Monthly wrap-up: What I read in March 2021

To be honest, I’m always one of those people to say time moves so slowly, but this March? I’ve never felt like a month flew by so quickly. Either way, we survived! This reading wrap-up is up a little later than I intended, but nonetheless I’m excited to share the books I read in March 2021 with you!

I finally started to slowly get out of my reading slump this month! It’s still not what I’m used to, but I can feel the reading spirit coming back to me! I’m hoping to go fully back to reading in April, but first: let’s look at some stats and mini reviews for March!

Reading stats

I did it! I read my first two physical books of 2021! I’ve always preferred reading physical books over ebooks, but this year I’ve been feeling so exhausted. Luckily it’s getting better and I finally had the energy to pick up some physical copies! I read a total of seven books this month, so that means there were two physical copies and five ebooks!

I read 2769 pages across those seven books. This month I also read five review copies which didn’t really help my TBR, especially if you know one of the non-review copies was a reread. Also fun to know, I read an adult book this month and according to The Storygraph, I mostly read slow-paced books in March! I was, as always, feeling rather adventurous and read some emotional, mysterious and dark books!

Now, it’s time to take a closer look at my March reads with some mini reviews!

What I read and thought

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All the tides of fate by Adalyn Grace
Genre: YA fantasy (adventurous, emotional)
Representation: minor characters (lesbian couple, non-binary person)
Click here for my review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s been a month since I finished this and I still want to cry just thinking about it! Adalyn Grace really said let’s break some hearts, and she definitely succeeded. This was the last book in the All the stars and teeth duology and though my expectations were high, I never could’ve seen this coming. Absolutely genius with a bittersweet ending! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m in need of some more tissues again.

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The Castle School (for troubled girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel
Genre: YA contemporary (emotional)
Representation: numerous mental illnesses, characters from different backgrounds
Click here for my interview with the author (and here for my review)!

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I don’t think you understand the pain of rating this one star. I interviewed the author and she was so incredibly nice, but then I read this book and…no. To be honest, just no. Despite having so much important representation, I just felt like it lacked a lot of depth in many ways. I couldn’t connect with anyone because of that, plus the characters felt like they were nothing except their illnesses, which is a big turn off for me. Either way, I’m really hoping the author won’t find my review…

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American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar
Genre: YA contemporary (emotional)
Representation: Indian-American mc, cross-cultural relationship, toxic relationship
Click here for my review!

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I still can’t believe how disappointed I actually was after reading this. The premise sounded so good and I was really excited to read about a cross-cultural relationship, but unfortunately it fell really flat for me. For a story about a toxic relationship, this concentrated too much on the romance for me and it all went too fast. I’ve heard the Indian representation is really good, though I can’t judge that myself of course. Overall really underwhelming for me.

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Fable by Adrienne Young
Genre: YA fantasy (adventurous)
Representation: gay couple (mlm), bipoc characters
Click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I originally read Fable somewhere in October I believe, but I wanted to reread it before continuing the story in Namesake! There’s something about this story (how often am I gonna say that about this book???) that just makes me feel absolutely at home. The writing is amazing and I feel like I’m literally right there. I’m still hopeful to get an amazing, epic adventure for myself, but for now reading stories like this will do.

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Namesake by Adrienne Young
Genre: YA fantasy (adventurous)
Representation: gay couple (mlm), bipoc characters
Click here for my review!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I can almost copy and paste the thing I wrote for Fable here, but I won’t do that because that would be “lazy”. Let’s just say this was a really great conclusion to the duology! I would’ve loved to see a bit more from the characters to be honest, but I still really loved being back with them. Adrienne Young announced that there will be a spin-off though and I’m so ready for that book already! But yeah, this duology is definitely a comfort read for me!

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Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
Genre: YA fantasy (adventurous, emotional)
Representation: sapphic relationship, mental illnesses
Click here for my interview with the author (and here for my review)!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and I’m so happy it didn’t disappoint! With its amazing concept and the fact that it’s sapphic, this book has absolutely stolen my heart. I’m a big softie for the characters and the story was also just so good! I don’t even know what to say to you except to read this and cry with me. This book made me feel so many thigs, but it especially made me feel hopeful. I’m an absolute mess.

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The Unbroken by C. L. Clark
Genre: Adult fantasy (adventurous)
Representation: North-African characters, lots of LGBTQIAP (main: sapphic)
Click here for my review!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Perhaps this is the most positive 3.5 star-rating I’ve ever given to a book. The Unbroken is full off political intrigue, sapphic tension (seriously…slow-burn on another level!!!) and character development. It is so well-written, well-thought-through and full of important things. Plus, it has one of the best character arcs I’ve ever read about! But in the end this felt like the start of a series, which it is! It leaves so much potential for the sequel and I can’t wait to hopefully call that one a masterpiece! I highly suggest reading my review though, where I dive deeper into why this book is so strong!


And that’s already it for this post! I don’t really have anything else to say except for that I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Happy belated April by the way! My favourite read of the month is Sweet & bitter magic! Be sure to pick it up for some sapphic goodness! But…

24 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up: What I read in March 2021

  1. I’m so happy to see you enjoyed All the Tides of Fate and Fable! Both of those are lamenting on my owned tbr, along with Sweet & Bitter Magic (which we already discussed hehe). Happy reading this month and I hope your reading physical streak continues!

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  2. oooof, so sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy Castle School! i’m glad that you were still honest about your thoughts while being fair, though, and i’m sure the author will appreciate that. congrats on making it out of a reading slump and for picking up physical copies!

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  3. Oh no, I’m sorry you didn’t like American Betiya, I was really excited for this one 😦
    Totally random but you’re one of the first people I’ve seen that reads more ebooks than physical books like me 😅🤗

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  4. ahh i loved reading this wrap-up, Birdie!! yay for reading 7 books in March, as well as 2 physical books! i definitely relate to you not picking up a physical book in forever – i’m reading Cemetery Boys rn as a physical copy, and this is literally the first physical book i’ve read since June 2020 haha :’) for some reason, i’ve just grown used to reading ebooks lol. also, i’m happy to see your very positive 3.5-star rating for The Unbroken haha! i’m super excited to read that one 🤩 looking forward to the sapphic tension 👀

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    1. omg thank you so much Dezzy!! physical books just require a lot more energy i guess, lol! good luck with cemetery boys by the way, i really enjoyed it!! the unbroken is a book i literally can ONLY recommend, it was so good!! i’m excited to hear what you think, the sapphic tension can be felt across the kingdom haha!

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      1. omg agreed, for some reason it feels easier to hold my phone and read ebooks than to hold an entire physical book lol. but i really did enjoy reading Cemetery Boys as a physical book (it was definitely easier on the eyes haha), there’s nothing quite like the experience of reading an actual physical book! and speaking of Cemetery Boys, i loved it so much ahhhh, it was so heartwarming!! Yadriel and Julian have my entire heart ❤

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  5. I’m so glad you’re pulling out of your reading slump!! i spy a bunch of pirate books lol! i’m glad you enjoyed quite a few of your reads! I really want to reread Fable (and probably should have before reading Namesake) and the writing is just SO GOOD ahhhhh! lovely wrap up!!

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  6. I’m sorry you didn’t like Castle School. I completely understand how awkward it is to post a bad review for a book an author you interviewed wrote. Nevertheless, it’s great that you were honest. I also think it’s about time I read Namsake and Fable! Lovely wrap up, I wish you all the best in April! ❤ (By the way, shall I adress you as Birdie or Alyssa? I would hate to use the wrong name.)

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    1. It was such a disappointment to be honest, but yes I’m always honest. It would be a bit unfair to act like the book was good when it wasn’t in my opinion. And omg, if you ever get to the Fable duology I would love to hear your opinions! Thank you, have a great April, love! Also, Birdie is fine! It’s my nickname while Alissa was just a pseudonym 🙂 thanks for asking!!

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