I can’t believe it’s March already – but here I am, doing a March TBR and February wrap up. How time flies!
Last month I was actually really good at sticking to my TBR – I wrote down 20 books I was hoping to wrote, and managed to read a whopping 16 of them, plus 3 others (I thank my week without WiFi for this . . .). Anyway, this is what I managed to read this month:
- A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard -> read my review here!
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- The White Hare by Michael Fishwick
- An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
- Bone Gap by Laura Ruby -> read my review here!
- The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
- The Road to Ever After by Moira Young
- Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
- Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
- Octavio’s Journey by Miguel Bonnefoy
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- Nutshell by Ian McEwan -> read my review here!
- Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson
- The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
- How to Be Both by Ali Smith
- Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
- Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
- Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan
- Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
I didn’t get around to reading Economics: A Very Short Introduction, Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics, The Bone Season and Mother Tongue. All of these will be shifted forwards, though! As you can see, the selection I read had been good with continuing my resolution to read more widely – I’ve got middle grade, YA, crime, a play, and some literary fiction (no poetry or autobiography though!). I’m doing so well with regards to hitting my 100 book goal – I’m nearly a third of the way there. My favourites were Wing Jones and An Ideal Husband, although I also loved One of Us is Lying and Welcome to Nowhere, and The Colour Purple made me think so much.
With challenges, I read and reviewed 2 books for the British Books Challenge (and reviewed one which I read last month), 9 books for the Beat the Backlist challenge, and 1 for the Retellings Reading Challenge.
On my blog this month, I’ve posted about the talk I went to at Waterstones in Kensington about ‘What makes a girl strong?’, which was such a great event. I also held myself a WiFi break, which was highly conducive to reading! I also did two sets of Valentine’s Day posts, one on romances which have another layer to them, and one on post-Valentine’s Day recommendations.
Some posts I read this month which I wanted to mention were:
- My New Rating Scale for Diversity in Books – Lost in a Library (a truly commendable venture of Lia’s into providing a rating for diversity alongside her reviews!)
- Are You Allowed to Enjoy Problematic Books? – Going Through Books (a great discussion piece on whether or not we should like books that are problematic)
- Buying Books on a Budget – Salmah’s Bookshelf (perfect for any thrifty bookworm out there)
- Empowering Romances for Valentine’s Day – My Shelf and Myself (a lovely look at some romances which don’t just focus on the romance)
This month, I’m hoping to read:
- Damage by Eve Ainsworth (I actually finished this last night, but wanted to reference it here for future remembering purposes!)
- Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
- See How They Lie by Sue Wallman
- The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury
- Economics: A Very Short Introduction by Partha Dasgupta
- Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics by David Smith
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
- Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew
- Margot and Me by Juno Dawson
- The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Trouble With Ethics by Peter Vardy
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Gillian Vermillion: Dream Detective by Chris Chalmers
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Waiting for Callback: Take Two by Perdita and Honor Cargill
Once again, it’s ambitious, but why not? I can try!
What books did you read this month? What’s on your TBR?