Happy end-of-March! This month has been a bit of a slog, at times, but the weather has been pretty stellar so I can’t really complain much about any of the rest of it. And I did get a good bit of reading done, so yay for that. Here’s what I got through this month:
- Displacement by Lucy Knisley (comic, memoir)
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown (fiction, audio book)
- Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman (nonfiction)
- Ongoingness by Sarah Manguso (memoir)
- The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (fiction)
- Lucky Us by Amy Bloom (fiction)
- The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel (nonfiction)
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (memoir)
Compared to February, March reading felt a little less satisfying. I had a hard time figuring out what I was in the mood to read, so ended up flitting between books quite a bit rather than settling in as well as I wanted.
My favorite book of the month was one of the last two, The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel or When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi — hard to pick between them because they’re so different. It does make me think that in April I should focus my reading energy more towards nonfiction because I find that so satisfying.
With the first quarter of the year down, now’s also a good time to look at how well I’ve been doing with #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks. By my count, half of the 24 books I’ve read this year have been books I owned, although half of those books were either new this year or audio books. That means I’ve only knocked six books off my long-term TBR… more work to do there.
A Look to April
As you can see from the list, I didn’t finish Alexander Hamilton like I pledged I would in my last monthly wrap up, but I’m hopeful I can get through it in April and get that off my plate for the year.
After keeping my book buying mostly under control in March, I have quite a few books pre-ordered for April: The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson, The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales, and Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
And of course, April brings one of my favorite reading events of the entire year: Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! The spring Readathon will be April 23 and, so far, I don’t have anything I need to do that day except read.
I can’t wait to start putting together a Readathon book stack. It’d be good to focus on my own books, but I also sort of hope Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye comes from the library in time. I’m at the top of the hold list, but since it’s coming from a different library I may end up getting bumped for a local patron. We’ll see!