March 2020 TBR | bookends #020

March 2020 tbr | Karina ReadsIt’s finally March! Spring is on the way and will hopefully bring with it lots of beautiful bright flowers & a little more sunshine. And maybe some more greenery… Anyway, I have the last week of the month as holiday so I’m hoping I will have lots of time to read in between redecorating our bedroom. I’ve pulled together some of the books I’d like to get to in the next few weeks.

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro | K.S. Volloso
I started this one today and I am enjoying it so far! A fantasy fiction novel following a badass queen as she travels to meet her estranged king after 5 years of no word. Hoping for lots of peril & fast-paced action. And maybe a smidge of romance. Hopefully.

Crescent City | Sarah J Maas
Sarah J Maas’ latest book comes out on Tuesday 3rd and I am very excited to get my mitts on it. I love her work so naturally I’ve pre-ordered it and will be diving in asap. Crescent City is her first ‘adult’ fiction, marketed as urban fantasy / romance and I cannot wait. I know her work is like marmite and those who do not like it are very vocal (always the way for super popular things don’t cha think?) but I for one, am a big fan.

A Curious History of Sex | Kate Lister
I have already read the introduction and first couple of chapters of this book and I am really digging the writing style. It’s so accessible and interesting – I laughed out loud several times and had to read parts out to my husband. I’m trying to read more non-fiction and I think the trick is just picking books that I’m actually interested in rather than just because they’re popular. I love that each chapter is like a mini essay and includes the references so I know where to find out more. Even the paper is nice, crisp smooth white pages and vibrant images throughout, I think I’m going to love this one.

The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
A seventeenth-century island solely occupied by women? Based on real life? Witches / witchy vibes? I. am. ready.

Pain & Prejudice: A Call to Arms for Women and Their Bodies | Gabrielle Jackson
Another tick for my non-fiction ambition. I’ve reserved this at the library so I am just hoping it comes in this month, if not it will be in my April pile too. This looks at how women’s suffering and pain is treated (did you know women are half as likely to be treated correctly for a heart attack compared to  men and thus are twice as likely to die 6 months afterwards?) in today’s society. I anticipate this book will make me angry, I am prepared.

The Bass Rock | Evie Wyld
This book comes out 26th March so hoping I can squeeze this in if my library accepts my request! The Bass Rock is a rock in Scotland and this follows three women’s lives in different time periods (18th Century, aftermath of Second World War & modern day) and I believe they will all be linked to the Bass Rock… Gothic historical fiction. It’s my jam.

and now for some re-reading… ’cause I love it!

Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies | Hilary Mantel
Cromwell, Cromwell, Cromwell. Oh, and Henry VIII. And my beloved Anne Boleyn. I read these books many years ago and with the much anticipated third book in the trilogy being released this month I think it’s apt I re-familiarise myself with them.

Midnight’s Daughter | Karen Chance
Vampires, fae and all sorts of magical peril and emotional turmoil. Love it. I flew through books 1 – 3 a couple of years ago and loved them. Book 4 has since been released and I tried to read it without rereading the first few and I had no idea what was going on.

Have you got plans to read any particular books this month? Let me know!

11 thoughts on “March 2020 TBR | bookends #020

    1. Thank you! I love how it’s straight in with plot. I do enjoy slower character focused books too but i’m in the mood to be swept away and it is delivering. Hope you like it too!


  1. I love that by the time I get round to commenting on this post, you’ve already read and loved The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, haha.

    I’m patiently (well, not really) waiting for Kushiel’s Avatar! Very excited to try it, though I saw you mentioned it being super dark in your combined review for the trilogy and now I’m scared. 🙈 I must also get round to preordering the paperbacks of Kushiel’s Chosen and Kushiel’s Avatar soon!

    I’ve seen Karen Chance’s books around in charity shops but never looked into them! Might have to do that at some point. 😄

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    1. To be fair, i had already started reading it when I wrote this and then I just couldn’t put it down… 😄

      Ah i really love Phedre’s trilogy, it’s so good! It just gets a little, weird, in the third one, but you’ll see what I mean 😊 it’s a testament to her writing that it made me feel so uncomfortable! That was most probably the aim. I love her writing too, I have the first of the second series on my tbr too, hoping to get to that soon! Ah thanks for reminding me, i need to pre-order them too 😍

      I haven’t tried her Cassandra (i think that’s what it’s called) series yet, only the ‘spin off’ Dorina Basarb books. I enjoyed the banter 😄


      1. Haha, I see!

        Ooh, weird, huh. I’ll see what I think! I’m definitely keen to try her other work, although I’m guessing there’s no Joscelin in it and that makes me sad. 😂

        Oh, I didn’t know the Dorina ones are a spin off! Maybe I’ll try the other ones first, then. 🤔

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