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Reading Log: March 2014

This month was consumed with moving – we flew to Nashville on March 1 and it’s hard to believe a month has passed already!  We found an apartment, moved in, the moving truck arrived, and I’ve been unpacking for the last two weeks.  So much has been going on that I haven’t felt like reading much, although I squeezed some time in here and there.  I’m looking forward to getting more settled and back into a reading routine!

Below is my Reading Log for March 2014, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month (even if I started some of them outside of the month).  And of course I keep track of my rating on the grade system, the binding, genre, etc… just for fun!

March 2014

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.
F = Fiction, HF = Historical Fiction, NF = NonFiction, YA = Young Adult,
CL = Children’s Lit, B/M = Bio/Memoir, SFF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft

Title Start Finish Grade/
Format
Genre 
Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul,
by Melodie Beattie
1/1/14 Still Reading TBD
PB
SH
One Man’s Meat,
by E.B. White
1/11/14 Still Reading TBD
PB
M
A Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2),
by Rick Riordan
2/21/14 3/1/14 A
K
YA
Howl’s Moving Castle,
by Diana Wynne Jones
3/1/14 3/9/14  A
K
YA
Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1),
by Mean McCafferty
3/10/14 3/11/14 A+
YA
Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2),
by Megan McCafferty
3/12/14 Still Reading TBD
YA 
Our Town,
by Thornton Wilder
3/27/14 3/29/14 A
PB
F

Thoughts:

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul, by Melodie Beattie – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

Still reading this almost every night.  I skipped a couple weeks during the move, but I realized that I really enjoy a gentle end to the night so I made a point to catch up and add this back to my bedtime routine.  There are quite a few entries that have really resonated.  I’m determined to keep this one resolution for the entire year!

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One Man’s Meat, by E.B. White – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

Still reading.  I haven’t spent much time reading lately, but when I have time for a leisurely breakfast I’ve picked this up again.  Still enjoying E.B. White’s essays about country life during the onset of World War II.

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A Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2), by Rick Riordan – A

The Amateur Librarian // February 2014 Reading Log

Action-packed from the get go, and an immensely enjoyable sequel. The plot thickens and the characters developed further, all so effortlessly and fun-filled that it was a great pick during the chaos of moving. I don’t know if I was emotional about the move or what, but the Cyclopes character Tyson totally touched my heart strings. Can’t wait to continue the series!

Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones – A

The Amateur Librarian // March 2014 Reading Log

I’ve had this in my Kindle queue for quite a while, and I finally cracked it open on our final flight to Nashville. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed this surprising fantasy adventure from top to bottom!  Sophie Hatter is suddenly turned into an old woman by a spiteful witch, so she seeks refuge with a flighty wizard and lives in his moving castle while a whole series of events unfurl. Sometimes confusing but always entertaining, and I definitely want to see the Oscar-nominated animated movie (although it seems quite different from the book).

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Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1), by Mean McCafferty – A+

The Amateur Librarian // March 2014 Reading Log

A quick, obsessive read – the best guilty pleasure YA Lit I’ve read in a while.  Jessica Darling’s diary is full of snark, angst, and drama, but it’s definitely the portrayal of anxiety-ridden insight that hooked me.  Her wisecracks are hilarious, even if somewhat mean-spirited (I kept reminding myself that it is a diary after all, so it’s not like the character would actually say what she’s really thinking out loud).  After I read this book, I looked up the series and found out there are five books total that follow Jessica from high school through college and after graduation too.  It’s intriguing to find a series that actually shows those tumultuous post-college years as well.  I wasn’t planning on reading the rest of the series but I just may have to…

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Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2), by Megan McCafferty – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // March 2014 Reading Log

Still reading.  Maybe I should’ve given it some space before I jumped into the second book in the Jessica Darling series, because so far the main character is coming off as a bit whiny and harsh.  When I was reading up on the series online, it seems as though the second book ends pretty definitively and then the rest of the books were written later, so after this one I might take a break before deciding if I want to finish the series.

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Our Town, by Thornton Wilder – A

The Amateur Librarian // March 2014 Reading Log

I picked this up on a whim – it’s always been one of those classics I felt like I should’ve read in school at some point but it was never assigned reading, and of course once your ears are perked it’s mentioned all over the place.  It seemed a pretty simple and straightforward message about appreciating life on the first read, but I can see how you could grasp more layers on multiple readings.  Afterwards, I watched some scenes on Youtube and I have to admit that it definitely comes to life when it’s acted with an emotional impact that reading it in my head just didn’t convey.  (The Act 3 monologue by Penelope Ann Miller from a 1989 production was really stunning.  I avoided the high school plays, just because of the reputation that they have for emphasizing the sentimentality.)  Glad I finally read it!

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of March.  Anyone reading a good book?

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