March Reads

march reads avI don’t know about you lovelies, but I am so ready for March to be over. It’s been such a dreary, freezing month, and I’m desperately hoping April will bring some warmer weather. I woke up to five inches of snow yesterday, and I am DONE with the cold. I’m desperate for the weather to become nice enough to wear flats and dresses, or even to leave my apartment without a coat!

Although the weather has been bringing me down, I’ve had some interesting things going on. I started doing some volunteer work for a non-profit that organizes writing programs for schools and literary events for the greater community. I’m finally putting my PR studies to some use, helping them out with articles and press releases. It’s not a lot, but I’m thrilled to be getting involved.

I’m also finalizing my plans for BEA! I’m really excited to be sharing a hotel room with two blogging buddies, and by the time this post goes up, my flight will be booked!

This month I also worked on getting in shape. I still don’t go to the gym as often as I should, considering it’s right across the street from my apartment, but I’m working on it! As lazy as I am, it feels good to be active when the weather makes me want to do nothing but curl up under a blanket.

Now on to the books! Despite feeling a bit slumpy, I actually got a lot of reading done this month! I also read some truly fantastic books.

Books Read:

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Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
The Shining by Stephen King
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offil
The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

Pages Read:

This month: 2,634

This year: 7,037

Books Reviewed:

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Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell.
I don’t usually read YA, but I enjoyed this novel set at the beginning of college. Cath, an introverted fan fiction writer, struggles to get used to college life, deal with some family issues, and manage the attentions of a quirky boy.

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. In four years, Ward lost five men she cared about. In this devastating memoir, she memorializes these young men and seeks to understand their deaths. This is an important novel that I encourage everyone to read.

The Shining by Stephen King. This is my first ever horror novel, which I read for King’s March. I didn’t care for it, and it WASN’T because I’m a scaredy pants.

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt. A frustrated female artist exhibits her work under three male pseudonyms. This is a challenging read, but it’s deeply layered and thought-provoking.

Mini reviews:

  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. This collection contains short stories about the tension between Indian and American culture. The writing is lovely, and these stories were really informative and interesting.
  • Visible City by Tova Mirvis. Three couples’ lives intersect in a New York City neighborhood. Each character feels stifled in his or her own way, and each seeks solace from other characters. An enjoyable, relatable read.
  • Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah. Citizens of Sierra Leone return to their village in the wake of civil war. They face impossible obstacles as they try to rebuild, but they relentlessly seek a brighter future. The writing is gorgeous, and Beah tells an important story.

Other Posts:

Five Marvelous March Releases
Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read
Sensational Short Story Collections
How to Throw a Bookish Wedding
Book Riot Quarterly Box #2: Unpacked
Mid-Month Book Look: What I’m Reading
Ten Books on My Spring TBR List
My Bookish Bucket List
Battling the Blogging Blues
Spring Bloggiesta Goals

April Plans:

As for reading, my only plans are All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Painter by Peter Heller. I’m super excited about both of these!

I’m also looking forward to participating in World Book Night as a giver for the first time! It’s just a few days after my 24th birthday, and I think a big step outside my comfort zone will be a great way to start off a new year!

What did you read in March? Any plans for April?

 

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8 thoughts on “March Reads

  1. I totally, totally echo the March blues/ready to be overs, even though the weather hasn’t been nearly as bad here. Sounds like the volunteer work you’re doing is going to be really interesting and might perk things up a bit for April. And I’m starting to get so excited for BEA, it’s gotten a little silly.

  2. I am SO itching to read Parnassus on Wheels since I saw everyone squeeeing over it in their BookRiot boxes. Hmm. I still have some ebook credits. Looks like a good month for reading. I hope you guys get a break from the cold soon!

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