wrap up: March 2019

Happy birthday to me!  In honor of turning 27 today here is… a monthly wrap up!  Exciting!

  1. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★☆ | review
  2. When All Is Said by Anne Griffin ★★☆☆☆ | review
  3. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones ★★★☆☆ | review
  4. If, Then by Kate Hope Day ★★★☆☆ | review
  5. The Club by Takis Würger ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  6. Color and Light by Sally Rooney ★★★★★ | review
  7. Mr Salary by Sally Rooney ★★★★★ | review
  8. Troubles by JG Farrell ★★★★☆ | review
  9. Young Skins by Colin Barrett ★★★★☆ | review
  10. The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan ★★★★☆ | review
  11. Faith Healer by Brian Friel ★★★★★ | review
  12. Ordinary People by Diana Evans | almost done, rtc

Favorite: Faith Healer by Brian Friel
Honorable mention: Sally Rooney!
Least favorite (possibly of my life): The Club by Takis Würger

MARCH TOTAL: 12
YEARLY TOTAL: 36

You’ll notice that everything I read in March fell into one of three categories: ARCs, Women’s Prize longlisted titles, and Irish lit.  Regarding that last one, I just want to give a quick shout-out to Cathy for doing a superb job hosting Reading Ireland Month along with her co-host Niall.  If you’re even slightly interested in Irish lit, there is a wealth of resources over on Cathy’s blog, so do go check out her posts if you haven’t already!

Some of my other posts from the month:

My March reading was… okay.  I feel like what’s been missing from my 2019 reading is a novel that I really adore.  All of my favorites so far have been nonfiction, plays, or short stories… which is ironic given that one of my reading goals of the year was to read fewer novels and read more of everything else!  But I’m finding that I’m really craving a novel that just pulls me in and doesn’t let me go, something I haven’t really found with anything I’ve read so far this year.  The Friend by Sigrid Nunez has come the closest, but I’m not sure that’s a new all-time favorite.  What’s the best novel you’ve read recently??

Currently reading: I may move Cleopatra: A Life over to my ‘on hold’ shelf on Goodreads as I don’t see myself picking this back up before May… but soon I will return to it!  Unfortunately, despite being a Lisa See superfan I’m finding The Island of Sea Women to be a bit of a slog – I’m only 20% in but I haven’t touched this in weeks.  I’m hoping to finish it by mid-April though.  And finally, I’m working through Swan Song as one of my Women’s Prize reads.

Finally, I’m having such fun reading through the Women’s Prize longlist with Hannah, Callum, Sarah, Steph, and Naty – if you want to be added to a group chat on Twitter where we discuss our progress on these 16 books, please let me know!  (You do not need to read the entire longlist to join in, this is a very unofficial chat.)

What was the best book you read in March?  Comment and let me know!

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38 thoughts on “wrap up: March 2019

  1. Happy Birthday! A nice selection of books too. I also finished the same book number, but I don’t think I will ever repeat this number again because it was not easy at all due to time constraints, etc. I am also starting to read The Island of Sea Women. It looks like an interesting story and actually goes well with another book I finished – White Chrysanthemum. Both feature the Korean War and women divers, so I recommend it as well.

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    • Thank you!! My number of books read per month varies so much, sometimes I manage 12 and sometimes I manage 6. It certainly is a time commitment, as you say. I’ve heard really great things about White Chrysanthemum! And I really need to get back into The Island of Sea Women, I put it aside a few weeks ago but I’m hoping it’ll grab me more when I get back to it. I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Haps births 🙂 I’d say “please add me to the Twitter group chat” but unfortunately I’m finding there’s so much going on in my life at the moment that reading the longlist (and discussing it with my own Women’s Prize shadowing group, Eric and Antonia and Faye) is going to be all I can manage. But it’ll be awesome to compare notes later!

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    • Thank youuu 🙂 That is very fair, there are only so many hours in the day to devote to hearing me and Hannah complain about how long Swan Song is. But YAS cannot wait to compare notes with the shadow panel! Hope you all are having fun with it.

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      • It’s just……. it’s so long. It’s fine but it’s a 250 page concept inexplicably stretched out to 500 pages. I’m not impressed.

        Freshwater was crazy good! Can’t wait to read your review of that.

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  3. It’s so interesting that the books you’ve been enjoying are mostly not regular fiction. I hope you find one you love in April! Sorry that you aren’t enjoying this Lisa See novel, I was considering it, but also Shanghai Girls and other novels… do you have a recommendation? I have no idea where to start with her works!

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    • Oooh I LOVE Lisa See so you have come to the right place. I usually recommend starting with Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (though there are some really graphic descriptions of foot binding that some people really can’t handle) OR Shanghai Girls and its sequel Dreams of Joy. But I also thought The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane was excellent and that would be a good place to start as well. Peony in Love is a very ‘love it or hate it’ book – I didn’t love it but I don’t think it’s a bad novel, just… not what I was expecting. The one I’d solidly recommend you do NOT start with is China Dolls which is a pretty terrible book tbh. Hopefully this new one picks up for me, either way I hope to have a review up soonish!

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      • I’ll start with Shanghai Girls, then! Thank you SO MUCH for the recs! I should have come to you ages ago, but I don’t actually know that many bloggers that read this kind of fiction (and certainly no friends of mine do… mostly fantasy).

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      • I feel like my friends don’t read a ton of Lisa See either!! I think her books kind of fall through the cracks where they’re not appealing to SFF readers and they’re too commercial or whatever for literary readers. But, I love her. Enjoy!!

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  4. Happy birthday!! I hope you find that elusive new favorite novel soon!
    Also looking forward to your Ordinary People review, as I think that’ll be the next Women’s Prize title I pick up as well.

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    • Thank you!!! I certainly hope I do as well!!

      I’ll hopefully write up a review of Ordinary People this afternoon. I had a couple of qualms but for the most part I really enjoyed it!

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  5. March wasn’t a super reading month for me either. My best read was The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin but it was also the first book I read of the month so it feels like a long time ago!

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