How’s everyone doing? I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the information and opinions going around, that I have decided to stay away from the news and social media for awhile. But not bookstagram. Never bookstagram. (You can find me @hercreativeescape by the way ;))
Reading, I find, is a wonderful way to cope during these crazy times. Books literally allow you to escape to any world in any time.
And March has been a great reading month so far! I am pleased to report that all the books I have read this month were quite good and enjoyable, and there weren’t any that made me roll my eyes or abandon halfway lol.
Books I read in March:
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
This was such an amazing book. The style of writing was quite clever, and it really helped the reader get into the mind of the main character, Charlie. Throughout the book, my heart ached for Charlie, but it broke towards the end. So many themes explored, so many insights. I’m so glad to have picked this up.
Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth
If you enjoy fairy tale retellings, you would probably enjoy this one. It’s basically a retelling of Rapunzel, but at the same time, it is also a story about the woman who was first credited with writing the story of Rapunzel. Bitter Greens also shares the perspective of the witch, and these three stories interwoven together made reading it a rich experience. It is quite a long book, but worth every page.
Crooked House, by Agatha Christie
I enjoy light murder mysteries a lot. Crooked House does not feature Monsieur Poirot or Miss Marple, but it’s still very captivating. I believe Agatha Christie said this was one of her favourites to write, if not the favourite, and it’s really fun to read. As usual, it was hard to decide on who the murderer was, but when it was revealed at the end, the reader is left feeling, ‘Of course! Why didn’t I see that?!’ Brilliant.
I bought this book on a whim, because, after reading one of the reviews that said this was ‘a swashbuckling, romantic adventure story about time travel and a love that spans four centuries’ (C.J. Flood), how could I not?! It turned out to be way more enjoyable than I expected, and I actually really really liked it. A super light and fun read, but the characters and plot are memorable.
I’ve shared the links to Amazon because it’s easy, but it goes without saying that if you are able to buy books from your local, independent bookstores, by all means please do so, especially during these challenging times.
If you have any book recommendations, please share in the comments!