Oh, March. Don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you. That's all I have to say about you.
March was a terrible month. I mean, my reading was only okay for the month, but at least I got to meet Kazuo "Call Me Ish" Ishiguro and hang out with him and his wife for a little bit, so it wasn't shabby on the bookish front. But I had to drive to Boston. Twice. In the snow. And the driveway was covered in ice and mostly I just wanted to grumble and crawl back under the covers every morning. I'm a bit of a wimp that way.
Because I started tons of books and never made it very far into many of them, my stats don't really reflect the sheer number of pages I consumed, as I only completed six books. In chronological order, they are:
1. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Audio book, read by the author. Holy crap, but this was a good book. My book reviews are woefully behind at this point, but I certainly hope that I can get around to talking about this one on the blog. This is an important book, and I don't say that lightly, and it's probably the most important nonfiction book I'll read all year.
2. Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry. This book enchanted me from nearly page one. I enjoyed puzzling out the ways that the different characters' stories would come together. If you like the idea of combining the seedy underbelly of fin de siècle New York City with The Night Circus, you'd like this book, too. I do hope to get around to reviewing this one, too, because I just enjoyed it SOOOO much.
3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This is the first book in what will no doubt be a trilogy. This new YA dystopian series combines the machinations and court intrigues of the series The Tudors with a worldview and structure that is derived from The Hunger Games. This was a quick read, and while I didn't love the book overall, I did like the ending. I doubt very much that I will take the time to review it, though.
4. Lifted By the Great Nothing by Karim Dimechkie. This is a book that started off really well for me and then fizzled out a bit. It's a dual coming of age story, it's the immigrant experience writ large, and it's a story of family secrets that would perhaps have been better left uncovered. I kinda doubt that I'll review this one, but we'll see...
6. I'd Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them by Jesse Goolsby. I read this as an ebook one night during an endless fit of insomnia. It's pretty derivative of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (not least for its cover design), and not nearly as good. I don't think I'll be reviewing this one, either.
So, that's it. Only six books completed. I'm not sure how much better April will be, since I'll be traveling to Ireland for the first time with my two best friends from high school & college -- we're gonna be go, go, go to make the most of our eight nights on the ground there. Which means that every time I log into Goodreads these day, it shames me when I look at the percentage of books that I'm behind in my reading goal for the year.
How about y'all? Did you read anything spectacular in March? Are you as glad to see the last month of winter in the rearview mirror as I am?