Well, March was certainly an interesting month. These past few weeks have brought quite a few changes to our current state of affairs. I live in an area that’s been hit particularly hard with COVID-19, with schools closing and moving to online learning mid-March and everything else but necessities following suit soon after. So we’ve been social distancing for a few weeks now.
And yet… my day to day life hasn’t changed much. I’ve been working from home since my maternity leave ended, and between working a few hours a day, time spent with baby and hubby, and the other daily things, I would only leave the house a few times a week. Now instead of going out for errands, we go for walks through our neighborhood and hubby arranges one day for the week when he runs out for groceries and other necessities. I have missed getting together with family and friends but at least now we have the technology to see each other virtually! Unfortunately, we do have friends and colleagues that have been personally affected in ways that I hope most people never have to go through, and my prayers are with everyone through this time.
In an effort to not get caught up in the news cycle and avoid spiraling into panic, I prefer to escape into a good book. So my reading went up this month. I completed all the books on my TBR for March, as well as a few additional books. And I wound up enjoying all of them!
Ready to see what I read and reviewed?
Books I reviewed:
The Atlantis Bloodline is a young adult book that merges contemporary romance with fantasy in a unique way.
I enjoyed reading The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind and learned a few things along the way.
Captivating and magical, The Starless Sea is my favorite book I’ve read so far this year.
Explosive and compelling, The Holdout is a mystery/legal thriller done right.
The Last Human was a fun science fiction story with some depth.
The Bromance Book Club was a fun and sexy book that was a delight to read!
Sin Eater was a unique and fascinating read.
Books I read but didn’t review:
Fascinating and clearly well researched, Invisible Women was an enlightening read.
Strike Me Down was an entertaining if somewhat forgettable read.
The Silver Chair was another enjoyable adventure in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Other posts this month:
In 5 Lighthearted Books to Read for Spring, I shared some easy reads that you can also sink your teeth into.
In 11 Books to Re-Read While You Stay at Home, I shared some comfort reads I might pick up again in the upcoming weeks.
Bookish Links I Loved:
- BookRiot shares library card inspired goods. (My personal favorite is these classic inspired coasters from TheTraveledLane!)
- Ann Patchett interviews Reese Witherspoon in Vanity fair.
- A library in Pennsylvania created a Hogwarts Digital Escape Room. (I had a lot of fun with this!)
On the stack for next month:
I requested and received a bunch of ARCs through Netgalley that are set to release this spring, so in April I’ll be reading a handful of them. I’m also making a concerted effort to continue to read books that I’ve bought but have not read yet – my current count, including physical and e-books, is at 133! I’d like to get that number down below 100 by the end of the year. (It sounds so easy but sometimes I get ARC and library happy!) So this month I’ll be continuing my Chronicles of Narnia marathon and would also like to read one or two more books off my shelves.
How was your month? What are you reading or planning on reading next?