Goodbye March, hello Apriiiiiillll!!! The month of Game of Thrones season premieres, the celebration of Earth Day, the time where green leaves start to appear in the trees. I absolutely cannot wait for April! But right now we’re gonna talk about March. Reading wise, March was quite okay. I read some excellent books and some meh books. Read more to find out!
Books I Read In March
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A gripping page-turner, and such a gorgeously written book, I devoured this novel within the first days of the month. I didn’t think it was perfect, but it was damn near it. For more of my gushing feelings for the book, check out a review I made here.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
I’ve heard a lot of things about this book, and I finally decided to borrow the book from the university library and read it. I actually started the book in February and only finished it in the middle of the month. It took a really long time for me to read it, maybe because the plot wasn’t very engaging or because I just wasn’t in the mood to read it. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the book at all.
Story-wise I did think that the plot was super slow. But what lacked in the plot was shown in the characters. Zadie Smith makes really amazing characters that feel like real people because of how sophisticated they are. And although the story focuses on the two main characters Samad and Archie, we also got to know the inner feels and thoughts of their family and friends. My favourite is probably the last parts, where the story was focused more on the twins (Magid and Millat) and Irie. I liked that generation most. But I really enjoyed reading about all the other characters as well. All of them, from the main characters to the random people they meet, are all so well-written and original.
Overall, I rated the book 3.5/5 stars, mainly because I just think it didn’t really stick to me. When I wasn’t reading it, I didn’t think about the book or feel like I want to read it. And I do love the writing style, and the themes discussed in the book, especially aspects like being an outcast in someone else’s country, or falling in love, or being more comfortable in someone else’s family than your own.
Some parts were funny, and when I actually decided to sit down and read the book, I’d flow through it effortlessly. And the ending was actually really perfect. But it just didn’t have that “it” factor that made me love the book that much. Still a great piece of literature, and I can’t wait to check out Zadie Smith’s other works.
St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
I read this short-story collection mostly because Mercy’s Bookish Musings kept raving about it, and also because I decided that I need to read more short story collections. This is a magical realism short story collection located in the same region throughout the book and focuses on adolescent main characters with very unique situations. I really enjoyed all of these short stories. I loved how unique and creative they all are but still have the same thread of similar themes that you can feel throughout the book. It makes you feel like each short story is different and memorable but still part of a book. Some of my favourite stories were the one about the dead sister and the one with the sleep camp. I adored also the title story with the wolfish girls, and also the story with the baby sea turtles on the beach.
The characters were all young people, at their preteen age, and although I rarely ever read stories with those age range nowadays, I really enjoyed reading it from a child’s perspective. Added to the gorgeous writing style with lyrical narratives that make me want to drown in the words, I never got bored or tired of reading these stories.
What I don’t really get about short stories is how short they are. I hate how you just start to get to know the characters and learn the vibe and plot of the story, and then it just stops in the middle and you just have to sit there and think about the story. I don’t really know how Karen Russell knows where to stop in the story, but I always feel like they’re a little abrupt. And I feel like basically all the short stories are that way, so maybe I just need to read more short stories to get used to it.
But all in all, it was a very beautiful collection. It made me feel a lot for the characters, the lyrical writing was phenomenal, and it left me wanting more. Big thumbs up for Karen Russell, and I’m looking forward to reading her novel because I’m sure it’ll be amazing as well.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
My second book by Orwell, and a book I chose to read because I loved 1984 so much and also because it was part of my 100 Books List where I plan to read at least one book from that list every month. Animal Farm is a world-famous satire on the reign of socialist/communist Stalin in the Soviet Union.
This book was amazingly good. It was super short, but packed a huge message which would chill any reader’s bones. I really enjoyed reading it, because it was so relevant even until today, that it’s scary. The writing and the characters itself was meh. It felt like a fable and the characters weren’t very memorable at all, except of Napoleon of course. But other than that what gripped me (and I’m sure all the other readers as well) is the metaphor it holds, the hidden message that felt so obvious and yet so touching.
The ending especially had gripped me really hard, and I just can’t believe what a last sentence can do to make a person just sit and close the book and feel like they want to just stare into the distance while thinking, shit, what the hell did I just read? Another job well done for Orwell, not as good as 1984 but still a really great piece of work.
Books I’m Currently Reading
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
I’m about halfway through this second book from the Jackson Brodie series. I was planning on finishing it in March, but during the last week of the month I didn’t have much time (or I just didn’t make the time) to read. I’m positive I will finish it soon, though!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I was reading it in my Nook alongside One Good Turn but then I stopped because I kept getting the characters of the first and second book mixed up. The fact that both of these novels involve crime and detectives made it even worse. It’s not that The Girl on the Train is not good – it’s super captivating and I’m only a third through anyways, and I know I will like it more than One Good Turn, but I’ve put it aside until I’ve finished one book and then continue with this one.
2016 Resolutions Updates
- Read 55 books (10/55: 2 books behind schedule)
- Borrow more books from the library (2 book borrowed from the library)
- Read 2 hours a week (3.6 hours reading in avg per week)
I have decided not to add an April TBR in this post, because I am going to attend a readathon at the beginning of the month, and I’ll be sure to post a TBR for that readathon soon. But those are all the books I read or am currently reading in March! How was YOUR reading month in March? Did you read any of the books I read this month? Did you like them? Let me know your thoughts and the books you read this month down below in the comments!