books for a total of 3,072 pages and an average of 99 pages per day. The Oversight and The Paradox were certainly my favorites of this month. I’m still upset the third book isn’t out yet!

Armada by Ernest Cline
First Sentence: I was staring out the classroom window and daydreaming of adventure when I spotted the flying saucer.

The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson
First Sentence: I made the decision when I saw the blood in the mirror.

Hinges vol 1 by Meredith McClaren

Hinges vol 2 by Meredith McClaren

Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman
First Sentence: The mist hung low in the valley between the forest and the town.

Graft by Matt Hill
First Sentence: With a voice, she was too human.

The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone
First Sentence: Getting up in the morning was always a challenge for Ruthie.
Notable Quote: “Truth is always precious. But mysteries are part of life – a wonderful part. You can’t always know everything.”

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
First Sentence: The natural and the supranatural inhabit the same world, intersecting but largely unseen to one another, like lodgers who share a house but keep different hours, only occasionally passing on the narrow stairs.

The Paradox by Charlie Fletcher
First Sentence: “Fire lives the death of air, and air lives the death of fire; water lives the death of earth, earth that of water”…so says Heraclitus, the ancient philosopher of flux and flame so beloved by the Alchemists.

Sisi by Allison Pataki
First Sentence: Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, known to her people simply as Sisi, has just changed her empire forever.