Can you believe we’re already in March? I know I can’t! This year is absolutely flying by but I’m well on track to hit my goal of 52 books for the year as far as reading is concerned. I’ve managed to read 13 books so far this year, a quarter of the way through my challenge so I’m way ahead of schedule compared to last year! The books I’ve chosen for my March reading list are pretty good ones and I’m very excited to get stuck into them and see what all the fuss attached to them is about.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale is a book that has been on my reading list for longer than I’d care to admit, and it’s only through having it on the required reading for my Gothic Literature class that I’ve finally picked it up and considered reading it as part of my March reading list. Recently this one has grown in terms of popularity because of the TV adaptation and I have no doubts that it’s a fantastic book – I just have to find the motivation to actually read it as I’ve heard that it’s a bit of a toughie in terms of the language and writing style. I’ll get back to you on that one though!
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
This book was added to my reading pile as soon as the Man Booker 2018 Longlist was released and it’s been sitting there gathering dust ever since. It’s not a particularly long book so I thought this month, where I have a few compulsory texts to get through, would be the perfect month to get down to it. It sounds quite similar to The Handmaid’s Tale in terms of what it’s about so hopefully I haven’t made a grave mistake in putting both of these in my March Reading List.
We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
Historical fiction is a genre that I will always make time for, even when I have piles and piles of review books to get through – I just can’t resist the lull of a war fiction text. I usually find myself drawn to war fiction texts set in France, with my interest in French History as a result of my undergraduate degree, but this one is set in Southampton in the early years of the second world war. Ellen, our protagonist, finds a small child alone at the back of a bus and takes her in. As her and her husband fall in love with the little girl, eventually, the fighting stops and they have the difficult task of returning her to where she came from. I can already envision the tears I’m going to cry with this one.
Mr Godley’s Phantom by Mal Peet
This one was a February purchase and jumped out at me whilst browsing in Waterstones. I don’t know all that much about this one, other than the fact it has the most beautiful cover Set post-Second World War, the story follows a former army man and his struggle to find himself after the war is over. He takes a position working for an elderly man in Dartmoor- remote and eerie, he gets much more than he bargained for. I am beyond intrigued by this one so I think I’ll be putting this straight to the top of my pile for my March reading list.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Of all of the children’s books I have had the pleasure of reading, this isn’t one of them. I’m quite embarrassed to admit that I’ve never actually read The Wind in the Willows so I’m going to allow myself the liberty of being a little nostalgic and give this one a go in March.
What are you reading this month? Let me know!