March was an excellent reading month for me, although extremely unrealistic for any normal human being, since I’ve read 31 books. Since the number of books are so great, and I don’t want to spend the rest of my life writing this post, I’ll only mention the books that really really stood out to me and stayed with me for any reason. This is not to say that these were the only memorable or good books I’ve read though, just that they were the most impactful for me.
Here goes nothing!
*I’m not going to mention any of the feminist non-fiction books here, since I’ve already done a separate post about those books.
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
This was the first book I’ve read in the month of March, yet it’s still very fresh in my mind. It’s about this woman who gets a job offer from an old friend, asking her to come and look after her two step-kids, who are twins. The catch is very obvious from the cover of this book, because these kids literally burst into flames in stressful situations. Extremely weird premise but very fun execution! I’ve loved every second of reading this book. The author makes the reader think about privilege, class, and being an outcast in society in a very entertaining way.
I’m the King of the Castle by Susan Hill
This is a book that stayed with me for the ending, although the whole journey was pretty interesting. In this book, Hill deals with heavy issues such as bullying and the mental implications that it causes in children. The book has a very creepy, unsettling atmosphere throughout that was done pretty well, and the author’s character study, especially of the bully, was extremely well done. Look up trigger warnings before reading, though!
Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
Ship of Destiny is the third book of the Liveship Traders trilogy of Robin Hobb’s the Realm of the Elderlings books. As it’s the third book of a series, I cannot really talk much about the book. What I will say is that some difficult subjects were dealt with so expertly (if you read it, you know it) in this book. The whole trilogy was god-tier, though I still prefer the first trilogy because of the characters.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
I’ve seen/heard about Middlemarch for literally years, before I finally read it. Everyone kept saying that it was a masterpiece, that it was the best novel to come out of the Victorian Era, that its plot and the character study was excellent. And I must say that I agree with every single statement. I loved Middlemarch more than I anticipated. When I first started reading the book, for the first hundred pages at least, I was unsure of how I was going to like it. Yet this book is nine-hundred pages, so naturally a hundred pages was next to nothing. The more I got into the story and got familiar with the characters, the more I fell in love with this book. Eliot truly does an excellent job of studying the true nature of people in this book. I especially liked her commentary on marriage, or rather the “married life.” Definitely a new favorite.
1984 by George Orwell
Another book that is over-the-top popular. I think 1984 might be the most popular book I’ve read, ever. Yet it was a huge disappointment. My major problem with this book was sexism, or rather the flat-out misogyny. I hated every second of the Part II of this book, I hated the ending, I hated how the only female character was used as a plot device to further the main (male) character’s story. I think her name was Julie or Julia, I’m not very sure, to be honest, and too lazy to look it up. But she was so one dimensional, so obviously a product of gross male fantasy that she ruined the book for me.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I don’t think I have words to describe what I feel for this book. I love it, yet reading this book was one of the hardest reading experiences of my life. It’s so very dark to begin with, but only gets darker as the story progresses. I fell in love with the characters, they were so fleshed-out, so real, that I was shocked by how talented Yanagihara was at constructing fictional characters. I loved how the book was structured, I loved the atmospheric feeling of this book. One of my favourite booktubers described this book as “it’s like you are being punched on the face” and I agree 100%. Yet. I cannot recommend this book to anyone. If I knew all the trigger warnings beforehand, I would never read it. I’m not sure that I can ever do a complete reread of it in the future. But it’s now one of my favourite books.