Wuhan Diary – Fang Fang (HarperVia, 2020) (translated from Chinese by Michael Berry)
Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2021)
Butter Honey Pig Bread – Francesca Ekwuyasi (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020)
Tom Jones – Henry Fielding (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004)
White Ivy – Susie Yang (Simon & Schuster, 2020)
The Push – Ashley Audrain (Viking, 2021)
Satellite Love – Genki Ferguson (McClelland & Stewart, 2021)
Did Not Finish:
Trust Exercise – Susan Choi
I’ve heard there is a twist in the second part of this novel but I didn’t get that far. I couldn’t care about the characters, the teacher was a creep, and there was way too much description of how everybody smelled.
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry edited by Czeslaw Milosz
The Dogs are Eating Them Now – Graeme Smith
Salt Fat Acid Heat – Samin Nosrat
My Heart – Semezdin Mehmedinovic
Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart
I’ve come to the realization in the last year or so that 3 is the perfect number of books for me to read at a time. Usually two fiction, one non-fiction. One lighter fiction, one heavier. So I was surprised to realize that I am currently reading 5 books. Let me explain. A Book of Luminous Things is poetry, a book I am slowly working through by reading a poem or two as I have spare moments throughout the day. I expect I’ll be reading it for a few more months. (I’m about halfway through.) Salt Fat Acid Heat is technically a cookbook which I wouldn’t normally count in my reading numbers but this one has a lot of reading to it and is more about the science of food than about recipes. And I’m hoping to review it when I’m finished. The Dogs are Eating Them Now is my non-fiction, a book by a Canadian journalist about his experiences in Afghanistan. Shuggie Bain is the heavy fiction book. I actually cannot read more than a chapter or two at a time. My Heart, which is about a refugee from the former Yugoslavia, might not seem like it fits the mold of “lighter reading” but it’s much lighter than Shuggie Bain and easier to read overall.
Books Read: 17/100
Books Reviewed: 15/17
Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge: 2
A Virtuous Reading Challenge: 1
Current TBR: 215 (previously 211)
7 books total in March which makes it my best month so far in 2021, though still a little less than I’d hoped. Hopefully that means I’m on an upward trajectory! The TBR is growing like crazy but I never worry about that too much. Lots of highlights this month too. Wuhan Diary, Klara and the Sun, Butter Honey Pig Bread and Satellite Love were all excellent reads. White Ivy and The Push were two much hyped, suspense-style books that were engaging but I didn’t love either of them. Fun Fact: Tom Jones is, so far, the only book by a white male author I’ve read so far this year.
I’ve delayed my turn in the library queue for Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell since I wanted to pay some attention to the e-ARCS I have. (I really can only read one e-book at a time and right now it’s My Heart.) My next book for the Virtue Challenge is The Great Gatsby, which will be a re-read for me. Guess I’m catching up on white male authors in April. I’ll try and balance that out by reading some more for the Asian-Canadian Literature Challenge. I had a copy of Floating City by Kerri Sakomoto out of the library but ended up returning it unread because I ran out of time over spring break. Working from my own TBR, I also hope to read Mark Sakomoto’s non-fiction book Forgiveness.
I don’t have a particularly cohesive reading plan for April but I also am not lacking in things to read.
My Bible reading for March saw me finish Colossians, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I’m currently reading Joshua and Luke.
Our bedtime chapter book with the kids is The Hobbit and we’ve been reading it all month. One of my very favourite childhood books, it’s a little beyond a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old but they are enjoying it.
How was March as a reading month for you? Best book of the month? Worst? Is it spring now where you are?