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Reading Life: March 2019

March was quite a month of highs and lows, from a sweet wedding (& first flower girl performance for Amelia) and a visit from family, to nearly three weeks of sickness that wiped me out and put me firmly back in “survival mode” when it came to parenting/house management/etc. including reading! Once again, I only have a couple books to share this month, but that is the new norm (at least for now!).

I’m no longer tracking my reading with daily photos, but I started an old school pen-and-paper journal to keep track of what I’m reading. It’s surprisingly therapeutic to write it down by hand! You can also check out what I’m reading on my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery


March 2019 Thoughts


Dear Mr. Knightley, by Katherine Reay

Start date: 3/1/2019
Finish date: 3/14/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Modern Mrs. Darcy

2 stars

I wanted to like this book – it had so much potential as a Dear Daddy Long Legs retelling, with a more realistic depiction of a character surviving foster care by hiding in books. But even though I admired the author’s attempt at modernizing the storyline, there were so many elements that didn’t work for me. The dialogue was so stilted and the literary references were so cringe-worthy, that it was hard to ignore. I don’t mind a clean romance with religious undertones, but that aspect felt especially inorganic.

I’ve read Dear Daddy Long Legs (& its sequel Dear Enemy) a few times after discovering Jean Webster in high school – and honestly, this retelling makes me want to go back to the originals!

My Thoughts on Jean Webster’s books (spoiler alert: love them):
Dear Daddy Long Legs, by Jean Webster – read in September 2010 and January 2013
Dear Enemy, by Jean Webster – read in September 2010 and  November 2014
Just Patty, by Jean Webster
When Patty Went to College, by Jean Webster

The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals, by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

Start date: 3/21/2019
Finish date: 3/29/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Instagram
4 stars

Of course I love the queens of organization on IG even if I’ll never decant all my dried goods or have a magazine-worthy ROYGBIV closet of any kind. I’m still not willing to spend a small fortune on matching acrylic containers to achieve the office THE look, but I’m pretty happy with my current scrappy organizing, so I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of useful tips that I can actually implement. There’s a huge variety of spaces showcased (although no kitchen cabinets?!) – about 80% unattainable eye candy + 20% real life. But I think I’m finally ready to tackle my pantry once and for all… wish me luck!

Still Reading:

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch Book #1), by Ann Leckie

Start date: 3/4/2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Sarah

I’ve been meaning to read this trilogy for so, so long and now seems like the right time to dive in! The world building is amazing, as promised by my friend Sarah, but I have to admit that the SciFi genre is more mentally taxing to read… so I’m taking my time with this one and mayyyybe putting it down once in a while to read something lighter.

Books read in March: 2
Books read in 2019: 7
Still reading: 1

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the third month of 2019!

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

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