March Reads & Listens

At one time, I used to keep track of everything I read or listened to. It was fun to compare months and years, to see what my reading trends were, and see how many reads I averaged. It was also a great way to remind myself of authors I’d enjoyed or series I’d started. However, it also started stressing me out…if I saw my book count was low for a particular month, I’d feel bad and rush to read something, even if I didn’t feel like reading a particular book or reading at a fast pace. It made reading more chore-like, which is awful.

So I stopped keeping track, which made my life easier. Still, I’ve always kind of missed recounting my reads, so I’ve decided to try something a bit different. Instead of a master list, I’m going to (try) to do monthly posts about my reads and listens. This way, I can share books I’ve enjoyed with you all, and have a way to look back at my yearly reads. However, I’m not going to be obsessive about it!

Let’s give this a go! Note I’ll only include novels on this list (with a toddler at home, I read a lot of picture and board books!), but I’m not picky about age range, so you’ll see books ranging from Early Readers to Adult (though it’ll be mostly MG and YA). These are also the books I’ve finished during the month, which may mean I started it this month, or last month, or six months ago…it also means that if my read count is low for a month (or even non-existent!) it’s probably because I’m reading a book (or multiple books), but I haven’t yet finished it/them!

What I’ve Read

TreasureIsland Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

This is one of those classics I’ve always planned to read eventually, and I finally decided to pick it up. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with this one. This is probably quite a lame thing to admit, but although I’ve kind of always vaguely known what Treasure Island was about, my first real familiarity with the story  comes from Muppet Treasure Island. And while that version veers pretty far from the original plot (which I knew long before reading the book), I think the movie does a much better job portraying the relationship between Silver and Jim. I guess Stevenson didn’t intend to make the two bond, but I like it better when they do…makes the story more complex and the ending more interesting.

The Worst Witch All at Sea – Jill MurphyWorstWitchAllatSea

I really like this old series. It’s cute and entertaining, a lot of fun for fans of young witch stories! All at Sea is the fourth of seven books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I’ve Listened To

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Conversion – Katherine Howe (Read by Khristine Hvam)

This was a fun story. A modern counterpart to the events of the Salem Witch Trials, Conversion shows what would happen if multiple teenage girls were struck with an unknown illness at a prestigious school in New England. It’s a mystery with a historical fiction backstory, all mixed together with the characters’ normal stresses of being seniors in a competitive high school.

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My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece – Annabel Pitcher (Read by David Tennant)

I’d previously read and enjoyed another work by Pitcher, so when I found out that this audiobook was narrated by David Tennant, I knew I had to listen. It didn’t disappoint! Told from the POV of a ten-year-old boy five years after his sister’s death, this is a story of a boy just trying to live his life while his family crumbles around him. Sad and lovely all at the same time, this was a great story, read by a wonderful narrator.

 

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The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell (Read by Greg Sestero)

If you’re a fan of bad movies, you’ve probably heard of Tommy Wiseau’s masterpiece of awfulness, The Room. If you’ve seen it and love it for just how terrible it is, I highly recommend this audiobook written and narrated by Greg Sestero (oh hai, Mark!). It’s a fantastic story about the making of the movie, and about Sestero and Wiseau’s odd and complicated friendship. I doubly-recommend listening to this as opposed to reading it, though…Sestero does an amazing Wiseau impression, and there is definitely something added hearing all of Tommy’s dialogue spoken in his own unique way.

 

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – Jane Austen & Seth Graham-Smith (Read by Katherine Kellgren)

This was another long-time resident of the TBR shelf. I finally decided to listen to it because the movie looked like a lot of fun. There’s really not much to say about this…it’s Pride & Prejudice, with Zombies. It’s exactly what it sounds like!

 

 

CostofAllthingsThe Cost of All Things – Maggie Lehrman (Read by Sharmila Devar, Shannon McManus, Jesse Bernstein, Nicholas Dressel)

I actually only downloaded this audiobook as part of some testing for work! I had seen it before, but couldn’t remember a thing about the plot when I started listening on a whim. I actually found the premise of hekame really interesting (the concept of magic being real, but being all about balance…for example, a spell for beauty takes away some intelligence, and the bigger the spell, the bigger the side-effect to keep things in balance). The story was a lot of fun at first, as each of the main characters slowly unveiled layers upon layers of spells counteracting with one another in complicated ways. It did fail for me towards the end, though…the teens stopped feeling like fragile youths making clouded decisions, and were instead like full on bratty kids with no brains and very selfish tendencies. The ending bothered me as well, but the concept was still neat, and for most of the story I enjoyed my listening.

One Response so far.

  1. I used to keep a master list of the books I’d read on a database on my computer, just for fun, but then my hard drive crashed, and I realized I had never backed up the file. Oh, well. I keep saying I’m going to start it over again. Maybe one of these days…
    I liked Muppet Treasure Island, too. I also liked the Disney movie version that implied a connection between Jim and Silver. I agree the bonding makes for a better story.

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