March, while not as busy as January, was still quite a busy month for me reading wise.
This month I discovered that Graphic Novels exist – that there are graphic novels out there that I am actually interested in reading. To anyone that has no idea what I am talking about, essentially, they are similar to comics but rather than having individual 20-30 page issues released periodically they tend to tell the full story in one book. Sometimes, as with written novels, they may be the first book in a series but length wise they tend to work out around the same as a novel.
Total books read: 22
Comic Issues: 3
Graphic Novels: 9
Starting with the best books from this month
#1 – The Winner – My Favourite Read of March: Locke & Key Small World
It may only have had 32 pages and be a single issue comic but this was definitely my favourite read of March. I discovered the Locke & Key Graphic Novels back in 2016 and was honestly upset when they ended. Chancing upon this latest issue was a really happy moment for me. Taking us back into the world of mysterious keys, doors, ghosts and all kinds of other supernatural things, this was a fabulous short story which ended satisfactorily. I’m really hoping they do more of these in the future.
#2: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Pretty much the same feelings as my review. I felt like this was an excellent insight into the characters we all know and love from the Harry Potter stories, how they developed, and what happened to them in later life. What I loved was knowing that the author, J K Rowling, hadn’t forgotten about them or her fans.
#3: Noughts & Crosses Graphic Novel
I heard of this series by accident. I didn’t even know the novel versions existed but fell upon the graphic novel on my library website. I reserved a copy (that cost me 60p. 60p to reserve a book. Needless to say I won’t be reserving many more in the future). The story is hard hitting, blacks v whites, racism and love. Not in the standard sense though. Roles are reversed to what you would normally expect to see. I definitely want to read the next book but it will have to be the written version as the graphic novel is not available as yet.
And on to the worst books of March – with a twist. I have no books rated low enough for March to actually be classed as bad, so this is more of a least favourite list.
#3: Oz: The Complete Collection
Now, before you all start shouting abuse at me, don’t get me wrong, I love The Wizard of Oz and all things associated it with it. This book, however, was far toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long. 1796 pages on the kindle version to be precise. That’s a whole lot of reading.
The fact that:
- The book had no official page numbers on the kindle version so it just kept telling me I was at place x out of x places (at one point it was Place 400/24000 or something similar) – this frustrated the heck out of me, made the book feel like it was taking forever.
- The kindle kept telling me how much longer in terms of reading time I had left, starting out with an estimated 30 hours, which changed depending on whether I read a page slowly or quickly – this also made me mad as it seemed to make it take longer, being able to see actual real-time progress.
- I found some of the stories boring and pointless, while others were really interesting and fun. It was easy to read the fun ones but I struggled immensely with the boring ones.
- I was reading this to my daughter at bedtime, some nights we only managed three or four pages before she fell asleep. This majorly affected my overall experience with this book.
So, in summary, the reason this book is in the “worst” list is because the length was unbearable for me. I struggle with a 300-500 page book at the best of times. At least I can say I made it out the other side and it didn’t put me off reading.
#2: Howl’s Moving Castle, Volume 3
This was one of the Manga books that I read this month. I borrowed it from the library but didn’t realise until I got it home that it was volume three nor that it was in the proper Japanese format and had to be read from back to front. I liked the story, but having not seen the film, read the novel nor managed to read parts one and two first I felt a little lost at times. Not to mention that I kept trying to read it the wrong (right) way round.
#1 – My least favourite book of March: Trollhunters
This book, as per my review, felt like it was written for children. I did borrow it from the children’s section of my library though so I should have been expecting it. I didn’t think. That’s the only reason it is my least favourite book of this month. Otherwise it was a decent story.
April’s summary will be posted in May.