March 2018 Miles & Pages

March 2018 Miles & Pages

The month isn't quite over, so I feel like I'm rushing it a bit (and the year is already going by so fast!), but I'm unlikely to finish much else before the start of April and I'm trying to plan my reading to coincide with the arrival of one of my most anticipated reads this year; more on that in my April 2018 TBR List Link Up post on Monday! As a reminder, if you're interested in joining the link up you will find the details here

We've ushered in the start of spring (or pollen season, as I call it) and I'm looking forward to a few more cool, rainy weeks before the heat and humidity begin to settle in; I have two 10K races planned for April and I've decided to join my friend Krysta (click the link to find her newsletter - it's fantastic!) in Camp NaNoWriMo. I've set a goal to get 25,000 words written during the month of April; I have stories stuck in my head that need to be released, and this is as good an excuse as any to get started. Until then, here's a March recap. 

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March Running, Etc.

120 miles
356 miles for 2018
48 miles on the bike (not including tomorrow's ride)
3 barre classes
one session of dry needling
Germantown Half Marathon (redemption!) on March 11 - recap here

March Reading

Audiobooks:

Educated by Tara Westover - After seeing this one all over the place ( this review from Susie at Novel Visits finally won me over), I decided to give it a shot; the book is not read by the author, but the narration is excellent and this story is almost beyond comprehension. I have had so many people comment on the way in which it has affected them, from their individual perspectives (educators, healthcare professionals, parents, etc.), and I can't stop talking about it. 

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara - Another highly recommended nonfiction selection (thanks to this post by Sarah's Book Shelves, this one by Katie at Doing Dewey and this one by Renee at It's Book Talk) that did not disappoint, I'll Be Gone in the Dark was not quite as creepy as I'd anticipated but it was certainly entertaining; I felt like I sped through it because I was completely captivated by the story and by McNamara's intensive research efforts. 

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot - After listening to this NPR interview with Mailhot, I knew I wanted to read her forthcoming collection of short stories; it's a quick read/listen, if you are only concerned with the number of pages (a mere 160). However, because I found myself replaying multiple sections, on many occasions, I know it took me a little longer to digest than a book of this length would under other circumstances. Her writing is authentic, raw and beautiful; I'm definitely purchasing a hard copy because her stories have prompted me to revisit many of my own. 

I wanted to show the humanity of my character and who I am. And not redeem myself, but just show that we are people deserving of that space, you know?
— Terese Marie Mailhot, during her NPR interview

Ebooks:

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian - my full review here

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney - This one made the What Just Happened section of my Best Books to Read on Spring Break list; one must employ a bit of belief suspension for portions of this tale, but it is definitely a page-turner and highly entertaining (advance copy provided by publisher)! 

Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen - I've been a fan of Quindlen's work for several years and she is a must-read author, for me; her latest endeavor found me at just the right time (don't you love it when things work out this way?) and I felt so connected to character Nora Nolan's commentary on marriage, her perspective on neglected/forgotten friendships and privileged life in the city. While it might not be my favorite of her novels, I highly recommend it to readers who have lived long enough to survive significant life changes and experiences that have impacted multiple relationships; Quindlen knows how to dig deep in a meaningful way (advance copy provided by publisher). 

Physical Books:

Panorama by Steve Kistulentz - When searching for books that might make good selections for my Best Books to Read on Spring Break 2018 list, I requested an early copy of this debut; I am very impressed with this novel and hope that it will receive more attention. You can read a little more about it in my comments on the list post. 

Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead - my full review here.

The Italian Party by Christina Lynch - more in the Best Books to Read on Spring Break 2018 post. 

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge - This novel was first introduced to me by Susie at Novel Visits; I only wish she'd been a little more pushy, because I had no idea just how great this book would be! One of a small number of five-star reads this year, I can't say enough good things about this debut and I look forward to more of the author's work. 

DNF (did not finish):

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James - I have nothing against this book; in fact, even though I rarely return to a book I've chosen to abandon, I may end up finishing this one. I made it to about the 55% mark, but just felt really distracted and I needed something different. I'm going to find out what Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books thinks about it, since I know she read it this month. 

Favorite Book of March

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The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman - This is Kauffman's sophomore effort and it is absolutely fantastic; it deserves all of the praise it has received (and more!) and you can read my full review here. I want to read her debut now! 

A Few Fun Finds

After being transported to NYC this month, via both Laura & Emma and Alternate Side, I love this list that Morgan of NYC Book Girl put together of bookstores by neighborhood; I'm ready to go!  

The recent ending of the latest season of The Bachelor, and my subsequent enjoyment of Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (review here), left me wanting more; 7 Literary Bachelors We'd Rather See on TV from Read It Forward hit the spot! 

Another favorite city of mine, that I'm especially missing at the start of baseball season, is featured in this Literary Tour of Chicago by Megan of The Spines; I think I need to go on a trip soon! 

I hope that the month of March has been good to you; what have you been reading? How's life? 

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April 2018 TBR List Link Up

April 2018 TBR List Link Up

The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman