The best books I read in March 2022

The books I read in March were very different. You might have noticed through my booklists or Goodreads that most of the time I stick to the same genres. Most of them include fantasy, political and historical books, and psychological thrillers. This month, however, I read four different genres – including a contemporary romance book, something I normally never read. Never say never, you might discover your favourite book of all time. These are the best (and less good) books I’ve read in March 2022.

A little side note: all summaries are the official summaries because I usually get too excited when reading a good book and when that happens, I always end up spoiling the whole thing. 

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Summary of The Song of AchillesAchilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful, irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath. They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

This is one of my favourite books of all time. It might even be my favourite book of all time! Even though I knew about the story of Achilles and Patroclus, this book left me heartbroken at 3 AM. Not only did it leave me devastated in the middle of the night, but it also left me sobbing like a little child. Madeline Miller definitely has a way with words. I am amazed how Achilles and Patroclus never actually express that they love each other, but their love for each other was still so palpable. I don’t think I have ever read another book that made me feel so much. But true to Greek mythology, the foreboding is always present. All those little hints and tiny insinuations, they piled up and up and up until it’s 3 AM and you’re a crying mess. 

The roman sculpture of the body of Patroclus borne by Menelaus can be found in Florence, Italy.
The Roman sculpture of the body of Patroclus borne by Menelaus can be found in Florence, Italy.

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Summary of The RoommateThe Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true. After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet… Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.

If my parents are reading this, please skip this one, you don’t want to read this. Okay, so now that it’s just us besties here, you might wanna indulge yourself with this book. After reading the Song of Achilles, I needed a feel-good book and what’s better than a spicy romance book about an adult performer roommate who is specialized in the female gaze. The overall story -because for some reason that is also important to know- is cute but not the best. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book! 

How to Be A Travel Writer by Lonely Planet 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Summary of How to Be A Travel Writer: Bursting with invaluable advice, this inspiring and practical guide, fully revised and updated in this new edition, is a must for anyone who yearns to write about travel – whether they aspire to make their living from it or simply enjoy jotting in a journal for posterity. You don’t have to make money to profit from travel writing. Sometimes, the richest rewards are in the currency of experience. How to be a Travel Writer reveals the varied possibilities that travel writing offers and inspires all travellers to take advantage of those opportunities. That’s where the journey begins – where it takes you is up to you.

This book is certainly a good summary of all tips and tricks in travel writing, both for professionals and those who write as a hobby. That’s why I wanted to read it. I ended up feeling a bit disappointed by this book. It’s written rather dryly, very textbook style and I feel like some of the information was a little outdated. Or like a lot of the information I read in this book, I had already read somewhere else online. So I’m not 100% convinced you should buy this book if you have done some online research before. However, if you don’t have time to start collecting information online, this book can be a good start. 

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Summary of From Blood and AshChosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

I don’t know yet what I feel about this series I discovered through Booktok. Did I like the first book? Yes, but I didn’t love it either. However, I did like it enough to start the second book in the series. I liked the story but I didn’t always like the writing if that makes sense? Some parts felt so slow like the story didn’t continue at all, and then suddenly other parts went too fast in comparison. That being said the story with a badass main character – the girl saves herself style – and a morally grey love interest always pique my interest. 

Disclosure: When you decide to purchase through any of the shared links, I will receive an affiliate commission, at no extra cost to you! This will make a huge difference to Finding Falke and ensure I can keep sharing many more travel tips and tricks.


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