This early spring weather has had me jumping all over the place with my reading. Not much went according to plan this month! Sometimes deviating from the script is called for. I’m excited to get back on track this month (maybe) and get a lot more reading done. Come take a look at what I read in March and see what’s coming up next month!


Don’t forget, beginning in April I have a literary life challenge going on that YOU can join in on! If you’ve been craving more literature in your life and a deeper connection with what you’re reading, be sure to check it out!


March 2017 TBR List:
  1. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  2. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (finish)
  3. Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  4. The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien (finish)
  5. March, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  6. The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien



Actual March 2017 Reads:
  1. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  2. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (in part)
  3. Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  4. The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien (in part)
  5. Uncanny X-Men Omnibus, Vol. 1, see link for various authors and illustrators
  6. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  7. King Lear, William Shakespeare
  8. Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed
  9. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami (in part)
  10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling


Monthly Favorites

As you can see, this month was scatter-brained and mood-driven. I picked up books on a whim, I set aside others that weren’t gripping me in their clutches properly. It was sort of a whirlwind! I have to say that two of the books that stuck out in March were Writing Down the Bones and King Lear. I read both in just a couple of days. King Lear I have read before of course, but I decided to attend a performance and wanted to read it again before seeing it in the theater. I can’t express how nice it was to return to Shakespeare! I didn’t realize it’s been such a long time. I’m inspired now to pick up Shakespeare more often. He’s one of my very favorites, after all!

Writing Down the Bones is something I’d been meaning to read for years and just never made a point of getting to until now. I loved it as much as I thought I would and more. It’s gotten me back into the writing mood and definitely was part of what helped me decide to begin Writing Wednesdays here on Cask & Quill. I look forward to returning to pieces of it often when I am in need of writing inspiration. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in writing!


A note on White Trash: Though I am really enjoying this one, you may have noticed it is constantly on my list and seems to be taking near forever to finish. This book is rather long and dense. I borrow it from the library and one reason it’s taking me so long to get through is that I fail to finish it in the three weeks I have it on loan. Since it’s a popular book I can’t renew or check it out right away again and instead have to wait my turn. One day, I will finish! But from the third or so that I’ve read so far, I do recommend it.


April 2017 TBR List:
  1. The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien (finish)
  2. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami (finish)
  3. The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  5. The Fire This Time, Jesmyn Ward
  6. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling


I’m looking forward to finishing a couple of these up in April (including my first Murakami) as well as starting a few new ones. I hope to get through both Tolkien works by the end of the month as well since I’ve got another little something exciting in store for May! I’m finally reading Atwood again and hope to finish the book before the show of the same name begins on Hulu near the end of the month (April 26). I’ll be reading that one along with a group of international friends. Why don’t you join us!?


What book from March did you love? What are you reading in April?





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