Ideally I would have uploaded this post last weekend, you know, at the actual end of March but a. I’ve been enjoying posting every other week and b. I was waiting for some items to reach me and they didn’t get here until earlier this week. Mail delays are no joke.
March was Women’s History Month in the U.S. but I like to follow along. International Women’s Day is great and all but why stop there? I think an entire month is kind of adequate :). It being Women’s History Month, I decided to only read books written by women and I wanted to make my selections as diverse as possible. This wasn’t too hard for me because fortunately I do have a pretty diverse collection of books on my To Read shelves already and the majority of them are by women. Whew, didn’t have to break a sweat. Three avid readers I follow on Instagram had the same plan, Kerine Wint of Book and Pen In Hand, @taysreads & @engineersreadtoo the latter two creating the hashtag #herbooksmarchtoo. If you are looking for great recommendations of books written by women, check out Kerine’s blog and that hashtag to be inspired and increase your wishlist. You’re welcome.
What I Read
- Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri – This was one I purchased at the book sale last year so people can get off my case now saying I keep buying books but don’t read them (your negativity is not needed here Mum). This was a really good story collection, there was not one story I didn’t like. Lahiri’s writing is amazing and I’m disappointed with myself for taking so long to read her work. If you read it feel free to talk to me about the ending of the last story. Gyosh I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it.
- Every Light in the House Burnin’ by Andrea Levy – I did say one of my goals was to read all of her books this year and if it’s true that her books only got better after this one, then I’m in for a damn good year. I loved this book. I think it might be the closest a book has ever gotten to depicting mine and my family’s life and I could not put it down. Loved it.
- This Body by Tessa McWatt – Another one from the book sale. I confess, I think I may have been drawn to this book because of the cover and the fact that I have a matching dress, that’s not odd right? This book I would describe as nice but not great. I really enjoyed the writing but story wise, there were too many instances where it was lacking and the story itself wasn’t moving along. I will keep it to read again because I feel like it could be one of those that I could read at different stages of my life and relate to it in a new way every time.
- My Sister the Serial Killer by Okinyan Braithwaite – One of the most talked about books last year into this one and it has made the long list for The Women’s Prize for Fiction this year. The social media hype surrounding this book was quite something but…it was okay. I was underwhelmed but I understand why people loved it. I stay demanding a part 2.
- Girls of Riyadh – Rajaa Alsanea – A book I’ve wanted for years and finally own and have finally read. 2005 me would have loved this book, 2019 me just liked it. It had some really good, very important moments. The character Michelle is my spirit animal but overall, it was again, okay.
- The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison – Another goal for this year is to read more Toni Morrison. I found that after reading Sula and A Mercy last year, I wasn’t really getting into her work which was odd because I love Beloved. After my friend Akilah of If This is Paradise recommended this, I figured it might be a better starting point to really getting in Queen Mother’s writing. I am still reading and savouring this one. It’s not one that I can sit and read in one sitting because with easy essay or speech, I really need to spend time pondering what she has written. That and I have to break out my dictionary. Give her this, she really knows how to make her readers open up their minds and look at things differently. She had an essay where she spoke about what she meant and what she was trying to achieve when she chose certain words and lines in her books and I was blown away. I was that person who was always bitching in literature class about whether the door in the corner was really a door or was it this grand metaphor. With Toni, it’s a grand metaphor.
I think this was a great reading month but tbh, I’m looking forward to going back to impulse reading. Having a set TBR list doesn’t seem to be my thing anymore. You know what is though? Book shopping.
What I got
So again, I got quite a few stuff and I love the fact that the majority of them were second hand or bought at bargain prices. Barnes & Noble’ marketplace might be a new fave. Plus, if B&N is out here giving me discount codes, free shipping, 30% off and buy 2 get the 3rd one free how could I resist? That being said, there will be a post called The Confessions of a Book Shopaholic in the near future. Look out for that.
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – I have had this on my wish list for ages and finally got it.
- Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang – Got it for free! The green of this book is gorgeous in person.
- Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi – Got this beauty secondhand from Robyn from Well Read Robyn. Thanks much!
- The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley – Impulse bargain buy. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good satirical novel so I wanted to give this one a try. Plus, there was something about the cover art that called to me.
- My Grandmother Asked Me To tell You That She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman – My first physical Backman! I’ve read A Man Called Ove and Britt-Marie Was Here and have wanted all things Backman ever since so you can imagine how excited I was when I saw it was this month’s Book Genie Pick from Story Land Books! I literally happy danced.
- Boy Erased by Garrard Conley – I am a Troye Sivan fan and when I saw he was involved in the movie adaptation of this book I knew I wanted to read it. As for where it came from, I have no clue. I have no memory of buying this book but pictures of my bookshelves have shown me it appeared in March. I’m not making this up.
- The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See – This is the book I went onto B&N for. The reviews for this are soo good and I hope it lives up to the hype.
- Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang – This was also secondhand from Story Land books. When I read the blurb of this book I felt like it has the potential to be one of those books where you’ll love it but really question what the heck you just read.
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – Another secondhand from Robyn. When she asked me to see if I could sell her books, I think she knew I was going to buy them, I see you Robyn. I’m a sucker for the cover and it’s my first book with coloured page edges!
- Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters – Bargain priced from B&N. This one had me from the blurb. Its going to be one of those that when I start reading it I wont be able to stop. I just feel in my bones it going to be good. I hope my bones aren’t wrong.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – This one isn’t pictured because I got in on my Kindle on special for $1.99. This one was all over social media last year and has amazing reviews so I’m jumping on the bandwagon albeit a little late. Like I said, I’m not rushing to buy all the latest books, they will be read eventually.
What else happened in March? Yes, I went to my first Rebel Women Lit book club meeting! I actually joined a book club and went to the meeting. Look at me literally stepping out in life hahaha! The book we discussed was Marlon James’s Black Leopard Red Wolf. Did I find it odd that a book club that only chooses books written by women of colour chose a book written by a man in Women’s History Month? Yes, I did. That seems to be the effect this book is having on people, the madness that has ensued lol. It was a small meeting, only three of us but I didn’t mind. What I did mind was this random guy who crashed our meeting and proceeded to just keep talking to us about nothing that was relevant to life much less the book. It was….something else. Robyn wrote a post on it which you can read here. All now I can’t figure out why I didn’t work up the courage to ask the man to leave. Smh, never again. Next time I’ll have a game plan.
That was me for March. What did you all get up to? Also, are we liking the changes to the blog so far? I’m trying to write posts about different book related topics and I’m focusing less on reviews. Let me know what you think, I really appreciate feedback and constructive criticism.
Til next time 🙂