This month was filled with amazing books! I added a brand new one to my Top 5 favorite books ever read, read some super gripping stories, and explored a few new genres. Check out all the books I read this month and the ones I definitely recommend!

To All the Books I Read This Month: March

March 31, 2019

This month was filled with amazing books! I added a brand new one to my Top 5 favorite books ever read, read some super gripping stories, and explored a few new genres. Check out all the books I read this month and the ones I definitely recommend!

To All the Books I Read This Month: March

March 31, 2019

MY NAME'S KELSEY AND I'M A BOOK SLUT

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This month was filled with amazing books! I added a brand new one to my Top 5 favorite books ever read, read some super gripping stories, and explored a few new genres. Check out all the books I read this month and the ones I definitely recommend!

I can’t believe another month is already over! I was aiming to read 10 books this month and that actually happened! By far the most books I’ve ever read in a month.

If you want some actionable tips about how to read more, check out the post How to Read More Books.

Here is my March Reading Wrap Up and my ratings and thoughts about the books I read!

Just a heads up, this post contains affiliate links—that means I get a small commission of any sales made from the links below, but the price is the same for you whether you purchase via my link or directly from Amazon 🙂

1. The Last Mrs. Parrish

Author: Liv Constantine

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: Yes

Summary: In The Last Mrs. Parrish, Amber is not happy with her current state of affairs. Luckily for her, she has the perfect plan—and the prowess, endurance, and cunningness to bring it to fruition.

Her plan revolves around Jackson Parrish, the extremely rich and handsome man who’s the solution to all her problems. She need only to convince him she’d be the perfect wife for him. There’s only one issue—she has to get rid of his current wife.

Even though Amber is sharp and organized, it’s not enough to protect her against the true reality that’s buried beneath the glamour and riches she so desperately craves.

Personal Thoughts About It: This is a quick read that will suck you in right away! If you want a heart-thumping book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is it!

I really loved to hate all of these characters throughout the story. The twists were unexpected and it kept me enthralled the entire time. But the best part was it had a super satisfying ending! Talk about just desserts.


2. Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: YES (in all caps)

Summary: Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age story about a girl named Kya Clark who grows up in the marsh of North Carolina.

Left by her mother when she was only six, her brothers and sisters the years following, and then eventually her father, she has no choice but to figure out how to do life completely secluded and on her own.

Despite only going to school one day in her entire life, Kya is smart and sensitive. She has sharp insights about the world and people. She’s been abandoned, ridiculed, and on the receiving end of prejudices no one—especially a child—should have to endure, yet she’s still fascinated by life.

Kya is a brilliant character who will melt your heart. And just when you think you’re starting to understand her, she throws you for loop after loop.

Personal Thoughts About It: This is a book that everyone has to read at least once in their life. Not only was this one of the best books I’ve read recently, it’s one of the best books I’ve read EVER. It is hands down now in my Top 5 favorite books of all time. Highly recommend this to every type of reader!


3. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

Author: Ben Philippe

Genre: YA Fiction

Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: NO (in all caps)

Summary: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is the story of Norris—a high school student who is moving from Canada to Austin, TX.

Norris is the typical teenager—angsty, sarcastic, and thinks he knows better than everyone else.

But as Norris begins to settle into his new school and rhythm, he realizes his new home might have more to offer than he originally assumed. Even though Norris’s heart begins to like his new situation, his brain is still fighting against it, leaving him torn and left picking up the pieces.

Personal Thoughts About It: I’m all for an unlikeable character, but this main character is awful. I’m pretty upset that I spent so much time getting to know this guy—I kept hanging on, hoping he would capture my heart. But it never happened.

This book has tremendous reviews, which makes me think I somehow read a different book than everyone else. If you do read this, I hope you love it as much as I was hoping to! But for me, this was a very disappointing read.


4. Circe

Author: Madeline Miller

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Epics

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: Yes

Summary: A retelling of the most beloved and enticing mythology tales, Circe is a modern-day epic that would make even Homer proud.

Circe is the daughter of Helios, god of the sun and a mighty Titan. She’s the “strangest of his children”, possessing little allure, little strength, and a voice that makes the others cringe.

Yet, Circe is filled with compassion and empathy, something none of her other family members can claim. Driven by an insatiable curiosity of mortals, Circe realizes her place might not actually be with the hardened Titans she was born into.

In a desperate attempt to turn a mortal man into a god so they can be in love forever, Circe realizes she may have power after all—the power of witchcraft.

Banished to an island to live in seclusion for eternity, Circe uses her inner strength to develop her outer magic. Throughout her journey, she encounters some of the most famous figures in mythology, including the Minotaur, Icarus, Odysseus, Hermes, and Helen of Troy’s sister Penelope.

Circe’s tale is full of adventure, turmoil, and woe, but also of self-discovery, grace, and love.

Personal Thoughts About It: I don’t know much about Greek mythology aside from what I studied in school. But even with my very elementary understanding, I loved this book! The author does an incredible job of including the backstory of all the characters and their histories without making it feel you’re getting bombarded with info.

This story is a true epic, so pace yourself! I found I couldn’t read it for longer than an hour at a time because so much was happening in every part of the story.


5. The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure

Author: James Redfield

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: Yes, with a caveat—You have to go in with an open mind and ready to explore new-age concepts.

Summary: In The Celestine Prophecy, a manuscript from 600 B.C. has been unearthed and is now circulating among certain groups of people.

The narrator—unnamed throughout the book—finds out about the manuscript from a long lost friend. On a whim, he decides to go to Peru to learn more about the mysterious manuscript. However, he soon realizes it cannot be found, but will only come to those who are meant to see it, when they’re meant to.

But the manuscript is just as called to the narrator as he is to it, the “Insights” all finding him in the order they’re meant to be learned.

The Insights are the different rules of the manuscript that are leading humankind to enlightenment. But as the narrator is discovering these Insights and how they apply to him specifically and humankind as a whole, there’s a fast-paced race, one that puts not only his but multiple lives at risk.

Personal Thoughts About It: This book took me a little while to get into because the tone was so different than anything I’ve read before.

It reads like a nonfiction, while still being fiction. The story itself is fun—it’s an adventure!—but it has a lot of lessons weaved into the text. Be prepared for this to be a thought-provoking book that’ll feel like a little more work than your typical fiction read.


6. My Sister, the Serial Killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: Yes

Summary: My Sister, the Serial Killer is told from the perspective of Korede whose sister Ayoola is, in fact, a serial killer.

Ayoola is gorgeous, vain, and lazy, yet Korede is fiercly loyal to her. When Ayoola calls her—rather, each time Ayoola calls her—announcing she accidentally killed him, Korede runs to the rescue, helping tiny Ayoola dispose of the body and scrub out the blood.

But everything changes when Ayoola sets her sites on the man Korede’s in love with. Forced to sit back and watch in utter fear as Ayoola sinks her claws into him, Korede is faced with an inner battle to save the man she loves or to protect her sister—her blood.

Driven by passion—and the fear that they might get caught any minute because, oops, Korede accidentally confessed everything they’ve done to a man in a coma who is now awake—Korede makes choices she never even imagined were possible.

Personal Thoughts About It: I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! I had no idea what to expect—the book itself is so small and the cover is utterly bizarre. But it turned out to be entertaining and a light, easy read.

The main character’s voice was well-developed and the storyline kept my attention the whole time. For such a short read, it told a very well-rounded story.


7. The Night Olivia Fell

Author: Christina McDonald

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: Yes

Summary: In The Night Olivia Fell, Abi, Olivia’s mother, rushes to the hospital to find her seventeen-year-old-daughter brain dead and hooked to life support after falling from a bridge earlier that night.

Unable to process the news, Abi is pushed into deeper shock when the doctor informs her that Olivia can’t be taken off life support—it’s illegal to do so when the patient is pregnant.

Even though the doctors are painting the fall as an accident, Abi is certain her perfect, rule-abiding daughter was the victim of a horrible crime. Now, it’s up to Abi to unravel the pieces of the past 6 months and figure out who was after her daughter.

As she learns the details of her daughter’s last good days, she also learns Olivia was not the good girl she seemed to be.

Personal Thoughts About It: While this had all the elements of a heart-racing thriller, it also housed an emotionally gripping story. After all of the pieces of the mystery were wrapped up, the story continued.

The ending was different than most thrillers I’ve read; it seemed to switch to a character-driven, emotional story. I really liked that touch and it made me feel a lot more for these characters than I do in most psychological thrillers.


8. I Owe You One

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Women’s Fiction | Chick Lit

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: Maybe…If you’re a fan of fluffy chick lit, I recommend it. If you don’t like light reads, I wouldn’t recommend this.

Summary: In I Owe You One, Fixie is the manager of her family’s home goods store, working thanklessly to maintain the vision her late father had for it. But after her mother’s health scare, Fixie and her siblings are the only ones left to run the place.

For Fixie, that would normally be easy, but now she has her prentious brother and her new-age sister to deal with—and has to figure out how to keep them from running their family’s store into the ground.

In addition to her aimless siblings, Fixie is also preoccupied by her lifelong crush, who is back in London and has finally set his sights on her—something she’s been dreaming about forever. Plus, there’s a handsome stranger who keeps popping up, peaking her curiosity more that a little bit.

Personal Thoughts About It: Know that this is a fluffy chick lit read before you go into it. I really like Sophie Kinsella books, especially when I’ve been reading a lot of heavier stuff and need a light read. The characters and plot are pretty expected and generic, but Kinsella’s quippy and funny tone makes it a good read!


9. Gingerbread

Author: Helen Oyeyemi

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Magical Realism

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: Yes.

Summary: Gingerbread is the story of Harriet Lee, her daughter Perdita, and their more than casual obsession with baking their family’s secret gingerbread recipe. Harriet and Perdita are strange, something that doesn’t bother Perdita in the least but something Harriet can’t make peace with, endlessly gifting everyone around her with gingerbread in order to get them to like her.

One day, the unacceptance of the other school parents becomes the least of her worries when Harriet finds Perdita near dead, seemingly from an attempted suicide.

But when Harriet finds a familiar ring—one that’s part of a very specific pair—in Peridita’s clasped hand, she knows Perdita wasn’t trying to kill herself.

Harriet realizes it’s time to reveal to Perdita the true nature of their family history, including the origins of Peridita’s unknown father, Harriet’s upbringing on the (allegedly) nonexistance country Duhastrana, and who owns the other ring.

Personal Thoughts About It: This will leave you saying, “what in the heck did I just read?”. Even though this is a shorter book, don’t expect to speed through it.

To fully pick up on the story and catch all the nuances of Oyeyemi’s writing, you need to spend some real time and thought with this one. I love Oyeyemi’s workl, but it’s strange and will take a lot of focus to get through.

But it’s worth it!


10. Golden State

Author: Ben H. Winters

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Dystopian Fiction

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Do I Recommend This?: Yes.

Summary: In Golden State, life as we once knew it no longer exists. In fact, there is nothing known of the former world. Now, the current day runs on truth—the foundation of The Golden State.

A common truth is so valued by society that entire organizations exist in order to maintain it and keep it sacred—including The Record which houses every action, conversation, thought, sale, and exchange that has ever happened and the Speculative Service which is composed of Speculators—people with the gift to physically see and feel lies in the air. In the current society, those caught lying by the Speculators are sentenced to prison, or complete exile from society.

However, the dedication to upholding the truth and believing in the goodness of the Golden State is not as common in some of the societal members as it is in our main character, Lazlo. Lazlo’s entire sense of “What Is So” begins to crumble when he discovers anomalies, or mistruths, in the structure he believed to be so steady. Now it’s up to him to unravel the lies that’ve been building up around him and the world he thought he lived in.

Personal Thoughts About It: This is a really gripping, plot-driven story. If you’re a fan of Dan Brown, you’ll enjoy this book.

It took me a little while to get into it, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. After a little bit of a slow start, I found myself tearing through it!


What books did you love this month? Share them in the comments below!



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MY NAME'S KELSEY AND I'M A BOOK SLUT

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