Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March Confessions

Normally, I would consider only reading/listening to four books this month as a big epic failure on my part, but considering what is going on in this world, I am going to applaud myself. I have been having a really hard time concentrating when I am reading.  I am still reading everyday, but not nearly as much as I normally do.  All of this news has really got me down, so my mind wanders. Anyone else experiencing this too? I am gravitating towards more TV shows (sadly) to help me escape the horrible news cycle and while being stuck at home.

What about you guys? Are you reading more now that you are home or are you having problems focusing? Let me know in the comments. I hope all of you are staying safe and and healthy.  

Books Read in March:
1.  In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (Adult Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
2.  Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman (Adult Fiction/Audio Book) - 4 out of 5 stars
3.  You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (Adult Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
4.  And They Called it Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4.5 out of 5 stars

Children's Literature/Chapter Books:
1.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (a re-read with my oldest son)

1. Favorite Book:  I adored And They Called it Camelot, because I love all things Jackie Kennedy Onassis as well as the Kennedy family. I thought it was well-researched and a great glimpse into the life of Jackie, who is an utterly fascinating person.

2.  Biggest Surprise:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was a surprise to me in a way, because I hadn't read it in many, many years, but re-reading it with my son was magical and experiencing it all over again with him has been special.   

3.  Biggest Disappointment: There were no disappointments this month, but I will say You Are Not Alone wasn't as good as their other novel, The Wife Between Us.  Did you read it? Let me know what you think?

4.  Favorite Post:  Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR List

5.  Favorite Part of March:  Even though we have been quarantined, it was still fun to celebrate my birthday with my favorite boys.  Plus, the weather was gorgeous and we had a lot of time outside and I got some gardening in.  It's the little things, right? One thing is for sure, it will be a birthday I always remember.  

What's your favorite book that you read this month? Let me know in the comments below. 


  1. I also celebrated my birthday in isolation. You’re right, it’ll be a birthday I remember. I spent it eating cake and reading Sherlock Holmes by myself. I hope you have a good April!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Cake and Sherlock Holmes sounds pretty good! Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you have a great April as well. Thanks for visiting, Aj.

  2. I've been the opposite - reading is just about the only thing I want to be doing these days! At least the books you got to all seemed to be great reads for you. I hear you on memorable birthdays! Mine is coming up this week and I wish I could pretend it's not happening and get a re-do on 35.

    1. Happy Early Birthday! It was a little weird to celebrate it in quarantine, but it could be a lot worse. I hope you have a good one, Angela! Thanks for visiting.

  3. I'm finally getting to read a little bit more now that tax season has been extended and I really need it for my mental health - I easily get sucked into the news and it can really bring a person down if they're not careful. Another quarantine birthday here too - I am so bummed I won't get to celebrate with my parents and sister, but I'm sure we'll make up for missed time together soon.

    1. Right?? I have to limit my news watching, because it can become all-consuming. I am happy for you that you have more time to read now. I definitely feel better when I make time to do it. Happy Early Birthday to you! It was a little weird to celebrate it in quarantine, but I know so many people have it worse. My son has a birthday this month too. I feel badly that we can't have his party. I can't wait till this is all over and then we can celebrate with family and friends. Thanks for visiting, Michele.


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