March was a pretty epic reading month for me. With all things coronavirus impacting people worldwide, I was one of many self-employed freelancers who found themselves without a job. Yes, this was difficult to adjust to, and yes, I really struggled with processing what had happened. But as ever, books have been a shining light in the darkness this month and I used reading largely as a method of coping. So without further ado, here are all the weird and wonderful books I read this month:
The Stranger, Harlen Coben
I absolutely loved this book. I was determined to read it before watching the series on Netflix, and I have to say I was pretty disappointed by the Netflix adaptation. The book was everything I needed it to be and more. It was well paced, the twists and turns took me by surprise and I definitely did not see the ending coming. The series, however, added so much unnecessary fluff around the main storyline I found myself wondering what on earth was going on for much of it. It’s still worth the watch, but as in most cases the book was certainly better.
The Flatshare, Beth O’Leary
This was the book I read the day after I lost my job, and what a gloriously joyful book it was. I became so invested in the lives of Tiffy and Leon and found myself immersed in a world of crocheting and post-it notes from the very first page. I absolutely devoured this book and couldn’t have read it at a more perfect time, I would highly recommend this to anyone who needs some joy in their lives right now.
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
I am on a mission this year to read as many of the classics as possible, and Little Women was the next one to tick off my list. After watching the film earlier this year (which is gorgeous, by the way) I decided there was no longer any reason to put this one off. I quickly realised I had no reason at all to be intimidated by this book, the writing style is so easy and I fell in love with the March sisters immediately. I am very much looking forward to reading its sequel Good Wives later this year.
The Wedding Date, Jasmine Guillory
After reading Little Women I decided I needed something bright and breezy to follow. The Wedding Date was the perfect read for this. It is raunchy and exciting and, as a mixed race girl myself, I absolutely loved reading about an interracial couple. The second book in this series is currently on its way to me in the post.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
Was there ever a better time to return to the comfort of Hogwarts than during a global pandemic? I really needed something that reminded me of home this month and the pages of Harry Potter always bring me comfort no matter what. It made perfect sense, therefore, to have a reread. I noticed when I finished that one of my favourite bookstagrammers (@amysbookshelf – check her out!) is hosting a HP Readathon and I am very excited to get involved with this over the coming months.
After You, Jojo Moyes
After You is the stunning sequel to Me Before You, the worldwide book/movie hit. I didn’t realise until very recently that this was actually a trilogy of books, having read Me Before You a couple of years ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed diving back into the weird and wonderful world of Louisa Clark. In After You, an unexpected guest with a surprising connection to Louisa’s past turns up on her doorstep, dragging her out of a world of grief and helping her move on with her life in more ways than one. I adored this book (and its sequel, which will be in my April wrap up!)
If you’ve read any of these let me know in the comments! As this period of isolation continues I expect my reading will too, and I’m mega excited to see which books I get through this month.