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Reading Life: March 2018

The third month of 2018 flew by! I was dreading another medical procedure, but we all survived and my reward was a Spring Break trip with Amelia to visit my parents! I got to enjoy some good books, although I haven’t been reading anything life-altering lately.

Read in March

I’m still enjoying tracking my reading and taking daily photos, but I haven’t been jotting down notes or sharing the photos as regularly on social media. BUT if you want to see time-lapse videos of what I read each month, check out my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery!


March 2018 Thoughts


We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, by Samantha Irby

Start date: 2/22/2018
Finish date: 3/3/2018
Source: What Should I Read Next? Podcast
Genre: Memoir
Format: Library book
3 stars

Essay collection from a blogger/influencer I’ve never heard of, but her writing is witty and self-deprecation at its finest. Of course it’s nice to read memoirs that are relatable, but popping that bubble to appreciate the humor and heart in a life story completely different from mine is refreshing. At times it was crass, but it was always funny. 

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

Start date: 3/3/2018
Finish date: 3/13/2018
Source: Movie trailer (thanks, Netflix)
Genre: Fiction
Format: Library book
3 stars

Three women in three different time periods are intertwined, linked by Virgina Woolfe in one way or another, all yearning for more than their ordinary lives. The writing was well done but the “twist” at the end was expected; this is one of those times that I wish I had a book club to discuss – is there something I’m missing? I waffled between 3 and 4 stars because this feels like “important” literary fiction since it won a Pulitzer and Meryl Streep stars in the movie, but ultimately the reading experience didn’t affect me for very long.

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes

Start date: 3/15/2018
Finish date: 3/17/2018
Source: Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast
Genre: Memoir
Format: Library book
4 stars

In a nutshell, this memoir by the creator of Shondaland (AKA Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, etc.) is a delight.  don’t actually watch any of her shows, but her accomplishments are undeniable and her exuberant personality makes for a really fun journey as she sets out to say “yes” to big changes in her life. Her TV writing shines through, so it goes down quick and easy. Maybe a little too quick at times: she glosses over many of the nitty gritty details of how she completely transformed her life.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Start date: 3/28/2018
Finish date: 3/28/2018
Source: Modern Mrs. Darcy blog
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Library book
4 stars

A friend asks for advice on raising her daughter as a feminist, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s letter in response became this book. I’m currently reading Americanah by the same author, and Adichie’s observations on American culture told through the story of two Nigerian immigrants is so insightful. Her take on feminism also resonates with me, and her suggestions made me think more carefully about how I want to approach raising a daughter. Reading about Adichie’s fictional characters’ lives in Nigeria prepared me somewhat for the cultural differences that also appear in this nonfiction work’ at first glance, it seems like misogyny is more prevalent in her culture, but maybe it’s just that people say out loud beliefs that many Americans pretend are in the past.  I feel like we repeat a lot of feminist talking points in America, but that doesn’t mean we are raising our children as equals. Even if it made me sad that she would have to spell out suggestions like “never speak of marriage as an achievement,” as obvious as it may seem, it’s still necessary.

A few other suggestions (from the back of the book):

Teach her self-reliance. Tell her it is important to be able to do for herself and fend for herself.

Teach her to love books.

Teach her to ask questions.

“Because you are a girl” is never a reason for anything. Ever.

Feminism and femininity are not mutually exclusive.

Teach her about difference. Make difference ordinary.

Teach her about privilege and inequality and the importance of giving dignity to everyone.

Give her a sense of identity. It matters.

This short book fit the bill for “A book you can read in a day” for the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge.

Still Reading:

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Start date: 3/18/2018
Source: Barnes & Noble
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback

I’m enjoying this story of two Nigerians and their experiences as immigrants to America, especially the acerbic commentary on American culture, but halfway through it’s starting to drag for me.

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids, by Sarah Mackenzie

Start date: 3/27/2018
Source: Everyday Reading blog
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Paperback

I already know that reading is crucial, but this book goes a step forward to explain how important it is to continue reading aloud to children well past the point that they can read for themselves. The first third covers the why, followed by how and what to read aloud; so far, so good!

Books read in March: 4
Books read in 2018: 14
Still reading: 2

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the third month of 2018!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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4 thoughts on “Reading Life: March 2018

  1. I love how you went through this books and your rating system. I loved Year of Yes and would like to read The Hours but not sure if I’ll be able to get into that style of writing.


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