Read it in…March

Man I started out this month on a high – I think I read the first three or four books in a matter of days. I think I purposely chose some lighter reading material this month since I had to take over an event for work unexpectedly and was a wee bit stressed out. But then my event happened and I had a ton of post event stuff to take care of and other events to catch up on so my reading speed dropped. I did read a respectable five books still and keep downloading more!

In March I read:
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Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs – God I love Augusten Burroughs. I must have read every memoir of his AND the one non-fiction book he penned. I thought he dropped off the face of the Earth and then BAM – I see a new book available on NetGalley. I devoured this book in under a week and it was great! Just as amazing as his other memoirs. If you’ve never read an Augusten Burroughs memoir start with Running with Scissors and then DON’T STOP. I appreciate his candor and wit in each and every novel and am so happy that he found happiness with his husband after struggling for so long. Overall Rating: 5 out of 5.

Saving Wishes by G J Walker-Smith – I’m always a little skeptical of books where boy meets girl and BOOM they are instantly obsessed with each other and in love. That being said I did enjoy Saving Wishes and instant-romance aside I thought it gave a good look into what it would look like to be a part of a small town where gossip rules, nothing is private and the only way out is literally to leave the country with no plans to return. This is part of a trilogy and my kindle edition gave me a sneak peek into Second Hearts (Volume 2) and I was immediately sucked in. Definitely need to add it to my queue. (Can you say queue for a book? Like a Netflix queue? I guess bookshelf is more accurate.) Overall Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck – I adored this book. It was right up my alley with its tie in to historical fiction and I loved how the book bobbed back and forth between the past and the present. It did get a little Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with a wedding dress that magically never needed to be altered, but as that wasn’t the main part of the story so I could deal with it. Charlotte, the main character, owns THE bridal boutique to shop at but is having trouble planning her own wedding. After she serendipitously stops at an estate auction and bids on a mysterious trunk auctioned off by  a man in a purple vest, she discovers a pristine wedding dress inside and sets out to research the original bride – only to find out the dress has been worn by multiple women. The characters were well written and likable and I wanted the character from 1912 to be real so I could read all about her life. Overall Rating: 5 out of 5.

Confessions of an a Ugly Girl by Alice Wasser – Not my normal type of reading but it seemed light and funny and I was in the mood for that. (Every so often I need a good fluff book.) The main character Millie starts off the book explaining how ugly she is. Nice, right? By the end of the book you get the feeling she was made to feel that way by an overbearing Jewish mother and that she is not as ugly as she proclaims. (And that her mother has given her a load of other problems.) She meets a wonderful guy who has everything she wants and adores her but he has a disability. The author handled it really well and it wasn’t made to seem negative in any way or any part of a punchline of the story which I appreciated. There is a 2nd book in this series and I’ve already purchased and downloaded it – Ugly Girl Ties the Knot. Overall Rating: 5 out of 5.

Push Not the River by James Conroyd Martin – I’ve noticed a trend when I am looking for a good historical fiction novel – I tend to stick with certain topic areas: Life in New York City in the 1800s – 1900s, The Holocaust, and stories about King Henry VIII’s court. Pretty random right? Push Not the River is something I wouldn’t normally go for but it peaked my interest because it takes place in Poland (I’m half Polish) and I have never read anything about the war between Poland and Russia in the 1700s. The book and characters really grabbed me and I was immediately drawn to the main character Anna and the series of events that change her life. I was a little bored by the politics of the time that are a major part of the book but that doesn’t surprise me, I’m not very political by nature. This is a three part series and I will definitely try to read the next two volumes of the story so I can find out what happens! Overall Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

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  1. Five! Very impressive! I haven’t managed to finish one this year yet. Last year I think I read a dozen, maybe more; this year I just haven’t had the time with the kids. Looking forward to getting back into the books when everyone calms down a bit. The Wedding Dress sounds interesting – I’ll have to see if I can download it from the library.

  2. Great list! I am going to have to pick up The Wedding Dress! I am currently finishing up Wildflower by Drew Barrymore than I am moving on to Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I was only thinking 1 book a month but I am averaging about 2 a month this year so far. That’s awesome that you read 5 books! 🙂
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  3. I find myself also drawn to the same sort of historical fiction books! Thanks for the recs. The wedding dress was only $1.99 in the kindle store today. Didn’t have to tell me twice to download it

  4. Adding a couple of these to my list. I LOVE Augusten Burroughs & had almost forgotten about him!

  5. I’ve been working on my NetGalley review books (The Witch of Painted Sorrows, Antonia Barlca and Her Scottish Claymore, The Skeleton Garden, and a couple of kids books), others by MJ Rose, and I’m almost done with Yellow Brick War (#3 in the Dorthy Must Die series)

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll definitely be checking out the AB book.
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