Month in Review: March 2019

This was my last month of trying only to read books I already have in the house, and I cheated a little bit. Kristen’s March Magics review made me curious to reread the one DWJ book I don’t own, so I got it from the library. And my son was pleading for more Freddy the Pig books so I went to the library again, and then read one myself, infected by his enthusiasm.

But otherwise I have done pretty well. The imminent prospect of moving will probably squash any desire to buy more books, though the library is another matter. I’ve been piling up my wish list there!

What’s on your own wish list this month?




Other Books Read

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling – Reread
  • House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones – Reread
  • Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers – Reread
  • Freddy and Mr. Camphor by Walter R. Brooks
  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott – Reread


Other Features and Events

  • I announced my intention to do some kind of event celebrating Robertson Davies, a favorite author who deserves more attention. Details coming soon!
  • On my other blog, I posted on the themes It’s not the end of the world and Letting go.
  • I started another chapter-a-day reading challenge, hoping to get through Part II of Don Quixote in company with Emma of Words and Peace.


Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, the Month in Review linkup at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction

12 thoughts on “Month in Review: March 2019

  1. Last year I became aware of the Walter R. Brooks fan group Friends of Freddy. When I was a child I loved the Freddy books and had constant access to an abridged copy of Freddy of the Detective in my meager home library. I read all of the Freddy books in my public library and then went on to discover F and SF. This was in the 1950’s. I tried to interest my grandson when he was young but chose the wrong book for him and so it didn’t take for him as it did for me. Sparked by the enthusiasm of Friends of Freddy, I went online and purchased used copies of the entire Freddy saga and am enjoying recapturing those feelings of a time in my life when we didn’t feel so pressured to be flawless and responsible. FoF have a Facebook page, a website, a newsletter and an annual meetup. I like knowing that there are so many other adults whose sense of community with animal-kind has been honed by reading these books in childhood. I crave more stories of kindness and inclusion these days.


    1. I have several of these books handed down to me from my family that I loved in childhood, and I came across the Friends of Freddy when trying to see which we are missing. (Note: why on earth would there be a need to abridge any of these rather short books??) There are great lessons to be learned in there for sure! I’m glad my son is enjoying them too.


  2. You’ve gotten me interested in the Robertson Davies read, he’s an author I know little about. I re-read the first Harry Potter book this year and I think I appreciated it more than I did the first time around — although there were things that bothered me too. Good luck with your move preparations!


  3. I plan to look at the Robertson Davies trilogy this month, though as you’re contemplating August for discussion it’s less urgent than I at first anticipated, yay! Gives me more time to ruminate, too.

    I had also hoped to reread the Harry Potter books bit by bit, but might save the first for May when a Wyrd & Wonder blog event focuses on things fantastical. Then I can add my review to the zillions of others out there on Goodreads and in the cloud…


    1. I’ve been rereading Harry Potter as the splendid illustrated editions come out. I don’t know if I’ll go through all of them … I’m one who lost enthusiasm as the series went on. But the first few were a lot of fun.


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