March 2019 Wrap Up

March was a great reading month for me not because I read 12 books but because I read widely. I think I covered almost every genre this month and most importantly I learned so much from most of the books I read. What was also great is that most of the books I read were between 5-4 stars, of the 12 books only three were three stars. There are so many stands outs this month so I will get right to them.

Since the release of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I’ve been searching for “the next Gone Girl”, the search ended in March when I read The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. The Silent Patient hooked me from the first sentence and left me with my jaw on the floor by its ending. So many twists, turns which accumulated in the ultimate ending that you won’t see coming. Summer is coming up and this may be the book you take with you to the beach. If you like psychological thrillers and I do mean real psychological thrillers, then do yourself a favour and read this book.

 

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I learned so much reading these five books and I highly recommend everyone read these books.

  • Dear Ijeawele; or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Adichie | This book should be read by everyone. This manifesto really does hit the nail on the head on a lot of topics dear to a feminist heart. It also reiterated a lot of the feelings I have as it concerns marriage and a women’s role in society.

 

  • Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen | Having read Cullen’s previous work Columbine and thoroughly enjoyed it I was looking forward to his follow-up novel Parkland and it did not disappoint. Instead of focusing on the tragic events of Parkland, Cullen focused instead of the birthday of the movement #NeverAgain that called for an end to gun violence. A necessary and sadly, timely read.

 

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  • All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers and the Myth of Equal Partnership by Darcy Lockman | “….women who work outside of the home shoulder 65 percent of child care responsibilities and their male partners 35 per cent. Those percentages have held steady since the year 2000. In the last twenty years, that figure has not budged…” This is a very important read for women and couples who are looking to have children. A lot of what is explored focuses on how unequal the distribution of childcare and housework. It is utterly frustrating that women who work outside of the home still should 15% more of the work inside of the home. A must read.

 

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  • Millennial Money Makeover: Escape Debt, Save For Your Future, and Live the Rich Life Now by Conor Richardson |  My goal for 2019 is to be debt-free so I have been reading and taking as much advice on how to do this. Richardson does a solid job of giving practical tips and advice on how to get out and stay out of debt. If you are on a journey to be better financially, this is a top pick for me.

 

  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean | This is a Book Lover dream book. I read this book with wonder and fascination. The book is about the fire that destroy the LA Library back in the 1980s. It is does an on going commentary of libraries, books and readers. A well-researched look into libraries that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Yes, March was a month of reading, learning and growing. I really embraced these books and took the opportunity to learn more and most importantly figure out how to use the information in these books in a practical sense.

I did enjoy reading two books from the YA Genre, those being On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. Both were well written, refreshing and features a female protagonist we don’t often hear from, that made it thoroughly enjoyable for me.

Another major standout  for me is The Confessions of Frannie Langston by Sara Collins. The book is set to be released in May 21, 2019 and I suggest you add it to your TBR list because it was an amazing debut novel.

 

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There you have it, my March wrap-up, filled with solid, entertaining and educating reads. Below are the ratings in order of stars.

 

Five Stars

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Dear Ijeawele; or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Adichie

 

Four Stars

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

The Confessions of Frannie Langston by Sara Collins

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen

All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers and the Myth of Equal Partnership by Darcy Lockman

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

 

Three Stars

When You Read This by Mary Adkins

The Last time I Saw You by LIV Constantine

Millennial Money Makeover: Escape Debt, Save For Your Future, and Live the Rich Life Now by Conor Richardson

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