Sunday, 2 April 2017

WHAT I READ | March


I started the month of March by finishing off my reread for February: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I thoroughly enjoyed rediscovering the story of Henry and Clare (the main characters), and I fell in love with the book all over again.

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz was my next read... I didn't enjoy this title as much as I expected to, and I've definitely read better thriller type reads this year so far. The Passenger isn't a bad read; I had a very 'meh' reading experience - the kind of book you don't recall a whole lot from once you've moved on to another title.

From here in on, my reading picked up greatly, which was really nice as I have been having on and off slumpish moods throughout the entire year so far. The next three titles I picked up all turned out to be five star reads for me.

I decided I needed a book short in length to read next, and so I opted for a new book purchase of mine: The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I've been meaning to read these accompanying books to the Harry Potter series for a long time now, especially this title, and I'm glad I now have it in my book collection. I see myself picking this collection of short stories up every now and again in the future. I did hope to review this book, and another title from this month, however I've yet to write any words on them. It's currently up in the air as to whether a full review will be written or not.

Up next was a review book I'd requested on Netgalley: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. This was such a good book - I was totally gripped and blown away by the fact that this is a debut novel. I saw on Twitter (confirmed by the author) that the book has been commissioned for a TV series, and I'm excited to see how it translates to screen. If you're interested in my full review, you can read it here.

The last book I finished in March was Strange Star by Emma Carroll. I'd been all over the show with my reading since finishing my review book, and all I wanted to do was get lost in a book. Emma Carroll is my favourite middle grade author, and I'd had her newest title on my shelves unread for a while waiting for the perfect moment to delve in - this was that moment. I loved so much about Strange Star, but especially the way in which Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein was incorporated in the unfolding story.

Whilst I ended the month having read five books, I do still have bookmarks sitting in a couple of titles. Most notably, I have a bookmark sitting in our book club pick for the month of March, and I also wasn't able to pick up my reread for the month either.

I'm going into April with the aim of reading just the one book at a time, hoping that this will help me with the on and off reading slump, and fall back in love with the act of reading again.

Happy reading in the month of April!
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  1. I felt the same way about The Passenger. It was just a meh read for me. I want to get my hands on Sometimes I Lie. It sounds awesome!!

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  2. I felt exactly the same way about The Passenger. I didn't really dislike it but it didn't do a lot for me either.

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    1. I totally get why a lot of people felt The Passenger was hyped, and kind of didn't live up to expectations.

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  3. I hope you’re able to get through your slump. I love The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I’m going to try to reread it this year. It’s so short that it shouldn’t take long. Happy April!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks AJ - I'm still battling that reading slump! The Tales of Beedle the Bard is well worth a reread; I'm sure you'll love it just as much as the first time. Happy April!

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  4. Hopefully you find your reading mojo. Short books help me usually. Did you read your copy of We've Always Lived in the Castle yet? I read it almost all in one shot this afternoon during a long toddler naptime. It was excellent!

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Erin.

      Oh really?! I haven't read my copy yet... From what you say, it sounds like it may be a good one to save for the readathon at the end of the month.

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