The 9 Books I Read in March 2023

Every month I write up a list of all of the books that I’ve read that month. And guess what? This month isn’t going to be any different. I read nine books this month which is one of my best months for a long while and really makes up for the previous few months where I didn’t seem to be reading much (due to physical-only copies and a lot of longer books).

The Nine Books I Read In March 2023. QOTD: what's been your best month of books so far?

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These are all books that I finished in the month of March. This looks great when I started one or two back in February and then have a reading rush which means I finish a load at the start of March.

Also, I will note that I read two novellas this month so which meant I could finish those nice and quickly. Though they were both great so it never feels like I’m not getting a full story!

Anyway, here are the nine books I finished in March:

Freeze by Kate Simants

Freeze, like so many books, comes with a great premise that it hopes will get the books into people’s hands. The start of the book is slow and constantly filled with intrigue, however, if you hold out for a bit you’ll experience one of the best finales I’ve ever read in a thriller – action-packed and filled with great secrets revealed.

The characters were nearly all unlikeable but I must give it to Simmants for writing a mature story into also making Dee’s back story far more unique than it needed to be.

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The Fall by Ryan Cahill

The Fall is without a doubt the best novella I’ve ever read. Its sole purpose was to get me hyped to dive deeply into Cahill’s The Bound and The Broken series and it has very much done that. How Cahill has managed to write in so much action whilst also building genuinely cool characters, explaining some of the lore and delivering a genuinely engaging plot is simply incredible.

If this is just a taster of things to come then colour me excited for Cahill’s The Bound and The Broken series.

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The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding

The Ember Blade is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read. It introduces you to a deep world without feeling overwhelming, it tells a story that doesn’t feel intimidating and it involves characters that you genuinely can’t help but love.

Even if you’re not a fantasy fan per se, The Ember Blade should skyrocket to the top of your reading list. Yes, it’s over 800 pages long and so may take you a hot minute to finish, but I really don’t remember a moment during this book where I wasn’t absolutely gripped and enjoying myself.”

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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry is brilliant. Elizabeth Trott is exactly how I’d want my daughter to be and she’s accompanied by some warm and deep characters and also some who are very unlikeable. The plot tapers out at times but the way Garmus writes makes it so easy to follow and the characters make you more interested in what’s happening than you likely would with weaker ones. If you’ve seen Lessons in Chemistry on your feeds and wondered if it’s actually as good as people say – yes, yes it is!”

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The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson

The Jigsaw Man was quite painful to read for the first 150 pages or so. It was dull and the main character Henley was equally so. However, the introduction of a great and intriguing villain and a final third that picked up the action and pace was a redeemer for this book. I’m not sure I could recommend The Jigsaw Man based on how much I enjoyed it because I didn’t really. Other highly recommend it though so you may still want to give it a go, I guess.”

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Chasing Graves by Ben Galley

Chasing Graves has a lot of potential but never felt like it ever properly got going. It also struggles with one great character and then some others that just aren’t as interesting. HOWEVER, Galley has created a fascinating world here with a protagonist whom you can’t help but love and who is building up to a height far grander than this first book ever reaches. I’m looking forward to continuing this series and exploring more of Galley’s work, I just wish this had had a better ending which would have made me instantly buy the sequel.”

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Only The Lonely by Tamara von Werthern

Only The Lonely is a lovely little novella. It takes a little while to get going but once it does, it utilises a likeable protagonist on Detective Philipp to deliver a story that will satisfy the readers and have you wanting more Detective Philipp novels in the future. Even if it isn’t your cup of tea, Only The Lonely is a novella and so no one will feel like they’ve wasted their time reading this book. It’s a win/win.”

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The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

“It might be a bold statement but I would say that The Two Towers is at the very top of the tree when it comes to fantasy books. There’s a slight element of “it is really only a third of a book” but I’m going to treat it like the second in a trilogy. The characters are deep, and loveable and add so much to the book, the depth of the world and the cultures built are some of the most interesting in any fantasy in any form. The Two Towers plot rises above The Fellowship of the Ring by gripping us with fantastic stories, a faster and more engaging story and the rising of the tension and climax that will be complete with the final book. I’m not sure the last time I was this excited to carry on reading a series.”

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Nomad by James Swallow

I’ve not yet reviewed Nomad but once I have, you’ll be able to read the review below. However, in short, it’s a great action thriller featuring some lovely moments with lots of detail and political intrigue but the characters are a little weak, despite the fact I almost enjoyed their relationships with one another. It’s a series I think I’ll be continuing but not one I’ll be raving about at the end of the year.

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So in summary…

March was probably the best reading month for me for a very long time. The Fall, The Ember Blade, Lessons in Chemistry and The Two Towers were all absolutely fantastic reads! The battle would likely be between The Two Towers and Lessons in Chemistry for my two favourite books of the book.

I’m also glad that I managed to get through nine books this month after only managing eight over the previous two months in total.

What books did you read this month? What was your favourite? Have you read any of the books that I read? Let me know on my social media channels or in the comments below.

Here are all the book round-ups from my previous months too.

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