Month in Review: March 2016

Posted March 27, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 28 Comments

Book of the Month

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I got seriously distracted from my other challenges by Kristen’s March Magics event this month, but how can I complain when it meant getting to read and reread books by two of my favorite fantasy authors? One that was new to me was Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, and I loved its fractured mix of Shakespearean motifs, Discworld-style. I also love these Collector’s Library covers, and might have to collect some of them myself.

Checking in with the Reading New England Challenge, Massachusetts was a popular choice this month with reviews posted of Little Women; Practical Magic; The Storied Life of AJ Fikry; Boy, Snow, Bird; and The Wolves of Andover.  There are also reviews of a paranormal fantasy set in Rhode Island, Sanctum, and Maine author Stephen King’s first horror novel, Carrie, as well as a cozy mystery set in Maine, The Whole Cat and Caboodle. Thanks to you all for participating — it’s so much fun to see what you come up with!

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Reviews

Other Books Read

  • HowToTudorHow To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman
  • Missoula by Jon Krakauer – Nonfiction Book Club
  • Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin – Reread
  • Conrad’s Fate by Diana Wynne Jones – March Magics
  • Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett – March Magics
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – Review to come
  • Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery – Reread
  • The Return of the Twelves by Pauline Clarke – Reread
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – Review to come

Other Features and Events

  • March Magics has been a wonderful month-long celebration of the works of Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett, hosted by We Be Reading. As well as the review linked above, I shared my DWJ collection, posted a favorite quote, participated in the Equal Rites readalong, and collected my picks for bad cover art (to be posted on Tuesday).
  • I profiled Maine publisher Tilbury House, another Reading New England feature.
  • I read Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town for Doing Dewey’s Nonfiction Book Club, a difficult but eye-opening read.
  • In Do you know what you’re saying? I shared some phrases that are commonly used incorrectly around the blogosphere. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, but these are pretty egregious.

Coming in April

  • I’m planning to celebrate Elizabeth Goudge Day on her birthday, April 24.
  • I’ll also be joining in Brooding about the Brontes, a week-long event hosted by my blogging friend Susie at Girl with Her Head in a Book.
  • And I’m looking forward to The 1938 Club, another brilliant blog event that focuses on books published in a single year.

Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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28 responses to “Month in Review: March 2016

  1. Sounds like you’ve had a great month. I am particularly pleased to see you have a couple of Pratchett’s witch books – I am hoping to read Witches Abroad very soon!

  2. Wow, you had an awesome reading month! I hope you enjoyed The Eyre Affair as much as I did. By coincidence, the kids and I read some wonderful children’s books set in New England over Easter. I hope to post about them at some point in April. Thanks for the link to my Little Women post.

    • I did enjoy The Eyre Affair, somewhat to my surprise. I’ll be posting about it during the Brooding about the Brontes week. I’m so glad you found some more wonderful New England books — I look forward to reading about those.

  3. A fun monthly review! The 1938 club sounds good, specific, but there’s fun in being that specific when it’s a hobby in question. I loved Wyrd Sisters, one of my favourites (top spot to Mort so far). Looking forward to your bad cover art post.

    • The last time there was this “club” it was so interesting to see the books that were published in a particular year, some famous and some obscure.

      Bad (and good) cover art is now up — have a look!

  4. I kind of ran out of steam at the end of the month as far as commenting on other people’s posts but I did want to come by and say THANK YOU for participating in my event again this year! You always bring something unique to it. 🙂

    • I find these blogging events hard to resist. I really enjoy focusing on an author or theme. I hope you’ll find some to join in!

  5. Alecia

    What an awesome reading month for you! I’ll definitely have to check some of these books out, they sound great!

    • It was a great month, especially because of March Magics — with two of my favorite authors to enjoy, how could I go wrong?

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