March’s Reading Recap

by farrah on April 1, 2015 · 3 comments

I read a lot this month if it wasn’t obvious by my lack of writing. I had a couple of fantastic suggestions from you readers- and they are much appreciated! Additionally, I was accidentally tricked into signing up for Kindle’s Unlimited program which made me want to squeeze out all I could. I’ll be canceling it in April as I just don’t think it’s worth it for me, but in the long run I did get a few good reads out of it.

The Mermaid's SisterThe surprise of the month! Image credit

The Casual Vacancy- I bought this when it came out but never got into it. I decided to give it another go and am really glad that I did. It never takes me 3/4 of the way through a book to become this attached to characters- and it was a nice surprise. I will admit my motivation came from the release of it on HBO- which I thought was well done. The show changed many things- which normally would bother me, but I am trying to be more open when it’s an on-screen adaptation vs. the book itself. I did have to keep reminding myself this was written by J.K Rowling- as that was really secondary. Long read, somewhat slow, but WORTH IT.

The Girl On The Train- How many of you told me to read this? MANY. And I’m really glad that I did as it was quite good. It was fast, and I didn’t figure out whodunit until the very end (when it became obvious). The most painful thing to read was when the narrator would slip back into her drinking. It’s one of those ‘Oh no! Don’t do it!’ sort of things that I feel the author did quite well.

Rushed- I got it because it was a cheap read. It was hokey, and tried really hard to be Stephen King-esque (and in fact makes reference to him or his books on more than one occasion). The story itself seemed convoluted and more drawn out than it needed to be. A ‘thriller’, I wouldn’t recommend it, nor will I read another book in this series.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves- Winner of the month! What a nice surprise this was. I have come to like the suggested reading or ‘Before You Go’ teasers when I finish a Kindle book. Without giving anything away- the language, narration style and truly surprising turn at who (or what) Fern really is made this book a suggested reading to anyone I know. Completely different, I liked this one so much I want to know if there is more out there by the same author.

Miramont’s Ghost- This was my Kindle Unlimited trick. On my phone I tried to select it as it was cheap, but ended up becoming subscribed. It was ok. As I read along, one thing that I noticed the most was HOW MUCH I absolutely hated one of the main characters. I read voraciously hoping she would get her just desserts in the end. Imagine my surprise upon finishing to learn that this book is based on a true story, and much like real life- you learn that things don’t always end up fair.

The Paper Magician- Another Unlimited selection- I am so glad I got it because this book was GREAT. I loved it, and love even more that it’s a series. I also finished The Glass Magician (book 2) and am going to have to wait for the third one, The Master Magician, to come out. Good for even the YA reader in your life- think again Harry Potter-esque, but a little more grown-up since the main character is in her early 20s. You just have to open your mind to the possibility of magic among us. Really and truly, a couple of fun reads.

The Mermaid’s Sister  (image above) so another Unlimited book I downloaded the other day and I read it in two. I just finished it last night and I’m sad that it’s over. Another one where you have to let go and believe magic and fairy tales are possible- it’s a fun one that doesn’t have to have a complicated or drawn out conflict to make it a good story. This is the first book by this author, and I look forward to more. Also completely appropriate for the YA audience (maybe this is a YA book?) I have to make sure my niece knows about it, and if not I will be a cool aunt by telling her about it.

Planning ahead:

A reader told me to check out Phenomenal by Leah Henion and it sounds pretty amazing. Possibly train-ride-home from Paris material.

Other books on the agenda for this month are Maude (reading now) and The Paying Guests. I read the sample on that one and it seems interesting (albeit suspiciously predictable- I hope I’m wrong). I’m also still dabbling with two collections of Scottish ghost stories to get in the mood for Scotland at the end of the month. Omg I can’t believe that’s happening already!

Will I keep the Unlimited thing going? Not sure. I might have depleted the selection of what interests me, and not sure I want to just hang out with hopes they add more. Also, for someone like me who enjoys reading multiple books at the same time- you can only have so many in your queue. I have had to ‘return’ books in order to get new ones. I guess that’s similar to an actual library- but it can be a downside to it too.

What are you reading?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ann April 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I want to read that train one.

I didn’t read too much in March. I did read Mindy Kaling’s book and wanted a write a note to my daughter highlighting all the parts I wanted her to read one day. Then, I figured, I’d just give her the book.


2 Jessica April 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Good to know Kindle Unlimited works here! I plan on signing up for it when I know we’ll be flying to the US, so I have something to read on the plane!


3 Julia April 6, 2015 at 11:40 am

Loved Girl on the Train, it kept me guessing and I really wanted to kick her every time she started drinking again, but I was really happy with how the story turned out. I’m going to have to check out We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.


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