Saturday, April 18, 2020

Books Read in March

Forsythia and daffodils in bloom!
Life was strange and nerve-wracking in March, but at least the reading was good! Here are the books I finished last month:

I finished seven books in all in March, which is a good month for me. I read a nice mix of fiction and nonfiction, including one YA novel (though no middle-grade books), and two of my books were on audio. It's unusual for me to read two nonfiction books in one month when it's not Nonfiction November! It was an excellent reading month, and I enjoyed all of these and the variety. I think OCD Love Story was my favorite--the book that most grabbed me.

Progress in 2020 Reading Challenges:
You can see all of the reading challenges I am participating in and full lists of the books read for each at the challenges link. I have some fun ones going this year! Here's how March stacked up:

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020 - I only read 2 books from my own shelves last month, but with the libraries all shut down and no book groups or events, my TBR reading should ramp WAY up!

2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge - March was Sub-Genre Sound-Off, so I chose The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard, which is WWII historical fiction.
Back to the Classics 2020 - no classics yet this year, but I did kick off April with one!

PopSugar Reading Challenge - this is a unique one! I fit six of my seven books into categories in March, filling in 17 categories so far this year:
  1. A book that won an award in 2019: Black Is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother's Time, my Mother's Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard
  2. A book on a subject you know nothing about: The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
  3. A book that has a book on the cover: The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata
  4. A book with a three-word title: Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  5. A book with a pink cover: OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
  6. A book by or about a journalist: For Once in My Life by Colleen Coleman
2020 Nonfiction Reader's Challenge - I read two nonfiction books in March, fitting into the categories for Social Science (Black Is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother's Time, my Mother's Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard) and Feminism (Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Pipher), for a total of four nonfiction books so far this year.
2020 Diversity Reading Challenge - Six of my seven books were diverse last month and Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Pipher fit into the monthly theme of gender/woman author.
Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge - I added just one new country in March, Argentina.
2020 Literary Escapes Challenge - I read books set in four new states: Kansas, Tennessee, Vermont, and Louisiana.
And finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month! Stop by to print out this month's Bingo card and play along. In March, I filled 18 spaces on my bingo card:

Spaces Filled in:

The Atomic City Girls - secrets, enemies/frenemies, audiobook
Who Is Vera Kelly? - suspense/thriller, library book, military, in a series, set in a city
Black Is the Body - dark past/history
OCD Love Story - free book, children's book, shelf love
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau - diverse characters, luck
Women Rowing North - not in a series
For Once in My Life - read a physical book, blue on the cover
Free Space

What was your favorite book read in March?


  1. I think I'll do really well with the Mount TBR challenge as well given that we're all home-bound for a while. And, I'm enjoying the Popsugar challenge; I love all the random categories.

    1. I like Popsugar, too, Helen - fun! And this could be our best year ever for TBR Challenge! ha ha

  2. You had a decent month Sue. I think my fave reads in March were The Nickel Boys; Colson and Nothing More Dangerous, Allen Eskens.

    1. I've also been wanting to read Nickel Boys. Amd there's a new Allen Eskens?? Oooh, I want to read that!