March Book Haul (a.k.a. The Haul That Should Not Exist)


In March, I had a very small (basically nonexistent) budget for books. And yet, I somehow managed to add thirteen of them to my library. But that’s okay, because hopefully in a week or so, I’ll have a job that will allow me to buy (almost) all the books I want. These are the books I picked up in the month of March:

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach. This was my Book of the Month Club pick for March. (Though I should have chosen Exit West, because I actually ended up reading that one.) Lately, I’ve been attracted to mysteries, and this one sounds really interesting. Hopefully I get to it sooner rather than later.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. I received this book from Flatiron Books in exchange for my unbiased review. And I LOVED it! It was just brilliant. You can read my review of If We Were Villains  if you’re curious.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. This novel tells the true story of a group of women in New York who work together to provide support for concentration camp survivors following WWII. It sounds incredible, and I’m planning on reading it soon! (Thanks to Random House for sending this my way.)

The Reader by Traci Chee. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, which is a young adult fantasy with a POC protagonist. I saw it on Book Outlet, and decided to give it a shot, because why not? If any of you have read this one, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. This one’s been on my radar for a while, and I finally decided to pick it up. I might still listen to the audiobook (narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda), but it’s definitely a book I want to own anyway.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. I really enjoyed You when I read it last year, but was a bit on the fence about picking this one up. But I finally saw it on Book Outlet, and it was discounted enough that I won’t be upset if I don’t like it.

The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams. Earlier this year, I read (and loved) Kate Williams’s newest book, a biography of Queen Victoria. I saw her first novel on Book Outlet and it caught my eye, because I really enjoyed her writing. This one’s actually a gothic thriller, which I’m pretty excited about.

My Mad Fat Diary: A Memoir by Rae Earl. Honestly, I still don’t know why I bought this. Or what enticed me to read it right away. But I really enjoyed it! It was such a fun read – even though it’s a memoir, it reads like a contemporary young adult novel, which I thought was really cool.

Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton. Another Book Outlet impulse buy. But I do actually want to read this one, because I am becoming increasingly interested in politics and political science.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. You might already know that I’ve been trying to read more nonfiction, and trying to read more diverse nonfiction. This one tells the story of families trying to survive in a city characterized by inequality.

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. This is a historical fiction novel about a woman on trial for her life after her husband is killed in an explosion on an ocean liner. It’s something a bit different for me, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. I have almost bought this book so many times, but I finally did it. It’s a highly acclaimed biography of Cleopatra. And while I’ve read about her for a very long time, I haven’t actually read a full book about her, so I’m excited about this one.

I Hate Fairyland Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young. Last, but not least, I picked up the second volume in this series, which is probably one of the most fun things I’ve ever read. Really enjoyed this installment, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next.

What book(s) did you pick up this month? Let me know what you’re most excited about (or which ones you enjoyed most)!


33 thoughts on “March Book Haul (a.k.a. The Haul That Should Not Exist)

  1. My mad fat diary was turned into a tv series in the U.K. (Not sure about other countries) and it’s one of my favs! Haven’t read the book though 🙈

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                1. Right? I just watched the scene where Lip talks about how if he has to leave college he won’t make it back, and I got so sad. I think he’s becoming my favorite character.


  2. Oh, I LOVED Lilac Girls! If you get a chance, visit the author’s website or Pinterest page before you read it. She has a lot of photographs that she used to inspire her writing and make it as historically accurate as a historical fiction book can be. Caroline Ferriday and Herta Oberhauser were real people, and the Polish sisters she based off of real prisoners at Ravensbruck.
    What did you think of Exit West? It was one of my March BoTM but I haven’t read it yet. And I plan on picking up If We Were Villains based on your review!
    Happy reading! 📚

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I am really looking forward to Lilac Girls, and love when there is any sort of media to enhance books.

      I really loved Exit West! It’s easily one of my favorite books this year!

      I hope you enjoy If We Were Villains! It’s such a good book!


  3. What an awesome book haul! I’m currently in my time of ‘can’t buy the whole bookstore because I don’t have money trees’ so I haven’t bought a book in awhile. Which means I finally get to read all those books I have sitting unread on my shelf 🙂 Happy reading!

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    1. I’ve heard mixed reviews about Dead Letters, but I’m still really curious about it. I’m excited about Cleopatra – hopefully I’ll get to these books sooner rather than later! (And I’ll try to do full reviews of them when I do.)

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  4. Great choices, I haven’t read You yet but I have only really heard good things. So now I am curious as to what you think of another one of her books. Also I haven’t ready any of the Fairyland books, but I’m thinking I might need to give them a try.

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    1. Thanks! I’m curious too – I’ve heard some mixed reviews, and I thought You made a great standalone, so this one should be interesting. The Fairyland comics are so great! They are pretty graphic and violent, but the humor is great. I always imagine a psychopathic little girl being dropped in the middle of Candyland.

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  5. Hidden Bodies has been on my TBR for forever, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! Also Cleopatra: A Life sounds really intriguing, I’ve always been interested in her and her history 😊

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