March 2020 Mood Read Wrap Up
So! It's the end of the month - and what a weird one. Due to going into isolation resulting in some days filled with books and other days filled with a whole lot of nothing...I completed my March TBR 8 days early. So I will be doing some very quick mini reviews of any books I read after completing my TBR in the monthly mood read wrap ups!
The Bees by Laline Paull
Overview: This book is in the perspective of a bee named Flora 717. The flora class are the lowest class of the hierarchy within the hive. We follow her journey as various acts of bravery allow her status to grow within the hive which invites enemies and competition.
Review: Well this was...weird. It gave me major The Handmaid's Tale vibes except with a hive of bees as opposed to human society. I'm in two minds. I spent half of my time thinking, 'this is genius, who came up with this insane idea?!' And then the other half thinking, 'this is totally ridiculous why am I reading about bees?' It's safe to say it's hard to relate to - there is a lot of old, very formal English used, and it being about bees and not humans makes it somewhat less impactful. It is certainly interesting and a reading experience I have never had and probably will never have again!
Rating: 3 stars
I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for the Bookie Trials Readathon held between 00:00 28 March and 00:00 30 March. What an intense weekend - it was a struggle! Please read my blog for that here.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Overview: Rachel catches the same train everyday and she starts to feel like she knows the people she sees out the window. Is she imagining things, or has she seen something she shouldn't have?
Review: Despite me not giving this a very high rating, I did enjoy this thriller - I'm just very picky when it comes to my favourite genre. All of the characters were disturbed, evil or flawed in some way which I prefer when you're rooting for someone and unsure as to why. It was well written and a page turner because of it being such an easy read. However, it didn't culminate to anything too shocking and I was preparing myself for a much bigger twist so inevitably, I felt disappointed. As far as domestic thrillers go, I would certainly recommend this to fans of the genre regardless of it being slightly disappointing for me.
Rating: 3.5 stars
And there you have it! All the books that I read in March 2020 that did not come from my preplanned TBR.