It’s time for March Book Madness! This is what I read from February 25 till March 24.

TitleAuthorHow I heard about bookRating
Anxious PeopleFredrik Backmannot sure1
Klara and the SunKazuo IshiguroGood Morning America Book Club2
BraveyAlexi PappasReal Simple3
Finlay Donovan is Killing ItEllie CosimanoPersonal browse at physical Barnes & Noble4
All The Bright PlacesJennifer Nivenmy daughter5
What’s Mine and YoursNaima CosterJenna Book Club (Today Show)6
Infinite CountryPatricia EngelReese’s Book Club7
Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary that Will Actually Help to Get Your Life TogetherRachel Wilkerson MillerGood Housekeeping8
The Ex TalkRachel Lynn SolomonPenguin Newsletter9
Super HostKate RussoPersonal browse at physical Barnes and Noble10
How the One Armed Sister Sweeps Her HouseCherie JonesGood Morning America Book Club11
This is the order in which I liked the books. It does not mean that the top one is the great American novel, a page turner or the feel good book of the century. Nor does it mean that the bottom book is bad. It just means that some books made me feel more than others.
This month’s BINGO card is courtesy of vromansbookstore.com

I may have only read 11 books, but I was lucky in what I read!! BINGO on the first try with this card!!

When I Podcast about this I will give a bit more insight into these books if you are interested in my unscripted commentary!!

66 thoughts on “My Month in Books- March

      1. I wrote about it earlier this year when I shared my 2021 reading challenge. Go to Modern Mrs Darcy’s website and it’s there somewhere. Or subscribe to her newsletter to keep up with Anne. She’s a delight.

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  1. I so agree with your placement of Anxious People! Backman is such an amazing writer. He made readers anxious people, too. I pretty much hated the first 50 pages—I didn’t like any of the characters and was just getting more and more annoyed. But I stuck with it because I think Backman’s a really good writer and I had a sense that I should trust him. Very quickly, the book started changing and by the end, I was in love with it, and with all the characters. I was thinking, “If I had stopped reading this at 50 pages—as I had been so tempted to do—I would have missed this amazing book.” My husband’s experience was exactly the same—hating it at the beginning and by the end thoroughly enchanted. I may read it again just to watch how skillfully Backman crafted this book. He is a writer’s writer.

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    1. That’s exactly it! A writers writer….someone born to be a novelist. His ability to tell a story, write a sentence, frame a chapter is exquisite. I must give a big nod to the translator as well, because to make such a nuanced book come alive is a guft

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  2. None of those are on my list, although I’ve been checking out more varied options than my typical picks. Recently finished or somewhere in the middle of: Verge-disturbing, thought provoking. The Moment of Lift-sort of what you’d expect about Gates life. Dog Flowers-yes. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue-seems like this concept has been done…maybe too often.

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    1. Addie is on my short list…but yeah….something about it is not letting me pick it up…I’m currently reading a memoir…Between Two kingdoms. It’s really well written

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  3. I am so glad I found your blog this year. I believe I found you through Ally? In any case, I am grateful for finding you.

    When I was going through my perimenopause, brain fog (and many other symptoms) drained me of my love of reading. But now that I am through that obstacle course, I am back to reading again and in love with it once again. I will add a lot of these to my library list on my phone. Thank you for sharing them. 🙂

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    1. Ally!!! Love her!! It’s funny cause I hated quarantine, but I clearly read more books than ever. I can already see I’m going to read less from now on now that things are opening

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  4. Ooh more strong support for Klara and the Sun. I heard Kazuo discussing it on a podcast and was immediately intrigued, and only getting more interested as everyone else loves it (not that that’s how I choose books , but doesn’t hurt)!

    Plus: unscripted commentary is absolutely the best kind!!

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    1. Here’s the thing. I read Remains for the first time last year, and it immediately raced to the top,of my best books ever list. So…I knew I loved his style…simple yet elegant prose. No bells and whistles…just a gifted writer telling a story. I don’t normally read dystopian, but this was so well crafted about the human condition…just gorgeous.

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    1. Ok…first I read really fast. Second….pre COVID, I only read about five books a month. Since last March though, I’ve definitely replaced doing other things with reading. As things begin to open here, I can already see I’ll read less

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  5. I started Anxious People but couldn’t really get into it, and had so many other library books out all due at the same time that I returned it and put my name back on the list. I loved Ove though, but don’t remember it being that hard to get into. I read some Goodreads reviews and others were struggling with it too.

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    1. People are always surprised that I rarely don’t finish a book. I admit the first 50 of his books move slow. But then when you see hats happening, it’s magic

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      1. Now I’m curious….and will give it another try when it comes in again. I found the opening with the bumbling police interviews really tedious and way too many aside comments. Am just starting Dr. Sanjay Gupa’s book on Building a Better Brain, so maybe I’ll have a better brain when I tackle it again.

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      2. It’s funny cause after talking to you this morning I starting thinking about a blog about books that are tough to get into but end up amazing. Do we sometimes need to give the author the leeway to explore an idea and thought process? Look for that post early June and thanks for making me think outside the box

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      3. June! Wow, you are way ahead! I just finished Julia Cameron’s newest The Listening Path, (of The Artists Way Fame.) and it was a dull tedious read, but I finished it out of respect for the author. Definitely a dud in need of editing…but when you’re that famous maybe no one wants to correct you? I may blog on it. Here’s another topic – even good writers have the occasional flop. Hated Jodi Picouts latest book too The Book of Two Ways, about Egyptian archaeology and living in different dimensions, and yet her previous one Small Great Things was wonderful.

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      4. I have Cameron’s book on my TBR and everyone I’ve talked to said it’s awful. And yes…I think many authors get by in reputation after the first few books. I’ve basically stopped “following” authors because I end up disappointed. Now I do every book as a stand alone and read it accordingly

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      5. It’s a slim 180 pages, the first chapter is 60 pages and basically a recap of her previous stuff – the rules – the morning pages/walks/artist dates etc – but as the book went along the chapters got shorter and some of the ones at the end were only four or 5 pages? Lots of stuff about her dog “Lily – treat – salmon” was in there so many times it got annoying! Lots of interviews with people she knows. Good luck with it! PS. But I really liked her previous book about Creativity for Middle Aged People – so I may blog about it.

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