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Over the past month, I have found my reading routine. And y’all it feels great. It starts like this – Sunday afternoons, I’m usually at my boyfriend’s house and I bring two books. The one that has only twenty pages left in it, and the next one on my list.
Sundays are my day I always seem to finish my book, even if I made good progress early in the week, it’s almost always Sunday that I finish my book.
This has helped me with at least one goal this year – reading. My reading goal for 2021 is 45 books, and I’m already at book 15 right now. I may need to up this to 50 later in the year. In fact, in March I read five books (including a picture book, but it’s still a book)!
1. Authentically Addie by Stephanie Wolfe
I’ve known the author, Stephanie, online for probably close to a decade now. Her daughter, the titular Addie, was born when I was in college and I knew Stephanie beforehand. This book is special to me because of that, but not just because of that. Addie was born with special needs, and I’m a special needs sister. As a kid, I always felt like I had to stick up for my brother but I did it with anger about people talking about him. This book looks to redefine how we talk about people with special needs and I’m so proud of Stephanie for writing it.
You can buy Authentically Addie here.
2. Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb
This is book 52 of the series and she’s not stopping. After 52 books, it would be easy to call in it and stop developing the characters, stop letting them grow with life. Robb doesn’t do that, she lets them grow and change and in this book we have couples moving and expecting babies (not Roarke and Eve though). If you want a year to lose yourself in a world, the IN DEATH series is a great one to go run to.
You can buy Faithless in Death here.
3. The Ex-Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Public Radio meets your love life – or their fake ones anyways. As an avid NPR podcast listener, I loved the little mentions of actual NPR hosts in this story. The podcast convention in Austin was great, too, but this story was just fun. If you need a cute romance where they go from enemies to lovers, I have to recommend this one.
You can pick up The Ex-Talk here.
4. The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
This is a book that I read in about four days and by the end of the year, I will not remember it. The most entertaining part of this book for me was that it takes place in the Birmingham suburbs. I knew where most of those places were from watching James Spann tornado coverage throughout the years, without ever having travelled to Alabama. The story takes place over months, but it’s a short book, so I feel like we get a glance at all the characters but not a good idea of them all.
You can read The Wife Upstairs here.
5. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
The bookseller at Amazon Books (yeah, that’s a book store) recommended this one and it was crazy. It’s not often anymore that someone can drop a bombshell on me that makes me go “oh shit!” Usually I have at least an inkling that something is up, or the “twist” seems completely plausible. This book had one that stumped me, so bravo.
I have a cart of books in my bedroom that I want to read in the next few months. For a while, I felt like I was adding too many books to this cart, and I probably was. Lately though, it finally feels like I’m making a dent in the list! Soon, I’ll add more books though to take care of that.
Tell me, what did you read in March?