Bookish: March 2019 Wrap Up & April 2019 TBR

TBR & Wrap UpMarch was sponsored by my best friends; caffeine, sugar and adrenaline.

Much like February it was a strange stress filled month but instead of March kicking me into the dirt I took the reigns of my chariot and rode into it roaring like Boudicca.

You didn’t ask for visual representation. But you’re gonna get one.


As a result, I feel like March was brought to heel and I’m entering April in a much more peaceful place.

Slumpy McSlumpface disappeared and went elsewhere for March so I managed to be successful with reading. Not only did I read a heap of books but they were also ruddy good reads too.

I’m also making my way through The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix at the moment and I have say that overall I am enjoying it. There’s some things that bother me but I am here for the aunts, Ambrose and Miss Wardwell.

What I've Been Reading

I read 7 books for March (yay)! Four of those are ARCs, two were novelettes and one has been on my TBR since I watched the Netflix adaptation of it last year.

I also managed to succeed in meeting the Hamilthon challenge!

Daisy Jones

I received Daisy Jones and The Six as an ARC which I have reviewed here and have given 4 stars.

A Human Stain

A Human Stain is a creepy novelette that was recommended to me by Marina @ Books of Magic and I’m glad she did because this is an eerie, unsettling story of a governess left to look after an unusual little boy in an isolated environment. Things go as well as expected. I gave this 4 stars!


The Dollmaker was another reviewed ARC (here) and I gave it 3 stars.

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The Binding is an ARC that I was approved for after it was published so I got behind in reading it and kept putting it off. I didn’t read it in January and then didn’t manage it again in February but march was clearly the month for it.

I haven’t reviewed this one yet but will and this has the happy distinction of being the first 5 star book of mine for this year! It’s not at all what I expected but it did something to me that I can’t fully put into words.

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I’ve wanted to read The Haunting of Hill House for a while and then when I watched the Netflix adaptation last year my interest was even more piqued.

The thing is this – I thought the TV adaptation (re-imagining really) was excellent. I also really enjoyed a TV miniseries called Rose Red (by Stephen King) when it was on years ago because I not-so-secretly have a yearning for ghost stories and haunted houses and Rose Red has shades of The Haunting of Hill House.

Whilst I enjoyed this book I didn’t love it. The way it’s been written is clever. This book is a slow burn which makes you wonder when everything is going to start until you suddenly realise that it’s already started and things are not good.

It’s the book equivalent of milk souring.

This is 3 stars from me but it couldn’t quite reach 4 because I wasn’t as interested in the characters as I should have been and some of the build up was a little…. tedious at times.

Sorry, Shirley.


Another recommendation from Marina!

I gave this novelette of Triquetra 4 stars because I have a ‘thing’ for dark fairy tale retelling’s and this is indeed a dark Snow White retelling.

We are invited to have sympathy for the stepmother in this story but should we? Is she a truly wicked, vain and immoral woman who wanted to revel in the death and destruction of her stepdaughter or was she a woman preyed upon by something more wicked?

Why was a handsome prince so interested in a beautiful child who appeared dead all those years ago? Did Snow White really get her happy ever after?

You’ll get the answers if you read the book. If you enjoyed ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’ by Neil Gaiman than I think you’d enjoy this.


Wakenhyrst was another ARC that I have read and review is pending (hopefully up next week) and this is getting 4 stars from me!

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My goal for March was read the ARC’s that I needed to read plus complete the Hamilthon challenge – which I did!


The route I selected would get me to Alexander Hamilton himself so let’s see how I did. My journey (and result) is below.

Alexander Hamilton (a book with a name in the title) – Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – DONE!!

The Reynolds Pamphlet (something short i.e. novella) – A Human Stain by Kelly Robson – DONE!!

Take a Break (finish a book in a day) – The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – I read The Haunting of Hill House but this didn’t end up meeting the requirements of Hamilthon as I didn’t finish it in a day. Instead I read another novelette and read Triquetra in a day! Hey, it counts…

Helpless (a book featuring romance or a marriage) – The Dollmaker by Nina Allan – DONE!!! 

My Shot (a standalone book) – The Binding by Bridget Collins – DONE!!! Also, Wakenhyrst could also count for this if needed. 

I am very pleased with March and it’s 7 books and the ratings look like this:-

  • I gave 1 book a 5 star rating
  • I gave 4 books a 4 star rating
  • I have 2 books a 3 star rating

Now I don’t know if it’s because I was in a better mood for March and therefore was more generous with my ratings or if my tastes have slowly changed over time and in March I read books that are meeting those tastes. I don’t know.

The above does mean that March’s average is 3.8 but let’s round that up to an awesome 4!

What Will I Read

The only books that I’m setting myself are the two ARC’s that I need to read:-

  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Anything else will be a mood read.

What Have I Been Up To

March was relatively low key in terms of social events but that’s probably why I managed to read quite a few books!

I celebrated my birthday in a rather low key way that involved an afternoon tea with my husband and a trip to The British Library to see the Cats on a Page exhibition!

I love books and cats so that seemed purrfect. 😉


Guys and gals – don’t forget my Giveaway! A free MasterClass class!!

Now I’ve not had many entrants at all which is making me sad and stuff. Are you not liking the prize? Are you being polite?!

If the answer is ‘yes’ to the first question then I cannot help you!

If the answer is ‘yes’ to the second question then stop with that nonsense now! Don’t be polite, just enter!

Rules and stuff can be found on this post here, list of awesome MasterClass classes can be found here and all you need to do to enter is complete and submit the contact form to me! This can be found here.


How was everyone’s March? Sad to see the month go or looking forward to April?

Tell me what you’ve got lined up for the first official month of spring!


18 thoughts on “Bookish: March 2019 Wrap Up & April 2019 TBR

  1. Congrats to your reading month! It always feels wonderful to knock off your TBR / readathons successfully; I would know because I rarely succeed… 😂 But most of all, I’m ecstatic to hear The Binding was a 5-star read for you! I feel like it could be up my alley, but then when the hype started to build up, and I ran away from it lol.

    Btw, I am totally jumping into your giveaway! I forgot to enter before, but who in their sane mind says no to free things? 😉 Thanks a lot Gerry! ❤

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    1. Ta muchly! I’m glad I got through a whole bunch of stuff and that March was a good one (April is looking…… less than good) but there’s up and downs for everything! I adored The Binding but it wasn’t what I expected it to be and for that reason a lot of people are giving it 2 stars which is fair enough because if you go in thinking it will be what it was marketed as then it’s a valid reason for disappointment. I loved it though, if you’re after historical fiction with romance as a core then go for it.

      Definitely do it! I haven’t had many entrants even now and I’m like…. ‘wha????’


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      1. Haha I had a pretty shite April reading month, so you’re not alone. And you bet I’ll be checking out the Binding! I definitely get you about the misleading advertising, so I’ll keep that in mind whilst reading it. 😉

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  2. I never knew I need a visual representation in a wrap up until this moment. 10/10 would recommend.

    YAY to kicking slumps in there faces and sending them back to slump town! It looks like you had a A+ reading month AND you finished hamilthon?! YOU ARE GOALS GERRY!

    ❤ ❤ here is to hoping you have a better April!

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