March 2024 Reading Wrap-up

March has come and gone and it was a fairly good reading month. I got through more books than I had planned to and yet had quite a few DNFs for the month as well. I did pretty well with getting through much of my March TBR along with several additions to it. Each book read has helped to reduce my TBR. March 2024 Reading Wrap-up goes over what books I read and a mini-review of what I thought about each book.

March 2024 Reading Wrap-up

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

I’ve been on a kick with books about libraries, bookstores, or books lately and this one caught my eye.

Right from page one, I was hooked and that first scene left me intrigued as to what would come. While I hadn’t been sure quite what to expect from this book, I enjoyed it from start to finish.

The characters are a mixed bag, and the journey they must go on takes them across realms and pits them against various foes. The melding of real life, mythology, and fictional books, made this story come to life in unexpected ways.

The African Samurai by Craig Shreve

I also gave up on this one early because the first chapter felt far too much like Shogun. However, I stuck with it and was rewarded with a fairly interesting story.

My only issue was that it was fairly forgettable. I found myself enjoying a few chapters and then almost immediately forgetting what had happened.

Perhaps had I read the physical book I may have retained more, but alas, I honestly can’t remember a single thing from it.

Mermaid Saga Vol. 2 by Rumiko Takahashi

The final volume of the Mermaid Saga series.

Mana and Yuta continue their journey to find a cure for their immortality. They encounter quite a few others who have consumed mermaid flesh, which feels quite a bit like the first volume.

The series does end a bit abruptly. I feel like it could have gone on longer and yet it would be more of the same, ultimately ending up boring.

Spy x Family Vol 2 by Tatsuya Endo

What a fun read! Anya is officially in school and there are a ton of new hurdles for her and her family to overcome, especially when it comes to a particular student. Between meeting Yor’s brother, learning a bit about each character, and watching them venture out on a fun family day I was entertained from start to finish.

Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol. 2 by Koyoharu Gotouge

This is a great continuation of the series. Tanjiro and Nuzuko get to show off their skills and how strong they have become, though Tanjiro certainly has a lot more learning to do, but you can see his character has grown quite a bit.

We also get to learn quite a bit about the demons and who is the one pulling the string. There is plenty of action in this volume, which truly speeds up how quickly it goes. I look forward to continuing the series.

Mao Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

This volume does a good job of introducing the characters, world, and connections between them. There is a lot of mystery, especially surrounding Byoki and its connection to Mao, and how and why Nanoka can travel back in time. A great start to the series.

Related: Book Review: Mao Vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Edge of Collapse by Kyla Stone

This book was addicting! From page one I was drawn in and didn’t want to put it down.

This is not your typical post-apocalyptic story. It has plenty of the usual elements, but there is also a strong thrilled vibe throughout. It’s truly hard for me to talk about this book without spoiling something for it. So, do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you won’t regret it.

The Floating Castle by Craig Mills

Another reread.

This book has such a strong nostalgic feel to it. If you have ever played any of the King’s Quest games, then you will love this book. The entire story feels like one of the games.

A Bride’s Story Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori

Another reread.

I absolutely love this series. The artwork alone makes this story so vivid and engaging.

While the story mostly focuses on family life, it’s such a fantastic read that it’s hard to put down. There is a rich cultural aspect to it as well, and you can see the minor differences between the various villages and tribes, but for the most part, they are all similar.

Seeing Amir and Karluk navigate their newlywed life among family and the challenges of where they live. The world is rich and I want to learn more about it, which I know will come as the series progresses.

This is a must-read.

A Galaxy Next Door Vol. 1 by Gido Amagakure

Yet another reread. However, I wanted to revisit this series before the final volume comes out in a couple of months.

I love manga that are about manga artists as it gives a bit of an inside look into the industry and of course, this one has an extra entertaining twist thanks to a princess in the mix. Ichiro and Goshiki must work together on his manga while navigating an unexpected relationship between them.

Toss in his younger siblings, a few manga artists, friends, the pressures of work timelines, and the side effects of their blood pact, there is a lot going on for these two and their lives. A great start to a series and I cannot wait to continue my reread and eventually reach the final volume.

Magus of the Library Vol. 1 by Mitsu Izumi

I picked this one up on a whim and found that it was a fairly enjoyable read. While it was slow for about half of the book, things picked up later and it left me craving more.

This is a decent start to a series. And I feel like this is the type of series that will get significantly better now that the initial introduction to the world and characters is out of the way, but only time will tell.

Related: Book Review: Magus of the Library Vol 1 by Mitsu Izumi

Fly Me To The Moon Vol 2 by Kenjiro Hata

Another reread.

This volume was so fun to read. Nasa and Tsukasa are settling into their lives as newlyweds and learning how to navigate things. We get to learn a little about Tsukasa’s past along with hints of who she truly is, and we get to meet some of her family including her sister Chitose.

The hilarity over discovering there is no TV in their home, the bathhouse scenes, being introduced to some of Nasa’s friends and their reactions to the sudden marriage, and so much more make this a great book. These two are so dang cute and I cannot wait to continue with the series.

March 2024 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 12
  • Books purchased: 4
  • Books unhauled: 8
  • Books DNF’d: 5

I hope you enjoyed my March 2024 Reading Wrap-up. What books did you read in March?

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