March Reading Round-Up

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Here we are, the end of March, and there may be flurries tonight! Reading has again been a life-saver, and I have read so many good books this month. Even turned once again to historical romances. March was also ReFoReMo- Research for Reading (PBs) Month and I read a lot of wonderful picture books.

It’s time to share what I have been reading this past month.

The total read for March was 32 books and 37 picture books, with the following breakdown:

Fantasy /Paranormal –0
Romance – 10

Women’s Fiction – 2

Historical romance – 10

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Non-fiction – 3
Pix books – 37

I continue to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves (bought/gifted or won) or an e-book. Here’s the breakdown

Library reads – 21        TBR/owned books –1    E-books – 4

I’ve decided to change the order of what I post today – placing favourite books first:

Favourite Reads

My overall favourite read of the month was – actually should be reads as two books pulled me in:

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The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston

When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards

The rest of my top 10 reads:

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson

Books 1-3, 6 in Lorraine Heath’s “Sins for Seasons” series

(Beyond Scandal and Desire, When a Duke Loves a Woman, The Scoundrel in Her Bed, Beauty Tempts the Beast)

This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan

Light the Dark ed. Joe Fassier

I am participating in quite a few challenges (check here for my list) but I have a few that are my favourites and have done these for a few years. Here are the books read for these challenges:

 

POPSUGAR Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)

This month I was able to read 5 books for the challenge.

#4 – By author who shares your zodiac sign (Capricorn – Match Made in Ireland by Michele Brouder

#18 –About subject you are passionate about (early childhood care/education; abuse) – When we Were Sisters by Emilie Richards

#21 – Genre hybrid – The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston (historical fiction/time travel/magical realism)

#26 – With oxymoron in the title – Wrong Text, Right Love by Claudia Burgoa

#34 – About a social justice issue – Born to be Bad by Naomi Horton (innocent man jailed)

 

52 Books in 52 Weeks

I was able to read 6 books for this challenge:

#18 – Author with 9 letter last name – The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston

#33 – featuring adoption – When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards

#35 –set in country that starts with “S” – This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan (Scotland)

#37- Educational read – Light the Dark ed. By Joe Fassier (writing)

#42 Epistolary –Wrong Text, Right Love by Claudia Burgoa

#43- Character with a pet cat – But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami

 

Monthly Key Word Challenge

I used “Match” for the key word this month:

Match Made in Ireland by Michele Brouder

 

Monthly Motif

The theme this month was “Countries and Cultures”

But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami

Diversify Your Reading

The theme this month was “historical fiction”. I read a lot of historical romance but only 1 I would classify as historical fiction.

The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston

My Kitchen Year

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I’m continuing my read and cooking through Ruth Reichl’s cookbook My Kitchen Year. I’m enjoying reading her stories that are mixed in with her recipes. This month I only made 1 spring recipe, adjusting it to suit my taste: French Toast. I made her version (which included orange juice and maple syrup added to egg mixture and baked in the oven, as well as mine – which I coat in rolled oats after dipping in egg/milk mixture. I enjoyed them both. (In the photo, Ruth’s version is on the left, mine on the right – both tho smothered in real maple syrup.)

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Looking Ahead to April

I did not have as much variety in the genres I read so would like to read a few different genres: YA, MG, play for example. I was also surprised that I did not read any fantasy – have to read more of this genre. I also need to read more from my own books as well

I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-Up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

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Best of the Bunch (at A Cocoon of Books)

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Inspire Me Monday (at Create with Joy)

6 thoughts on “March Reading Round-Up

  1. Reading from our own shelves is always a challenge, our eyes cast elsewhere! The library is such a great facility. Nice to see Emilie Richards book being highlighted. I must reread it via audiobook at some point. I think I have it too, must check!

    • Thanks Kathryn. That was the first book I read by her – will need to search out more. I love the library – right now working through Lorraine Heath’s series.

    • Thanks Aj. I’m lucky really – retirement has meant I get to read as much as I want. Altho I’m not getting thru as many of the books on my own shelves tho. Have a great April as well.

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