I’ve had this post in my drafts for ages and totally forgot to post it as I’ve been really busy recently, but here are the books I bought in March!
I’ve been trying to limit my book buying habits as I definitely buy more books than I have time to read – but after being on a book buying ban in February, I definitely made up for it by buying some new books. I don’t think I’ll be buying anymore for a while as I try to work my way through my ever-increasing tbr pile!
In terms of book buying bans, I think I’m going to stop having them because I do love buying and reading books. But I am definitely going to try and limit the amount of books I buy and make sure to try and get my tbr pile down a little before I do buy some more!
The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré
All of the reviews that I’ve seen about this book are amazing and have said it is a must-read novel. It follows a teenage girl who is growing up in a rural Nigerian village and longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice”. It sounds like such an inspiring story that I am sure I will absolutely love! As someone who is an advocate for universal education, this is definitely right up my street.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
I wanted to read The Black Flamingo for the longest time and I’ve just recently finished and I loved it! My review is up on my bookstagram here, if you are interested. The story follows a boy who is coming to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen, and then at university where he finds his wings as a drag artist – The Black Flamingo. I’ve recently finished this heart-warming story about finding yourself and it is also in verse which I absolutely love to read!
Mythos by Stephen Fry
I’ve always wanted to read books based on Greek Mythology and after doing a poll on my bookstagram a lot of people recommended Mythos as a good starting point. I definitely want to read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller in the future, and I think this will be a good introduction to the genre as a whole. In Mythos, Stephen Fry retells a range of Greek Myths in a captivating and fun way!
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Karan Millwood Hargrave
I love reading children’s books – anyone else? And I also want to get into the fantasy genre, so I think that reading some children’s fantasy books will help me to grasp new worlds and the general format of fantasy books. This book sounds amazing – I love that there is magic involved, and I think that the fact that this story is also an adventure novel will make it even more fun to read.
When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten
Longlisted for the 2021 Jhalak Prize, this story is about a young girl who can’t remember anything from her previous summer after a hurricane. But her whole world changes with the arrival of a new girl in the village she lives in. I am so intrigued by this middle grade book, which explores a plethora of important themes. Also, I’m loving the representation here! I’ve finished this book which is included in my March Wrap Up which you can find here and I really enjoyed it!
A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J. Maas
This was probably my MOST anticipated book on this list – A Court of Thorns and Roses. I did a buddy read of this with one of my good friends last month and I enjoyed it but it wasn’t a five star read for me. Although I don’t read fantasy, I’ve been told this is a relatively good place to start with the genre and I do kind of agree. If you’ve read this one, what did you think of it?
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
I am a big Shakespeare fan and when I first heard about this book, I knew I needed to read it. That being said I couldn’t justify paying £20 for the hardback and whilst waiting for the paperback to be released, I saw that the price had dropped, and I just couldn’t not buy it. Also, this was nominated for the April book club I co-run for university, so I guess the timing was perfect! Although this is not necessarily a direct story about Shakespeare’s life, the Elizabethan setting and exploration of family dynamics definitely sounds intriguing. I’ve just finished this, review will be coming soon!
Have you bought any new books recently? Let me know what you’re reading this month in the comments😊.