– What Happened –
Well, for once it didn’t feel like the weeks flew by! March seemed to go on and on, and perhaps it did since I got some decent reading done and checked off all of my monthly goals: read an ARC, a self-published book, a book off my shelf, and read a book without reviewing it.
I’m yet to write my review for The Sword in the Street by C. M. Caplan, a self-published low fantasy book featuring some pretty smashing swordsmanship. I also haven’t reviewed Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley, a short, trippy novel that is difficult to describe. I recommend checking out Night’s brilliant post if you’re curious about this title!
I also got to read The Place Below, the final instalment in The Maer Cycle, Dan Fitzgerald’s heart-warming fantasy series. I can’t recommend this trilogy enough!
In a rare example of effective time management, I read my ARC of The Last Watch by J. S. Dewes ahead of its release in April. This sci-fi story was an absolutely blast, so I’m pretty pumped that the second book will be out this August!
I was able to return to my pre-blogging TBR for the first time in about 9 months, and decided to dive into The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson which I’ve been wanting to read for years. While it’s not exactly what I expected, I’m really enjoying it so far. Badass accountancy FTW!
– The Damage –
Hilariously, there was a point a couple of weeks ago when I thought March would be the first month in a long time that I haven’t bought any books. Then I was tempted by bookstagram to get myself a copy of Dragon Mage by M L Spencer. I also landed a new job and decided to celebrate by buying the stunning FairyLoot edition of Daevabad. Then I kinda got carried away with special and signed editions…
Physical Books and Pre-Orders
I supported Dyrk Ashton’s Kickstarter for War of the Gods which will complete my hardcover set of this series, including a fancy slipcase. I also had no choice but to pick up limited editions of The Bone Ships and Master of Sorrows, since the sequels for both go on pre-sale next month. Master of Sorrows contains a secret message written by the author in invisible ink, so I’ll have to buy myself a UV torch too!
From there I definitely lost the plot (book pun, hah!) and bought hardcovers of the first two instalments in The Founders Trilogy and a signed copy of The Last House on Needless Street entirely on a whim. I also couldn’t resist jumping aboard the Aurora Cycle train having seen the cover of the upcoming third instalment (check it out below)!
At that point I took a breath, checked my credit card balance, and decided that no I do NOT need to own the Goldsboro edition Aurora books just to make a book rainbow. At least, not this month.
– What’s Gonna Happen –
I’m pretty up to date with my reading at the moment, so I’m going to binge the rest of The Masquerade before getting to my May ARCs. For my self-published monthly pick, I’d say I’ll be grabbing a copy of Lore and Lust: The Vanishing if I have time to re-read the first book. It’s looking like a mighty fine month!
What have you been reading?
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