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March Reading Recap

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This month felt like it was a bazillion years long, amirite? Thanks, coronavirus. Or, as we call it over at the content and copywriting biz, "Rona." You can thank the brilliant Latasha of Uncanny Content for that nickname.

Even though I was busy writing for clients this month — not that I'm complaining at all; I'm super lucky — I managed to squeeze in 7 books on my downtime. Overall, it was a pretty good reading month.

Crimson Lake (Crimson Lake, #1) by Candice Fox, 4/5 stars

When Forge Reads sent me Gone by Midnight, third in the Crimson Lake series, I knew I had to start at the beginning, even if I didn't have to. And I'm glad I did. Crimson Lake sets up the backstory and setting of each character, and it has a thrilling crime/murder mystery plot to bring it all together.

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang, 4/5 stars

Review to come!

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey, 4/5 stars

I read this for #JAMbuddyreads on Instagram, and while it wasn't my favorite epic historical fiction novel, it was an enjoyable read. A heartbreaking tearjerker about family and forbidden romance set in the 1920s and 1930s.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, 5/5 stars

If you haven't heard of this memoir by psychotherapist and NYT columnist Lori Gottlieb, then I don't know what to tell you. It's a memoir about her journey with her own therapist, plus what she's learned from some of her patients. I absolutely loved this book, and not gonna lie, I cried a few times while reading it.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, 3/5 stars

I've mentioned before how much I've loved The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl, so I was excited about the new novel by Hendricks and Pekkanen. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to its predecessors. It's still a twisty-turny thriller that kept me reading, but it wasn't as clever as the other two stories, nor were the characters as likable or interesting.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren, 3/5 stars

I adored The Unhoneymooners by writing duo Christina Lauren, so I couldn't wait to try one of their earlier novels. This was a letdown, sadly. I didn't really like the main character, Macy, nor how she treated Elliot, the love of her life. I'm still glad I read this, because I'm starting to realize I like romcoms for the cheesiness, humor and tropes. I'm less forgiving on characters and plots when it's a straight up romance/drama.

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare, 4/5

This is my first Read with Jenna pick, the TODAY book club hosted by Jenna Bush Hager. Adunni's story to fight for her dream of an education was inspiring and thought-provoking, but I felt like there was something at the end to make it a perfect 5 star read for me. However, you'll love this if you like stories like A Thousand Splendid Suns or The White Tiger.

How is your reading month going? See what else I've read so far this year on Goodreads!

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