March 2024: Monthly Wrap-Up

Here we are, another month passed, a new monthly wrap-up post.

March felt like it came and went in the blink of an eye. It was a busy month, so I wasn’t able to get as much reading done as I had hoped. However I also spent a lot of time playing the new Stardew Valley update, so I don’t know if I can fully blame my workload for my decreased reading count this month. 😅

Nevertheless, I still managed to read some good books! I’ve been slowly making my way through the Throne of Glass series. (I’m currently reading Queen of Shadows and it is definitely my favorite installment in the series so far!) I’ve also been in the mood for a little romance lately, so I rewatched Bridgerton and even tried reading the books. (The show is so much better.)

I was also a part of not one, but two blog tours this month for The Prospects by KT Hoffman and Otherwordly by F.T. Lukens. Both books were such great queer romances that I highly recommend!

Books Read:

Powerless by Lauren Roberts | ⭐️⭐️ | I wanted to like this book, but it felt very unoriginal and… pointless? I felt like the plot was a device solely used to get the characters from one trope-driven scene to the next. And don’t get me wrong, I love a good trope. But when the whole book relied solely on how many tropes it could fit in, it was hard for these characters to stand on their own (and therefore, root for them).

The Prisoner’s Throne by Holly Black | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | I hope Holly Black never stops writing faerie tales. While this duology was not as good as The Folk of the Air series, it was still great to go back to Elfhame and read Oak and Wren’s love story.

The Prospects by KT Hoffman | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | The Prospects gave me such a book hangover. This story was so steamy and sweet and boy, did it tug on my heartstrings. For my full thoughts, read my review here.

Otherworldly by F. T. Lukens | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | This urban fantasy novel was equal parts cute and cozy and did a great job of featuring a strong cast of queer characters and found family. Read my full review here.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn | ⭐️⭐️.5 | I wish I could have liked this one more. The romance was pretty underwhelming after watching the series and book Simon lacked all the appeal he had in the TV show.

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn | ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 | Definitely better than its predecessor! I even enjoyed Anthony and Kate’s dynamic. I realized about halfway through that it’s a Taming of the Shrew retelling, which was fun. (Not as good as Ten Things I Hate About You, though).

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn | ⭐️⭐️ | The men in this series continue to disappoint me, Benedict most of all. Sophie was fine, if boring (she is literally just Cinderella).

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | The best installment in the series by far. The Bridgerton men continue to annoy me, though. At least Colin made up for his whining by being a devoted husband, so there’s that. I continue to love Penelope. 💛

Next Month’s TBR:

I plan to continue both the Throne of Glass and Bridgerton series in April. I am so excited for the new season of the TV show to come out so I can compare it to the novel. I’m also hoping to pick up my ARC copies of Compass and Blade and Late Bloomer soon, so keep a look out for my thoughts on them!

How many books did you read in March?

Are you looking forward to anything in April?

Let me know!

Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.

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