March 2018 Bookish Wrap Up

Quick update: I’ll be heading out on vacation this week and I won’t be posting as often as I do. I’ll be back later this month with stories and new books to share!

I can’t believe that another month has come and gone. I’ve always regarded March to be the longest month. This is probably leftover from school when March has no days off. It just felt longer because of that.

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But I did get a lot of reading done. I was somehow able to read eight books! That’s pretty impressive to me. While I wanted to read more leisurely books, I ended up reading some pretty heavy reads. I think my definition of light reading is something heavy like grief and loss. Who knows.

I also read some cute ones too, so it wasn’t all bad. However, I do know I need a break from these heavy reads soon for my own mental health. But here’s what I got through this month!

School for Psychics by K.C. Archer

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The first book in a new series by KC Archer. You follow Teddy, a young psychic, as she starts at a school to teach her how to use her powers. Of course, trouble ensues when her friends start to go missing and her past is revealed.

American Panda by Gloria Chao

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This is a great book about a young girl named Mei and the choices her parents made for her. If you’re a young 1st or 2nd generation Asian American, this book will resonate to you in so many ways. I honestly felt things I haven’t felt for a really long time after reading this one.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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I absolutely loved this novel. It’s about grief and loss and a young girl trying to come to terms with her mother’s suicide. While it does mainly take place in Taiwan, the story is definitely something everyone can understand. Double if you’ve ever lost someone in your life you dearly and deeply loved and wished you knew better.

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

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If you’re in the mood to unplug from the usual grind and read a fun little mystery, then this is for you. The story follows Hazel, a young woman, who’s grandfather recently died. Before he died, her grandfather had discovered a math equation that can help predict death. We all know that’s not something you can do easily. While there’s a little math and physics scattered throughout the story, we follow Hazel (someone not inept at the level of math her grandfather was working on) and discover just where Isaac hid his last equation.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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What if you were to meet a complete stranger in an elevator and suddenly asked to go to a wedding as their fake girlfriend? You might think that was a crazy adventure, but for Alexa and Drew it was only the beginning of a bigger relationship.

This definitely was my lightest read from the month and I was super excited to enjoy it. I hope you enjoy this contemporary rom com as well!

Hot Mess by Emily Belden

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This was such a cute read as well. The story follows Allie, a girl who recently lent her boyfriend a huge amount of money for him to start his own restaurant. Suddenly, hotshot boyfriend disappears and all Allie is left with is a restaurant and penniless. What does she do? She starts getting to work on creating the best restaurant in Chicago. All of this without a single culinary bone in her body.

Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

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This was probably the biggest doozy of them all this month. With a ton of trigger warnings (check out my blog post for them), the cover of this book doesn’t do the story justice. I mean, it was intensely sad and immensely cathartic. However, I think the one thing that the book does well is bring a little hope to those who may feel their worlds are crumbling in their fingers.

Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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This book was another unexpectedly good one! While it first starts off pretty tame and about a young girl trying to decide her future, it gets much deeper into the thoughts and feelings of someone accused of being a terrorist. It’s a feeling I don’t think I’ve ever experienced and something that should be stopped. Definitely check this out to feel the rawness of what it might be like to be the victim of Islamophobia.

I hope you liked what I read! What did you read last month?

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