March Favorites and Stats

It’s hard to believe we started the month in Tennessee with short trip to Georgia before heading home after a month away. I never did write about it and it’s not going to happen now, although never say never.

My plan for Women’s History Month was to only read books by women I had read before. Due to poor (ie none) planning for the month I was able to accomplish reading a woman everyday, but not always someone I’d read read before.

In March I read 35 books and watched 2 bookish movies. For the year I’ve read 101 books in 90 days and watched 3 bookish movies (picture books are definitely padding this number :))

In March I read 20 physical books, 3 audio books, 3 e-books.

My favorite March reads...

Faithful Place by Tana French, review here.

Dictionary For A Better World by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, review here.
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict, review here.
Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley, review here.
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (I read the first three of this series and loved them all)

Non-Fiction

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Memoir

A New Kind of Country by Dorothy Gilman

Fiction

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Always the Last To Know by Kristan Higgins

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Falling From Trees by Mike Fiorito

Me For You by Lolly Winston

Historical Fiction

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Mystery/Thriller

The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, CS Harris, Anna Lee Huber, Christina Trent

Faithful Place by Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad series)

Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (Lucy Valentine series)

Deeply, Desperately by Heather Webber (Lucy Valentine series)

Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber (Lucy Valentine series)

Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station by Dorothy Gilman (Mrs. Pollifax series)

I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton (Kinsey Millhone series)

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

High Treason at the Grand Hotel by Kelly Oliver (Fiona Figg series)

Historical Romance

Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (Ravenel series)

Graphic Memoir

Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley

Humor

Go To Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley

Kids Non-Fiction

Dictionary For A Better World by Irene Latham and Charles Waters.

Ohio by Darlene Stille

Kids Fiction

Double Fudge by Judy Blume

Pinballs by Betsy Byars

Kids Picture Book Non-Fiction

Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts by Leah Tinari

The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby by Crystal Hubbard

Remember: The Journey To School Integration by Toni Morrison

Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champion by Walter Dean Myers

Going Up! Elisha Otis’s Trip to the Top by Monica Kulling

Daring Amelia by Barbara Lowell

Kids Picture Book Fiction

The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison

Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison

Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison

Please, Loiuse by Toni Morrison

The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee

The Night Gardener by Fan Brothers

Bookish Movies

The Call of the Wild, 2020

Murder on the Orient Express, 2017

Finishing Up March Reading

Since my last book update I’ve finished 5 books. The first three in a romantic mystery series, one fiction, and one kid non-fiction. Obviously, I’m loving the Lucy Valentine series and expect I’ll finish up the last two soon, while I’ve still got my mom’s Kindle.

Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

So much fun! The Valentine family has been able to read auras for generations. They turned this secret ability into a very successful Boston matchmaking service. Lucy must take the lead, but her secret ability has nothing to do with auras.

There’s a missing toddler and a skeleton buried in a shallow grave in the woods and Lucy can see them both. Enter a sexy firefighter, a meddling grandmother, two best friends, a three legged cat, and new hamster and you’ve got the makings of a fun mystery.

Deeply, Desperately by Heather Webber

I read the second book of the Lucy Valentine series sooner rather than later even if it meant reading on a device – which. I HATE. But, even that couldn’t ruin it. Lucy and her merry group of family, friends, and foes were back and I was happy to spend time with them. Oh, and the sexy firefighter/PI was back too. Certainly can’t forget him!

Lucy now has her own division of her family matchmaking company, finding lost lives. She’s also helping the police on cases if she can using her special ability of being able to shake a person’s hand and locate what they’ve lost. One case from each of these, along with a myriad of other personal issues keep this book hopping. Lucy can accomplish a lot in a day!

There was no let down with this second book. The first few chapters were skimmable because they were full of info from the first book, but maybe only to me since I just read the first book two days ago.

I love all of the characters, and there are plenty, and how much each one is integral to her daily life. I don’t think Lucy would have done so well in Covid lockdown. Maybe that’s why it’s extra fun to read about her now.

Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber

The third of the Lucy Valentine series didn’t disappoint. I love the kind-hearted, special powers to save the world, Lucy. Her family, friends, and various cohorts are always a hoot. This time she’s helping the police find a missing man who may have committed suicide and also trying to find a lost love for a client that puts her in the crosshairs of the FBI. Oh, and there’s a Lone Ranger who comes along every few days to shower the city of Boston with thousands in $20 bills.

The sexy boyfriend has a heart condition that keeps the story grounded, but even that storyline pulls at the heartstrings instead of bringing you down.

Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts by Leah Tinari

This came up in a search for another book at the library and I was intrigued enough to check it out. I love the included backstory of how this book project began. Her son was interested in the presidents, so she began researching and drawing their portraits for him. She became frustrated and galvanized after drawing 44 portraits of men. Hence this book.

I loved this book! There’s a quote for each woman and a portrait full of information. There is also a follow up at the end listing all of the women, when they lived, and a powerful moment. This is inspired art and I only wish it had been longer!

The first portrait she did was the one on the cover, Carrie Fisher. Some others included are Yuri Kochiyama, Dian Fossey, Shirley Muldowney, Betsey Johnson, and Abby Wambach. I learned about some new women and spent time on Google finding out more.

Always the Last To Know by Kristan Higgins

I love Kristan Higgins. I’ve read about half of her books and am always entertained with laughs and heart. She has a light touch, wicked sense of humor and great characters. Unfortunately, for the first time, I found it hard to generate any excitement for this one. The only reason I buckled down and finished listening last night was because it was Higgins.

The Frost family is in turmoil. The head of the family has had a stroke, something his wife finds out on the day she plans to divorce him. As he lies in the hospital, she discovers he’s been having an affair. Their oldest, perfect daughter is going through a midlife crisis professionally and personally and their youngest daughter just got down in one knee to propose to her boyfriend of two years. He said no.

I couldn’t have cared less about them, even actively disliking most of them at any given time. I’m hoping this was just a one time thing from this reliable author. And, hey, I’m sure some people loved it 😁. I did love the multi person audio performance.