Here is the thing. I love to read. I mean I can spend an entire day curled up on my fave spot (it’s on the couch outside in case you’re wondering) and just get lost in a story.
As part of my “better me” campaign (I totally just made that up), I decided that I am going to commit to reading more non-fiction books. And so far this year things have been going pretty good.
So because I am big on accountability and because I know I am more likely to commit if I share with the world what I am doing I am going to start a monthly blog series where I share what I am reading this month.
How many books did I read in March?
I read a total of 8 books in March. The majority were non fiction. However a number of them told stories that really made me think. And pushed me to do research on all kinds of topics.
Non-Fiction Books I read in March
I only read 1 non-fiction book in March. But it was a good one. So it deserves a space all on it’s own.
Who doesn’t love Oprah. She is such an inspiration. This book is compilation of her column “What I know for Sure” that readers of her magazine are most likely be familiar with.
This book reads like a journal. I just imagine her sitting and writing down her thoughts in a journal that I am not getting to read.
I read through this book in one day and I really did wish it lasted longer.
There were so many amazing nuggets and if you have not read this then get your behind to your library or Amazon and get it now.
You can find What I Know For Sure here.
Fiction Books I read in March
I read mostly fiction books in March. Not sure how that happened. It just did. But here is my list of the 7 books I read.
This book was based on the author’s own experience growing up as a queer latina in the Bronx, NY.
This queer coming of age story is not something that I would have found on my own. (Why isn’t anyone talking about this book!!!) It came recommended by the book club I am in.
And when I tell you I got lost in the pages of the book the minute I opened it. I think I read it in a day.
The book is about a young woman named Juliet. She is a queer latina from the Bronx who takes on an internship with one of her favorite authors.
As the story unfolds we follow her on a journey of coming out to her parents, learning about feminism and navigating a world that is entirely new to her.
I absolutely loved this book. It touched on so many different themes that left me wanting to learn more.
It definitely comes highly recommended. You can find it here.
Don’t judge. But this is the first Ken Follett book I have ever read. And now I am hooked. I cannot wait to read the rest of them.
This book is a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth which is set in England during the middle ages.
Now I will admit at first I wasn’t sure about this book. I love historical fiction but this started out a bit intense. But once I got into it. I got into.
I won’t spoil the story for you but the themes are love, war, betrayal and everything in between. This book is long so it will take you a bit but even though it was long I was sad when it ended. I felt like I was living with the characters.
You can check out more about The Evening and the Morning here.
This is part of the Stephanie Plum series. And it is one of those series that is soo bad it’s so good.
We are being honest right? Ok. Let me be honest.
I have read a handful of the Stephanie Plum books. Every single time I picked up the book I questioned why I was reading it. And everytime I could not put the darn book down.
Would I recommend this book. Probably not. But did I read it and enjoy it. Yeah. I think it makes for a good beach read.
You can find Fortune and Glory here.
I love a good beach read. And Troubles in Paradise is the perfect beach read. It takes place on the Island of St. John (anyone else got bit by the travel bug yet) and follows the lives of several characters that are living on the Island. And it gets juicy. I am talking about everything from broken engagements to money laundering to romances.
It’s an easy read but it is very entertaining. I definitely recommend it. You can find Troubles in Paradise here.
I started reading this book at the beginning of the year, set it down and kinda forgot about it. I picked it back up in March and I don’t understand why I ever put it down.
This is another great beach read. It is a relatively easy read. It follows the story of two women. One is an heiress turned influencer and the other is an antiques dealer turn con woman.
The story begins when they first meet in their teens to where they meet years later carrying all the baggage with them. It is a great story and definitely one I recommend.
You can find Pretty Things here.
One of this books club’s goals for April was to read a book with Muslim characters and themes. So I ran with it and picked up this book as it was one of those ‘if you like this read this’ suggestions on Amazon.
The story tells the story of Ayesha and Khalid. Both Muslim, living with their families and making their way in the world. The story explores their relationships with their Muslim families, non Muslim friends and co-workers. It also goes into the tradition of arranged marriages and really takes the time to explore everyone’s perspective.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it gave me insight into a world that I am not very familiar with. I highly recommend it.
You can find Ayesha at Last here.
I don’t normally read books in the Horror genre however this book popped up as one of Goodreads 2020 winners so it made it to the list.
I have to admit. Because I am not a big Horror fan it took me a bit to get into this book. However it is a good story. And worth checking out if you’re into Horror.
What makes this book interesting is the time that it takes place. The book takes place in the 1950s where Noemí, a glamorous debutante from the city is summoned to the home of her cousin who lives in the countryside. Her cousin is married to an English family who lives in a house called High Place.
If you like books about Horror you will love this. There is a mysterious illness that has wiped out the workers in this house and that seems to be plaguing Noemi’s cousin. There is a juicy family history. And maybe a little bit a romance.
I enjoyed this book and even though I am not into the horror genre I am sure someone that is would enjoy it even more.
You can find Mexican Gothic here.
Books I read in March 2021
So there is my list. I am already two books in for April and I am committing to fitting a couple more non-fiction into April.
So what are you reading?