Saturday, April 04, 2020

BOOKS READ IN MARCH






I give you flowers. Funny how the natural world does not have any signs of a virus. My yard is acting like it was an ordinary March with trees leafing out, blooms and lots of green. Reading was affected by two long books and the distraction we all feel these days. I felt blessed though to be whisked away to other places, other times, other sorrows, joys, madness, and creativity.

Stats: 8 books read. 8 fiction. 5 by women. 2 historical. 4 for My Big Fat Reading Project.

Countries visited: USA, Great Britain, Uruguay, Vietnam.

Authors new to me: Robin Moore, Tara Conklin

Favorites: The System of the World, Cantoras, The End of Mr Y.
Least favorite: The Green Berets

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(I read Reflections In A Golden Eye from this collection.)




Have you read any of these? Did you manage to get books read in March? What were your favorites?


24 comments:

  1. Good you're posting! I have not read any of these but did buy the Cantoras e-book from your review. I'm buried in books at the moment so who knows when I'll get to it. Glad your garden & yard are flourishing ... lucky! Forty Autumns was likely my favorite read in early March. Then virus chaos struck ...

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    1. Yes, well I have designated Saturday as my blog posting day and saw no reason to leave it out. I am glad my review led you to buy Cantoras. It will be there to amaze you when you get to it. Forty Autumns is one I will look into. Stay well!

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  2. that Patricia Highsmith is not one i've heard of... i've tried reading her a few times but failed; don't know why, really... i've read a lot of Mr. Stone in the distant past; i imagine he's still as good as he used to be... i'll intend on getting to Stephenson if the library ever reopens: i know exactly on the shelf where "The System of the World" is located... i just can't get to it, darn... if i was an author i'd write a book on a deranged reader's diabolical attempts to access the stacks in a closed library!!

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    1. Oh I know, I so miss the library. I have had to content myself with my personal library of not yet read books. I will read the next Stephenson book (Anathem) next. There are some authors whose books I always buy so I own it.

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  3. You did great in March Judy! I want to read P. Highsmith; I downloaded a couple of hers but haven't read them yet.

    I did better with audio books in March. For some reason it was easier to engage as I walked or before bed. Here's to a happier summer!

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    1. Thanks, Diane! Highsmith is good for exploring the darker side of being human. Best read in sunshine and health!

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  4. Looks like you had a great month reading during March!

    I have never read a book by Carson McCullers, although I've wanted to do so for roughly 30 years but haven't gotten around to it thus far.

    I haven't read anything by Tara Conklin yet either. However, I have an ARC for her novel, The House Girl, which I still need to read.

    I read 5 books in March... All of them were good.

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    1. Glad all the books you read were good! I liked The Last Romantics.

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  5. I find it surreal that the natural world goes on like nothing is happening. It really makes me wonder just how much better off the world would be if humans didn't exist to hurt it so much. I'm glad you got so many book read during this hard time!

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    1. I know what you mean about humans in the world. As always, it is reading that is keeping me somewhat sane.

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  6. I didn't read as much as I usually do in March either. It has been so difficult to concentrate. That still seems like a good month of reading, though. I read the first book in the Baroque Cycle a few years ago but still haven't continued with the others.

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    1. Yes, it has been. I had to go back and read the first two Baroque Cycle books again in order to read The System of the World. It was all a great adventure but man, those books are long!

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  7. Nature is what's keeping me sane these days... so good to get out and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine! You had a good reading month despite all the current distractions. I've not read any of these, though my mother and daughter both enjoyed The Last Romantics. I hope to get to it eventually...

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    1. My yard is my sanctuary! If you like stories about sisters, as I do, or if you have sisters you are close to, as I do and am, you will like The Last Romantics.

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  8. Distraction is definitely right. I should have more time to read and yet it is not happening. I love being home and safe with Eleanor, but worry about my family far away, my friends, and my students. Stay safe, my friend!

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    1. Worrying takes up more time than I would have imagined. We are safe so far, my entire extended family is well. But still...

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    2. Same here and I pray and pray and pray about it every day. My grandparents have various health issues which requires them to have appointments but I am hoping that telehealth will be an option, though in some cases they must be seen by their doctors. So far everyone is safe and I feel helpless to keep it that way being so far away. Like, if I was home I could hide Grandpa's keys and be the one to take them anywhere if it was truly essential.

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  9. I had somehow missed your post earlier. You had a very productive month of reading, featuring your usual diversity! I am looking forward to Cantoras, maybe later this month. Stay well. Books are our refuge when we can't physically go anywhere.

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    1. So true about books. Today I am in Toronto with Margaret Atwood by reading (for a second time) The Robber Bride.

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  10. It looks like you had a great reading month with all those books. I didn't get to read that much. I was a lot in my head and feeling stressed out so I couldn't find the peace to sit down and read. I hope that will work out better for me this month :)

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    1. I hope everything works out better soon!

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  11. Nice to hear your reading brought you over the 'pond' to us. I hope reading becomes easier for you this month. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I love going over the "pond" in my reading. It is already going much better this month.

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