March 2022 reading wrap-up

March was, initially, a lackluster reading month. I had every intention of sitting down and reading every day yet I couldn’t be bothered to do so. However, as the month progressed and began to creep closer to the end, I got my reading desire back. With every book I got through I was that much closer to hitting my reading goal for the month while also reducing my giant TBR. What was once an overwhelming TBR has shrunk over 3 years of dedicated reading and limited purchasing of new books. My March 2022 reading wrap-up showcases the books I read and my general thoughts on them. I hope this inspires you to pick up some books, perhaps something from a genre you don’t normally read, and enjoy them.

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March 2022 reading wrap-up

Blue Flag Vol. 3 by KAITO

This volume picks up shortly after where volume 2 ended. The vast majority of the time is spent in the hospital with the main characters as they process and recover from what previously happened. I feel like this one did a great job of showing the growing bond between these three friends and also gave us a better look at Toma’s past. I really devoured this volume.

The one part I found odd was how much time was spent in the hospital. Is it normal in Japan for someone with a broken leg to spend that much time in hospital? Other than that, I really enjoyed this one.

Blue Flag Vol. 4 by KAITO

After spending so much time in the hospital in the last volume, the three friends are finally free to move about again. There are some big moments in this volume that speak volumes about what is to come, yet nothing is for certain.

Romancing The Beat by Gwen Hayes

I am continuing to read books that will, hopefully, improve my writing as a whole. This was a book I randomly picked up after seeing a YouTuber I follow talk about it. While I don’t write romance, a lot of my novel ideas do have some aspect of it within them, so I figured this would be worth checking out. This was a quick read, however, it does a fantastic job of breaking down all of the points or beats necessary to make a romance story or add a romance element to your story.

I know I will be referencing this in the future as I continue to work on fleshing out a number of my novel ideas. Well worth reading if you want to write romance or are thinking about doing so.

The Girl From The Other Side Vol. 11 by Nagabe

If I understand correctly, this is the final book in the series involving the main story, with another volume expected to contain a side story.

I enjoyed this story as it wrapped up quite a bit. There were some answers to a few burning questions I had been wondering about. I’m honestly sad that this story is over as I could easily devour several more volumes. The ending was quite different and yet I feel satisfied with how it wrapped up the story as a whole. I feel like I will do a reread of the entire series soon to enjoy it all in one go.

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno

Star Wars fans should be familiar with Darth Plagueis, even if it is merely from the mention of him by Palpatine in Episode III. This book is his story. Or at least that’s what the title would make you believe. However, I felt this was as much a story about Plageuis as it was Palpatine. This makes sense, given their master and apprentice relationship. As a whole, this book was alright. I didn’t love it or hate it. It was nice to finally know more about Plagueis but I felt like it could have been done in a better way.

The writing of this book felt a bit off to me. It was as though a thesaurus was used for every sentence, trying to make it look better with fancy words, but it simply bogged down the story in many ways.

Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

I had seen so many people read and enjoy this one that I decided to give it a try. I’m still not sure exactly how I feel about this one. It felt a bit unique and different at the beginning but then it seemed to drag on and I found Klara’s voice became a bit boring. Perhaps something was lost in the translation or in the audiobook, but overall this book was okay, really nothing special.

Sylvanas by Christie Golden

This was the book I had been looking forward to the most this month. After being delayed several months from its original publishing date, it was finally released. As soon as it arrived, I put everything on hold to read it.

This book revolves around the life of Sylvanas Windrunner. From her childhood, family life, and the fall of Silvermoon, right up to the current events. It also weaves in the final part of her story arc in the current MMO content. Considering that Sylvanas is my favorite character in this franchise, I was excited to see a book completely focused on her. Seeing her go from a young girl who wanted to rise to power as Ranger-General, to finally achieving that goal, to the loss of much of her family, and then the devastation of being turned into a banshee. Some parts of this story I was familiar with but other parts expanded on bits that were only hinted at previously.

I really enjoyed this book and read it in a single sitting. If you love World of Warcraft then you will likely love this story – even if you don’t love Sylvanas in the game, you may very well like experiencing her whole story.

March 2022 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 7
  • Books purchased: 8
  • Books purged: 0
  • Books DNF’d: 0

I hope you enjoyed my March 2022 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in March?


14 Comments

  1. I love your eclectic reading choices in this March 2022 reading wrap-up. Great job of reducing your TBR pile! I think the Romancing the Beat seems very interesting. I don’t write romance, it I read a lot of it, so maybe writing it is in my future someday. Thanks for the interesting post!

    1. Author

      Thank you. I really find reading a ton of different genres keeps my interest and reduces the chance of a reading slump. Even if you don’t plan to write romance, it might be a fun book to read, especially since you read romance, as it will help you catch all those points that romance books must hit along the way.

  2. I enjoyed your March 2022 reading wrap-up. The books you read sound very interesting. I haven’t read any of these. I didn’t read so much in March besides one book by Paulo Koelho “11 seconds” and two Bulgarian books.

    1. Author

      Thank you. Even reading a couple of books is good.

  3. You had quite a productive reading month. I haven’t read any of those books but I do find them interesting. During March all I read was 1984 by George Orwell. It is a book I had on my shelves for ages and finally decided to read.

    1. Author

      Thank you. 1984 is certainly an interesting book, I read it a couple of years ago and enjoyed it for the most part.

    1. Author

      I’m glad I could remind you to look for more of his books. I haven’t read The Unconsoled, I’ll have to check it out.

  4. It’s great that you made so much progress on your TBR and this looks like a really interesting set of books you read last month! Thanks for sharing, hope you have a great April!

    1. Author

      Thank you. Reading a mix of genres certainly keeps it interesting as it covers all kind of stories, so I rarely get bored with reading.

  5. I had the same reaction to Klara and the Sun. You’re not alone there.

    On an unrelated note, have you ever thought about participating in Top Ten Tuesday?

    Details are here if you want to join in: https://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

    Absolutely no pressure, just thought it might be something you’d like. 🙂

    1. Author

      Glad I’m not the only one that felt that way about the book. I have heard of Top Ten Tuesday and have participated a few times but have yet to make it a regular occurrence.

  6. I read Klara And The Sun last December. It was an awesome read. And now it’s on my all-time Favorite read.

    1. Author

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I can see why people would have loved it, it’s just a shame I didn’t feel that way.

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