After what felt like an endless February, March seemed to fly by didn’t it?!
I’m not super thrilled with the amount of reading I accomplished this past month, but I’m just grateful to be on the other side of the nasty reading slump that struck with a vengeance during the second half of February.
Here’s what I read, along with my tentative plans for April.
I only read a total of four books in March, but two of those will probably be amongst my favorite books of the year:
- Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (5-stars)
- Challenges: Mount TBR, When Are You Reading?
- The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock (5-stars)
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Both of these historical fiction novels are brilliant, vivid, gritty, and gripping. Fingersmith was a twisty, shocking roller coaster ride; and The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock was an evocative and decadent treat.
I also finished two ARCs:
- Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce (4-stars)
- How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (3-stars)
I absolutely adored Dear Mrs. Bird; it was precisely the charming and cozy read I had been craving. There was also a lot I enjoyed about How to Stop Time, but there were several things that grated on me. The excellent premise didn’t quite live up to its potential IMHO.
Tentative April Reading Plans:
- I will definitely be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on April 28th. I really enjoyed my first experience with Dewey’s Readathon this past October, and can’t wait for round two!
- I might also try to squeeze in another readathon before then. (Note: Little Book Owl has a great roundup of all the April events here)
- Speaking of, would anyone be interested in buddying up for the Bookbuddyathon (April 9-15th)?
- I might try to read The Thorn Birds for the 1977 Club, and I’ll be starting Heidi soon for my Classics Club spin. I’d like to finish Excellent Women, which I started in February and then set aside. The Lark is also high on my TBR list at the moment.
Have you read any of these novels?
How was your reading month? What are your April reading plans?