I added 17 books to my Read shelf last month (all my 2022 books are shelved here on Goodreads):
- Five of those were 5-stars; and the rest I Loved, or Loved A LOT. [here’s my Instagram post with quick reviews of those five 5-star books]
- 12 (71%) were paper, and none were ebooks.
- 10 (59%) were borrowed, one I owned, and six were purchased (three new and three used).
- 13 (76%) were fiction and the non-fiction were spread across memoir, spiritual growth, and general.
- My intentions were very evenly represented with nine check marks each for Diversity, Growth, and Connection (only two books didn’t check any of those boxes – they were simply Delightful). Three books checked all three boxes:
Here are the qualitative ♥ notes from my journal:
♥ I’m now a Sarah Winman completist and on my way to becoming a Maggie O’Farrell one, too.
♥ Loving books in translation – I read four (Homesick – Spanish, The End of Days – German, The Anomaly – French, and The Books of Jacob – Polish). I checked the Diversity box for each of these; honestly, it’s a toss-up if they should be that or Growth, and maybe they’re both? For sure, they open my eyes to something different and have lessons to share.
♥ (still) authors who are (also) poets. This month it was A Ghost in the Throat, which I see Goodreads describes as “a fluid hybrid of essay and autofiction to explore the ways in which a life can be changed in response to the discovery of another’s.” I’m pretty sure that anyone who reads this blog would love it, too.
♥ Discovering a new series (Just One Damned Thing After Another, the first installment in The Chronicles of St Mary’s) that’s smart, fun, and just a little sexy. (note – I’ve already read the second installment and have the third on my desk … they get even better!)
♥ Growth. I learned about translation, Irish history, Cumberland Island, Syrian refugees, Eastern Europe in the 20th century, the Black male experience in modern America, Freedpeoples’ Colonies, memoir theology, and whole lot about Jews, Catholics, and life in general in late 18th century Europe.
♥ and last but not least, discovering Rabih Alameddine and Jennifer Croft (as an author). Rabih hosted an author interview with Olga Tokarczuk (The Books of Jacob) and Jennifer Croft (who translated it from Polish to English). I was already reading The Books of Jacob and the insights from that conversation were inspiring (and helpful) as I continued that book. But the rabbit hole I went down with those two new-to-me authors was my favorite part of March’s reading. The Wrong End of the Telescope and Homesick landed solidly on my 5-star shelf and I’ve recommended them both multiple times. Also, kudos to my library for having both available without waits!
Not specially noted, but having a monthly TBR was – again – a help. Only two of the books I read in March weren’t part of that TBR (both were “connection” books). Here’s a look at how March fared and what I have planned for April.
Of course now that it’s April 13, I’ve made a decent dent in that April stack … do we have anything in common? What are you looking forward to reading this month?