March: When I Read all the Books


I had such an incredible reading month, you guys. I was on fire! I read 22 books and most of them were pretty fantastic! I’ve been working my way through the books I have in my bedroom so I can free up some space on my shelves. I’m happy to say I’ve been pretty successful so far. On top of that, most of the books I’ve read this month has been 4 and 5-star reads, so bonus! I did DNF one book this month, sadly but I think, overall, it’s been a great streak.


  1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – 5 Stars
  2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5 Stars
  3. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta – 5 Stars
  4. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – 5 Stars
  5. Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran – 4 Stars
  6. When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin – 5 Stars
  7. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen – 5 Stars
  8. Written in Red by Anne Bishop – 5 Stars (Reread)
  9. Scythe by Neal Shusterman – 5 Stars
  10. The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine – DNF
  11. At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 Stars
  12. This is Water by David Foster Wallace – 5 Stars
  13. Blood Vow by JR Ward – 4 Stars
  14. By Your Side by Kasie West – 2 Stars
  15. Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley – 5 Stars
  16. Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop – 4 Stars
  17. The Girl Before by JP Delaney – 5 Stars
  18. Ronit & Jamil by Pamela Laskin – 3 Stars
  19. I See You by Clare Macintosh – 4 Stars
  20. Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesseย – 3 Stars
  21. Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood – 4 Stars
  22. Act Like It by Lucy Parker – 4 Stars


Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin


By Your Side by Kasie West was a huge letdown. ย Admittedly, I think this is where I part ways with her books. I don’t think I have the stomach for it anymore. This one, in particular, was a cheese smorgasbord at your favorite buffet restaurant.


Magical realism isn’t my cup of tea, so I was wholly surprised by how much I loved First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. Also, I read quite a few fantasy reads this month. That, in itself, is a surprise. Even more so when I quite enjoyed them! There’s hope for me yet. ๐Ÿ˜€


This is Water by David Foster Wallace.

I hope y’all had a blessed, wonderful month!

  • Iโ€™m not even surprised by the amount of books you read in March. You definitely have a reading superpower. Have a great April, Joy!

  • Woo! I’m so jealous of that month! I can’t get 10 books read in a month! Of course you loved Melina Marchetta’s new book. ๐Ÿ™‚ Shame on Cursed Queen–but it would seem it was a good idea for me not to read it! I hope April treats you as well as March!!

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    Wow! That really was a good reading month! It’s always a bonus for so many great reads but to have that many in a short amount of time is amazing. So many that I desperately I need to get to sooner rather than later too. Especially Crooked Kingdom, Nevernight, and the Anne Bishop series I’ve been hearing so much about.

  • Sara Walker

    Oh boy. I loathed All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I liked Wavy and her voice. But I could not handle the rest. I hate the icky relationship and could not see the point of the story. I’m glad you liked it though. I am curious about a number of books you mentioned- especially Nevernight.

    I hope April is a great reading month for you again!

  • RO

    Girl, you were on fire! Yes to cleaning off the shelf for even more books. Happy week ahead for you! Hugs…

  • Greg Hill

    22 books is great! And glad to see crooked Kingdom was a 5 star- I have that to read (won it in a giveaway) if I can ever get around to getting the first one. ๐Ÿ™‚ And glad your fantasy reads turned out well too.

    Have a nice week!

  • Natalie

    So jealous! 22 books is amazing. I loved Scythe, and ended up not finishing By Your Side. I’ve liked her books enough to try her next one (which I’m pretty sure I already have anyway), but agree that this one was a huge disappointment. Hope April is just as rad. Happy reading!

  • I love this post! 22 books – holy moly. I’m impressed!!! And that there were so many good ones, too. Your range of genres is always so impressive to me. I wish I could read like that!

  • Jasprit

    I’m glad to see that you had such a great reading month Joy! Mine was a mixed batch with re-reads really making the month for me. I shall definitely be checking out some of the books that you rated 5 stars such as Nevernight and Colleen Oakley’s books! I hope you have a wonderful April!

  • Wow, 22 books is so much! I want your reading power, honestly. I’m like a snail in comparison at the moment. But really, so many of these are 5 star reads, and that makes me happy. Glad you’re living the bookish life!

  • HOW DID YOU READ SO MANY BOOKS THIS MONTH??? I really need to learn your ways. I’ve struggling to get through so many books.

  • oh it looks like you had a really great month here and some good reads too. I have heard some wonderful things about Anne Bishop though. Hope April is good for you.

  • wow I wish I could read 22 books in a month, but when you have such a great experience reading them it sounds like you were on the roll! Maybe i am in a slump of some kind >.< Oh well. Nevernight looks amazing, I was thinking of reading that soon. Hope April is just as great!!

  • 22 books is amazing!! And the fact that you loved most of them makes it even better. I was really excited to see that you loved Scythe!

  • 22 books!! I wish I could do that in one month! I’ll be lucky to hit that mark in 5 months. Anyway, I’ve never read a Kasie West book and I think it’s for the best. While I’m a HUGE Contemporary person, I really don’t like swoony romances. If I do, it’s a major exception & her books don’t sound like they would be my exceptions.

  • What a great reading month! I want to try Nevernight!

  • You deserve some kind of award for reading that much in a month…maybe more books? I have By Your Side on my shelf because it was part of a book box. I was so disappointed to see that was the book I got and am not sure that I will ever read it. I remember really liking First Frost as well. Have a great April!

  • You are awesome. I need to read the new Melina Marchetta!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Woah, you’ve read so many books this month. That’s awesome. I love that you really liked almost all of them too. I feel like I had a good reading month as well, though I’m not sure on the number. I’d have to look at Goodreads. I’m doing a ARC readathon for the month of April so that I can hopefully get caught up/ahead on ARCs that I have – mostly e-arcs, but some physical.


  • kindlemom1

    You are on fire! Holy cow, great job Joy! You did way better than me this month but with the renovations on the house, I was lucky to get anything read at all so even if my numbers are way small, it’s still something right? ๐Ÿ˜› Have a wonderful weekend!

  • 22 books with only one 2-star and one DNF. That’s bad at all. You are on fire with your reading. I haven’t been reading as much as I would like. If it weren’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t have read anything in two weeks. Normally, I get at least one book a week in.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Karen

    Me too! I read 22 books and didn’t even realize I did it lol

    I read a lot of novellas though and made a dent in my physical TBR pile so I’m really happy overall.

    On to April! (Already???)

    For What It’s Worth

  • Sounds like you had a fabulous reading month! I’m glad you loved CK because I know you said you were a little bored. And don’t you just love it when a genre you think isn’t for you winds up blowing you away!
    I hope you have a good April too, Joy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yay for great reads! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is an impressive list.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I’m so glad you enjoyed First Frost. I definitely want to read more of her novels – magical realism is so fun! I can’t believe you read that much. So jealous! Go you!

  • YAY ๐Ÿ˜€ I have read 15 books this month, and I am SO proud of myself, haha. You were even more awesome than me ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you read so much sweetie. <3 And that most of them were awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ I read tons of bad books. Ugh. How rude, lol. FIVE STARS FOR NEVERNIGHT ๐Ÿ˜€ YESSSSS! SO SO SO GLAD THAT YOU LOVED IT JOY. <333 Eee ๐Ÿ˜€ And Crooked Kingdom too. <3

  • wow that’s a lot of books!

  • Yay for Addison Allen ๐Ÿ˜€