Another month, another wrap up. Let’s start!
This month, I continued reading episodes of the third season of Bookburners. It’s getting better and better as I’m nearing the end. I’ve talked about this series a lot on my blog but, for those who don’t know it yet, Bookburners is a Serial Box serial, which has episodes divided into seasons, just like a TV show. They have a lot of other serials, ranging from non-fiction, to romance and science fiction. There’s something for everyone! In the Bookburners world, books can unleash magic and the Vatican has created teams to combat it. We follow Sal, Menchú, Liam, Asanti, and Grace, one of the teams. I loved this series the moment I started Reading it but I feel like these latest episodes have been even better. I’m so invested in the characters and the world that, once I start one of the episodes, I have to finish it in one sitting. I’ll probably finish the season next month but I’m delaying it as much as I can because I don’t want the season to end.
Next, I read Kill the Minotaur by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner and Jean-François Beaulieu. It is set in the Ancient Greece, after Athens lost the war to Crete. The Athenians, as a consequence, have to give Crete anyone they want, to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. Theseus gets fed up and enters Crete as one of the Athenians to be sacrificed and has to kill the minotaur to free his people. The graphic novel had everything to be good… but it wasn’t. The characters were bad and the story wasn’t as well-thought out as it should have been. I really wanted to enjoy this book but I ended up giving it 2 stars just because I was able to finish it, otherwise, it would have been 1 star.
After that, I read The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham. It was the book club choice for the month of March and it was about a murder in the White Cottage. Everybody seems guilty and almost anyone could have done it. The two detectives, W. T. and Jerry, father and son, have then to solve the morder and find the real culprit. The story was well-written and the mystery kept me invested in the book. I don’t know if I’ll actively seek more books of the author but, if the chance comes up, I don’t think I’ll say no.
Next, I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This book is set in 2045, when the world is completely destroyed and overpopulated. James Halliday has developed the OASIS, a digital world where everyone can be and do whatever they want. After his death, Halliday sets up a series of clues that lead to the final prize, which is the control of the OASIS itself. The main character, Wade, has become obsessed with the hunt and, after several years, finally uncovers the meaning of the first clue. The story of the book was captivating. I had to force myself to stop Reading but, sometimes, all the 80’s references felt like infodumps. Still, I throughly enjoyed the book and gave it 4,5 stars.
Finally, I read Marie Curie: The Radium Fairy by Chantal Montellier and Renaud Hynh. This is a graphic novel about the life of Marie Curie, as you might have guessed from the title. I wasn’t really impressed with this one. It was divided in two parts, the first was a representation of her life and the second was a timeline. Just like with, Kill the Minotaur, they could’ve done something more with the book. I was expecting more.
I started off the month by posting a review of The Ghost of Gaudi by El Torres and Jesús Alonso Iglesias (REVIEW). It is a graphic novel about a series of murders in the buildings designed by Gaudi in Barcelona. The plot was pretty good and I ended up giving it 4 stars.
Next, I posted my review of Shatter Me by Tahere Mafi (REVIEW). This book is about Juliette, a 17-year-old girl with a strange power. Everything she touches dies. Her parents sold her and, when the book starts, she’s been captive for 264 days. Then, a boy is thrown into her cell and the story develops from there. I didn’t hate the book but I don’t consider it to be the best book ever written, either. It was okay. The characters were underwhelming but the story was somehow, good enough for me to be able to finish the book and give it 3 stars. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll bother reading the second book so, if you’ve already read it, tell me in the comments!
Then, because it was the book club book of the month, I posted the review of The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham (REVIEW). I already mentioned this book above but Thatonenerdygirl and I also wrote a discussion of the book on her blog. Check it out here!
After that, I posted the review of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (REVIEW). This book is about Trisha McFarland, a 9-year-old girl who gets lost in the forest. Throughout the book, we can see how the isolation and food deprivation affect Trisha, and follow the police search teams trying to find her. I really liked this book, it was darker than I thought it would be. Still, I don’t think it is the best Stephen King book I’ve read.
Finally, I posted my March Book Haul (post).
Books added to my TBR
As I’ve mentioned in other monthly wrap ups, I use this section for the books I added to my “Want to-read” shelf on Goodreads, not the books I bought this month or the books I have sitting on my shelf. If you want me to write a post about random books on my shelf or on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet, let me know in the comments!
The first book I added to my TBR this month was Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins. It came out in the beginning of March and, for what I can tell, is about 5 sisters fighting to prevent their step-brother from ruling their kingdom. It sounds fun and the reviews are fairly good. The fact that the five sisters are so different striked my interest but I’ll probably wait for more reviews of the book before I decide to buy it.
Next, I added The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury. This is a Mystery/Thriller set in Alaska. From what I can tell, it focuses on Tracy, a woman raised in the Alaskan wilderness. Her mother taught her three rules: never lose sight of the house, never come home with dirty hands and never make a person bleed. Then, Tracy is attacked by a stranger that, the next day, appears wounded. It came out a few days ago and the reviews are mixed but it sounds good. I don’t really know if I’ll ever buy it but I’m still interested in reading it.
Then, I added Quietus by Tristan Palmgren. This book came out in the beginning of the month and is about na anthropologist that (I’m assuming) travels through time and saves a monk from the Black Plague. It sounded interesting so I decided to add it to my TBR, even though it doesn’t have many reviews on Goodreads.
Finally, I added Good Guys by Steven Brust. This book also came out in the beginning of the month and is about a group of humans with super powers. The concept sounded interesting enough but what really made me add the book were the final sentences of the synopsis: “They all work for the secretive Foundation…for minimum wage. Which is okay, because the Foundation are the good guys. Aren’t they?”