It’s that time again! Time for the monthly roundup of every book I finished this month. I have so many books I want to read right now, I wish I could just crawl into bed for a week to make some serious progress on all of them. You can find all of our past book reviews here. (This post contains affiliate links.)
What did I read in March?
A Portrait of Emily Price – Full disclosure – this was sent to me as an ARC and then I took forever to finally read it because I’ve taken to just carrying my Kindle around with me. Give me a paper book and it sits on my nightstand looking pretty but I have to remind myself to pick it up. Compared to some of the other books I read this month, this was a bit of a slow burn. There wasn’t any major wow moment in the book, but it was the book equivalent of a nice walk. I don’t mean that in a bad way, sometimes I like a nice walk. It didn’t rev me up, but it was sweet and nice and a good before bed for those of us who need a bit of a lullaby before they go to sleep.
The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland – I’m pretty sure this was a Kindle First choice and it was a good one! Nice solid YA, which we all know is my personal reading sweet spot. Because it takes place in a summer camp there are almost no parent figures in the book until the end, and I’m getting to the point where it’s nearly impossible for me to read these sorts of books and not project my own childrens’ futures on to these kids, which is sometimes unfun.
The Woman in Cabin 10 – Here’s a thing that I don’t like that basically every book reviewer in the world does. It’s the “If you liked…” recommendation. For a while, every mildly mysterious book with a female lead was being called the next Gone Girl. Now I’m seeing recommendations for people who liked The Girl on the Train. On the one hand, I get it – people like to read what they liked and perhaps if you liked one book you might like another book in a similar style. However, sometimes the connection between the books is really tenuous. In this case I didn’t even really LIKE The Girl on the Train. I did not find it compelling or hard to put down and wasn’t dying to see the movie. Still, I found myself drawn to The Woman in Cabin 10 when I found it on my library’s Lucky Day shelf. In this particular instance, things worked out because I enjoyed this far more than TGOTT and would recommend it.
The Things We Wish Were True – I listened to the audio of this on our recent road trip to Arizona and really liked it. It reminded me a little bit of Fannie Flagg books – only a little bit, don’t get too upset! It’s told from the perspective of several characters in a southern town over the course of a summer. For me, I need audio books to move along quickly, otherwise I lose focus. This one did just that and I would recommend it for a summer read.
What have you read and loved lately?