Check out my March reads!
I managed to read four books in March, and the month started off with some incredible books, but then it kind of went downhill from there. I can’t believe it’s only March, and I’ve already managed to complete half of my challenge of reading 26 books for the year. Granted, I’ve only actually completed 12 letters of my Alphabet Reading Challenge, but let’s hope I can keep this momentum going.
To keep up with the progress of my Alphabet Reading Challenge, click here. You can also check out my January reads and February reads. To see what else I’m reading, you can follow (or send me a friend request) on Goodreads.
THE OUTSIDER BY STEPHEN KING
Completed March 1, 2019 | Published on May 22, 2018
I’m ashamed to say this was my first Stephen King novel, but I can confidently say that it won’t be my last. With my current true crime obsession, this book had me hooked from the very beginning. The Outsider tells the story of a man named Terry Maitland who is accused of committing an unspeakable crime. He is one of the city’s most prominent and good-standing citizens, but after the accusation, the town quickly turns on him. Detective Ralph Anderson is in charge of the investigation, and it seems to be an open and shut case, except Terry has an alibi.
This book was absolutely nutso. My true crime brain was trying to put the pieces together, but then I had to keep reminding myself that this is a Stephen King novel, so of course things aren’t what they seemed.
This is one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year. From start to finish, I was engulfed in the storyline. Every piece of evidence, every character introduced, every theory, everything, I was hooked on it, and I didn’t want the story to end.
THE GOOD DAUGHTER BY KARIN SLAUGHTER
Completed March 10, 2019 | Published on August 8, 2017
The Good Daughter starts with a horrific crime that happened 28 years ago when two men broke into the home of Charlotte and Samantha Quinn. They watched their mother die before their very eyes before they were led into the woods to be killed. Twenty-eight years later, good daughter Charlotte has stayed in her hometown and followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. When another violent attack comes to her small town, Charlotte is stuck in the middle of it, and the event causes her to reopen the wounds she’s suppressed for so long.
I don’t really want to say much else about the book because it’s hard to talk about without giving away any spoilers. After reading The Outsider, I wasn’t sure I was going to find a book that encapsulated me as much as it did, but The Good Daughter took on the challenge and passed with flying colors.
If you’re a fan of suspense novels, you will absolutely love this book. The majority of it is told in present tense, but it also flashes back in time to relive that awful day 28 years ago, and it tells the story from multiple perspectives, including the story that was told in the courtroom, and the secrets that were told behind closed doors. In short, it’s friggin good, y’all. Read it.
VOX BY CHRISTINA DALCHER
Completed March 18, 2019 | Published on August 21, 2018
VOX is a dystopian novel that depicts an America where women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words in a day. This leads to women no longer being able to hold jobs, and young girls not being taught to read or write. Dr. Jean McClellan was never a person to be any kind of protester, but when the new laws are put into place, she realizes it’s finally time to make a change for herself, her daughter, and every other woman whose voice she was never brave enough to fight for.
From the description of this book, I thought I was going to love it. It had a lot of potential, but honestly, it kind of fell flat for me. Even though I was rooting for all women to get their freedoms back, I wasn’t really rooting for Jean and the life and crises she created for herself. I found myself frustrated with her during most parts of the book. She wasn’t a relatable character for me, and I wasn’t sympathetic toward her. While the direction the government was in was obviously tragic and awful, there were other parts of Jean’s life and some of the choices she made that just made me dislike her, and because of that, I found it hard to engulf myself in the story. I was hoping that the ending of the book would redeem some of what I thought was lacking in the meat of the book, but again, the ending just fell flat and left a lot to be desired.
With all that said, I thought the overall premise of the book was interesting, and that alone kept me reading and wanting to see what was going to happen. I was surprised at which characters were and weren’t trustworthy, and I found myself sympathizing with certain characters unexpectedly. Even though it was interesting, I just wish it was a better book.
THIS IS WHERE THE WORLD ENDS BY AMY ZHANG
Completed March 27, 2019 | Published on March 22, 2016
This is Where the World Ends follows the story of two best friends, Janie and Micah. Even though they’ve been best friends and neighbors since elementary school, no one in the world knows because they made an agreement to keep it secret. The two balance each other out with Janie being spontaneous, artsy, and daring and Micah being shy, passive, and nerdy. The book is told from two different perspectives – Micah in present time and through the diaries of Janie. The two perspectives piece together what happened on the night that Janie mysteriously goes missing.
I’m actually hurt and annoyed by how much I didn’t like this book. Even though the reviews aren’t super great, I went in with high hopes because I had previously read Amy Zhang’s novel, Falling Into Place, years ago, and I loved it so much. This book, however, was a disappointment from start to finish.
Firstly, I disliked both main characters. Usually if a book is told from two different perspectives, even if you don’t like one of the characters, you can still cling to the other one in the hopes that it will make the book better for you. That wasn’t the case in this book. Both characters were just awful, and I honestly didn’t really care what was going on with either of them.
Secondly, the friendship between the two of them was absolutely toxic. Janie was the worst. Also, the fact that their friendship started in elementary school and they chose to keep a secret at such a young age just seems really unrealistic to me. Maybe it was just a different time, but I wasn’t worried about popularity in elementary school. I just wanted to have friends. I feel that at that age, something like Janie’s image wouldn’t have been considered when making friends with the boy next door.
Thirdly, this book was just so hard to get through. I struggled from start to finish. I thought about giving up on it, but I was hopeful that the ending would at least be worth all the mess that lead to it. I was wrong. I don’t often give 1-star book reviews, but reading this was such a waste of time. There were zero aspects about it that I actually enjoyed.
What books did you read in March?