Reading Challenge March Roundup

Happy April! Here are the spoiler-free reviews for the books I read during March. It was a mixed bag of good and not-so-good books. What are you reading right now?


A Book by a Female Author: Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

This memoir skillfully intertwines Corrigan’s youthful summer as a nanny in a motherless household in Australia with her growing acceptance and appreciation for her own mother. I loved this book. I couldn’t relate to the prickly relationship Corrigan had with her mom, but I could certainly relate to appreciating mothers. And this book was worth the read if for no other reason than I now know that grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a delicious thing that exist. That recipe was definitely my take-away message.


A Book Originally in another Language: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

The short stories in this book were mostly bittersweet and bleak. There were a couple upbeat stories that I enjoyed, but for the most part I was left feeling very empty. Murakami has beautiful descriptions and is a master at capturing moments on the page. His stories read like films in my mind and the bleak landscape of feeling won’t soon leave me. Despite his skill, however, I often found myself not enjoying the stories simply because I didn’t want to be feeling the emotions he portrays. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book.


A Book with More than 500 Pages: Runemarks by Joanne Harris

I was really excited to read this book because it delves into Norse mythology, but I ended up being disappointed in its execution. The plot deals with the aftermath of Ragnarok and follows 14-year-old Maddy in the subsequent world that arises. The world-building was confusing and despite the lengthy explanations at the beginning, I still felt lost throughout most of the book. I found myself skimming most of the book because I wanted to know the ending but didn’t want to invest much time in it. Overall, not a successful book for me.


A Book Written by an Author with your Initials: In Secret Service by Mitch Silver

This was a fun thriller about a woman who finds a lost manuscript that puts her in danger as people hunt her to get it back. For me, it needed some suspension of disbelief after one of the bad guys is revealed, but I really enjoyed the book! Great storytelling, interesting frame to the story, and a main character I connected with. I recommend this one!


A Book by an Author You’ve Never Read Before: Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted

This middle grade novel follows Cody Saron, the son of a CIA operative, as he begins attending school for the first time in his life. Cody knows how to pick locks and fight, but the skills needed to navigate the halls of junior high often elude him. This story was really fun! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Cody’s travails and triumphs as he learns to be a kid again. The climax flew by too quickly for my liking and was a bit contrived, but that doesn’t take away from the charm of this novel. Highly recommend for a quick, entertaining read!


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