Monthly Wrap-Up – March, 2016


Welcome to the end of another month. I can’t believe that March is over already! It was a busy month as usual, but it was a fun month. I am linking to Best of the Bunch, Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s monthly wrap-up and The Book Date’s Month in Review. So check out what I did in March, my top pick and my most anticipated books of the coming month.





I reviewed twenty seven books this month.

  1. [1 Mar] The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner ★★★★½
  2. [2 Mar] Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate ★★★★½
  3. [3 Mar] The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins ★★★★
  4. [4 Mar] Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta ★★★
  5. [5 Mar] Firstlife by Gena Showalter ★★★★½
  6. [6 Mar] Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer ★★★★
  7. [7 Mar] Perfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren ★★★★
  8. [9 Mar] The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule ★★★★
  9. [10 Mar] Burning Down the House by Jane Mendelsohn ★★
  10. [11 Mar] An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel ★★★★½
  11. [13 Mar] Trust No One by Paul Cleave ★★★★
  12. [14 Mar] Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl ★★★★
  13. [16 Mar] The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith ★★★★½
  14. [17 Mar] Only Ever You by Rebecca Drake ★★★★
  15. [18 Mar] This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang ★★★★½
  16. [20 Mar] I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb ★★★½
  17. [21 Mar] Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan ★★★★
  18. [22 Mar] My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul ★★★
  19. [23 Mar] The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan ★★★½
  20. [24 Mar] Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley ★★★½
  21. [25 Mar] The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole ★★★
  22. [26 Mar] Undecided by Julianna Keyes ★★★★
  23. [27 Mar] Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ★★★★½
  24. [28 Mar] Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock ★★★
  25. [29 Mar] Flawed by Cecelia Ahern ★★★★
  26. [30 Mar] Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs ★★★★
  27. [31 Mar] Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen ★★★½

This was hands down the best reviewing month I have had since starting 125Pages. I had seven 4 1/2 star books. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate, Firstlife by Gena Showalter, An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel, This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. This also makes this the worst month I have had picking a best of the month. But there was one book that I was wavering between an 4 1/2 star and a 5 star. It was haunting and just fantastic. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire had so many amazing moments in it, so I dub it my March best.





I was able to participate in some fun bookish things this month.

Number one was the Tucson Festival of Books. I met some amazing authors, heard some great panel discussions and picked up a few new reads. See the full run down here.

I participated in an awesome discussion entitled How to Not Piss Off a Book Blogger When Requesting a Review. Go check it out at

I am actively seeking a co-blogger. I am getting a little bogged down between work and life right now, and I have a lot of ideas for 125Pages but need help to make it happen. If you are interested let me know. You can contact me or leave a comment.

I started Saturday Soapbox, a weekly discussion posting and link up.

I hit over 500 blog subscribers! I am so happy that you all come over and seem to enjoy my little corner of the web. I would still review if no one visited, but it is way more fun with you guys. So many, many thanks.

I created a (I think) cute little easter egg on my site. If you comment and find it, please let me know what you think.

I created a tribe on Triberr (Book Bloggers Unite). It is a service to help and encourage social media sharing of posts. You can sign up to join for free and I will make any joiner a member to enable sharing right away.

I was a featured blogger on Book Bloggers International. I had a lot of fun with the interview, so go over and check it out.

Audiobooks, who knew? I have been behind with my book club books, so I decided to try the free Audible month from Amazon and I did enjoy the two books I heard. I still like reading books way better, but I can see adding at least one audiobook book a month, especially for my book club books to keep caught up.

I was approached by an amazing author to provide a cover blurb for her next book *excuse me while I die*. I can’t say any more than that now but believe me, when I can tell you all about it I will.

I am finalizing plans for my one year blogiversary in April. I have some great guest posts lined up, there will be giveaways aplenty and lots of fun stuff going on. Come back on April 1st for more information.

I actually read both of my March book club books and finished my remaining February book thanks to audio books and having read Clockwork Angel when it came out (I did not re-read it as a friend has my whole series, but have read it before). You can check out my review of I Am Malala, and my review of The Martian will come in the next few weeks. I am lucky as I have already read both of my book clubs April picks. I have reviewed Beautiful Affliction before, and will post a review of All the Bright Places in May.




I saved the best for last as it is technically not for this month, but I bought the tickets in March, so… I am going to BEA!!!!




I know right. It just happened on the 28th and I am still not convinced it is real. A totally crazy random series of events happened, (I won plane tickets in a drawing, we owed the IRS less than we thought, the hubs was able to switch vacation with another co-worker, etc.) and we are flying to Chicago for the week to take a long overdue vacation just the two of us. Hotel reservation is made, Cubs tickets have been purchased and BEA passes were bought. Let me know if you are going so I make sure I say hi!




Author Tuesday is probably the thing I like most about having a book review site. I get to interact with some great authors and help others find out more about them. In March I was lucky enough to host Sarah J. Schmitt author of It’s a Wonderful Death on March 1, 2016, March 15, 2016 Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa authors of Copygirl and on March 29, 2016 Gareth P. Jones author of No True Echo.

April will bring us Amy Avanzino author of Wake-Up Call on April 12, 2016 and Tegan Wren author of Inconceivable on April 26, 2016.



125US of Books


United States of Books for March

  1. [7 Mar] United States of Books – True Grit by Charles Portis
  2. [14 Mar] United States of Books – The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  3. [21 Mar] United States of Books – A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  4. [28 Mar] United States of Books – The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings



Saturday Soapbox


 Saturday Soapbox posts for March

  1. [12 Mar] Saturday Soapbox – Just Stop It
  2. [19 Mar] Saturday Soapbox – Why I Read – Part 1
  3. [26 Mar] Saturday Soapbox – Why I Read – Part 2



My most anticipated April releases.





I have thirty reviews scheduled for April. There are a lot of amazing sounding April releases and I wanted to have a busy month for my blogiversary. I also received five books I had wished for on Netgalley that I had not planned for, so that equaled a very full month. Here is a sneak peek at some of the books to be reviewed in April.





You can check out the rest of my March happenings below.

  1. [5 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 5, 2016
  2. [12 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 12, 2016
  3. [19 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 19, 2016
  4. [26 Mar] Weekly Wrap-Up – March 26, 2016

My March Top Ten Tuesdays

  1. [7 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Character Love?
  2. [14 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books On My Spring TBR
  3. [21 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough
  4. [28 Mar] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently

My March Waiting on Wednesdays

  1. [1 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – The Angels’ Share
  2. [8 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – Dragonmark
  3. [15 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – The Flame Never Dies
  4. [22 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – Falling
  5. [29 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday – A Change of Heart



So how was your bookish month?


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Posted March 31, 2016 by Laura in Best of the Bunch Monthly Wrap-up, Monthly Wrap-Up / 31 Comments

31 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up – March, 2016

    • March was definitely the busiest month I have had on the site ever! It was really a great month as I was able to do a lot of new (to me) things.

    • Chicago has been on the hubs wishlist for a long time. His team is the Cubs and one of his bucket list items was to see them play at Wrigley Field. So when I brought up the possibility he was all in as long as we saw a game. 🙂

    • My only problem is I will read too many before I write a review, then I find myself 10 reviews behind which means no reading time till I’m done. I need to get better with my goal of read two, write two. 🙂

  1. You had a wonderful month and so much going on, no wonder you are swamped between work and blogging. Your style of blogging is almost a F/T job, lol. Meant with affection, not derision, believe me 🙂

    I don’t the same exact taste in some genres as you, but you are eclectic enough that I see some I’m adding to my wishlist: Every Heart a Doorway (because the author is someone I’ve been meaning to try) and The Serpent King though I don’t usually read YA, this one seems to cross into other genres) and I have Only Ever You on my wishlist already and enjoyed your review.

    Thanks for sharing an enjoyable post with lots of cool links and ideas. Have a great week reading!
    Rita @ View From My Home recently posted…Month in Review: March 2016My Profile

    • I missed that part about going to the BEAs! Lucky you, I wish I had the money to go but not this year, again. And having hubby along, nice vacation! You did some cool maneuvering to get it done, but isn’t it worth it! Please take lots of photos when you go and give us some info about the authors who attended. We other bloggers live vicariously through those who can attend 🙂
      Rita @ View From My Home recently posted…Month in Review: March 2016My Profile

      • I honestly never thought I would be able to go this year, but the stars aligned and it just worked out. I promise I will fill you in on everything!

    • My hubs calls my site my second job. But I really like doing it, and even when I am crazy busy, it is the one place that is just mine and I can do it however I want. You need to read Every Heart a Doorway and The Serpent King. They were just so very good. They are my 1 and 2 pick for the month. 🙂

  2. What an amazing month of reviewing! I’m awestruck at just how many you manage to get done. Congratulations – and have a great time at BEA:). I’m excited to see that ‘Every Heart a Doorway’ is your best book of the month, because I’ve just been cleared to read it by the publisher. Happy April reading and hope it is just as successful for you:)

    • Oh, I can’t wait to hear what you think of Every Heart a Doorway! I loved it so much and I want others to as well. Please make sure you let me know when you are finished! Have a great April!

  3. Oh what a busy and exciting month. How wonderful to be going to the BEA and Chicago, hear your excitement here! Hope you love it all. Sounds like you are very organised for April reviewing too. All the best.
    Kathryn recently posted…Month in Review for MarchMy Profile

    • I am super excited to be going. I have only ever flown and driven through Chicago, never stopped and visited, so I think it will be fun.

  4. You had an amazing month. You read almost a book a day. Amazing! I wish I was going to BEA but not this year. Maybe next yr. God willing. We shall see. I hope you have a great time!

    • I generally read 5-7 books a week as I am a very fast reader. March was a great month and I hope April is the same. I am very excited to be going to BEA as I didn’t think I would be able to till next year, but everything just worked out well. 🙂 Have a great month!

  5. What an amazing month – wow! That’s fantastic!! I hope next month is equally amazing. Very cool you are going to BEA!

  6. Kym

    A very full and exciting reading month! I have been wanting to read I Am Malala for awhile, so that caught my eye. I love the cover of Every Heart a Doorway – looks like a good read! Thanks for stopping by my March Bookshelf!

  7. Wow…you had an amazing month! Have fun at BEA – I’ve gone the past 2 years, but unfortunately am not able to go this year due to scheduling conflicts. I’m hoping to go again next year when it’s back in NYC. I’m a huge audio book listener – I listen when I walk, when I’m getting ready in the morning, when I’m in the car, when I’m cleaning – but I also love reading print books, too!

  8. You had a fantastic month, Laura 🙂 And I’m going to BEA too, I can’t wait to meet all the bloggers 🙂 I’m staying the whole week, too, arriving on May 9th, and leaving on the Sunday. And I’m going to my very first baseball game thanks to my blogger-friend Brandee 🙂 I really hope we’ll have time to meet – and you should join my BEA Facebook group :
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading 🙂
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Blogtour Review: In Her Eyes – Wesley BanksMy Profile

  9. Lily M.

    Wow you reviewed 27 books, that amazing 🙂 I think I only read like 3 books in march ?

  10. Alecia

    Wow sounds like you had an eventful month! Congrats on making it to the 500 mark on followers, this blog is amazing and you deserve all the love! I love your selection of books too, some are new to me others I’ve either heard of or read and enjoyed plenty! Congrats on the plane tickets and have fun on your trip!!