Wednesday, April 1, 2015

52 Weeks of Reading - March

March has drawn to a close.  Its hard to believe, really.  Spring is here and soon enough Summer will be, too.  I am still ahead of the game for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge.  I read five books in March.  Oddly enough there was one week where I didn't manage to finish a single book.  I can foresee more of that as I get caught up in Summer fun.  I'm glad to have a little cushion for now.
March 1st -7th
*The Suicide Collectors by David Oppegaard

March 8th - 14th
*Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
*The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

March 15th - 21st
*Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

March 22nd -28th
NONE

March 29th - 31st
*MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
My favorite book from the month was actually a trilogy--the MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood.  I've long been a fan of Margaret Atwood.  My high school librarian described one of her books--The Handmaid's Tale--as "too disturbing," and I was, in my teenage way, immediately intrigued.  I had to find out for myself.  The MaddAddam trilogy could also be described in such terms, I suppose.  It was quite a thought provoking work of fiction, about what it means to be human, what it means to be natural, and what I would do in desperate times of doubt and fear.  And for a dystopian sort of story it had a fairly happy ending.  Not like 1984 or Brave New World which end with crushing despair.  My favorite book of the series was the second one--The Year of the Flood.  I rather like The God's Gardeners and their "eco-freak" lifestyle.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy was quite amusing.  I enjoyed it a lot, too.  I think I really like David Sedaris.  I want to read more of his work.  He makes me laugh.
The Suicide Collectors gets the honor of being my least favorite of the month.  However, to be fair, it was a good story up until the end.  That was a pretty big let down by me.  It was almost as if the author wasn't sure how it should end so he just left it as vague as possible.  Maybe he wanted the reader to be able to make up their own minds, leaving it sort of ambiguous.  I don't know for sure, but I thought it was a pretty big disappointment for such an interesting premise.
I have four assigned books to read in April--a collection of poems, two memoirs, and a novel.  I agreed to screen nominations for the High Plains Book Award.  I am not a judge, but am just screening out nominated books so that they actual High Plains judges have fewer books to read.  Its been a long time since I've had assigned reading!  I hope I am up for the challenge.
Weeks passed: 12 (plus a few extra days)
Books read: 17
Books read for the challenge in the month of January can be found here.
Books read for the challenge in the month of February can be found here.
All photos take by Matt on a kite-flying Saturday at Diamond X - March 7, 2015.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the book list; i've found several that suit me. Id been on a non-fiction kick for many years; your list has started me back to reading some fiction. It's funny, these little detours we go through! Your posts are always thought provoking!

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    1. I totally can relate to the reading detours--sometimes I get hooked on a topic and just want to read everything I can on it, like Plain people or momento moris--both of which took me on long reading detours in past years! Sometimes truth really is more interesting and compelling than fiction. Sometimes its just nice to get lost in a made up story, too, though. My husband almost never reads fiction, but I've got him hooked on this MaddAddam trilogy at the moment. He's on the last book now. I'm glad you've found a few that you might enjoy. Thanks for reading--and commenting--and have a great day!

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