March Reads

At the end of every month, I’ll do a reading recap of all the books I’ve read that month coupled with a brief review. Making more time to read is one of my goals for this new year and it’s been enriching so far.

Recently, my friend suggested that we start a book club, discussion optional and only if we figure there’s something to talk about. This is probably going to amp up my game because… I’m competitive.

march reads

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
rating: did not finish

I really wanted to like this one, I really did! I’ve heard so many things about Gaiman, especially this book. But… I don’t know. I couldn’t finish it. Maybe it’s because I picked the wrong one to start with—or that I picked the 10th anniversary edition, which included everything the editors cut out. This hasn’t turned me off Gaiman, though! Does anyone have any recommendations for a different one of his?

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
rating: 3.5/5

Rainbow Rowell seems to be an author that I don’t really like but keep reading. Some of hers are good and some, like Eleanor & Park, I didn’t like. This one was only interesting in the way where I was curious about its resolution; but was weird in a way where were this to happen in real life, everyone would be creeped out about it. Basically the premise is an internet security man has to ensure that employees aren’t doing anything wrong with the internet… and ends up reading all of this woman’s email interactions with her friend. What?

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
rating: 5/5

This book has made its way through my office like wildfire. And for good reason. It’s a love story that addresses the difficult place of an African immigrant into the States; navigating the culture differences of Caucasian America, Black America, African-immigrant America, and finally, the difficulties of returning to one’s home country after years away. Mostly, it addresses the strange “unspoken” rules of America, which are both enlightening and empathetic for me. Despite the issues that it tackles, the book does so in a completely engrossing way—definitely one that I think about while not reading.

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
rating: 2.5/5

Susan Elizabeth Phillips had always been on my list of must-read romance authors… her Chicago Stars series was the one that hooked me into this guilty-pleasure drama. Also, we’re both from Chicago, hey! This book, however, was completely different from anything I’ve ever read from her—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It had more of a Linda Howard feel to it with the mystery attempted-murderer and all, but with a weird element of puppets? Overall, a good book to pass the time, especially after the heavy Americanah, but nothing that would really stick with me.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
rating: 2/5

Sarah Dessen did for me in YA novels what Susan Elizabeth Phillips did for me in romance novels. I loved her books Just Listen and The Truth About Forever but wasn’t really fond of her other ones. I picked this up as an easy audiobook to follow for my drive to Houston… and will never listen to anything by this woman again. Can you say Valley Girl accent? The story itself was ok, but not exactly riveting. Maybe it’s me; maybe I’ve outgrown this style of YA books.

If you’re looking for my other book lists:
January Reads | February Reads

What did you read this month?

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  • Cynthia

    Interesting! I’ll have to look into Americanuh. This month I read an Orwell (Down and Out in Paris & London) which I liked and still slogging through Jane Eyre, although I really like it so far… I just haven’t made the time! It really is all about making time to read.

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      I agree! I’ve met very few people who say they don’t read (the fact that I have is a little astounding)… it’s just that we never have time!

      I need to read Orwell… have never picked him up!

  • Madaline

    Blah. This reminds me reading list continues to grow. I hate that reading (which is one of my favorite things to do) is so far down my list of priorities.

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha I know! It’s never ending! Just when I feel like I’m making progress in my tbr pile, I add 10 more books onto it.

      I’m on that struggle bus with ya, girl!

  • Kelly

    Haha, I couldn’t finish American Gods either. I like the (intentional/unintentional) poetic justice of cutting off the review ;) I’ve heard good things about Americanah too and it’s been on my list.

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Damn it, if you didn’t say that, no one would ever know that I completely forgot this was going out yesterday. I mean… what are you talking about? Crazy.

      You should definitely read it! I think it’ll be right up your alley :)

  • Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld

    You’ve convinced me to read Americanah so thank you! I’ve heard great things about it so that’s the nudge I needed to get it. Plus, I have two weeks off work coming up so no excuses for not reading!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      YAY! I hope you enjoy it :) Can’t wait to hear what you think!

      TWO WEEKS. You lucky duck. I shouldn’t be talking, I just came off of 2 weeks of off work as well ;)

  • Jamie | Gunters Abroad | Fit F

    Love your recaps! I’m always on the lookout for my next book…..I’m reading BIrdsong right now since it was recommended from one of my British friends…so far so good!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Aw, thanks so much, Jamie! Who’s Birdsong by? Maybe I’ll be adding that one to my tbr pile!

  • Polly

    I’m super, unapologetically into YA & I actually enjoy them all as long as I don’t think too hard about how derivative and duhhh they are. I’m going to look into a couple of these, though!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha, I am… to an extent. It has to be an inventive YA novel! Have you read anything by Rainbow Rowell? I’ve really been into her books lately, despite my stance on YA books ;)

      • Polly

        I can’t remember which is which but I liked one and was bored by the other haha

  • Marianne

    I too read American Gods and was unimpressed even though everyone kept telling me “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!” So I read it and then didn’t understand why they told me that. I thought I was alone in feeling that way, glad I’m not :)
    Americanah sounds so good!

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Yeah! People kept ranting and raving about this and I found it nothing really interesting… although I compared it to Supernatural, the TV show, a bit ;)
      You should read it! I loved it :)

  • Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    Very interested in reading Sarah Dessen now – which one would be good to start with? And I heard about Attachments – isn’t it the creepiest premise ever?

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      My favorites are Truth About Forever and Just Listen! But then again, I haven’t revisited them since high school. Haha, yes! The fact that they get together in the end of Attachments is creepier! Definitely would never happen in real life… hopefully.

  • bevchen

    I haven’t read American Gods, but I HIGHLY recommend Good Omens, Gaiman’s book he wrote with the late, great Terry Pratchett. I also enjoyed Neverwhere by Gaiman.

    • Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks Bev!! I’ll check it out—I really don’t want to miss out on Gaiman :)