March 2023 Book Wrap Up

Dear reader, it’s the end of March; what’s the weather like where you are? We’ve had snow, rain, and some cold sunny days, but now it’s dark and windy. You can tell it’s the start of spring.

This crazy weather makes me want to stay in all day curled up with a book and lots of tea. It also makes me impulsive, which is how I ended up getting a fringe—a decision I’m still not sure was good. I got the french girl bob, if you’re wondering, but I’m neither french nor do I have a french face. But now I’m stuck with it, so yeah.

I read nine books this month, staying in turned out to be really productive for my reading challenge.

Adult fiction

How to Kill Men and Get Away With It by Katy Brent

Genre: thriller, romance?
How I read it: on my kindle

This book was insane. It was as if the Netflix show YOU, the movie Promising Young Women and the book How To Kill Your Family had a kid. That’s what this book is. It should also come with a big trigger warning for sexual assault.

A popular Instagram influencer is tired of all the men hurting women and living freely around London, so she decides to kill them and chop their bodies. Her serial killer ways are pretty reckless. I think the book starts as if an average person murdered someone and what they would do to clean up the scene, but it escalates quickly to the point that she seems very careless with her murdering.

The ending is not at all what I expected, and I found it a bit disappointing. There was a lot of buildup throughout the book, and then it just ended with no resolution.

This first quote tells you everything you need to know about the main character:

I absolutely refuse to be around anyone who thinks they’re better than me because a) who has the time to waste hanging out with anyone you just will never get along with and b) no one is better than me.

He doesn’t look like a monster though. But they don’t, do they? Otherwise, they’d never get the opportunity to be monsters.

Virtual Strangers by Sam Canning

Genre: romance
How I read it: on my kindle

The main reason I picked up this book is that the protagonist is called Ada (my name), and that’s the first time I’ve encountered a book with my name on it without it being a side character. So yes, I bought it.

Set in Edinburgh, one of my favourite cities in the world, this romance follows the “You’ve Got Mail” trope, and it was a nice, cute read. Predictable and cosy, perfect for a night in.

“Lothian Road’s not really the centre, is it?”

“We’re a fifteen-minute walk from the castle!” he pointed out.

“It’s Scotland. Everything’s a fifteen-minute walk from a castle.”

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Genre: historical fiction, mystery
How I read it: ebook from the library

I loved this book! It was part of my spring reading, and I loved it. This story is divided into two times; back in 1791, a female apothecary secretly dispensed poisons to help women kill the men who wronged them, and in present-day London, a historian is trying to find out more about this apothecary serial killer.

This book has witchy vibes, women’s history and lots of recipes on how to murder your husband.

Killing and secret-keeping had done this to me. It had begun to rot me from the inside out, and something inside meant to tear me open.

The curse of magick, they believe, is that for every reward, there is a great loss. For every spell that goes right, there is something else—in the real, natural world—that goes terribly wrong.

YA fiction

Lockwood & Co. Series: The Screaming Staircase, The Dagger in the Desk, The Whispering Skull, The Hollow Boy, The Creeping Shadow and The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud

Genre: paranormal, mystery, YA
How I read it: ebooks borrowed from the library

I watched the Lockwood & Co Netflix series that came out in February, and I requested the books from my library the second I finished watching the first season.

The series is set in London, where a phenomenon known as “The Problem” is turning people into ghosts after they die and start terrorising people in England. Lockwood & Co is an agency formed by three teenagers that work on killing the ghosts and investigating when and why The Problem started and how to fix it.

I love this series, but while writing this, Netflix still hasn’t said if they’ll renew the show for a second season, I really hope they do.

Making tea is a ritual that stops the world from falling in on you. Everything pauses while you do familiar things with taps and kettles; it allows you to catch your breath and become calm.

“What, are you queuing now? Just how British are you people? Don’t just stand in line! Kill somebody!”

I have a long list of books to read during spring, mostly magic and fantasy series, and I can’t wait for warmer weather, though this being England, it might still take a while for that.

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