What I’ve Been Reading & Stuff—March Wrap-up

This year has been an interesting one so far—In mostly good ways. I’ve been trying to read less and leave my house more, but I’ve still been reading lots of really good books (obviously) and watching dope shows.

I thought I would do an update with the books I’ve been reading lately, etc. So… Here’s a March wrap-up.

The Books

I read the third book in the Thunder Road series by Katie McGarry and obviously loved it. That series just gets me. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s a little sexy, it’s got a motorcycle club. It’s the best. I also really enjoy that it’s a companion series, with the books each focusing on a different couple.

I read some thrillers, too. I read The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas, A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong, and Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens. They were all pretty good, but I’d have to say my favourite of those was the Kelley Armstrong one. I just love her books and had a lot of fun getting into the second instalment in her Casey Duncan series.

But the best book I read in March is, hands down, The Mothers by Brit Bennett. This book is smart, real, poignant, honest. It’s such a rich exploration of humanity, of life in a close knit community. A story of pressure, expectations, secrets, and choice. I could not put it down. I do recognize, however, that even though this book is helllllla amazing, it’s not for everyone. It’s very character-driven and I feel like plot-driven readers might find it slow. It also touches on very sensitive subjects for some—suicide and abortion. But seriously guys, if you like character-driven literary fiction types, pick this up ASAP if you haven’t already. Did I mention it’s been optioned for film by Kerry Washington and WB?!

There are so many good books out there that I keep hearing about. My TBR pile keeps growing and growing! Here are the ones that I want to read the most and hopefully will get to soon.

The TBR

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
I feel slightly ashamed that I haven’t read this one. The reason is twofold: I am Canadian and this is the nominal work of a heralded Canadian author. Not only so, it’s just such an important piece of feminist dystopian fiction. Gotta get to this one ASAP! Especially with the miniseries coming up!

Human Acts by Han Kang.
I honestly don’t know that much about this book. Just like I don’t know that much about Kang’s pervious book—just that it won an award. However, I’ve heard good things about this one—online and on the Book Riot back channels.

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives by Leigh Gilmore.
I love reading feminist non-fiction and this one sounds pretty interesting. I’d been waiting for the library order of this one to come in for forever. However, it came in for me a couple weeks ago and I still haven’t read it… I should probably get on that before it’s due back.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
I haven’t read any of Taylor’s other books, though they too are on my TBR. This one piques my interest more though… I think it’s because Lazlo is a librarian! Even if it’s of the fantastical sort.Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
I absolutely adored Ng’s first book, Everything I Never Told You. I was lucky enough to get an eARC of this and can’t wait to dive into it. Hopefully I will soon.Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.
This is another one of those books that I’ve heard so many good things about and have been meaning to get to for a while!

The Podcasts

Lore—Completely obsessed with this and have been binge-listening to it.

S Town—I loved Serial (though I’ve only listened to the first season) and wanted to check this one out, too! I’ve been hearing about it on the interwebz. Gotta say, I’m finding it nearly impossible not to picture Buddy Garrity from FNL every time John speaks.

The Shows

I binged Love on Netflix. Gees, that show is awesome! It’s hilarious and real and kind of painful to watch sometimes, but that just makes it better. I love Bertie. She is hilarious. Everyone else is just a hot mess.

Riverdale—Obviously I have been watching this religiously since the first episode was released. Ms. Grundy is gross, Archie is hot but annoying, Betty is cute, Veronica is a badass, and Jughead is sexy and mysterious. Love. It.

Th1rteen R3asons Why—This was just released the other day and I’ve already binged half of it. I’m completely engrossed by it. Gotta say, the book never appealed to me, but now I just might have to check it out.

What have you been reading/listening to/watching lately?
  • It looks like you read some great books and have some good ones lined up! I read a couple of books in Katie McGarry’s first series. I need to start the Thunder Road series. I also haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve had it on my shelf for years! Maybe the show will get me to finally read it. I hope you’re having a lovely April!

    • Sure did! My first Katie McGarry was the Thunder Road books! I’ve been meaning to get to Pushing the Limits. Hopefully soon. I hope you’re having a nice April, too 🙂