Hello, and happy March everyone!
I love March because it is finally starting to feel like spring is just around the corner. We are almost exiting the six-week extension of winter (at least according to Punxsutawney Phil). Saint Patrick’s Day is in a mere few weeks. Easter will be here next month. Things are starting to feel green and alive, even if they don’t quite look it yet.
The beginning of this year has been a decent start to my reading period.
January was an amazing month for reading. I was able to power through a total of eight books, a personal accomplishment for me. Of those, five were audiobooks, and the remaining three were eBooks, for a grand total of 2,366 pages.
The Guineveres (Sarah Domet)
Ocean of Storms (Christopher Mari, Jeremy K. Brown)
The Dark and Other Love Stories (Deborah Willis)
The Deplorables’ Guide (Todd Starnes)
The Trump Survival Guide (Gene Stone)
Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)
The Spy (Paulo Coelho)
February was not as fruitful of a reading month for me, which is not surprising because I had a major presentation halfway through the month, which took precedence over reading for pleasure (and it was worth it, because I passed!). Unlike the previous month, I was only able to get through a total of four books, where three were audiobooks, and the remaining one was an eBook. When calculated, the grand total read was a mere 1,382 pages.
Although I have only completed four books, I am also currently in the middle of two books – Pachinko (Min Jin Lee) and The Animators (Kayla Rae Whitaker) – which would add an additional 501 pages to my total.
Now that February is finished, it’s time to look to March!
There are quite a few books I am really looking forward to delving into this month – so many so that I probably won’t have time to read them all! But I’ll sure give it the ‘ole college try!
Title: The Animators
Author: Kayla Rae Whitaker
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGallely) / audiobook
Date Published: January 31, 2017 by Random House
Review: posted March 5, 2017
Synopsis: Sharon Kisses and Mel Vaught have been working as an animating duo for the last ten years since they graduated college. “When unexpected tragedy strikes, long-buried resentments rise to the surface, threatening their partnership—and hastening a reckoning no one sees coming.” (from Goodreads)
Author: Min Jin Lee
Format: hardback (BOTM) / eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: February 7, 2017 by Grand Central Publishing
Review: posted March 15, 2017
Synopsis: An epic saga of a Korean family living as outsiders in Japan, during “Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.” (from Goodreads)
Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
Author: George Saunders
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley) / audiobook
Date Published: February 14, 2017 by Random House
Review: posted March 10, 2017
Synopsis: Told in a single night as Abraham Lincoln sits by the grave of his son, Willie. It is a “thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel – in its form and voice – completely unlike anything you have read before.” (from Goodreads)
Title: Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories
Author: Mariana Enriquez
Format: paperback (courtesy of LibraryThing) / eBook (courtesy of NetGalley)
Date Published: February 1, 2017 by Hogarth Press
Review: posted March 20, 2017
Synopsis: “Macabre, disturbing and exhilarating, Things We Lost in the Fire is a collection of twelve short stories that use fear and horror to explore multiple dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina.” (from Goodreads)
Title: Exit West
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Format: hardback (BOTM) / eBook (courtesy of Edelweiss)
Date Published: March 7, 2017 by Riverhead Books
Review: posted November 15, 2017
Synopsis: “In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed… Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are.” (from Goodreads)
Title: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Author: Lisa See
Format: eBook (courtesy of NetGalley and Edelweiss)
Date Published: March 21, 2017 by Scribner
Review: posted September 7, 2017
Synopsis: “A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.” (from Goodreads)
Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Date Published: January 1, 1986 by Houghton Mifflin Company
Review: no review, but finished June 2, 2017
Synopsis: This is a dystopian tale – following the life of Offred – in a world where women are not allowed to read and are only valued if they are able to produce offspring. “Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…” (from Goodreads)
BONUS: will be shown on Hulu, premiering April 26, 2017!
(NOTE: this post was edited after the original published date to include links to the reviews of the completed books from this list!)
What are you excited to read this upcoming month? Share in the comments below!