This Is the One Book You Should Read in March

published Mar 1, 2022
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According to Punxsutawney Phil, everyone still has a few more weeks of winter to deal with. So, you might as well find a new book (or several) to keep you company until the weather warms. 

If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure to get lost in, one March release to add to your reading list is “A Thousand Steps into Night” by Traci Chee. Marking the National Book Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author’s return to YA fantasy, “A Thousand Steps into Night” is a Japanese-influenced tale that delves deep into the realm of Awara where gods and monsters run amuck. One Goodreads reviewer noted, “YES PLS MY INNER-INUYASHA FAN IS SCREAMING” and, well… same. 

Miuko has always considered herself to be nothing short of ordinary, playing the part of an innkeeper’s daughter well. But when Miuko is befallen with a horrible curse, transforming her into a demon, that all changes in an instant.

Now, she must embark on a harrowing journey to reverse the curse. Plagued by a demon prince and a multitude of deceitful obstacles, Miuko longs to return home to her normal life — but the power and strength that comes with her new existence might be too tempting to walk away from. 

Alight with Japanese culture and vibrant adventure, you won’t be able to put this one down. Even if this isn’t your typical genre, I urge you to give it a try. Chee weaves a spellbinding dark fantasy whose immersive atmosphere is mesmerizing and innovative. 

Some more excellent reading options to look out for:

Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

Elaine Hsieh Chou’s debut novel is a page-turning campus satire following 29-year-old Ingrid Yang. For her doctoral dissertation, the Ph.D. student has been painstakingly researching poet Xiao-Wen Chou, a prominent Chinese American poet known as the Chinese Robert Frost. Yang couldn’t care less about Chou, however, she was persuaded by her academic advisor to study the poet, who at one point taught at her university. But then the discovery of an unexpected note in the archives sends Yang down a winding path that ultimately upends everything in her life. While there are humorous aspects, “Disorientation” explores systemic racism, the Asian-American experience, toxic relationships, and so much more. 

The Heights by Louise Candlish

Sunday Times best-selling author of “Our House” and “The Other Passenger” returns with another elegantly constructed psychological thriller, this time exploring the ferocity of maternal love and the darkest recesses of revenge. This Hitchcockian story follows Ellen Saint, who has “high place phenomenon” — the sudden urge to jump when in a high place, even though she doesn’t want to. Of course, this complicates things when she sees the man responsible for her son’s death up high in an apartment building called The Heights. But it can’t be him, can it? He’s been dead for over two years, and Ellen knows this for a fact — because she’s the one who killed him.

Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel by Ibi Zoboi

You may recognize the name Ibi Zoboi. She’s the mastermind behind young adult novels “Pride,” “American Street,” and “Punching the Air,” written with prison reform activist Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five, among others. Now the National Book Award Finalist and New York Times best-selling author is trying her hand in the Marvel Universe with a graphic “Black Panther” young adult novel, illustrated by Noa Denmon. When Okoye, a new recruit for T’Chaka’s royal guard, is sent on her first mission, she discovers the hardships that exist beyond Wakanda’s borders — and the type of person she wants to be.

Here are a few more great books coming out this month:

  • Ancestor Trouble” by Maud Newton: In this research memoir, an acclaimed writer goes searching for the truth about her wildly unconventional Southern family. 
  • Mr. Wrong Number” by Lynn Painter: Contemporary rom-com where an accidental text leads to a steamy anonymous relationship. 
  • Red Paint” by Sasha LaPointe: A memoir from an Indigenous poet and artist that blends the aesthetics of punk rock with traditional spiritual practices.
  • The Book of Cold Cases” by Simone St. James: Paranormal crime novel surrounding an unknown female serial killer.
  • The Unsinkable Greta James” by Jennifer E. Smith: Women’s fiction, where an indie musician reconnects with her father on a cruise. 
  • The Old Woman with the Knife” by Gu Byeong-mo, translated by Chi-Young Kim: In this South Korean thriller making its English debut, a 65-year-old female assassin faces an unexpected threat in the twilight of her career.