March was another good reading month towards my GoodReads reading challenge of 50 books a year. I read 6 books this month. Most were read earlier in the month as it got busy toward the end! Without further ado, here are the books I read in March and what I thought of them.
Becoming Lili by Julia Blake
This book caught my eye on Instagram! I must have been feeling spontaneous because I bought it on a whim. I didn’t notice that it was a self-published author until I began to read it. I liked the concept of the novel because I’m a sucker for an underdog-does-good vibe but, unfortunately, it wasn’t a good read. The book reads as though it hasn’t been edited. It’s repetitive in parts, there are grammar and spelling errors and characters and plot are randomly dropped. I didn’t really rate it so I’m not going to recommend it.
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
It’s not often that I read nonfiction so this book stands out of all the books I read in March. I saw bits and pieces of this on various bookish Instagram accounts and had to get it as some of the quotes really resonated with me. It’s partly about great explorers and people who got physically lost and then the philosophy of getting lost in today’s society. Any book about getting lost from yourself and the place that you started with always sit well with me! It’s a topic close to my heart and this quick, delightful read is soul food! I’d recommend it to anyone!
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Not just the best of the books I read in March but the best book I have read so far this year! I absolutely devoured this book. The novel is a historical fiction with a supernatural feel to it. A widow moves back to her husband’s family home where strange things are happening and wooden ornaments come to life. It was fast-paced, it was intriguing and an absolute page-turner! It was well written, there were great characters, twists and turns the whole way through and a great deal of surprises! Some parts were so intense and absolutely terrifying! You get that from films more often than books which made this so special. Laura Purcell is incredibly talented and if I find just one more book as good as this one was this year, I’ll be happy! Could not recommend this book enough.
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
A lot of the books I read in March were Women’s Fiction Prize long-list nominees and this is one! Sight is a love letter to the complicated relationship of mother and daughter. The book spans over past and present of a woman making the difficult decision of whether or not she wants to have a child. I really like the topic because I find it strange, myself. We have children and think the rest will follow but we haven’t really considered what it will be like to have a child or whether or not we’re up to the job. The parents are typically the first thing to mentally ruin a child! This book was strange and beautiful and honest.
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
This is another Women’s Fiction Prize longlist. I really wanted this book to be similar to The Silent Companions but it wasn’t quite as quick. Different but good! It centres around the Borden case where man and wife are brutally murdered in their family home and you have to work out who did it. With disgruntled daughters, scheming uncles and a hit man hired, it’s a complicated business! With strange and surprising twists, you distrust absolutely everyone after a while but the culprit is made fairly obvious throughout. A good read for anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of gore!
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
If you like twisted fairytales and magical realism, this is a great book for you! I was immediately hooked by this book thanks to the easy narrative tone of our protagonist. The characters are intriguing, the settings are well described and the plot is fast-paced and mysterious! It’s modern but dark and the right amount of creepy. A really really quick read and a good one at that!
All in all, a good month for books! I have now read 13 books of 50 and am 2 books ahead of schedule!