Today is a beautiful and wonderful day! Today, I am happy to be celebrating Easter and The Resurrection with my family. There is nothing better than celebrating with my family.
March was a much kinder month to me than January or February proved to be (old-man back notwithstanding). I read some really great books, starting with Every Heart a Doorway. I followed that up with Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison at the request of a student who chose it to do her senior project over. My eighth graders read Flowers for Algernon in their English classes, so I read it along with them for the first time. I can’t believe I’d missed reading it!
Next, I read the epistolary The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows. I’m not normally a fan of epistles–books narrated by letters–but I really fell in love with this book. It was a delightful read and a nice palette cleanser after Flowers for Algernon and before rushing into The Mothers by Brit Bennett.
After a very brief recovery period, I finished When The English Fall by David Williams–a very interesting take on post-apocalypse. The story is told through the perspective of a man in an Amish community, and painted a really interesting narrative on preparedness. It also gave really fascinating insight into the Amish community, which I admittedly know very little about.
Finally, throughout the month, I’ve been reading Radium Girls with an online book club I’ve joined. It’s such a heavy read. I’m glad I spaced it out over the month. But it’s an important story, and one that needed to be told. I’m enjoying this current movement in nonfiction that tells the stories of unknown women. These stories are important and, more often than not, are swept under the rug.
Until sitting down to type this out, I hadn’t realized just how productive I’d been this month! I caught up on my reading challenge and am hoping to get ahead in April. I’ve got a stack of books from the library to read and can’t wait to hop into them. I’m starting with This is Where I Leave You and Call Me By Your Name. I can’t wait to tell you all about them!
How did March treat you? Were you productive? What books did you read? Tell me everything.
The Plucky Reader
PS: As promised, here’s my April Reading Play List, as well. I hope you enjoy it!