March Wrap Up: Lots of backlisted titles, Brazilian Lit and two re-reads

Hello readers!

March is finally over – I am so ready to move on to Spring, it’s been so cold and windy and generally not-great weather-wise, so I look forward to warm days. We’ve had double digits for a few days now and even a bit of sunlight, so I’m hopeful.

I was under the impression that I had not really read much in March, but it turns out I read 11 books, which is quite average for me; then I realized a lot of these books are actually pretty short, so my assessment is quite correct. For comparison, I read finished 10 books in February. I had 4 books on my planned TBR, of which I read a mere 2! A new low for me, which is okay – March is a difficult month for me to read anything planned because it’s when the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist comes out and I tend to try and read all the books I’m interested in until the shortlist comes out in April, so… no surprises there. Could I have put a single more ounce of effort there and picked up a book from my TBR? Sure. But… why. The world is on fire, who cares about a TBR.

I will extrapolate a bit since there are still a couple days left in March, and will assume I finish the two books I’m currently reading until March 31. There’s not much left on either book, and they’re both quite thin, so that’s a pretty likely outcome!

Books that were on my March TBR:

  1. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (already started in January)
  2. The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling (already started in February; 3 stars)
  3. The Unseen World by Liz Moore (already started in February; 4 stars)
  4. The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan

I marked in bold the books I’ve read.
Books I picked up this month although they were not on my planned TBR:

  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (3 stars)
  2. Tupinilândia by Samir Machado de Machado (4 stars)
  3. Canções de atormentar by Angélica Freitas (4 stars)
  4. The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee (5 stars)
  5. The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao (4 stars)
  6. 1808 by Laurentino Gomes (re-read; 4 stars)
  7. Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, translated by Sarah Moses (4 stars)
  8. No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood (3 stars)
  9. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo (re-read; 4 stars)
  10. As Sobras de Ontem by Marcelo Vicintin (predicted 4 stars)
  11. Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (predicted 3 stars, maaaybe 4)

This was a super interesting month! Some highlights on what I read:

  • I ended up reading 13 books and DNF-ing 1 (The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin). This is quite average a month for me but I was tending towards thinner books, so I definitely read less than usual. I nearly DNF-ed The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin but Marija yelled at me on Twitter (nicely) so I’ll try it again as a physical copy.
  • I did not read a single ARC this month (odd!) but re-read two books (even odder!). I’m not a big re-reader at all, so I’m excited to go back to some favorites, or give a second change to books which did not wow me the first time around. I loved re-reading both 1808 and The Empress of Salt and Fortune – both were such a great time.
  • I’ve read 4 Brazilian books (yay!), 1 translated book and 8 original English books.
  • Although I gave another book 5 stars, I think my favorite read of the month was Tupinilândia by Samir Machado de Machado – I even ended up gifting this book to my mom and dad a couple days after finishing it, since they were SUPER interested in it. My mom’s currently reading it and my dad will pick it up next! My least favorite read, on the other hand, was The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, which bored me so much I considered DNF-ing it a million times.
  • Even though I bought something like 20 books this month and added quite a few to my TBR since the Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist was announced, my TBR is back to where it was at the beginning of the month, with 150 books! I’m quite proud of that, and I think my objective of getting my TBR to 100 books this year might be… not too unrealistic.

I will be writing a separate post for my April TBR, since I need to give it a bit of thought still. Do I want to do a 7-book TBR as I normally do? Do I go on reading whatever I want like I did in March and January? Anything could happen. Let me know your favorite book of this month in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “March Wrap Up: Lots of backlisted titles, Brazilian Lit and two re-reads

  1. Wow, this looks like you had a great reading month! I also really didn’t enjoy The Ocean at the End of the Lane when I read it a few years back and I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one! I’m excited to hear your thoughts on Shuggie Bain when you finish it because I’m so intrigued by it! I hope that April is another great reading month for you!


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