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March 2016 Reading Log

I could come up with lots of excuses for why my reading life has felt a bit meh this month, from the weather (complete with 10-degree changes from one day to the next, lots of rain, and a few glorious sunny days) to health stuff to busy weekends… but mostly, I just wasn’t in the mood to focus on reading much. Even the really fun books felt like a blur, along with everything else going on. But I keep telling myself, that’s OK!

Lately I’ve been thinking about my reading life a lot. One thing I love about the What Should I Read Next? podcast is the wide variety of readers and their “reading lives” – and a reminder that the number of books or the amount of time spent reading or the types of books I like don’t make me any more or less of a “real reader” than anyone else. And despite the piles of books that my favorite book bloggers and Instagrammers plow through, my reading life is my own and there’s nothing wrong with taking a break every once in a while. I can’t image *not* reading at all, but it’s OK if I’m not reading 5 books at a time or any books at all. I think I needed to write that down more for myself than anyone else, but I feel better… now onto the books!

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

March 2016 Thoughts


It Was Me All Along: A Memoir, by Andie Mitchell

Start date: 2/10/2016
Finish date: 3/27/2016
Genre/Format: Memoir / Paperback

The Amateur Librarian // February 2016 Reading Log

I liked this memoir, but I didn’t love it. I finished it last week, but I’m still thinking about it and trying to pinpoint exactly what didn’t sit right. Full review coming soon, since I read this one for Blogging for Books.

Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, by Pamela Druckerman

Start date: 2/13/2016
Finish date: 3/23/2016
Genre/Format: Self Help / Library book


The Amateur Librarian // February 2016 Reading Log

Fascinating! I didn’t know parenting was another French thing to admire, like their food or clothes, but apparently it’s quite different from the American brand. Druckerman’s experience of moving to France with her British husband and raising three kids was equal parts interesting and amusing, with lots of stories about the differences between parenting styles and how she implemented some of the ideas with her own children. Some of the most interesting insights to me were “The Pause” which teaches babies to sleep through the night by 3 months, the national meal schedule which allows for one snack a day, and the emphasis on freedom within structure. This line pretty much sums it up: “the French have managed to be involved without becoming obsessive.”

(By the way, Everyday Reading’s review is much more thorough than mine, as usual – I love her reviews!)


Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2), by Marissa Meyer

Start date: 2/21/2016
Finish date: 3/6/2016
Genre/Format: Young Adult / Library book

The Amateur Librarian // February 2016 Reading Log


I inhaled this fun sequel! This time we join Scarlet (aka Red Riding Hood) and Wolf (aka the big bad wolf) as they search for her missing grandmother and eventually meet up with Cinder from book 1. The world building continues to impress, while still keeping the plot moving. By meeting new characters and furthering the plot, it never felt boring or like the “middle slog” of most series. Plus it’s fun that the quartet is already finished, so I can jump right into the next one (Rapunzel!).

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3), by Marissa Meyer

The Amateur Librarian // March 2016 Reading Log

Start date: 3/6/2016
Finish date: 3/20/2016
Genre/Format: Young Adult / Library book

Another fairy tale, Rapunzel, joins the galactic adventure in the third Lunar Chronicles book. The plot felt a little clunky since we’ve gone from one narrative to following four separate stories, but the twists and turns were still exciting and the story moved along quickly. There wasn’t as much time for character development, but I’m so, so glad the fourth book is out already so I don’t have to wait to find out what happens next!

Still Reading:

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World, by Anthony Doerr

Start date: 2/17/2016
Finish date: TBD
Genre/Format: Memoir / eBook

The Amateur Librarian // February 2016 Reading Log

Still reading. Another book rec from the What Should I Read Next? podcast (I promise I’m not sponsored, ha!) and this memoir about a writer moving to Rome for a year is right up my alley. Haven’t picked it up lately, but I’ll get back to it eventually.

Holes, by Louis Sachar

The Amateur Librarian // March 2016 Reading Log

Start Date: 3/10/2016
Finish Date: TBD
Genre/Format: Children’s Lit (Newbery Winner) / Audiobook

I actually finished this audiobook in early April, but I’ll save my thoughts for next month’s reading log. Somehow I never got around to reading this modern classic, but I’m glad I finally did!

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson

The Amateur Librarian // March 2016 Reading Log

Start date: 3/23/2016
Finish date: TBD
Genre/Format: Fiction / Audiobook

Still listening. I picked this one up on a whim (you guessed it, another rec from Modern Mrs. Darcy) and it’s a hoot! Read by Frances McDormand, which makes it even better, and as soon as I’m done with the audiobook I have to check out the movie!

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4), by Marissa Meyer

The Amateur Librarian // March 2016 Reading Log

Start date: 3/29/2016
Finish date: TBD
Genre/Format: Young Adult / Library book

Still reading. The fourth (and last) book in the series – I’m almost afraid to finish it, but at least there is a prequel and a short story collection after it’s over.

Books read in March: 4

Books read so far in 2016: 24

Still reading: 4

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of March, the third month of 2016.  I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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