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March Wrap Up & Currently Reading

The time has come for my March wrap up and what I’m currently reading. I can’t believe how fast March went but it was a lot of fun as I got through many amazing books.


Astrology by Carole Taylor

4

How to use your astrological sign’s birth horoscope to transform every area of your life. Learn how to interpret the positions of the zodiac signs, sun, moon and other planets to better understand yourself and your place in the world around you. The book outlines the key principles of astrology and pinpoints ways you can use it as a form of self-help. This ancient art can help you improve many different areas of your life–from your personal and professional relationships to your health, wealth, and well-being. You’ll also see how astrology can help you when you need it most, with practical advice about handling life’s key moments, including changing jobs, starting a family, coping with financial difficulty, or facing retirement. Written in plain language and with sample case studies and beautiful graphics, Astrology is your essential guide to navigating all of life’s challenges and opportunities. 

A great book for beginners into astrology as I just love how visual everything is. I feel like it was easier for me to grasp what each house represents and how every sign or planet means something different when it is in a particular house. A stunning book, highly recommend.

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The Executioner by Chris Carter

5

Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked, decapitated body of a priest. Carefully positioned, legs stretched out, arms crossed over the chest, the most horrifying thing of all is that the priest’s head has been replaced by that of a dog. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim’s chest, the figure 3 has been scrawled in blood.
At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that this is a ritualistic killing. But as more bodies surface, he is forced to reassess. All the victims died in the way they feared the most. Their worst nightmares have literally come true. But how could the killer have known? And what links these apparently random victims?
Hunter finds himself on the trail of an elusive and sadistic killer, somone who apparently has the power to read his victims’ minds. Someone who can sense what scares his victims the most. Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve his twisted aim.

I loved it! I didn’t actually think I would give another Chris Carter book 5 stars but here we are.
I keep falling in love with Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia with each book I read and in this one I loved the sole motivation the Executioner had. So well done and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Chris Carter just has a way with writing crime books that make me want to keep flipping the page as pretty much every chapter ends on a cliff-hanger, which is frustrating but at the same time I love it as I finish the book faster.

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Bully by Penelope Douglas

3

My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me by a friendly nickname. No, he’ll barely even speak to me. But he still won’t leave me alone. We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him. But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way in hell I’ll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It’s time to fight back.

It was hard for me to determine what my thoughts actually are on this book as I was super conflicted with my thoughts towards it. I didn’t actually think I would ever pick this book up as the concept of a bully never sounded very interesting to me but as Penelope Douglas is a highly praised author I thought I would give this a go.
So let’s start off with the positives, which are that I really connected with the author’s writing and I plan on picking up more of her stories as I want to see if I still like it as much as I did in this one. I also really liked Tate, at first! I thought she was going to be a pretty cool protagonist, who wouldn’t let a bully push her around but then the storyline took a completely different direction and I just kept reading to find out what would happen next and let me tell you, it wasn’t as good as other people seem to think so. First of all, I could not get on board with all the violence, at first when Tate stood up for herself I was fine with that, but then Jared beating up a certain character, that was bad and in a way deserved it, but Tate had already taken care of it and I just hated how she stood there and did nothing. Don’t get me started on what went down at the end of the book, I was cringing for the last 10% of the book as that trope I am just over. I still can’t get over how Tate just forgave Jared and his best friend for the years of abuse they caused to her. She was in love with the old Jared and then she just forgave the new Jared almost instantly. Now I do like that she was hesitant so I will give her that, but I still can’t wrap my head around how the story did a 360 turn and really quickly the two people who were at each other’s throats just made up and started making out every couple of chapters. Maybe if this book focused mainly on bullying or just bullying and explored this concept I would have enjoyed it even more as I did still enjoy the book! However, there are so many other controversial concepts, like cheating and slut-shaming, that I just couldn’t ignore.
I am still glad I gave this book a go and read it all in a day. Will I continue with the series? Probably, if no more bullying is entailed.

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Conversation with God {Volume One} by Neale Donald Walsch

5

Suppose you could ask God the most puzzling questions about existence – questions about love and faith, life and death, good and evil. Suppose God provided clear, understandable answers. It happened to Neale Donald Walsch. It can happen to you. You are about to have a conversation… I have heard the crying of your heart. I have seen the searching of your soul. I know how deeply you have desired the Truth. In pain have you called out for it, and in joy. Unendingly have you beseeched Me. Show Myself. Explain Myself. Reveal Myself. I am doing so here, in terms so plain, you cannot misunderstand. In language so simple, you cannot be confused. In vocabulary so common, you cannot get lost in the verbiage. So go ahead now. Ask Me anything. Anything. I will contrive to bring you the answer. The whole universe will I use to do this. So be on the lookout; this book is far from My only tool. You may ask a question, then put this book down. But watch. Listen. The words to the next song you hear. The information in the next article you read. The story line of the next movie you watch. The chance utterance of the next person you meet. Or the whisper of the next river, the next ocean, the next breeze that caresses your ear – all these devices are Mine; all these avenues are open to Me. I will speak to you if you will listen. I will come to you if you will invite Me. I will show you then that I have always been there. All ways.

I have to thank this book firstly for finally answering all the questions I have had ever since learning about religion and spirituality. I can’t wait to pick up book two soon but as ‘God’ has said, I need to take some time off to process everything I learned in this first book as I have literally learned so much. This is definitely one of those books that makes you question everything and ask questions yourself as you read it. I definitely had many questions arise and I definitely needed some time off from reading this book all in one go.

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The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski

4.5

I can’t really share with you what this book is about as it is the second to last book in the Witcher series. It is one of my favourite series that follows multiple perspectives, my favourites being Ciri and Geralt of Rivia, in a brutal world. It’s basically about Ciri, of Elder Blood, Child of Prophecy being hunted by people who want to use her for her powers. Geralt is like an adoptive father to her and in the beginning takes her to Kaer Morhen were Witchers train. As you can tell from my poor description it is hard to describe, but trust me it’s worth picking up.
I settled on 4.5 stars as there were sections where I found that I zoned out a little bit as we did get to follow a wide range of characters and some of them I wasn’t that excited to read about. I feel like Ciri may have had three chapters out of 11, Geralt 2 and Yennefer was near non-existent till the end. Though that last chapter was mind blowing and reminded me of how much I love the Witcher universe and Andrzej Sapkowki’s writing. I also adore the gang that Geralt is now apart of, every character is so different and brings a new perspective into the story. I still adore that periods were mentioned a couple of times as it’s only natural for them to make an appearance as there are so many female characters in this book.
Can’t wait to read the finale to this series, though I do have one more novella bind up to pick up.

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The Death Sculptor by Chris Carter

5

‘Good job you didn’t turn on the lights . . .’
A student nurse has the shock of her life when she discovers her patient, prosecutor Derek Nicholson, brutally murdered in his bed. The act seems senseless – Nicholson was terminally ill with only weeks to live. But what most shocks Detective Robert Hunter of the Los Angeles Robbery Homicide Division is the calling card the killer left behind.
For Hunter, there is no doubt that the killer is trying to communicate with the police, but the method is unlike anything he’s ever seen before. And what could the hidden message be?
Just as Hunter and his partner Garcia reckon they’ve found a lead, a new body is found – and a new calling card. But with no apparent link between the first and second victims, all the progress they’ve made so far goes out of the window.
Pushed into an uncomfortable alliance with the confident Alice Beaumont, Hunter must race to put together the pieces of the investigation . . . before the Death Sculptor puts the final touches to his masterpiece.

Chris Carter is on fire right now! Well for me anyway as I loved this book!
Oh my gosh, the ending… You have no idea how badly I needed to get to the end of this book as I needed to know the motive behind this killer’s kills and wow it did blow my mind. Such an amazing book and I am literally on a Chris Carter kick, three more books left and I’m all caught up with the Robert Hunter series. I might take a little break though and maybe read some romance as recently I’ve been reading very heavy books. Still amazing. I LOVED IT! So that was what I wrote in my Goodreads review after I read the book and upon further reflection, I’ve noticed that I love thriller/crime books that either have a great ending or the killers motivation is on point. With this one, I loved the whole unveil of why the killer was on a killing spree.

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Shameless by Lex Martin

5

* Author’s note: Due to mature situations and sexual content, Shameless is recommended for readers 18+.
Brady… 
What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. 
Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart. I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.
Katherine… When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love. I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

Why did I wait so long to read it? It was amazing!
I loved Katherine from the moment I met her and Brady, I have no words for Brady as he is just the biggest sweetheart… how can you not love him? This book has slight Life As We Know It vibes which is a movie I absolutely love in which a man and woman who misunderstand each other lose their best friends and find out they get joined custody of their daughter. It deals with the aftermath of that and even though it isn’t exactly like Shameless, I still loved it. There is just something about families that are different than your typical nuclear family that I love reading about.
Can’t wait to read the next book that follows Tori, Katherine’s sister when she is older. I can’t wait.

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Reckless by Lex Martin

5

* Author’s note: Due to mature situations and sexual content, Reckless is recommended for readers 18+.
Reckless features Tori and Ethan and is a standalone companion to the USA Today bestseller Shameless.
Tori… For the record, I’m not going to hook up with my boss. I’m a lot of things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss. I don’t want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him.
Ethan… Between us, she’s the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. What sane man trying to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles, and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice. My focus is on my kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t want, no matter how much I crave her.

What can I say, I am a sucker for single dads who work hard and female heroines who fall in love with them. I loved this book so much and it also made me so emotional! I think I’m starting to realise how much I love children in romance novels and I just can’t get over the fact how precious Cody and Mila are and how much I wanted to protect them whilst reading this book. Tori is an amazing protagonist and now I feel like I can’t pick which sister is my favourite and Ethan… I think my ovaries exploded when he was interacting with his kids and he was such a sweetheart to Tori.
Can I get a book about Logan, please? It might be a friends to lovers and I am craving one right now!
Now, where do I find the closest ranch to me so I can find me a hunky guy like Ethan who works with horses? 

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Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress by Vicky Nolan

3

You’re a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has big dreams of becoming a pop star, and then one day you get your lucky break. Polydor records sends you to Copenhagen to make pop music – to make you a recording artist. You get back home and your future is looking brighter than ever – until the High Court writ hits the door mat – you’ve fallen out with your management and they have decided to sue. No, this isn’t a dream, this is now Vicky Nolan’s reality and fast becoming a nightmare, and all while still at school at the sweet age of sixteen. 

This book is a scrapbook of Vicky’s life and I was sent it kindly by the author so thank you! Upon reading this book I found that a scrapbook type of story is not really my type, but the actual story was pretty interesting as we tend to see stories of people who made it so it was nice to read an alternative story of real-life events. It still had a happy ending though so I’m glad Vicky made through it in the end.

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Astrology for Happiness and Success by Mecca Woods

5

Let your astrological sign show you the way to your best life—find specific activities that will improve relationships, finances, health, and happiness based on your Zodiac sign! Take your happiness to the next level with advice specifically designed for you, based on your astrological sign. In Astrology for Happiness and Success, you’ll find new ways to be happier and more successful and learn to bring joy to those around you. Take an adventurous Aries to your next yoga class to help you both clear your minds, treat your busy Taurus friend to a relaxing evening at home, join Gemini in playing a new board game for fun—and more! With different activities, therapeutic techniques, and relaxation rituals for each sign, you’ll find the perfect path to becoming your happiest and healthiest self.

I have only read the part that deals with my astrological sign, Taurus, but it was bang on for what I wanted to know. My favourite sections were the health and wellbeing section, the colours to wear, the scents that suit you best, and how to make your home your castle.

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The Witch’s Book of Self-Care by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

4

Worship yourself the witchy way—learn how to nourish your body and spirit with herbal remedies, spells, and rituals inspired by witchcraft in this unique, enchanted guide to self-care! Self-care is a necessity for any modern woman, and this book helps you prioritize #1 with a little help from the magic of witchcraft. The Witch’s Book of Self-Care has advice for pampering your body, mind, and spirit with spells, meditations, mantras, and powerful activities to help you to keep healthy, soothe stress, relinquish sadness, channel joy, and embrace your strength. 

It was everything you could expect from a non-fiction book dedicated to self-care. I definitely found it very useful and will be going back to it to try out the rituals and mantras.

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

5

This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

I absolutely adored this book! From start to finish I was absolutely captivated by it, the plot, the characters, the mystery and suspense! Ahh, I just could not get enough! Siri was definitely my favourite perspective to read from as I loved learning about court politics through fresh eyes and we got to learn about the mysterious God King. Can’t say if I loved him or not as that would definitely be a spoiler. Another favourite character of mine was Lightsong. He is one of the Gods, but he doesn’t even believe in the religion that worships him so that was super interesting to read about. Plus, he made me laugh out loud a couple of times so of course that puts him in my good books. I can’t wait to read the sequel whenever it is released. But if the wait is too long then I will definitely be rereading this sometime in the near future as that is what I wanted to do as soon as I finished it.

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Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

4.5

How do you kill a god?
As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

I decided to settle on a high 4.5 stars as the only slight problem I found with the novel is the lack of female warriors. The book claims to be loosely inspired by Vikings who had shield-maidens and female leaders. Whereas in this book I felt like female attributes were slightly frowned upon and that was one of the problems Rasmira had to face with. Though I do have one amazing quote that really stood out to me which is female empowering so it was much appreciated – “A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all,” he says. “You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.” – Soren, from Warrior of the Wild. Apart from that, I adored the whole book: the characters, the plot, the pace, and the setting. I loved the writing and how the story predominantly took place in nature, the Wild. It actually really gave me Sky in the Deep vibes, which of course I loved as that is one of my all-time favourite books. As I loved Tricia Levenseller’s writing a lot, I might actually pick up her other books soon and I’m even tempted already to reread this one! 🙂

GOODREADS


 

The Executioner Bully Conversation With God The Tower of the Swallow The Death Sculptor Shameless Reckless Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress Astrology For Happiness and Success The Witch's Book of Self-Care Warbreaker Warrior of the Wild


So that is it for my wrap up, I am so proud of how much I read. It’s thanks to ebooks and me reading on the bus when I go to university that I ended up reading so much.

Here are all the books I am currently reading or hoping to read in April:

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury – I had around 150 pages left to read and I ended up finishing it on the 1st of April. 

One by One by Chris CarterI’m already around 32% into this book and it is definitely Chris Carter’s longest book so I’m not expecting to finish it really soon but hopefully in April. 

Conversation with God Volume 2 by Neale Donald Walschthe non-fiction book I want to read for this month.

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – last month was not the month for audiobooks but hopefully I finish this book in April.


Hope you all enjoyed this post and definitely share with me what you read in March and what you’re currently reading as I would love to know!

See you in my next post 🙂
Natalia aka Bookish Vegan

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