March 2021 Reading Recap

The title basically does my introduction for me, so I won’t talk too much before the actual list of what I read. The goal is to read approximately one book a week, and review any I think people would be interested in hearing my thoughts on. Once again, I didn’t read any books for review, so I will simply be listing the title, series (if relevant), author, and a new or re-read. I will also link reviews where applicable.

Calculated Risks (InCryptid #10) by Seanan Mcguire, new read
Singing the Comic-Con Blues (InCryptid novella) by Seanan McGuire, new read
The Queen’s Weapons (Black Jewels #11) by Anne Bishop, new read
Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) by Carrie Vaughn, re-read
Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs, re-read
Alpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega #0.5, novella) by Patricia Briggs, re-read
Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega #2) by Patricia Briggs, re-read
Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) by Patricia Briggs, re-read
Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs, re-read

So this month I ended up doing all of my new reading at the beginning of the month, and then after Wild Signs was published, I basically only re-read Patricia Briggs’s Alpha & Omega series and Storm Cursed because it seemed related, and I wanted to read the most recent book set in the world for any clues.

I had hoped to read Wild Sign in March, but new outbreaks of Covid have slowed down delivery again, and in the grand scheme of things a delayed pre-order is a tiny inconvenience when the alternative is postal workers being put at risk. I still intend to read and review Wild Sign as soon as it arrives, but I re-read the Alpha & Omega series to sate my need to read some Patricia Briggs in the meantime. It also made me realise that I haven’t actually reviewed most of the Alpha & Omega series, so I’ll probably post reviews of those over the next month or so.

That explains the second half of my reading, so let’s discuss the first.

Seanan McGuire is the author that made me really love urban fantasy, and I’m a long-time fan of all of her writing, under her name and as Mira Grant, so Calculated Risks and Singing the Comic-Con Blues were no-brainers for me to pre-order, read and review.

Anne Bishop is also one of my favourite authors, and even though I was underwhelmed by The Queen’s Bargain, I had high hopes for The Queen’s Weapons, which unfortunately were not borne out. Nevertheless, I am fond enough of Anne Bishop’s writing as a whole, and the world in general, that I would still buy the next in the series, though if (like The Queen’s Bargain) I can only find a $50+ hardcover version, I would definitely hold off until a paperback was available.

The only other book I read in March was Kitty and the Midnight Hour, the first book from the Kitty Norville series that I read a decent chunk of years ago, then stopped keeping up with for whatever reason around book 8. I did the same with the (similarish, in my opinion) Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter, the Walker Papers series by CE Murphy (though I went back to finish this series later), the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill, the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk and Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files; so I think there’s a good chance I was just overwhelmed by the amount of books featuring similar plotlines and magic systems/worlds. All that was just to say, I saw a couple of paperbacks from the series at a thrift store, picked them up and decided to read the first book on a rainy day to see if it held up. The world was a bit grittier than I remembered, but overall, it did, and I liked Kitty’s voice. Maybe I’ll go back and finally get up to date with the series. I might even be able to find a few of the titles at my local library given the long gap I took from it.

And that’s it! I read a little more than usual in March, but two of the nine titles are novellas, rather than full books, and re-reads always take less time. Feel free to comment on any books that you read and enjoyed last month, especially if they seem like something I’d like to check out.

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