This is my very first book review post! That being said, I wanted to do a little back story on why I love reading so much. It all started way back when I was a tiny human. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have shelves upon shelves of books in my room. My parents have told me throughout my entire life that the one thing they will never say no to buying is books. They used to drive me an hour out of town once a month to the nearest Borders (RIP) just to satisfy my reading appetite. Funny enough, this still holds true today. The last time I was home my dad took me to the local Barnes and Noble and let me walk out with an entire bag full. Online shopping is fun, but nothing beats being able to physically wander through the endless rows in a bookstore.
I love books. I love words. I love stories. I will zone out so hard on a book that I lose any sense of space and time. I read fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young adult, biography, memoir, historical fiction, and culture mostly. The genres I tend to stay away from are thrillers, science fiction and mystery purely because I scare very easily and tend to have extremely vivid nightmares.
If you happen to be into any of the above genres, please stick around. I tend to go through 4-6 books a month and you can expect short concise reviews unless a book REALLY moves me, then I might make an exception and dedicate an entire post to it.
Without further ado, here are my March reads.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – If you haven’t read Harry Potter I can only assume you have been in the bunker with Kimmy Schmidt for the past 20 years. I love Harry. I love Hogwarts. I love JK Rowling. Every so often I find myself re-reading the series just to remind myself that magic truly does exist. (This particular edition is the new one that contains the extraordinary illustrations by Jim Kay.)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – see #1
- The Other Daughter – A historical fiction novel set in 1920s London. A little fashion, a little romance and a little deceit. Not my favorite historical fiction I’ve ever read but engaging enough that I finished it within a few days.
- Fates and Furies – A novel that tracks the relationship of a couple over the course of their entire lives. “Fates” contains Lotto’s story and “Furies” contains Mathilde. Each character receives half of the book from their own point of view so you really get a sense of what makes them tick. While the writing style is a word junkie’s dream (long, rich, descriptive sentences), I personally had a hard time getting through it after the first 100 pages. Don’t get me wrong, I love beautiful descriptions but nearly 400 pages of it had me begging for the end.
- All The Single Ladies – I CANNOT RAVE ENOUGH ABOUT THIS BOOK. I think every female should read it at some point in their life, especially millennial women. A few topics this non-fiction covers are: the origins of feminism, the suffragette movement, how marriage has affected women throughout history and my personal favorite chapter, female friendships. Girl gangs RISE UP.
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Another nostalgic re-read for me. If you have never read about the traveling pants I highly recommend it. I started re-reading because I recently found out the author had written a 5th installment where the plot takes place ten years after the 4th novel.
- Stars Above – A compilation of nine short stories that accompany the Lunar Chronicles series. I personally LOVE the Lunar Chronicles so these short stories (especially the epilogue) were the perfect indulgence after the series ended.
Let me know what you’re reading this month! You can send over suggestions in the comments or tag your photos with #TGSReads, I can’t wait to see them.