Wrap Up: March 2018 or I don’t really read all that much on holiday.

I planned to write this wrap up while still on holiday; that didn’t happen. I underestimated how bad the WiFi was going to be and also how much I did not feel like blogging. Because New Zealand was just so very stunning. I had so much fun on this holiday and I cannot believe I am already back (and back at work…). I have some catching up to do now though blogging wise.

My reading month on the other hand was just alright.

Books read in March:

  1. The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreasen: 3 out of 5 stars.
  2. From A Low And Quiet Sea by Ryan Donal: 4 out of 5 stars.
  3. The Gender Games by Juno Dawson: 4 out of 5 stars.
  4. To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: 4 out of 5 stars.
  5. Ayiti by Roxane Gay: 4 out of 5 stars.
  6. Happiness by Aminatta Forna: 3 out of 5 stars.
  7. The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by JY Yang: 4 out of 5 stars.

I also finally DNFed How I Lose You. I just could not get into it and decided that enough is enough.

Favourite of the Month:

The Gender Games. I just needed something this positive and fun and important. Listening to this was an excellent choice.

Stats (ish):

I finished seven books totalling 2044 pages. Of these seven books there were two short story collections, one memoir, one literary fiction, two definite fantasy and one weirdly unclassifiable book, so overall a total mix of genres. Two of those books were written by men, four by women and one by a person identifying as gender-nonconforming. Four books were written by white people and three by people of colour.

How did I do with my TBR:

Actually surprisingly ok (compared to last month): I read three of the books on my TBR and I am slowly making my way through the arcs I have.

Currently Reading:

(Some of the) Blog posts I loved:

I loved Steph’s review of If We Were Villains – a book that has been on my TBR since well before it was published and I still haven’t read.

I love lists, especially those recommending female authors. So check Uwadis’ wonderful post.

Musings on Motherhood and Fiction: Sign me right up.

Elle has a lot of thoughts on the Women’s Prize for Fiction Long List.

I loved Clare’s predictions for the Man Booker International Longlist.

Rachel’s reviews are always worth checking out, but her nuanced review of Madeline Miller’s Circe even more so.

10 thoughts on “Wrap Up: March 2018 or I don’t really read all that much on holiday.

  1. Cheers for the shout out! I’m glad you had such a wonderful vacation and that you’re finally back after the typical air travel nonsense.

    I’m looking forward to your review of Happiness, I’m with you on the 3 stars. And definitely looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Eleanor Oliphant and The Water Cure, I want to check out both of these.

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    1. I am so very tired still. I had so many plans for today but I will just go to bed as soon as my washing machine is done.

      I am loving The Water Cure (but I have some niggling doubts about its direction that might still change my feelings) but really struggling with Eleanor Oliphant. I am only around 20% in but find if emotionally manipulative in a very obvious way. I might not finish it.

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      1. When I got back from LA after my ridiculous 6-hour delayed red eye, I laid down in my bed to read but immediately fell asleep for 16 hours. So I feel you.

        Ohh intriguing about The Water Cure, I can’t wait to read it but I think it might not be published in the US until 2019?? I hope I’m wrong. And that’s interesting about Eleanor, I’ve seen a couple of negative reviews but for the most part everyone I know who’s read it has loved it. Maybe I should pick it up from the library this week…

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      2. I think you might be right about the US release date :/ that sucks.
        I think library would be a wise choice for Eleanor Oliphant. Audiobooks make flaws more obvious I find.

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  2. I’m interested to see what you think of Red Clocks! I enjoyed it a lot, but can see how it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, so I like seeing other folks’ thoughts.

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