March 2016 was a slow reading month. The quality was great, so no complaints there, but the quantity was definitely down. I figured this was a side effect of the job transition, but then I thought, eh, let's look back a little.
Goodreads tells me that March is typically a slow month from me. I blame allergies. Well, I blame allergies for everything, really. Let's see how March 2016 and March 2014 shape up when they go head to head.
Saga Volume 2 by Bryan K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Martian by Andy Weir
Chew Volume 2: International Flavor by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
Let's see how well my crappy memory serves me...
- Saga is one of my all-time fave comics series, so it should not reflect badly on the story that I've completely fallen off the map with it. I have volumes 4 and 5 locked and loaded on my e-reader, though of course I'd forgotten that completely until just now.
- The Martian was a good read for me. I had some serious doubts through the first 40-50 pages but I eventually got onboard and thought it was a fun, fast read.
- Chew is another favorite comics series and one of the first ones I really started back up with after a long comics reading absence post-graduate school. While I haven't been the greatest at keeping up with this one either, I feel an interlibrary loan coming on.
- Other Voices, Other Rooms started out GREAT. I loved the Southern gothic flavor, and Capote is just such a good writer. Sadly, this one fell apart for as it meandered into the bizarre and surreal near the end.
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Dietland by Sarai Walker
- The Woman Upstairs was a rage-filled delight. Awesome character development for such a short book.
- You Are a Badass was part of this perfect storm of books that I found inspirational and life-changing.
- Dietland was another woman power feast. I loved the assertiveness of it even if I had some issues with bits and pieces. A full review is coming
Overall, I really have to give this one to March 2016! I'm probably fairly biased, but these books were just sooooo full of the woman-power kick-assness that I really needed. See? I even did a YouTube video about Ass-Kicking Women Books if you want to know more of my thoughts on these.
Now let's get to some more nitty-gritty. The challenges.
Only one of the three of these books were my own damn books. That's kind of a fail, but I'm still happy with my progress over the course of the year. On the other hand two of these three were from my e-reader, so that's perfect for the Clean Your Reader challenge which wrapped up at the end of March.
How did your March shape up? Are you happy with the books you read?