March 2021 reading wrap-up

With the arrival of April, it’s time to take a moment to look back at the books I read in March. When it comes to hobbies, reading is at the top of my list. Reading is an escape, a form of entertainment, and a way to expand my knowledge in various topics. A while ago, I felt like my enormous TBR was completely overwhelming and that I would never get through it. Yet two years later, I was surprised by how much progress I had made with my TBR. One great thing about the books I read this month was that there were so many new-to-me authors. I love discovering new authors but since I have been working on reading the books I already own this doesn’t happen all that often. This March 2021 reading wrap-up showcases the books I read and my thoughts on them. Perhaps it will inspire you to pick up a book and get some extra reading done.

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March 2021 reading wrap-up

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

Sometimes, you read a book that is so amazing that it’s nearly impossible to put into words what made it so great. That’s how I feel about Thief’s Magic. Right from page one, this story grabbed me with everything it had and didn’t let go until the end. The world-building, the characters, the magic system, everything combined to make this phenomenal experience. I liked how it was two separate stories (or was it?) that felt connected and yet individual. See, what I mean, I am having such a hard time describing this book. All I can say is, if you haven’t read this one yet then you need to drop what you are doing and pick it up right now. You will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Sword Art Online Vol. 11: Alicization Turning by Reki Kawahara

What can I say about this book? I loved it! Of course I did, what’s not to love about Sword Art Online. Much like the previous light novels, the story goes into far more detail than is seen in the anime. I can’t really go into too much detail without giving things away, but I can say that it was great and anyone who is interested in Sword Art Online needs to read the light novel series.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

I have read so many reviews on this book that I knew I had to read it myself. This book’s main focus is on improving your life by making small changes. After all, small changes can add up to a huge difference in the long run. Clear breaks this concept down into four laws and gives real-life examples of each one. He also includes the science, when relevant, behind how and why these changes and habits work. The idea that improving yourself by something as small as 1% to truly get yourself where you need and want to be is a fantastic approach. All too often people will state you need to make big changes in order to see a difference but I think these small habit changes make more sense overall. If you want to make your life better and work towards certain goals, habits and just be a better person, then you need to read this book.

Honestly, I feel like I have done a terrible job of describing why you should read this book. So let me make it simple. Want to make improvements in your life? If you answered yes, then read this book.

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

This is one of those books that I heard quite a bit about when it first came out, wanted to read it but like most books it got put on the backburner. I’m glad that I finally made time to read this one. The story has a lot of unique aspects to it that make it stand out in a sea of sci-fi novels. Now, I will say that this book was slow to read. It’s nothing against the story or anything, some books simply read slowly and that was the case with this one. However, the story itself did not feel slow. There was always something happening, something new discovered about the crew or the world popping up. The ending left me craving more and that’s the one good thing about waiting so long to read this book, I can immediately jump into the next one if I want to. Highly recommend for lovers of science fiction.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn

As someone who has played the MMO Star Wars The Old Republic, I was looking forward to reading this novel. Now, I will admit that Theron Shan wasn’t my favorite character from the game, but this book changed my opinion. I really enjoyed how much action was in this story, which was an absolute necessity given what was happening. Thanks to the fast-paced plot, great character development throughout, and plenty of battles, I was sucked into this story and read the entire book in no time. It has everything that I have come to love from Star Wars. It’s just a shame that there aren’t other books set in the Old Republic timeline.

New Spring by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time series is one that I have been meaning to read for some time now. In fact, I have owned the first few books for well over 20 years. So reading this series is well overdue. I was excited to see exactly what this series is about and decided to read the prequel first – even though it was published many years after the first book was written. I can’t say that I loved this one. It often felt like I was reading a 300+ page-long info dump that occasionally had snippets of a story woven within. There were times when after reading an entire chapter I questioned if anything actually happened besides things being described. I also felt that some details were missing that really should have been there. Such as exactly what the color ranks meant in the Tower. There is a chance that was actually shared but was buried in among all of the other unnecessary information.

But I stuck with it and made it all the way to the end – eventually. While the book felt pretty flat and at times lacking an actual story, the ending was good enough to convince me to continue on with the series. Hopefully, the books get better from here, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

I’ll be honest, this isn’t the type of book I would normally consider reading from cover to cover. Normally, I would only reference it when needed. However, once I flipped through a few pages at random I realized what an absolute treasure trove was inside and soon found myself reading the entire thing. This is a great resource for writers, like myself, who can often struggle with describing certain emotions and characteristics attached to them when it comes to their characters.

Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland

Having read most of her other writing craft books, I was excited to dive into this one. As the title would suggest, this one covers character arcs, how to create them, how to weave them into your story and why they are also a vital component of a good story. Now, I will say that you really need to read her Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel books first to truly have this book make sense. If you are a writer who wants to improve your writing, then this book, along with her others, are invaluable resources.

March 2021 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 8
  • Books purchased: 3
  • Books purged: 1
  • Books DNF’d: 0

I hope you enjoyed my March 2021 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in March?


5 Comments

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    Love your list! I Have the emotions Thesaurus and I absolutely love it! It was a great help while writing my memoir.

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    Sounds like you read some great books for March. Thanks for sharing them all!

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    I love reading your reading wrap ups! I’m definitely going to place some of these books on hold right now. Thanks so much for the ideas!

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    Love your reading wrap up list of books. Hopefully, I will be able to carve out some “me” time this summer to read a few more books.

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