My reading is on a roll this year, and at this rate, I will have no trouble hitting my goal to read 20 books this year. I'm already more than half way there! I'm not really sure why I'm reading more, god knows I don't have extra time in my day, especially with a baby who naps so inconsistently. If anything, I think it's because I'm consciously choosing to read over other things, like spending mindless hours scrolling through social media. It has also helped that I've been taking advantage of free e-books from the library and always have one downloaded to read on my phone. It's not ideal to read on my phone, but it allows me to sneak in a page or two several times throughout the day, and comes in super handy during those times I'm sitting in a parked car while the baby naps.
Here's what I read in March:
Three Souls by Janie Chang: This was a book club pick. I was pulled in from the beginning and was emotionally invested the entire time. I don't think I've ever read a Chinese historical-fiction novel that I haven't loved, and Three Souls was no exception. Leiyin, the main character, has died, and in order to move on to the afterlife, her and three souls must re-live the events leading up to her death so Leiyin can figure out how to avenge for her sins. A must read if you are a fan of Amy Tan's books. Also, a fantastic first novel from this author.
Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed by EL James: I'll spare you much talk about these books. Everyone and their dog has an opinion on these books (and movie), but for the record, I enjoyed reading them. They were entertaining, and fun and I don't think there's any need to dissect them any deeper. If you're getting your relationship advice from these works of fantasy fiction, then we've got bigger problems.
Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves: Not the page-turner that On the Island was, but this story still pulled me in, despite it being slow at times. A good look at what can happen in a marriage when you lose your way, are incredibly lonely and and have lost the ability to communicate with your spouse. At what point does a spouse's job become more important then the things they could lose (family included)? Told from alternating view points, it was interesting to see the inner dialogue and turmoil that each character was going through.
What have you been reading lately? Any must-read book I should add to my list?