The second half of this reading month was a bit slower than the first half. The main reason is I was super tired and had no down time until the last week of the month. Since then I have picked up some new yarns to crochet and listened to a few audiobooks.
This month, even though the second half was a bit much, I read more than I have in February, where I read only 4 books. This month I was able to read 5 books, yay progress! Plus, one of them was The Count of Monte Cristo, so I feel like I read A LOT, especially if I look at it page wise. Now, on to the books!
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Before I started to read this book, I love the idea of this book. Now that I have read it I can happily say the execution of this story was wonderful. The author is a very talented writer and did a great job with this novel. The authors were interesting and their personalities were interesting. The shenanigans the characters went through were sometimes so out of this world, which for the idea of this book, that makes a lot of sense.
I really enjoyed the mixture of thriller and science fiction. The intertwining of these two generous was done masterfully in my option. Her writing had me hooked on this book, I needed to know what happened next.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the second work I have read by Chimamanda and I really enjoyed this collection of stories. Each story revolves around a women that is forced to face unfortunate situations in both Africa and the United States. The theme of family, identity, and culture intertwines each of them.
Her writing is beautiful, the struggles broke my heart, and the internal and eternal struggle these women had to face were eye opening.
I will be reading more from her in the future.
If you want to read about the books I read in the first half of March in more detail, you can find those here: Middle Mark | March 2019.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, 5 stars
If, Then by Kate Hope Day, 4 stars – received from publisher
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, 4 stars
The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write Edited by Sabrina Mahfouz
I am currently about 22% through this book as of writing this late on the 30th of March. I picked this up on a whim at my local bookstore because I had a coupon and gift card. I previously have heard about it. The title alone sounds like these are short stories and poems that are meant to truly share their experiences, their feelings, hopes and dream, but also their fears. As of right now each ones of the poems and stories are powerful in their own way and I cannot wait to read more after I finish typing this up.
Current TBR: 41
Current Backlist TBR: 18
What book did you read and love this month?
2 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up | March 2019”
I’ve read two works by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I didn’t know about The Thing Around Your Neck. I want to read pretty much all her works. She has such a unique perspective on the world and she conveys it so eloquently with her words.
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I agree, glad I was able to let you know about another one of her works.