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Quick Lit: What I’ve Been Reading Lately – March Edition

 

Each month on the 15th, Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts a Quick Lit link up to share what readers have been reading lately.  I’ve never participated before since I usually wait until the end of the month and do an Instagram/FB post on what I finished reading each month.  However, I thought I’d jump in on the fun this month!

I’ve been reading a lot of dark, heavy themes as of late and I don’t really know why other than something about the story pulled me in.  I’ve never been a big reader of fluff reading as it feels like I’m wasting my time but I’m trying to intentionally seek out lighter books moving forward to mix things up a bit.

Finished books in the month of March are:

After devouring The Boys In The Boat, I knew I had to give another Daniel James Brown title a try.  I was a bit hesitant to try this one simply because it was about the Donner Party. Now, I minored in history and have read several books on the subject already, (not to mention I’ve lived in Sacramento my entire life which means multiple grade levels touching on this subject), so it’s not the subject matter so much as the exhaustion on this subject for me. HOWEVER, I flew through this book. Instead of taking the usual perspective from the Donner family or even the Reed family, Brown hones in on a smaller character in the party, Sarah Graves.  He also included interesting information on each of the party survivors at the end, something my history classes and many other books do not touch on.

I couldn’t put The Second Mrs. Hockaday down and devoured this book as well. Told through a series of letters

 

 

I was intrigued by the story in Picnic At Hanging Rock, the unsolved mystery of 3 missing girls in 1900 Australia but had a hard time finishing this book.  After the act of where the girls go missing is addressed, the book falls flat for me. A mere 194 pages and I struggled to finish it. It didn’t help that doing a little of bit of online research indicates that this mystery may simply be fiction (rumor has it the story was based on fact).

 

 

What I’m in the middle of right now:

I’m not too far into this story so far but I’m intrigued. Not happy story (again, what is with my gravitation towards this stories as of late?!?!) but good so far.

 

After reading Sue Klebold’s memoir, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath of Tragedy (GREAT READ, btw!!) and after hearing this book getting rave reviews from several people, I decided to take advantage of Audible’s Prime channels for Prime members since Columbine is available on there for free right now. I’m so glad I opted to listen instead of reading this as the storyteller captures the intensity of the words and the scene so well. My teenage boys (who still have verdicts out on audiobooks) have been sucked into this story every time I play it out loud near them.

 

I’m about halfway through The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley as I’m reviewing it for the publisher. It releases next week and, to be honest, I’m having a hard time getting through it. Watch for my review coming up soon!

 

I just began this book, Abigale Hall, today for review. It’s supposed to be a gothic storytelling, which I love. I hope it holds up! Watch for a review on this coming soon as well!

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