Two posts in one day, wait what? Who am I? Actually on top of things for once? Lol nope I’m still behind, but trying to catch up in the eleventh hour.
Fitting my TBR goal for the year, I’m making these new books hauled in February my March TBR. I’ve already read a few, but there are a lot left and I already know I won’t get to all of these within the month. I actually did better than in Dec. and Jan. but I’m really hoping I can commit to a downward trend in book buying because it would be nice to feel like my TBR is manageable for once. But until that time, here’s what’s new ->
- The Running Man by Stephen King. I read this in The Bachman Books last fall, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Other contributing factor to purchasing = it was one of the few remaining Stephen King books in the 2016 Gallery editions that I needed to complete my collection. The main reason my book hauls have been so large lately is that I’ve been trying to get all of these paperbacks and I mainly find them on Book Outlet, where I then feel the need to add enough other books to my cart to get free shipping. But I’ve found 8 now out of (I think) 9, so I should be better able to reign myself in going forward.
- I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. I read this in 2016 I think, and it’s still one of my favorite mystery/thrillers of all time, primarily because of how well it thoroughly shocked me at the halfway-point twist even though I was looking for such a twist. I wanted a copy to lend and reread, as I originally borrowed it from the library.
- Paradise by Edna O’Brien. I ordered a few of these little books from the Faber Stories collection to get me started with that set, and I couldn’t wait until March to read them. I’m very happy with the stories I chose; you can check out my mini-reviews for more info. They also include:
- The Inner Room by Robert Aickman. And
- Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath. I had such a good time with these that I ordered another batch of three as soon as I finished, so expect those in March…
New to be read:
- The Dark Half by Stephen King. Another of the old Gallery paperbacks. I just grabbed it this month because I saw it was available and didn’t want to miss my chance. But I am trying to read my way through King’s oeuvre and this one looks interesting now that I know a bit more about King’s Richard Bachman pseudonym.
- Blaze by Stephen King. This one was available on Book Outlet when I was purchasing from there anyway.
- The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. Also was available on Book Outlet (I swear this is not an ad, I just like their prices). A friend recommended this title to me, so I am glad I grabbed a copy.
- End of Watch by Stephen King. The same friend has been nagging me (in a nice way) to finish the Mr. Mercedes trilogy (this is the third book), but since I bought Finders Keepers (the second book) last year it was harder to justify picking it up when I’m behind on my current TBR system already. Having this one on hand gives me an extra nudge to just go for it anyway.
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. This is a YA contemporary with high ratings that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while, so finding it on Book Outlet seemed like fate and I grabbed it.
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee. This is an adult contemporary about sisters and mental health that I’ve been wanting to read for ages and decided it was time to get around to. Also, free shipping…
- 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. I’ve been interested in this one for a while because it was shortlisted for the Man Booker a couple years ago and also because I’m highly intrigued by the premise of four mutually exclusive stories packed into one narrative. This one’s massive, but I’m trying not to let that deter me.
- Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett. I picked this one up on a whim, as I remember wanting to read it back in 2016 when it started appearing as a nominee on several awards lists, but honestly it kind of fell off of my radar. I don’t remember anything about it other than that it was up for awards, so I have no idea what to expect and I probably should have looked into this a bit more, even if the shipping was free.
- Early Riser by Jasper Fforde. This was my Book of the Month selection for February; there’s been an intriguing trend with dream/sleep novels lately, and I’m on board for that. I just read and adored The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (review up soon) and can’t wait to try this one as well.
- A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum. I added this as an extra to my Feb. BOTM box because it sounded so promising (and one is never enough). This is a family/cultural story with an Arab-American MC.
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. This one was recommended to me by another friend, who is currently rereading so we can talk about it together in March. I know literally nothing about it beyond the fact that she loves it and I’ve got a Murakami-sized gap in my reading life.
- Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. I read O’Neill’s Asking For It last summer and was absolutely stunned by it. Also a bit traumatized. It was such a meaningful book that I’ve been wanting to try another title from this author but it’s taken me a while to get past how sad and horrified the last one left me. I think I’m finally ready to dive back in. This is a sci-fi dystopia, which I’ve been in the mood for lately, with feminist elements, which I’m always in the mood for.
And that’s all for now, folks. At 17 books total, this haul is still larger than I’m hoping will be normal this year, but it is a 10-book improvement from last month. I think I could actually read all twelve of these in March, the only exception being the Stephen Kings; one or two of his novels seems like enough to handle in one month.
But I also have 4 library books checked out, and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist will be announced on March 4th- I’ll want to read at least some (if not all) of those nominees as well. Plus I’m still finishing two books from my February TBR- one (The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo) I should finish tonight, technically before the end of the month, but the other (The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty) is a longer novel that’ll take me into March. So who knows what will happen with my TBR. It’s anyone’s guess.
And for anyone curious, when I post my February wrap-up tomorrow I’ll show a comparison with my Jan. book haul / Feb. TBR to see how many books I actually crossed off of this month’s list.
Any recommendations for me from the twelve books I *should* read in March? Let me know if you’ve read/loved (or hated) any of these!
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