Since January and February were such amazing reading months, it’s only fitting that March kind of sucked. Between work and life and blogging and reading (and a week-long migraine right in the middle of the month), I got really burnt out. I spent days just watching stupid TV shows and knitting (at least I did something productive). I’m honestly surprised I managed to read anything at all.
What I Read:
The Red Word by Sarah Henstra – ★★★☆☆. I was really looking forward to this one since I enjoyed Henstra’s first novel, Mad Miss Mimic. However, it kind of missed the mark for me. I’m not sure if Henstra’s writing is more suited to historical fiction, or if she just attempted too much, but this was just okay. You can read my review of The Red Word if you’re interested.
The Darkling Bride by Laura Anderson – ★★★★☆. This isn’t the type of book I would usually pick up (there’s something about the cover I don’t love), but I am so glad I did because I ended up really enjoying it! It was such a fun blend of contemporary mystery and historical fiction, and one of those books that provides such a great reading experience. Check out my review of The Darkling Bride for more information. I’ll definitely be reading more by this author!
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson – ★★★★★. Every other biography I’ve ever read pales in comparison to this. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it was seriously good.
Sociable by Rebecca Harrington – ★★☆☆☆. I don’t want to get into all the reasons I didn’t love this because I feel like I just wrote it all in my review. Not my cup of tea.
King John by William Shakespeare – ★★★★☆. This was my Shakespeare play of the month. Honestly, I don’t have too much to say about it. It wasn’t a favorite, but I did really enjoy it. Solid four stars. But it’s still no Richard III.
Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan – ★★★★☆. This one was a bit outside my comfort zone, but I loved it. It’s such a fun mystery novel. It was just an enjoyable read that came along at just the right time to help me out of my slump. Read my review of Too Close to Breathe for more info.
What I’m Currently Reading:
Middlemarch by George Eliot. I wasn’t expecting to finish this in March, but I am a bit disappointed with how little I did read. Still, I’m determined to make my way through it eventually.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. I’ve had a copy of this since it first came out (like three years ago – it was my first BOTM book!), but never got around to reading it. Since I’ve become seriously addicted to knitting, I decided to pick up the audiobook version of this (because it’s better than binge-watching murder documentary shows) and I am really enjoying it! It’s just the sort of light listen I was looking for.
Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. This is a story about a woman who has a condition that causes her to fall into comas that appear as though she’s dead. Her husband decides to take advantage of this and bury her (even though he knows she’s alive) so he can take her fortune. So far, I’m really enjoying it!
What I Watched:
Jessica Jones Season 2 (Netflix). By some sort of amazing coincidence, I decided to start rewatching season 1 the day before season 2 was announced. So I binge-watched both, and fell in love all over again. Season 2 wasn’t quite as good, but I did enjoy it.
Coco. I definitely did not cry at the end of this movie. (I did.) This was so good! Just overall a really beautiful movie, and I’m so happy I watched it.
The Beguiled. I was bored and saw this on HBO Go, so I decided to watch it on a whim. I have mixed feelings about this one. It was really weird, but also kind of beautiful. If you like Sofia Coppola movies, you’ll probably enjoy it.
My Cousin Rachel. I liked this a lot more than I was expecting to. It was just the right amount of weird and creepy and reminded me why I loved Daphne du Maurier so much (and that it’s been WAY too long since I’ve read Rebecca).
The Greatest Showman. My cousin is obsessed with this and invited me over to knit and watch it. For the most part, I liked it (the songs have been stuck in my head for days), but the historical inaccuracies were a bit too distracting. At least for me.
Wild Wild Country (Netflix). This was not at all what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it. I may or may not have watched the entire series in one day. If you’re interested in cults (not in the sense of joining one), this is definitely a documentary to check out.
What I Did:
Started knitting my first sweater. Technically, I made two sweaters in college, but didn’t understand gauge or using the right size yarn (because I was dumb), and never really finished them. This one is going pretty well. I started on the sleeves last night, which means it’s almost done! For those of you interested, you can check out my project page on Ravelry (and add me as a friend if you’re a fellow knitter or crocheter).
Knitting. I got SUPER into knitting this month, and I’m really happy about it. I think it’s definitely been helping a lot with my stress and anxiety. And the feeling of creating something beautiful and tangible is really great.
I think that’s about it for this month. I’m still getting back into the swing of things, but hopefully April will be a productive reading month for me (because I have too many ARCs to get to).
I hope you all had a great month! What was your favorite book of March?