Fangirl Friday: Best of the Decade, March Edition

Last year, I saw a great bunch of posts about what book bloggers were reading the year before, and it got me curious. What was I reading this time last year—and the year before that, and the year before that? Never one to do things halfway, here’s everything I read during every March of 2010-2020—and which books come out on top!

[Find January’s here, and February’s here!]

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2020

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [thoughts here!]
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [thoughts here!]
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare [review here!]
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid [review here!]

I remember the agony of choosing a March 2020 favourite when I completed the reading page in my bullet journal that month, and I am as torn now between Chain of Gold and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as I was then. Don’t make me do it!

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2019

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Long Take by Robin Robertson

There is not even an inkling of competition here: Clockwork Princess wins all day long. Not only is it my favourite book in one of my favourite series of all time, but not even the very Marvel Comics-esque name of its author could make The Long Take my thing. It was a uni read; a book I hated in module I hated; a book that made me depressed in a module that nearly made me quit. I’m glad I had Clockwork Princess in that month. I needed and deserved it!

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2018

All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor
Trouble by Non Pratt
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

Wow, this feels longer than three years ago! It’s not fair, but I don’t care: I’m giving The Princess Diaries the win, even if it was my umpteenth reread. Mia Thermopolis is the Princess of My Heart. (If you know, you know.) But Basic Witches was very entertaining, and Trouble still makes me feel uncomfortable–as I assume is its intention–to this day.

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2017

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

Well, this was a full month! I’m almost not surprised–Sacred Lies was a challenging, difficult book to read, because its subject matter (abuse and murder within a cult) was explored so thoroughly. I definitely recommend it–but with definite attention to trigger warnings.

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2016

Harley Quinn, Vol. 1: Hot in the City by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Stéphane Roux, Alex Sinclair, and Paul Mounts
Harley Quinn, Vol. 2: Power Outage by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin
The Batman Adventures: Mad Love by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Oh look, we’re back in Comic Book Year! It’s fun to trace back to when my love of Harley started; and though I think I’ll upset probably every comic book die-hard in the world to say it, I’m giving the win this month to Hot in the City. I know it’s not OG Harley, and it’s a crime to like her later reincarnation so much, yada yada; I like that she was emancipated and her character deepened, and I like that she played roller derby, and that’s all I need.

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2015

Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler
Moranthology by Caitlin Moran
Mermaids by Patty Dann
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

I remember this month like it was last year–this is when I first joined Goodreads and was so obsessed with tracking my reading, I read more than usual to be able to track it. 😅 Any other month, Lizzie Bennet would win: but this month it’s against Mermaids, which has a house-load of emotional baggage and sentimentality attached for me, so nothing could win but that. 💕

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2014

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Oh, God. Not touching this one. Moving on!

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2013

Austenland by Shannon Hale

I still adore this one so much. I read it anticipating the release of the film, and neither let me down–in fact, both crack me up just remembering them. A solid contender for the overall winner…

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As usual, I’m missing 2012 (can you tell I hadn’t started tracking my reading on Goodreads, and gave up back-tracking it?), so moving to…

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2011

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Oof, I cannot wait to reread this. Which will come first–the movie, or my equally long- (if not as widely-) awaited reread?

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Apparently I’m missing 2010 too, so on to the overall winner!

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Over the decade, March has had so many solid reads, it’s the hardest month yet to choose an overall winner for. As usual, to be fair, I’m going to disquality my all-time favourites of Potter and Shadowhunters–and, I think, The Princess Diaries and Mermaids, because I have too longstanding an emotional connection with them. (Can any other book stand a chance against the ones that have had a life-changing impact on you? Hardly.) So which book takes the top prize as the Ultimate March Read?

Drum roll for the toughtest choice yet…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!

Do you agree? Which of these would be your favourite–or what’s your favourite ever March read?

(April’s best coming soon!)

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