March Reading Wrap Up 2017
I’ve had a slow reading month. I’ve just had a generally slow month I think. It’s not been productive, but it has been very social! Which is why I haven’t read so many books.
Although I am actually quite impressed I managed to finish a book in one afternoon! Get in!
But this month I read 5 books: 2 audiobooks, 2 eBooks and 1 paperback!
I’m just going to jump in because this has been a really eclectic reading month I feel.
What I’ve been reading:
The first book I finished this month was an eBook.
Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis
I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book via Netgalley and I was so pleased because I love the Bronte sisters! Particularly Anne, as a person, woman, and feminist. Shamefully, I’ve only read Jane Eyre and only attempted Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey. But after reading this book I really want to read the Tenant of Wildfell Hall this year. This is a very friendly, chatty book and is more about Samantha Ellis and her personal journey to discovering who Anne was, rather than a factual non-fiction book on what Anne was like. This is due to the lack of surviving material about Anne that remains. Regardless, it was a really insightful and an easy read. One that all book readers will enjoy, not just non-fiction, historical readers!
I then read, or listened to,
Ctrl Alt Del by Emma Gannon
I’ve recently fallen in love with Emma Gannon…well fallen in love with her work. I have been listening to her podcasts, also called Ctrl Alt Del, practically non-stop. I’m really interested in what she has to say about the world. Which is why I wanted to combine the two and listen to her book as an audiobook. It was great!
I am a millennial who just got over the line of being able to say ‘remember when’ as I don’t remember a time without a computer and I can’t remember dial-up, but we did have it. Emma is at the other end and really remembers it well and the book talks about her teenage years during the period. She tells the story of discovering what catfishing was, the development of twitter, MSN and more. She covers a lot more topics than computers, such as Feminism, relationships, and friendship. It’s really interesting, very funny and a great audiobook to listen to at the gym!
Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans
This was a re-read of one of my favourite chic-lit books. Set in London in the 1990s until 2008, the story focuses on Eleanor Bee who gets her first job in publishing and moves to London. Basically, change the surname and the year and it’s my life in fiction. It’s a really good book with lots of twists and turns and it feels very human throughout. I loved this book when I first bought it and I still love it now.
All the Rebel Women by Kira Cochran
All the Rebel Women was my definitive feminist read of the month. This was another audiobook and it is one of the Guardian Shorts, coming in at only 2 hours in length. It is a quick yet in-depth look into the world of feminism in the 21st century with each chapter focusing on a specific topic or event that is affecting the world and how we see feminism today. From rape to everyday sexism. A really worthwhile and important read.
And last but not least…
The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik
This is the sequel to Sofia Khan is not Obliged, and it will be released on the 6th April. This story is unique (which is a shame as there should be more like it!) in the fact that the protagonist is a Muslim woman in London and the story focuses on her life and the lives of her Muslim family and friends. With some appearances from people of other religions also. It is a very inclusive and wonderful read, which is very funny in places. It is also quite dramatic and twisty as well. I will be doing a full review on this series, so far, in the next few weeks! And I’m meeting Ayisha in a fortnight as well so I’ll let you know if there’s a book 3! I bloody well hope so.
But that is it for my reading in the month of March!
I’ve had so many books on the go this month, but I’ve yet to finish them all. Hopefully next month I’ll have read my aim of 7 books, but we’ll see. For now, I’m quite enjoying having a social life!
What have you read this month? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter! I’d love to know!