I’m a couple of days late with my round up post for March. I have no other excuse than I was lazy and didn’t want to write it, but I’m sure you guys haven’t lost any sleep over it!
Some reading highlights from March:
- Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons. Ah I loved this so much. I just want everyone who hasn’t read it to read it. I also watched the film adaptation and it was ok until the big reveal of the bad guy’s master plan at the end – I had A LOT of issues with it. [My little review.]
- The Night Manager by John le Carré. This was a reread for me and it was just as good, if not better, on this second reading. If you’ve been watching/have watched the BBC adaptation and haven’t read the book, you need to remedy that ASAP. We’re three episodes into the tv show here in Australia and it’s really excellent, but the book is a million times better – it’s so much more intricate and subtle and I just love it. Plus it gives a bit more background on things in the show. [My review.]
- I read lots of Marvel comics. It was good for my soul.
I went pretty poorly with my reading challenges (all the details on those are here), except maybe for the Read Harder Challenge. Also, remember how I was reading War & Peace? Well I didn’t even touch it this month. If I can even read 50 pages of it this month I’ll be happy. I also:
- Participated in Julianne at Outlandish Lit’s month-long Weirdathon and even though I didn’t read lots of weird books, the ones I did read were good in their own way – I read The Vegetarian, Watchmen (I’m not 100% sure that one counts, but I counted it anyway), and Crash. That last one…just, wow. It will haunt me forever. But exciting news! I won the Weirdathon Instagram challenge, which basically consisted of posting weird book covers on Instagram, with the winner being that which Julianne judged as the weirdest – you can see my prize winning photograph here.
- Hosted my own Blogiversary Giveaway – congratulations again to the winner, Karen, and thanks to everyone who took the time to enter.
In real life I muddled my way through my uni work (what am I even studying?), begrudgingly began packing up my things to move house (I’ve packed up my TBR Towers and my room feels so empty and sad) and just generally floated from day to day. One exciting thing that did happen was going to see Simon Winchester, the author of one of my favourite books, The Surgeon of Crowthorne, talk about his new book, Pacific, which is kind of like a biography of the Pacific Ocean. He was so great to listen to and I got a copy of his new book AND my copy of The Surgeon of Crowthorne signed afterwards. He commented on the post-it flags hanging out of my copy of Surgeon, saying they looked “ominous” and I was so nervous I didn’t know what to say, so I just laughed. I am so uncool.
Anyway. What am I reading in April? That’s a great question that I don’t really know the answer to. At the moment I’m reading Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt and I LOVE IT. It got super weird today and it was amazing. I have a bunch of ARCs I have to read that I’m really behind on, so I think they’ll take up most of my time this month.