Amanda Reads: Monthly Overview for March 2023
Your monthly tarot outlook and book release higlights for the month of March 2023
Hello again, my friends! Welcome to March, or as I prefer to call it, Birthday Month! For those of you who’ve somehow avoided knowing this, I was born on St. Patrick’s Day and I spent the first half of every March bringing this up as often as humanly possible. It’s more often that you might think, really.
I turn 31 this year, which is one of those years that doesn’t have much significance except that I don’t get to say I’m thirty, flirty, and thriving anymore. Alas.
But enough about me. We’re here for the monthly overview newsletter edition, where I bring you a Tarot card and new book release highlight for every week of the month ahead. Plus, some notes about what the moon’s up to, because why not?
This month, I felt drawn to pull from my D&D inspired Tarot Deck, The Adventurer’s Tarot. It’s really more of an oracle deck, but if the deck volunteers for a reading, I feel like I have to see what it’s got to say. Plus, it’s just a beautifully stunning deck!
Week 1: March 5th-March 11th
Card of the Week: The Fighter (III)
This card reminds us not to so afraid of conflict that we won’t make necessary changes. Consider where you may need to speak up in order to move forward. Don’t go in dual wielding with both swords swinging, but don’t back down if there’s something that needs to be said, either.
New Release of the Week: Weyward by Emilia Hart, out on March 7th. This was one of the March Book of the Month selections, and I chose it as my free add on for birthday month (told you it comes up more than you’d think). The story follows three generations of women as they navigate their family’s witchy legacy. I am here for a multigenerational saga, always, especially if it’s about witches.
Moon Phase: Full Moon on March 7th
Week 2: March 12th-March 18th
Card of the Week: The Giant (XXXI)
This card is a reminder that even the tallest among us can fall down if we’re not careful. Take a moment to consider your balance. How have you been caring for the various areas of your life?
New Release of the Week: Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto, out March 14th. This is what you might call a “cozy mystery” about a nosy “woman of a certain age” who decides she can probably do a better job investigating a murder than the police could. I don’t read a ton of cozies, but this one has such a fun title and cover that I’m very tempted by it.
Moon Phase: Last Quarter on March 15th
Week 3: March 19th-March 25th
Card of the Week: The Familiar (XVIII)
This card is a reminder that we aren’t alone on our journey. Who are the important people (or animals) in your life? Take a moment to appreciate those who are there to help you along your way.
New Release of the Week: The Only Game in Town by Lacie Waldon, out March 21st. Small town drama at its quirkiest is the promise of this one, where a wealthy old man dies and leaves behind a challenge. The team that wins the game he’s left behind will win his fortune, and, by the way, he’s already chosen who will team up with who. Enter—the duo who will undoubtedly fall in love along the way in this romance.
Moon Phase: New Moon on March 21st
Week 4: March 26th-April 1st
Card of the Week: The Druid (VII)
This was our weekly card pull for the most recent issue, so it’s interesting to see it making a reappearance so soon. When I think about this card poised at the end of the month, it’s a reminder to reflect on the previous month with honesty and openness. Don’t judge yourself, but do take a clear look at how you’ve spent your time and what you’d like to change (or keep the same) for next month.
New Release of the Week: The Quarantine Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, out March 28th. Does this book really need an explanation? It’s the latest installment in the Princess Diaries series, checking in on grown up Mia and how she copes with leadership of Genovia during the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A quick, fun read that will deliver on the nostalgia you’re looking for, if you’re into that sort of thing. Many thanks to NetGalley and Avon for the digital review copy of this one!
Moon Phase: First Quarter March 29th
And so concludes our March monthly outlook! Thank you as always for being here and reading this newsletter. These monthly outlooks are a joy and a lot of work, so if you’re feeling generous and want to send a birthday gift my way, you can always Buy Me a Coffee!
I hope you have a good month ahead, and as always, happy reading!