The 5 Books I Finished in March

*Linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays and Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit.*

March was a great month for reading. Three of the five books I read exceeded my expectations, and one of them completely knocked my socks off.  Without further ado, here are the five books I finished in March:

1. Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson

My Thoughts: I heard about this young adult dystopian novel on the What Should I Read Next podcast and immediately requested it through my library. The Washington, DC setting and strong female protagonist were appealing to me. Although the writing wasn’t incredible, the storyline of a national flu epidemic and secret government intrigue held my interest. I’m glad I read this book, but I probably won’t go out of my way to read more by the author.loveisthedrug

Page Count: 352

When I Read It: February 16-March 7, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold a the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

Favorite Quote: N/A

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

My Thoughts: I’ve been listening to Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast for months. I love the back-and-forth banter between Rubin and her sister, Elizabeth Craft. They are two very different people, but they seem to truly enjoy and learn from each other, and they definitely entertain their listeners. I was a bit skeptical, though, when I started reading The Happiness Project because it was such a manufactured scenario – a woman with money and privilege sets out on a mission to make herself happier. Alrighty. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book and how many great, practical tips I picked up. Since finishing this one, I’ve started one of Rubin’s more recent books, Better Than Before. More on that one next month.

thehappinessprojectPage Count: 292

When I Read It: January 15-March 11, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Found it on the shelf at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

Favorite Quote: “Enthusiasm is a form of social courage.”

3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My Thoughts: This is the book that knocked my socks off. It is a beautifully written, sad, yet somehow hopeful dystopian novel. I spent a lot of time marveling at how the author even came up with the story because it is so creative and also makes so much sense; I could see most of the plot happening in a real apocalyptic scenario. I heard many people rave about the book before I picked it up at the library, and now I’ll be raving for a while. Station Eleven is the best book I’ve read so far this year and the best novel I’ve read in years.

stationelevenPage Count: 336

When I Read It: March 7-19, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Found it on the shelf at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

Favorite Quote: “She was thinking about the way she’d always taken for granted that the world had certain people in it, either central to her days or unseen and infrequently thought of. How without any one of these people the world is a subtly but unmistakably altered place, the dial turned just one or two degrees.”

4. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

My Thoughts: Jim Gaffigan is funny, especially when he talks about food and his family, which are the focus of this book. My husband Dave and I laughed our way through season one of The Jim Gaffigan Show last summer and are eagerly awaiting season two (coming in June). Listening to this audiobook read by the man himself was a good way to bridge the gap. The only problem was that it made me extra hungry.food.lovestory

Page Count: 340

When I Read It: March 22-25, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Downloaded the audiobook from my library and listened through the Overdrive app.

Favorite Quote: “I’m convinced that anyone who doesn’t like Mexican food is a psychopath.”

5. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

My Thoughts: This was a well-written, suspenseful novel about a teenage girl’s death and her family’s quest to figure out what happened to her and how to function without her. The book flashes back and forth between present and past, and we slowly learn more and more about each member of the family. It was a page turner, and I enjoyed it even more than I expected. Although the story fell a bit flat for me toward the end, I’d still highly recommend it.

everythingineverPage Count: 304

When I Read It: March 26-31, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Found it on the shelf at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

Favorite Quote: “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. 1977, May 3, six thirty in the morning, no one knows anything but this innocuous fact: Lydia is late for breakfast.” (These are the first few sentences of the book, an impressive literary hook.)

 

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Two non-fiction books and three novels in March; it felt like a good balance. I’m already off to a good start with my April reading. You can friend or follow me on Goodreads for the latest updates.