March Wrap Up

March – otherwise known as the month Britain ground to a halt because of the snow. It was extremely pretty but a right pain in the backside. But being cooped up indoors did wonders for my reading this month. I read 3 books on the first (there was 2) snow weekend alone. And this month I managed to reach my reading goal for the year – I wanted to read 24 books and I have already smashed that in the first three months alone.

Here are the books I have crossed off my TBR this month:

17. A Very Henry Christmas (The Weight of it All 1.5) by N.R Walker – Short Story  ⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

This was a super easy and cute holiday read – a really short sequel to The Weight of it All. I loved the story between Reed and Henry and wanted to see another scenario with them both. Henry plans an elaborate Christmas Eve dinner for themselves and their friends as he wants it to be special as its the first christmas him and Reed have spent together. But not everything is quite as it seems

18. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This has been on my TBR for the longest time and I knew I would adore it and it didn’t disappoint. With the release date for the movie adaptation, Love Simon, looming I knew this had to be my next read. Simon is a sixteen year old student, lover of musical  theatre, best friend, son, brother and not-so-openly gay teen. Simon’s sexuality is his little secret until a fellow student opens up about his sexuality on the schools online gossip forum. Simon decides to tell ‘blue’ he is not alone. Simon is in his ‘blue’ bubble and slowly and surely falling for the mystery boy until class clown Martin stumbles across the emails between the pair and blackmails him. Albertalli’s writing was superb throughout and is what really cements this as a culturally important read. It really captured friendships, family and first love perfectly. The emails between Simon or ‘Jacques’ and ‘Blue’ are so adorable and they literally make you feel all the feels. And the end reveal is the sweetest thing I have read in a long time.

19. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Again, this had been on my TBR for AGES so when I had a Waterstones voucher I knew I had to have it. Ari is an an angry teen, an angry teen with no friends, an angry teen with a brother in prison. One day Ari decides to go to the swimming pools even though he can’t swim. There he meets Dante, who offers to help him to swim. The boys bond over their classical names and become inseparable. One day the boys get into the accident and Dante reveals that the two things he loves most in the world are Swimming and Ari. Ari lives in denial and try to ignore the information Dante has given him but for how long? Set in the 1980’s in Texas, this contains veteran representation, mental health representation, latino/latina representation and LGBT rep. Throughout the book, Ari states that he feels that his life has been written for him so it was so nice to see him write his own story.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (read to page 60) I really really wanted to like this book, but it just couldn’t keep my interest. I loved the concept murder, circus and fantasy are right up my alley but it just didn’t do it for me.

20. Best of Both Worlds by N R Walker ⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

I promise my N R Walker binge will end soon – I recently signed up for a 1 month free trial of kindle Unlimited and want to get to as many of their books as possible before it runs out.  Best of Both worlds was pretty short at just over 20,000 words and is written in a series of dribbles. The story follows our main character Sebastian who meets the same guy on the dance floor every Friday night but doesn’t even know his name. Fast forward a few weeks and low and behold mystery guy turns up to work at the construction site and they become colleagues. Mystery Guy, Ryland, is trying to recover from his horrible past but will he let his guard down long enough to let Sebastian help.

21. Blind Faith (Blind Faith #1) by N R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

This is my favourite Walker book by far and I can’t wait to read the sequels. The story follows our main character Carter who has just started a new job in a new town. Taking over from Max, the local well loved veterinarian he soon discovers that house calls are part of the daily grind. He doesn’t mind so much though as one house call is to an arrogant, moody but absolutely stunning client, Isaac and his guide dog Brady. Isaac has been blind since the age of eight and is finding it extremely hard to warm to his new guide dog after his two other dogs died on him.

22. Though These Eyes (Blind Faith #2) by N R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

This is the second instalment of the Blind Faith series and follows Carter and Isaac as their relationship develops. Throughout the book, they come across quite a few tests in their relationship including a new friend of Isaac’s who Carter just doesn’t trust as well as a scary event that happens to Isaac that threatens his safety. I adored this book and read it all in one day because I didn’t want to put it down.

23 – 24 – 25. Spencer Cohen Series Book 1 2 and 3 by N R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

I absolutely adored this trilogy and I am loving my N R Walker readathon. This trilogy follows our main character Spencer Cohen who pretends to be someone’s boyfriend for a while in the hope that it gets answer out of the clients Ex, either they want the break up to be final or they want to get back to get together. This is just a job to Spencer like any other until he meets Andrew. Andrew’s sister enlists Spencer to help Andrew get his ex back. But they get on like a house on fire and soon enough Spencer job starts to take a personal turn. I loved seeing their relationship develop over the three books and I loved in book three we got to know more about Spencer’s family background and how he came to be an Aussie living in LA

26 & 27. Imago and Imagines by N R Walker (Imago #1 and #2) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

Another gem from N R Walker. No one writes adult M/M romance quite like it! These two stories follow our main characters the nerdy introvert Lepidopterist Lawson as he meets local park and wildlife officer Jack. Each chapter alternates between the two guys perspectives. Jack meets a stranded Lawson at the airport and offers him a ride from the airport and the rest as they say is history. Lawson has spent his life studying butterflies but soon realise there are some that you can’t read about in books. The ones that appear with a glance, a kiss, a smile. I always love the endings of these as EVERY SINGLE ONE I have read so far ends with the sweetest declaration of love and a nice piece of jewellery! (HINT HINT)

28. Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin #1) by N R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

29. Clarity of Lines (Thomas Elkin #2) by N R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

30. Sense of Place (Thomas Elkin #3) by N R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (NSFW) 

A ‘famous’ and successful New York Architect Thomas Elkin seemingly has it all. He ended his marriage and came out before his birthday and is finally living life on his own terms. Four years later is where our story starts, Thomas’s relationship with his son is back on track. When he has his son over for dinner, he brings childhood friend Cooper Jones, who happens to be about to start an internship at Thomas’s firm. Cutting to the chase, Thomas and Cooper enter a relationship  and he three stories follow the three as they try and navigate their relationships with each other. As their families try to tear them apart Tom has finally found his home, his sense of place despite the age difference everyone says will tear them apart. Sweet and life affirming these were such an easy read.

31. Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the only non-fiction book I have read this month! I have been wanting to get my hands on this for ages so when i stumbled across it in the library’s new in section I just new I needed to pick it up! The books is a collection of inspiration and though provoking essays from actor, journalist and all around girl boss Lily Collins. It was super refreshing to read essays that were an open and honest conversation about things all young women struggle with: body image, relationships with your parents, friends, self – confidence, work and dating. Using anecdotes from her own past experiences Lily really gives good advice and points that get you thinking about what you really want out of your life.  I have walked away with a new motto ” life your life unfiltered.”

32. Three’s Company by N R Walker ⭐⭐(NSFW) 

33. Switched by N R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐(NSFW) 

I adored this, it follows Israel who grew up in a family devoid of love and where he was always seen as a disappointment. When he comes out he adds that to the long list of things his parents don’t approve of. But when he gets sent a letter from the Children’s hospital his life finally starts to make sense, 26 years ago he was switched at birth. With the help of his best friend sam, who he starts to develop feelings for, he tries to come to terms with the life changing news.

34. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Shadowhunters Season 3 started again this month. And I wanted to make sure I had finished my re-read of the series before it came back. I concluded my re-read with the final book City of Heavenly Fire which follows the team as they fight the greatest evil they have ever known, Clary’s own brother Sebastian Morgenstern. Sebastian is turning the shadowhunters against each other and trying to tear down the institutes one at a time. He kidnaps their downward loved ones as leverage and gives clary an ultimatum. Overall i thought this was a little too long a read but I still really enjoyed it. The most iconic males lines are also in this novel! I also loved the Izzy and Simon dynamic in this book too.

That’s a wrap on March’s reads. What have you been reading this month? let me know in the comments below.

Until Next Time,

Laugh, Love and Shop

Charlotte xx

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