recent reads | february and march

Recent Reads


We’re well into April so I thought I’d give y’all a little reading wrap-up from mid-February to March. I did one for January and February, and since I’m covering more books here, I’ll keep my thoughts concise! I got back into audiobooks again in March, which is why I was able to finish so many books these past two months. And of course, spring break 🙂 In chronological order:


1. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith // This one was so gut-wrenching, addicting, and sad. We follow a girl who gets raped before she even enters high school, and the repercussions of that during her next four years. Eden, the main protagonist, is highly unlikable, but I guess that’s what made her real. 4 out of 5 stars!

2. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout // This one had a focus on gargoyles and demons as the paranormal creature, but I didn’t find it to be particularly memorable. The audiobook was kind of weird, and also, I don’t understand what the title has anything to do with the plot. 3 out of 5 stars!

3. Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout // I listened to this New Adult on audio and it was so good! I loved the setting in New Orleans, and TINK. What a fun character. I am dying for the sequel. 4.25 out of 5 stars!

4. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling // I actually don’t watch any of Kaling’s stuff and don’t know much about her, but I decided to give this a listen anyway. She’s pretty funny but her book wasn’t particularly awesome. 3.5 out of 5 stars!

5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling // Also listened to this one audio, but again, it wasn’t amazing. I almost felt like her two books are the same thing but written differently. 3 out of 5 stars!


6. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay // I had been wanting to read this one for awhile, and decided to go with the audio! I really, really liked her essays. I don’t agree with everything she says, and she does criticize a lot of movies and books that I now want to read even more (i.e. The Help, Lean In). She delves into racism more than I expected, but it was still really well-written. 4.5 out of 5 stars!

7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn // I loved Flynn’s Gone Girl, so I knew I wanted to check out her other stuff. Dark Places was also adapted into a movie, so it has to be good too, right? Wrong. This one was much less interesting than Gone Girl, although it is just as messed up. Every time I finish a Flynn book, I learn to never trust anyone. Not even your family. 3.75 out of stars!

8. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella // Believe it or not, I’ve never read a book by Kinsella (I LOOOVE the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie.) Her first YA is definitely a success. It’s cute, but deals really well with social anxiety disorder. Really short, and I loved the British narrator for this audio! 4 out of 5 stars!

9. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare // Y’all already know I loved this one. You can read my full review here, no spoilers! 5 out of 5 stars!

10. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry // I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did, but it was amazing!! It’s a medieval France story, and it focuses quite a lot on religion (which I usually dislike reading about in YA Fiction), but Berry wrote such a compelling story with really genuine characters.

2 thoughts on “recent reads | february and march”

  1. Sounds like a pretty successful few months of reading! I love Jennifer L. Armentrout but haven’t read Wicked yet (my library doesn’t have it). I still haven’t gotten around to reading any Gillian Flynn, so I MUST get on that. And I’ve been seeing The Passion of Dolssa around lately. I’m not big on religion in YA books, either, but I might give it a try since you seem to like it. 🙂


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