What I Read in March 2020 + Reviews

Well, if I have one good thing to show for #quarantinelife it’s that I finally kicked my reading slump! I’m grateful for books and stories now more than ever since they provide a much-needed escape from the current dreary reality. It also helps that I had a stellar lineup of books last month with only one slight dud. So let’s jump into what I read in March 2020 – I consider a few of these books must-reads for the year!

what i read in march 2020 + reviews

What I read in March 2020

THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister
My rating & review: 4 stars. I’m all for self-discovery, and that’s the overarching theme of this story. Learning from your past and hidden secrets and the experiences of others to shape oneself and your future path. It definitely dragged at times, but the author gave us a well-rounded view of most situations and characters.

My rating & review: 5 stars. This book was weird AF and unlike anything I’ve ever read. BUT I LOVED EVERY SINGLE SECOND! It’s historical fiction, mystery and romance all wrapped in one. I know, that’s quite the trio, but it just works. I don’t even know how to explain it. Just do yourself a favor, and give this book a chance.

THE HONEY-DON’T LIST by Christina Lauren
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 3 stars. Overall, I didn’t connect with the characters or story like I have with past CL books. But, it was still pretty cute. A nice, brainless escape in the time of Corona. 😉

OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson
My rating & review: 5 stars. Came for the tea, stayed for the ridiculously real and endearing woman. I loved, loved, LOVED this memoir. One of the best I’ve ever taken the time to read. Even if you’re not a fan of late 90s/early 00s pop culture (but if you are, get ready to go on a music video binge), I still think this is a must-read. Jessica is about as relatable as they come. I think many of her personal struggles and experiences both surprise and inspire.

IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle
My rating & review: 4 stars. This book surprised me in the best way. I wasn’t sure where it was leading for a while – it was a little repetitive in parts, and Dannie came off slightly entitled and whiny … BUT as the story progressed, I couldn’t put it down. Like, stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it. It was a beautifully written love letter to friendship and a wonderfully realistic story about figuring out priorities and what’s important in life (and what you might find when you’re not looking).

Bottom line: skip The Honey-Don’t List and read everything else!

Currently reading & what I plan to read in April

I’m currently halfway through Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. I’m not enjoying it as much as his other books, but it still has me intrigued. Other books on my list for the month include Beach Read by Emily Henry, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver, and Lovely War by Julie Berry.

What are you reading?

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.

Linking up for Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana.

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  1. 9.1.20

    I have to agree with every single word of your review of Open Book! I enjoyed it so much and found it super relatable, it also sent me down the rabbit hole of old music videos, haha.

    This series is so great! I’m always looking for book recs and will definitely be digging in to find some!

    Priya the Blog

    • 9.8.20
      Karly said:

      Open Book is still one of my favorite reads this year. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 4.19.20
    Kasi said:

    I read a book by Erica Bauermeister called The School of Essential Ingredients and really enjoyed it. It was an oddly feel good read! I might have to check out this book as well. I keep hearing about In Five Years and I finally went ahead and added to my library list because it feels like I’m missing out!

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      It’s such a good read. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. 4.16.20
    Becki said:

    I’ve heard a lot of love for the Jessica Simpson book. I have the Honey Don’t LIst on my TBR pile. It’ll be my first Christina Lauren book. Take care of you and yours!

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Don’t give up on CL after you read Honey-Don’t, lol. Their earlier books are much better.

  4. 4.15.20
    Gwen said:

    So many people have Open Book and In Five Years this month! I’d not heard of The Widow of Rose House but it sounds good!

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      LOVED Widow of Rose House.

  5. 4.15.20
    Tina said:

    YESSS I loved Jessica Simpson’s memoir! Truly one of the best I’ve read. I’m glad to see a review of The Scent Keeper (I won’t lie- I ignored it because I was being a snob about the title! LOL). Glad you had a great reading month!

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Haha, I can understand that! It’s not for everyone, but I did like it.

  6. 4.15.20
    SMD said:

    I have the Jessica Simpson book on my kindle for the tea.

    I put the Widow on my to read list on Amazon for when I next need to buy a book or if I can ever again get a GD physical book from the library

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Ha, the struggle right now! Totally understand. Hope you enjoy JS – sooo much gossip.

  7. 4.14.20

    I have the Lovely War on my TBR shelf as well. I added the Widow of Rose House to my to read list on Goodreads.

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Lovely War is next up for me – I’m looking forward to it!

  8. 4.14.20

    Okay, you had me at “weird AF” so The Widow of Rose Hill is going on my TBR. The Scent Keeper also sounds interesting – adding it to my TBR as well. I was never the biggest Jessica Simpson fan (although I do hold a lot of fondness in my heart for the pop princesses of the late 90s/early 00s) but I’ve heard fantastic things about her memoir.

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Hahaha, glad someone appreciates my stellar book review writing. 😉 I hope you love Widow because it’s just so good and unique.

  9. 4.14.20
    Kristin said:

    Adding The Widow of Rose House. It definitely sounds intriguing?
    I’m not a Christina Lauren fan, but I always enjoy a Peter Swanson thriller.

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Widow is unlike anything I’ve ever read, and I loved it. Worth trying for yourself, I think!

  10. 4.14.20

    I liked Eight Perfect Murders a lot but it’s definitely my kind of book. I plan to read more of his at some point.

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      I’m a huge fan of Peter Swanson’s books, but Eight Perfect Murders fell flat for me! Probably because I didn’t understand all the mystery references.

  11. 4.14.20
    Ashley said:

    I really appreciate your reviews! I haven’t read any of your March reads yet. I’m currently reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley and plan to go to Regretting You by Colleen Hoover. I like Peter Swanson and have Eight Perfect Murders on my to read list. I read Her Every Fear last summer and it was twisted and weird and super enjoyable!

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      I think I have The Guest List sitting in my nightstand drawer – I’ll get to it one of these days! Never can go wrong with a Colleen Hoover book either.

  12. 4.14.20
    kristen said:

    omg the widow of rose house was SO GOOOOOOOD. i need more from her. ah! i hope you like the lovely war. i’m on the edge of my seat lol. jessica simpson’s book is on my list!

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      You and Heather hardly ever steer me wrong with recommendations, so I’m excited to read Lovely War! Rose House was just the best, and I hope that you like JS whenever you get to it!

  13. 4.14.20
    Julie said:

    I loved In Five Years, such a surprising good read!

  14. 4.14.20
    Dani said:

    Haha of course the only one of these I read was The Honey-Don’t List! It was a quick read, but definitely not my favorite by the duo! Thankfully I’m coming out of my reading slump too. Looking forward to hear what you think of Beach Read!

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Glad it wasn’t just me that had those feelings about Honey-Don’t List! Kind of disappointing. I’m a little more than halfway through Beach Read, loving it so far!

  15. 4.14.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    I just ordered Open Book… can’t wait x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  16. 4.14.20

    In Five Years is already on my to read list. I think you’ve convinced me to give Jessica Simpson’s book a try! The Honey-Don’t List is one of the Christina Lauren books I haven’t read, after I found them becoming a bit too formulaic.

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      I would definitely skip Honey-Don’t List, even though I’m a fan of most of their books. Definitely go for it with JS – it’s such a great memoir!

  17. 4.14.20
    Kay R.D. said:

    I cant wait to read the honey dont list. I believe i got a copy from netgalley and I really should read it soon.

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      I’ll be curious to see your thoughts on it!

  18. 4.14.20

    I am curious about Open Book – glad to hear you loved it. I have Beach Read to hopefully read soon too, and I want to check out Eight Perfect Murder.s


    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Go for it with Open Book!

  19. 4.13.20
    Liza said:

    I listened to Open Book, and while I understand why Jessica narrated her own biography, I think it seriously impacted my view of the book. I loved the text; it was so interesting to hear an honest celebrity account of substance abuse, how executives treat their stars, what happened in her relationships. But her narration was terrible! Love *her,* but there’s a reason her acting career didn’t go very far.

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Huh, that’s interesting! I would think her own words in her own voice would add something to the memoir. Goes to show how reading vs. listening to books can impact the result!

  20. 4.13.20
    Caroline said:

    I LOVED Open Book. I have been a fan of Jessica’s for years and we are also the same age. Her story made me laugh and cry. I really admire her courage and her strong faith too. I will check out the other books as well. Thank you for sharing and I hope that you are doing well! 🙂

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      Totally agree with you about Jessica! It was such a surprisingly great read.

  21. 4.13.20
    Kristy S. said:

    Can’t wait to read J. Simp’s book! Sounds soooo good – a perfect quarantine treat!

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      It’s so good, I think you’d love it!

  22. 4.13.20
    Debbie said:

    I’m looking forward to reading Jessica Simpson’s book someday (when I can borrow it from you!)

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      You have to read the other books I’ve loaned to you first, lol!

  23. 4.13.20
    Biana said:

    I am so sad I haven’t read as much in March as normal – not having a commute has really messed with that! I adored Jessica’s book – I thought it was incredible! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 4.20.20
      Karly said:

      That makes total sense! Hopefully you can get back to a reading groove soon. Loved Jessica’s book so much!