March Wrap Up – The Only Romance Novel I’ve Ever Given Five Stars

Happy almost April everyone! March was an incredibly busy month for me, but, overall, not a bad one. I still can’t believe we’re already three months into 2019. Somehow, I managed to read a total of fourteen books this month (don’t ask me how, I still don’t know). But this is clearly going to be a long wrap up, and as usual, I’m writing it at the last minute, so I’ll get straight to the books!

What I Read:

The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson – ★★★☆☆. I don’t talk about it here that much, but I’m kind of a true crime junkie. And historical murders are right up my alley. I’ve been fascinated by the Borden murders for years, and was excited to read this. It wasn’t anything new to me, but it was a good overview of the case. You can read my review of The Trial of Lizzie Borden if you’d like to find out more.

Becoming by Michelle Obama – ★★★★★. Do I even need to say how much I loved this? Because I loved it. Which didn’t surprise me at all, because, I mean, Michelle Obama.

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees – ★★★☆☆. I was all for a YA fantasy with an original premise. And while the story was intriguing, I wasn’t too impressed with the execution. It just didn’t blow me away. But it also wasn’t bad. If you’re curious, you can read my review of The Waking Forest.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – ★★★★☆. Now, this was a great thriller. On par with Gone Girl, and I don’t say that lightly. If you like thrillers, I highly recommend it. And also read my review of My Lovely Wife.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – ★★★★☆. I finally read a Julie Murphy book! Contemporary YA isn’t something I typically like that much – I still read it, I’m just really picky – and I put this off because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. But, I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare – ★★★☆☆. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with this one. I’ve read almost all of the comedies at this point, and there are only a few that stand out. This isn’t one of them.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – ★★★☆☆. This has been on my TBR for years, and I finally read it! And, while it didn’t blow me away, I did like it. And now I know where the idiom comes from.

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare – ★★★☆☆. I decided to read one more play this month. I don’t remember much about this other than that it’s about a king. It wasn’t bad, but definitely not a favorite.

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Issacson – ★★★★★. I won’t lie: I didn’t love this quite as much as Leonardo da Vinci. But it was still really great. I know a lot more about the theory of relativity now. Just don’t expect me to explain it.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston– ★★★★★. This is two things I don’t read very much of: romance and new adult. It’s also a debut, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But I couldn’t resist a book about the son of the US president falling for the Prince of Wales. And I loved it. A lot. (Review will be up soon.)

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin – ★★★★☆. This was a novel about the real friendship between Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. I really enjoyed it, especially because I got to learn so much about old Hollywood. I’m looking forward to reading Melanie Benjamin’s newest novel, Mistress of the Ritz very soon. I’ll be reviewing that one in the next month or two, but, until then, you can check out my review of The Girls in the Picture.

The Lais of Marie de France – ★★★☆☆. I’ve been meaning to read some more Medieval literature, so I decided to tip my tow back in the water with a reread. I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as when I read it in grad school, but I did like it. And my favorite story is still “Yonec”.

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsay Fitzharris – ★★★★☆. This was a tough book to stomach (because it’s pretty graphic with the Victorian surgeries), but it was incredibly interesting.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – ★★★★★. This was recommended to me years ago, and I finally got around to reading it. And it was amazing! This (along with the Einstein biography) was on my five-star predictions list, and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I had to put this one on hold for a bit, because I’m just not feeling it, and I’m not sure why. I like the story and the writing. So, I’m taking a break, because I feel like I’ll end up really liking this one. I just have to be in the mood for it.

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. Thrillers are always quick reads, so I decided to pick this one up. It’s not quite living up to My Lovely Wife, but it’s definitely intriguing. The first half was fairly predictable, but I’m curious to see what happens next.

What I Watched:

Free Solo. I’ve been really into documentaries lately, and this was at the top of my list after the Oscars. I was really excited to see that it’s on Hulu. This was so interesting, but also really stressful (because I am an anxious person and watching a person climb that high with no rope kind of freaks me out).

The Inventor (HBO). Honestly, I only watched this because everyone kept talking about how weird Elizabeth Holmes’s voice is. I knew a little about Theranos going in, but this is really fascinating. Bad Blood is definitely on my list to read very soon.

Mommy Dead and Dearest (HBO) and The Act (Hulu). I will admit to having a dark fascination with the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, so I was already relatively familiar before watching this. It hurts to watch, because she was just so helpless to her mother. And I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing she did to get out. Naturally, I also had to watch the new Hulu show, which is incredibly interesting.

Leaving Neverland (HBO). I was a little young to really be aware of what was going on or really experience Michael Jackson’s fame at it’s peak. This documentary was difficult to watch because it’s hard to see what these kids went through.

I hope you all had a fantastic March! What was the best book you read this month?

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