Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about all of the books that I read in March. While I didn’t read as much as I have been, I am still proud of myself for reading four books this month, especially given that I have been dealing with midterms and I started a new job this month, which I am incredibly excited for. But let’s go ahead and jump into the review!
The first book I read was The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.
This is a standalone novel that I honestly knew nothing about going into it. I went into it completely blind, and I think that is the best way to do it. I also listened to this via audiobook, and I definitely think that’s the best way to go about it. The audiobook is really good! There are three different narrators for the three different perspectives that the story follows, and all three of them were really great! I think you need to get used to one of the narrators because she does sound kind of annoying, not going to lie, but as you get used to her voice, she really grows on you. This was such an interesting story, and it was nothing like what I was expecting. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this was not it. This is definitely critiquing rape culture and the portrayal of women in the media as well as in real life, and it does have a trigger warning for rape and sexual assault. I ended up enjoying this much more than I thought I would, and I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars.
The next book I read was Being Jazz: My Life As a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
This is a memoir that I listened to via audiobook, and I absolutely loved it. I had heard pretty “meh” things about it, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this! I just loved all of the insight I got into Jazz’s life and experiences as a transgender teenager and all of the struggles she has faced. It definitely was super authentic, and I thought it was super interesting how she is one of the youngest people ever to come out as transgender. She was diagnosed with gender identity disorder when she was five years old, so it was just super interesting to hear about all of her experiences with that and her activism within the LGBT community. It just was very interesting and inspiring, so I ended up giving it 4.5/5 stars.
The next book I read was A Superior Death by Nevada Barr.
This is a book I read for my Detective Fiction class, and I really enjoyed it! I really loved all the intricate plotlines and the mystery and characters. I really enjoyed the setting, too, as this was a big part of the book since our main character, Anna Pigeon is a Park Ranger. It was very atmospheric, and I just really felt like I was there. I really loved Nevada’s writing, and it was overall just a really great book. I did review it, and I ended up giving it 5/5 stars.
The last book I read was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
This is a book that I am sure most of you have heard of. Its a classic, and even though the description doesn’t really give this vibe off, it is definitely 100% gay. This book was actually used against Oscar Wilde when he was arrested for being gay, so while this book doesn’t explicitly say that two men in this book love each other (or at least one), you can definitely pick up on that in the subtext. This was my first time reading this, and I really enjoyed it! I was very frustrated with most of the characters (except for Basil because he is my precious cinnamon roll), but I honestly think you are supposed to feel that way. Most of the characters are not supposed to be super likable. But one thing that totally captivated me was the writing. Oscar Wilde just has such a way with words. His writing is so gorgeous, and I can definitely see why his works get praised so much. All in all, I really enjoyed this, and I ended up giving it 4/5 stars.
And there you have it! Those were all the books I read in the month of March. What is your favorite book that you read this month? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!