April 1, 2016

March Reading Wrap-Up

I feel like I didn't do as well this month as I have the last couple. But let's get down to the books, and see how many of them I actually read! 

Hard Light by Elizabeth Hand
Where I got it: From Shelf Awareness for review
Did I read it? Yep. It was good. But hard to read at times. "Anti-hero" is definitely the best word for Cass Neary. Sometimes I just wanted to throw the book, and sometimes I was totally rooting for her.

Only in Naples by Katherine Wilson
Where I got it: From Shelf Awareness for review
Did I read it? Yes! It was quite fun. And I think some Neapolitan inspired cuisine may be showing up in my kitchen soon...

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer 
Where I got it: The library
Did I read it? Naturally! It was super fun. And it had a sneak peek of Meyer's new book, Heartless, which I'm now quite excited for.

Columbine by Dave Cullen
Where I got it: Bought it.
Did I read it? Nope, not yet. I got distracted by the arrival of Dead Wake from the library.

Dinner Made Simple from the editors of Real Simple
Where I got it: From Shelf Awareness for review
Did I read it? Yes! It has some really great looking recipes - especially some yummy, veggie-heavy ones, which I'm going to try soon.

An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich
Where I got it: From Shelf Awareness for review
Did I read it? Nope. The writing was not that awesome. I quit after a chapter or two, and told Shelf Awareness I'd review something else.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Where I got it: The library
Did I read it? I listened to about a third of it, and I just didn't care that much... but that's perhaps because I was using the OneClick Digital app, which doesn't allow you to listen on 1.25 speed. And 1.0 is sooooo dull. So I put in a request for the actual book at the library, and I'm going to try again.

So that only makes 4/7. But, I did read some stuff that I didn't plan to! Instead of An Honorable Man, I read A Brilliant Death, which was a lovely coming-of-age story/mystery set in a 1970s Ohio steel mill town.

On audio, I listened to Dead Wake by Erik Larson, which I'd been waiting for from the library for AGES. It was so good, but so sad. The history was fascinating, but I was BAWLING when the ship was sinking, and there were people who had to decide which of their children to try to save. Awful.

I read a few mysteries too, Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin for fun (it was so good!), and Killer Deal by Sofie Sarenbrandt for review. I forgot how much I love Ian Rankin - I missed the last couple books in the Rebus series, and I think I'm going to have to go back and catch up. And Killer Deal was a pretty good Swedish mystery, in the style of Camilla Lackberg... although the detective makes some pretty terrible choices in her personal life, which makes me suspicious about her detecting ability. 

I rounded off my vacation reading with The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayers, which was gorgeously written, but the plot revolves around infidelity, which I don't like. 

So, my final March total was 8 books. Below my average, but not too shabby!

What are YOU planning to read this month?

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