March

March Recap

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So, as I was going through my spreadsheet and uploading photos for this post, I realized I forgot to add a book to my sheet and I actually read 9 books this month instead of 8! Woohoo! And also 22 comics. Way to go, March.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami – Murakami has been running daily for about the last 23 years – at time that he wrote this, which was 10 years ago. He talks about why he runs, and recounts a few interesting stories like the time he ran SIXTY TWO MILES IN ONE DAY. I might have to get my own copy of this some day.

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Short but so worth it, especially if you’re a person worried about how to raise a feminist daughter.

Skulduggery Pleasant (Books 1and 2) by Derek Landy – This middle grade series about a skeleton detective and his preteen sidekick named Valkyrie is so fun that I went and ordered all 9 books off Amazon. I’m reading the third one now.

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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison – Not my favorite Morrison, but one that gives plenty of food for thought. This was the first book by her that I’d ever heard of and that was like 12 years ago, so I feel like I finally accomplished something by FINALLY reading it.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – This is the follow up to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and it was so delightful. There’s so much goodness about what it means to be a person and how people that are different can be accepting all against a sci-fi setting and I just really need Becky Chambers to write more things please.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Such a great, heartbreaking book and much needed right now. Starr sees her friend die and her story deals with what it means to be that witness, how to reconcile the person you knew with facts about their life, the emotions of leading almost two separate lives based on race and class… it’s just fantastic. I’m sure it will be on a lot of school reading lists, and I’m sure it will get challenged constantly.

Binti and Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor Binti: Home came out in March, so I re-read Binti first to refresh my mind. It seems like there will be another one, hopefully soon? These novellas are perfect little gems of sci-fi/fantasy.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 9

Female authors: 6 (67%)

Non-white authors: 6 (67%)

Format breakdown: 4 print, 5 e-book

STATS – COMICS

Issues read: 22

Female authors/illustrators: 6

Non-white author/illustrators: 2

Format breakdown: 19 print, 3 digital

So not too bad of a month! Maybe one of these days I’ll actually write some complete reviews. Also, I’m now at 24 books so far for the year so if I can keep up this pace, I actually have a shot at reading 100 books this year. Not that numbers matter to anyone but me, but I haven’t read 100 books in a year since 2013. I’ve been hovering around 60-70 for the last several years, and it’d feel so nice to get into at least the 80’s in 2017.

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts.

March Monthly TBR

February was a big fat fail. I really should have seen that coming, honestly. I finished 3 books, 1 graphic memoir, and read 32 issues of comics. I’m almost done with An Untamed State, and I’m almost done with the audiobook of Stuff Matters… but still, that’s so sad.

 

Anyways, March should be better, reading-wise. At least for the sheet fact that I shouldn’t be working as much. But who knows, really. So my pile is not TOO ambitious, and has a bit of carry-over from last month. February TBR 2.0, kind of.

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From the top…

  • Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie – Because I feel like a comfort read right now, and as much as I’m yearning to just start re-reading Outlander again, I’m not going to do that because it’s a long series and I just read it last year. I haven’t read Bet Me in a few years, so that should do the trick.
  • Zone One by Colson Whitehead – I really did enjoy The Intuitionist by this author, and this weekend I saw this in the used library bookstore. Score! It didn’t get great reviews on Amazon from what I noticed earlier, but I’m trying it anyways. I think it’s about zombies.
  • Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach – I’ve been having trouble getting really good and sucked into a book lately. I bet this will work. I flew through the first two in the series. (Carry over from Feb)
  • Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson – A new book that I’ve heard great things about lately. Apparently it’s kind of funny and satirical and about racism and it sounds just like my type of thing.
  • Saga: Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – Sagaaaaa! I’m re-reading the first three volumes (aka “deluxe edition volume 1”) on my Kindle Fire right now, can’t wait to read the new one.
  • Fables: Volume 1 by Bill Willingham and Lan Medina – I have been meaning to start this series for AGES, and I’m finally gonna do it. Honestly, my main motivation (besides everyone loving it) is that Telltale Games as a video game out that’s based on the series called A Wolf Among Us that looks good, but I want to read some of the comics before I eventually get to the game.
  • The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg – I renewed it at the library, so it’s gotta happen. But man, it’s so large. (Carry over from Feb)

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  • Newest issue of Rat Queens comes out this week!
  • Deadpool Classic volume 3 should be coming in for me at the comic shop.
  • Chew volume 9!! Just ordered it with the gift card my sister got me for my birthday. I am SO EXCITED.

And I’m sure I’ll read random things on Oyster or Kindle as I come across them… trying to be kind of laid back about my reading this month. Pretty good mix of race and gender in my to-read pile though, so that’s good. Even though I’ve been slacking in my reading, I’m still being aware.

What’s on your list to read next? What new books are you excited about?

~Sarah

March Monthly TBR

Good morning peoples.

February kicked my ass. I read 10 books… but 7 of those were graphic novels, so really I read 3 books. I’m trying not to feel to bad about if, because there’s really not much I could do about it. Work is busy, and likely to remain so until probably early April. No point in moaning about it. Let’s take a look at my original pile for February:

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Yup, there it is. Fail. And The Rosie Project was a re-read. The other book I read was The Martian by Andy Weir, which was actually pretty great, just so you know.

Let’s see at what I’m looking for March.

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From the top to bottom…

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – OBVIOUSLY a re-read. I’ve been wanting to re-read the Outlander books again for a while, but I was holding off because the newest one comes out in June and I didn’t think I could re-read them all before then. And I might not be able to. But I think reading while I’m super busy might be easier if I’m re-reading – it won’t require as much focus. And the Outlander series are my comfort books. And well, it was my birthday on Thursday and I wanted to read Outlander so that’s why I started to do. So there.
  • Ex-Communication by Peter Clines – This is the third book in Clines’ series about superheroes in a zombie apocalypse, which is obviously just fun to read about. And I know the fourth book is out, so I should probably finally read this.
  • The Remedy by Thomas Goetz – I rarely accept books for review, but the publisher pitched this to me really well, and it sounds interesting. It’s a true story about the quest to cure tuberculosis, and how Arthur Conan Doyle was involved and how it resulted in his creating the famous character of Sherlock Holmes. Come on, how could I say no?
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Yes, everyone. I will read this damn book. I’m sure it’s awesome and I have no idea why I haven’t gotten to it yet.
  • Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge – I found this browsing around the graphic novels at the library and the art looked really great, so why not.

And of course, I’ll probably fit in other graphic novels because those are my jam lately. I know Saga Volume 3 comes out late this month, and I’m definitely going to buy more of the Chew books soon.

I know this is a relatively modest pile, so let’s hope I can actually manage it! Be good to me, March.

What do you guys have your eye on this month?

~Sarah

March Mini-Review Recap!

March ended up being pretty awesome! I read 11.5 books in March, so this might be a bit lengthy. But that’s okay, because the reviews are so teeny!

 

Warm Bodies

 

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – Surprisingly wonderful zombie story that’s also kind of a love story. Fantastic writing, can’t wait for a sequel from the author. Also, the movie was different but also pretty great.

 

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – SUPER awesome book set in the 80’s about two teens awkwardly and beautifully experiencing first love. Rainbow Rowell is a genius.

 

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – Really fun classic about how much people suck, particularly in high society. It’s rare that a classic actually makes me laugh out loud, but this one did. And I love how crazy and mean Becky Sharp is.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – For the HP readalong. This is one of the best of the series, so I obviously still love it. I don’t feel like linking to the individual blog posts, but you can check out all my awesome HP readalong posts here.

 

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The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon – This is actually an 80+ page short story that was recently released in an anthology, but it was SO interesting and I really cannot wait for the newest Outlander book.

 

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The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding (Tales of the Ketty Jay #3) – This series is awesome, and the third book is no exception. READ THEM NOW PLEASE. Action and wit and endearing moments galore.

 

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Moloka’i by Alan Brennert – A touching historical fiction story about a girl diagnosed with leprosy and sent to live at the leper settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Interesting and I read it quickly and even teared up at one part, but honestly it’s not a book I’d rave about.

 

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (DNF) – I read about half of this book (300 pages!) before I called it quits. For a book about time travel and H.G. Wells and other cool things, it just couldn’t hold my interest. Womp womp.

 

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Hell to Pay by Matthew Hughes (To Hell and Back #3) – Fun but weird ending to the series, about wanna-be crime-fighter Chesney and his demon sidekick Xaphan. Xaphan is really the best thing about this book. Kind of felt like the ending was a cop-out and didn’t make a ton of sense, but whatevs.

 

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The Return Man by V.M. Zito – For a story about a guy who “delivers peace” to zombified loved ones, this was a disappointment. There were some plot things that I got a little nit-picky about, and I never really fell in love with the characters. Shrug.

Just Six Numbers by Martin Rees (review to come) – I just finished this on Saturday, so I haven’t written the actual review yet. It’s a non-fiction book about the 6 numbers or values that seem to make life in our universe perfect for allowing life to exist – if any of those numbers were even just a little different, our universe couldn’t exist as it does today. Really interesting, but a glossary in it would have helped.

The Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green (Nightside series #8) – I’ve only reviewed the first book of the Nightside series here, because there’s 12 of them and there seemed no point in reviewing each one. This one was still fun and quick and weird, although certain catchphrases are starting to become overused. Only 4 more books to go though, so I don’t mind so much.

 

There we have it! Have you read any of these? Any of them on your TBR list?

~Sarah