The Books of March

The books of March

I’ve been on a bit of a reviewing slump (lazy) but not a reading slump (phew!)

Here are the 15 books I finished in March:

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising a wonderful Russian-inspired alternate world trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

A Wind in the Door (The Time Quartet) - Madeleine L'Engle A Swiftly Tilting Planet - Madeleine L'Engle

A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet Two books in Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time series

Early Warning: A novel - Jane Smiley High Rising - Angela Thirkell The Semi-Attached Couple (Dodo Press) - Emily Eden

Early Warning the second book in a family saga trilogy by Jane Smiley

High Rising a between the wars novel in Angela Thirkell’s witty Barsetshire series

The Semi-Attached Couple an Austen-like Victorian novel by Emily Eden

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History - Cynthia Barnett Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming - Rachel Hartman Galaxion Flip Book Number 1 Amy Unbounded - Tara Tallan, Rachel Hartman, Tara Tallan, Rachel Hartman

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History and two graphic novel/comic books from author Rachel Hartman set in the same alternate world as her Seraphina books, Amy Unbounded and Amy Unbounded Story One, which also had Galaxion–a very cool space comic on the flip side.

Waistcoats & Weaponry - Gail Carriger Prudence - Gail Carriger

Two fun steampunks by Gail Carriger–the latest in her Etiquette and Espionage series Waitcoats and Weaponry and Prudence Carriger’s brand new series with the children from her Parasol Protectorate books all grown up.

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next Series #1) Reaper Man (Discworld, #11) - Terry Pratchett

An audiobook reread of the first in Jasper Fforde’s genre-busting Thursday Next series The Eyre Affair and a buddy read of Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man with Degrees of Affection


February Reads

My Twelve Books of February

The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom - Nancy Goldstone The Fires of Autumn - Irène Némirovsky Dust Tracks on a Road - Zora Neale Hurston How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading too Much (Vintage Original) - Samantha Ellis Shadow Scale - Rachel Hartman
Some Luck: A novel - Jane Smiley Murder With Puffins - Donna Andrews Mort - Terry Pratchett Aya - Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie Ozma of Oz (mobi) - L. Frank Baum, John R. Neill

It was a bitterly cold and snowy February here in Maryland–not as bad as Boston, but still enough to drive us all indoors. I coped with it as best I could by reading 12 books. The 10 above were new-to-me and the 2 below were re-reads–Seraphina I listened to as an audiobook.

I tried again to read a graphic novel, Aya, which only confirmed it’s not a format I enjoy much–no fault of the author or illustrator.

The standouts for me are The Fires of Autumn, a gorgeous book by Irène NémirovskyDust Tracks on a Road, Zora Neale Hurston‘s lyrical and moving memoir, How to be a Heroine, Samantha Ellis‘s thoughtful and enthusiastic book about how reading novels has changed her life, and Some Luck, the first of Jane Smiley‘s family saga trilogy, which spreads out considerably from its opening on the farm fields of Iowa.

February’s re-reads:

Emma - Jane Austen  Emma by Jane Austen

Seraphina - Rachel Hartman Seraphina by Rachel Hartman