March TBR (2020)

Nearing the end of month two of the year, I am realizing that my reading challenge might be a little low for how much I have been reading just in the first few months while I am in school and working.

So, I have upped my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 50 books with the hopes of maybe doubling that to 100 by December, since for many years I have doubled my reading challenge and will be less busy after I graduate in June.

With that, here are the books I plan to read in March:

[All book covers are from Goodreads.]

the capture

The Capture (Guardians of Ga’Hoole #1) by Kathryn Lasky

I run a movie book club for my library, and this is the book for March. Naturally, I have to also read the book and write a trivia game for it before we watch the movie to test the kids on if they actually read it.

I loved this movie when it came out and have a good feeling about the book series. If I like it enough, I might even read the rest of the series since they are shorter kids books.

I am excited to feel like a kid again and re-watch the movie after reading the book. I just hope that I don’t dislike the movie after reading the book and seeing major differences, if there are any. I remember the movie being gorgeously animated and the story being super interesting with a vivid world and interesting characters.

*Update: I somehow forgot that I preordered this book, and it releases March 3rd!*

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare 

The newest Cassandra Clare book in the Shadowhunter Series is on it’s way followed by one of the largest hype trains ever. There are some bold claims about this book being one of Clare’s best Shadowhunter books to date. I don’t know if I buy that prior to reading this book, but we will see.

Due to that tidal wave of hype, I am going into this book with an open mind and doing my best not to have too high expectations. I was not a huge fan of Lady Midnight, but I did enjoy it, so this book could be a hit or a miss for me. I was planning to finish the Dark Artifices (TDA) trilogy before reading The Last Hours (TLH), but I wasn’t thrilled about Lady Midnight and hope I will be for Chain of Gold. So, I will set TDA aside for now in hopes of re-igniting my Cass Clare passion with TLH, then returning to TDA later.

I believe this book follows the children of the characters in The Infernal Devices (TID), which I loved, but I am trying to go into this book as blind as possible, because that tends to let me enjoy Clare’s books more.

Do I need another series in my life? No. Will I still start this series anyway? Yes…

This book comes out March 3rd, but I am not sure I will have time to read it right away due to school obligations.

I am excited for it though, so we will see what happens (send hope for my grades).

I don’t have any expectations for how much I will enjoy it, so this could really go any direction, but I do lean a bit to the optimistic side.

Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb

I know that this has been on my Monthly TBR for many months, but I do actually plan to pick this up this month, even if I don’t finish it within the month.

I really loved the first book, so much so that I recently purchased it for my own library at home, so I have high hopes for this one. I love a slow burn political fantasy with interesting magic and relateable characters. I know this book will deliver just that for me, and I need a guaranteed good book this month.

Additionally, my favorite book-tubers Peruse Project and Books with Emily are both reading this series right now, so I need to keep up with them to avoid spoilers and feel motivated by their reviews.

This series is a bit long though and the writing “slower” in pace, but I enjoy every word usually, so I am not worried about liking it. I have this book in audiobook as well as one physical copy at work and another at home, so I should be able to finish it this month.

I am considering taking this book with me to Washington at the end of this month, because it is a mass print paperback, therefore travel sized, and I know I will like it. I will have a few hours of travel time to read it and I feel like the vibe of this book will match the gloomy vibe of Seattle.

As you can probably tell, I love Seattle and plan very far ahead to make sure the trip is perfect. Seattle is my spirit animal cx.

bone houses

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones 

I got this book for 50% off at Barnes and Noble last month, so I am really excited to read it. I don’t know why this wasn’t on my 2020 Anticipated Books List, because I have had my eye out for this one since it came out in September last year.

This book is about a young grave digger who has to protect her town from corpses that began walking out of an old enchanted forest. On her journey she has to work with a mysterious map maker who lost his memory to discover why these corpses, called bone houses, keep terrorizing the town.

This seems like my kind of story: dark, mysterious, magical, and death. What’s not to enjoy?

Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1) by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1) by Michael Crichton

The predetermined theme for my bullet journal this month is tropical leaves, so naturally, I converted it into a Jurassic Park theme. Having those dino feels has made me in the mood to pick the book up, so that’s what I hope to do this month in honor of my journal theme.

I have actually never read this book (I know I am a hypocrite), so I am excited to give it a go. I loved The Lost World, and dinosaurs are ingrained in my personality, so I hope this lives up to the hype.

Because this isn’t a book that is part of my goal to lower my long term TBR, I will not be devastated if I don’t get to it. I have other books that I’ve owned for years that I need to get to before this one, but if I have the time or the urge, I will pick this book up.

I have also considered this mass print paperback for my trip to Seattle, but I am so indecisive. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire #3) by Michael J. Sullivan

The fifth book of this adult fantasy series comes out February 4th, so I would like to finish the other books in the series before I buy the new one. I need to get started. I really want to get caught up in this series as soon as possible, but I also want to read this when I can give it my all. Right now school has been so much that I haven’t felt like I can give it the attention it deserves, so I will keep it on my TBRs every month until I am ready.

As many of you know, the first two books of this series were my favorite books of 2019, so I have a feeling this series will again challenge my top books of the year. I am extremely excited for these books, and I will continue to keep them on my TBR lists until they are all finished.

I have the hardback signed copy of this book and the audiobook is available from my library, so I hope to get at least a bit through this before April.,

Graphic Novels

I read a lot of graphic novels at work and on my breaks between classes. There really isn’t too much to say about them before I read them, so here are some of the graphic novels I currently have checked out and plan to read this month:

These are the books that I want to read this month, but what I really want to know is: what YOU are reading this month.

Please share your TBR and current reads in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out my posts every Monday.

-Knight of Cups ❤

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