What I Read in March 2022
March has been another busy and stressful month for me, which means that – once again – reading has taken somewhat of a back seat. However, I did manage to read 5 books. But still some good reads worth mentioning.
This was a non-fiction read for our diversity book club at work. I listened to the audiobook, and I’m glad I did because it is incredibly data-heavy. If I were to read the ebook or paperback of this book I think I would have struggled to get through it. It’s an infuriating read but well worth the reading.
This historical novel, published in 1987, is a heartwarming story of love in Alabama from the 1930s until the late 1980s. It is a product of the time so there is a lot of racism and slang. However the characters come alive and you love them by the end, especially Idgie Threadgoode.
This is the third in the Smythe-Smith series, a companion series to the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. In this story we follow the story of Sarah Pleinsworth, a member of the Smythe-Smith clan through her mother who was originally a Smythe-Smith. The love interest in question is Sir Hugh Prentice, the man responsible for the banishment – and recent un-banishment – of her cousin Daniel. After a rather unfortunate first meeting, the two have now been pushed together at Daniel’s wedding and things are going to take a surprising (or unsurprising in the reader’s case) turn. A fun little far-fetched regency romance. Perfect for passing the time pre-Bridgerton series 2.
This memoir by Natasha Gregson Wagner is all about her mother, Natalie Wood, and her mysterious but ultimately accidental and tragic death. Natasha was extremely close to her mother growing up and for the first 50% of the book, we hear all about her mother, father, step-father, and the glitzy life of 1960s Hollywood. But after her mother’s death, when Natasha was just a child, everything changed. An interesting, slightly biased – of course – depiction of her mother. But still, I appreciated it for what it is: a love letter to a mother from a woman who had to grow up without.
And finally, after saying I’ll read this book for so long, I’ve managed to read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. This book is part of my 30 Books in 30 Day challenge I’m currently challenging myself to complete. It was a pretty decent read, interestingly split into two narratives: one from Gilbert Markham and one from Helen Huntingdon. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Alex Jennings and Jenny Agutter. A good read, and a fairly easy classic to get your teeth into.
What did you read in March 2022? Let me know in the comments below.