March Wrap Up | 2017

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Hey Epic Geeks,

This month was a decent month with six books. As long as I average six a month and sometimes read a couple more, I’m okay on my year goal. I’m trying to realize it’s okay not to read ten books a month. How did you do on reading this month? Did you read at least one book or some blogs?

The first book I listened too was Ellen Degeneres’s book Seriously … I’m Kidding. Rating … 3.5 stars?

For the most part, I enjoyed this book. It made me smile. It made me laugh. It’s Ellen. Expect … well … Ellen. Especially since she’s narrating it. However, one part I could not stand was that she ate an apple … on tape. *shudders* It was awful. I get horrible anxiety from crunching and hearing people eat. I had to actually take out my head phone and wait for it to stop because it made me feel sick. I typed out an apology in case this sounded over-dramatic, but I know it’s not. Google it. There’s research. There’s science backing it up. I’m not cringing because it’s “gross”. It’s a disorder.

I re-read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam’s this month. It gets a 4 star review. I love this book. I love the answer to the universe, especially since people don’t really understand why 42 is the answer to the universe. I just love it all. Ironically, I haven’t seen the movie. Maybe I should do that.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a middle grade book everyone should read. I absolutely loved it. Palacio captured the character’s voice so well. August Pullman is a 10 year old who is going to a real school for the first time. He has facial anomalies which makes him stand out more than normal, though all he wants is to be treated as an ordinary kid would. This book is a roller coaster and I loved every second of it. Wonder definitely gets a 5-star review from me.

I found Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder through a YouTube recommendation and let’s just say it’s amazing. The main character become’s Ixia’s food taster since she’s the next prisoner due to be executed. She trains to become the best because she has to taste the Commander’s food. She takes the position, but there’s a deadly catch to cause her not to run. There are SO many reason’s to read this; murder, magic, all of the best things in a fantasy, giving it a 4.5-ish star review.

I finally read one of Rick Riordan’s newer books The Trials of Apollo; The Hidden Oracle. This was a really fun book since it’s in the perspective of Apollo, a God we’ve met many times in the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. Apollo loses his godly powers. He meets a demigod who he takes to Percy. Percy declines giving them any help other than taking them to camp. Apollo goes through “trials” for Zeus attempting to get his powers back and the oracles/prophecies. I loved the pop culture references as well as seeing characters we all know and love from prior series. Apollo’s true-to-self arrogance, though it could get annoying at time. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Rick Riordan doesn’t disappoint. This gives it a 4.2 star review.

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan was a random contemporary I ran across and decided to pick up. This was the last book of the month for me. Apple is a young girl that lives with her strict, protective grandmother. She wants to hang out more freely and meet more people. Her mom left on Christmas Eve when she was young, making her hope every year that she’d be coming back. Eleven years later, she shows back up with a surprise that no one expected. I really enjoyed this novel and there’s a lot to learn from it which gives it 4 stars.

What books did you read this past month? I’d love to know.

Do you have any recommendations for me?

Also, have you read any of the books I mentioned above?

Let me know in the comments below! I love hearing from you all and conversations are always welcome.


In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,