It is universally agreed that March 2020 has taken the mantle of being the worst month so far. I hope that you and your loved ones are as safe as can be during this difficult time. There is an overwhelming sense of fear and gloom but I hope to remedy some of that by lacing this post with as much hope as I can muster. Get ready to soak up all the positive vibes in my March 2020 wrap-up!
I finished 6 books this month, which I’m really proud of! It was made easier because I took breaks when I needed to and used books as a coping mechanism when the news became too overwhelming to deal with. I was privileged enough to get approved for 3 ARCs coming out this month and I’m pleased to report I only had 4 and 5 star reads this month.
March 2020 Reading Stats Wrap-Up
✨Books read: 6
✨Average rating: 4.6 stars
✨Pages read: 2,035
✨Favourite of the month: A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
✨SARC 2020: 1
✨YARC 2020: 4
I had great content planned for March but my schedule went for a toss. However, I will be posting them all in due time because I have worked hard on the content and I want to showcase them to the world. Stats have been pretty low this month because of obvious reasons but I’m hoping things will turn around in April.
March 2020 Novels and Nebulas Wrap-Up
✨Most popular post: Top 7 Middle Grade SFF Books to Read in 2020
✨Underrated post: Top 10 SFF Books by Women of Colour
March 2020 Favourite Posts Wrap-Up
- Thya @ Wilted Pages – Bullet Journal Spreads for Book Bloggers
- Shri @ Sun and Chai – Mini Reviews: #FFFeb Edition
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders – COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Prerna Pickett, author of If You Only Knew
- Kate @ Your Tita Kate – Blog anniversary Q&A!
- Charvi @ Not Just Fiction – Should We Be Creating Content During A Pandemic or Not?
March was a more successful month than February for Stars and Sorcery. We chose a middle grade sci-fi to change things up this time and our BOTM was The Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee. SARC’s theme for March was ‘Rangeen’ in celebration of Holi and I read the sequel (Game of Stars) of our backlist BOTM, The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta.
Stars and Sorcery March 2020 Wrap-Up
✨Read by: 7 members
✨Average rating: 4.25 stars
✨April 2020 BOTM: The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang
SARC March 2020 Wrap-Up
✨Featured post: 46 South Asian Books To Add To Your TBR
Q&A with SARC Host – Krisha Madhani
1. Which was the first book that you remember representing your South Asian identity?
I think my first book was When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon in 2016-2017. Before that I definitely knew of South Asian books but it was the absolute happiness of seeing a brown girl on the cover with mehndi on her hand which got me ecstatic. It was not just known in India but on an international level which made me proud to be a brown girl. Sandhya Menon’s books always hold a special place in my heart for this reason because not only are they amazing but also truly beautiful!
2. Why did you decide to join the SARC hosts team?
Since last year I had made a conscious decision to support and hype more diverse books and especially South Asian books which are often overlooked in the media. So, when SARC was announced I happily and very excitedly signed up. I really hope to spread the love and hype for awesome South Asian books and get them the love they deserve. Even if one person decides to read a South Asian book because of me, I know I will have fulfilled the purpose.
3. Can you pick a few SA books for readers to get started with?
- For contemporary lovers: Any Sandhya Menon book; When Dimple Met Rishi is her first book
- For fantasy lovers: The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
- For sci-fi and retelling lovers: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
- For graphic novel lovers: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
- For middle grade lovers: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
- For LGBTQ+ rep: The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
- For mythology lovers: The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
How was your March 2020 reading month? How are you coping with the current situation? Which book would you recommend to me as a comfort read? Let’s continue to stay safe and positive this April. Hope you are having a magical week, readers from Earth!