What I Read This March

Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (reread)
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Foundation by Mercedes Lackey
Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris
Good Enough by Paula Yoo
The Tower Room by Adele Geras
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (reread)
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Greener Shore by Morgan Llywelyn
Princess in Training by Meg Cabot
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
Bread Alone by Judith Hendricks
Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot
Sweet Sixteen Princess by Meg Cabot
Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
Silhouette In Scarlet by Elizabeth Peters
The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith
Street of Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters
Party Princess by Meg Cabot
Princess in Training by Meg Cabot
Pride & Prejudice & Jasmin Fields by Melissa Nathan
Chicks With Sticks (It’s a Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard
Scott Pilgrim 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe by Bryan Lee O’Malley

My gods. Thirty-one. That’s one a day.

Um, yeah. Pretty much all I did this month was turn my brain off and read if I wasn’t working. I read most if not all of a book at bedtime each night because I didn’t have the energy to do anything else, and my brain was too awake to fall asleep easily. The library loves me; I love the library. They’re literally saving me, because I don’t have the money to buy books.

I finally read my first Georgette Heyer! I will read more.

I read the last three novels in the Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi, despite telling myself that I should really space them out to enjoy them one at a time. I’m sure I would have enjoyed them that way, too.

Why do I still read Mercedes Lackey? Is it because I keep hoping I’ll enjoy it as much as I did when I was seventeen?

I also finally decided to read the sequel to Twilight. It was better, although I still rolled my eyes a lot when the tragic hero re-entered the scene. I find the references to classic love stories and comparisons between the contemporary storyline and classic heroines and heroes really clunky. Meyer seems to undercut her own writing somehow. It will be working, actually flowing, and then she’ll do something that sinks it by using cliche or something, and it stumbles along that way for a while before it begins to creep back, only to run headlong into cliche again. It’s frustrating.

I wanted to like The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency much more than I did. Oh, well.

4 thoughts on “What I Read This March

  1. Paze

    I really wish I wasn’t so very very tired in the evenings after the girls are in bed, because I’d love to read more than I currently do. Also, I wish I had a good library near me so that I could load up on books!

    Yeah, I actually quite disliked The Number One Ladies . . . blah blah blah, and that was after a friend had gushed about it, too, which I felt sorta bad about. Oh well.

  2. kitten

    What did you think of Remember Me?

    I continue to read Lackey, even though I realize that she’s not as great as I found her to be “once upon a time.” She’s still a comfort-read for me, though. Can’t wait to get the Foundation book.

  3. cymry

    how was the Lord John book? i’ve been putting off reading it – i think i oversaturated myself with Gabaldon by reading so many of them back to back, then found the first Lord John quite disappointing. i’ve been debating finding time for the second one…

    i was only marginally pleased by Foundation – i thought it was all very formulaic and expected at this point. maybe it’s from devouring so many Valdemar books and the high expectations i’d been harboring… hopefully the next volume will be better?

  4. Autumn Post author

    Remember Me was much better than the Shopaholic books. Not as funny as Undomestic Goddess, but then again while it has touches of humour, it wasn’t meant to be a humourous story.

    Lord John: Much better than I expected it to be, actually. I read it all in one sitting. I OD’d on Gabaldon too once upon a time, and only read the last two last year.

    Foundation: Was monotonous. Nothing stuck in my brain, and I couldn’t get into any of the characters. I ended up turning pages mechanically.

    No. 1 Ladies: I was even more disappointed in this because I enjoy his other two ongoing series, the Sunday Philosophy Club and the 44 Scotland Street.


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