Sunday, April 08, 2012

Sunday Salon: March Reading Reflections

Last week I mentioned that we were going to have a giveaway of Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens at Historical Tapestry. That giveaway is now open, so I hope that you will hope over and enter into the draw!

This week's post is all about March - or at least what I read in March. Here is the list of reads:

The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau 4/5
Instant Temptations by Jill Shalvis 4/5
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 4/5
A Breath of French Air by H E Bates 2.5/5
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 4.5/5
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness 4/5
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich 2.5/5
Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen 4/5
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Susanna Davis 3/5
All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming 4.5/5
Putting Alice Back Together by Carol Marinelli 2/5
Smut by Alan Bennett 3/5
Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan 3/5
How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue 3.5/5
Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh 4/5
Showtime by Narrelle M Harris 4/5
Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas 4/5
Double Play by Jill Shalvis 4/5
Shalimar by Rebecca Ryman 4.5/5
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister 4/5
Dangerous in Diamonds by Madeline Hunter 4/5
Home Again by Mariah Stewart 4/5
Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood 4/5
The Island by Victoria Hislop 4.5/5
Rogue Pirates Bride by Shana Galen 4/5

In terms of the challenges that I am participating in, I am really happy with my progress in the Australian Women Writers challenge and the Aussie Authors challenge (and it is no coincidence that these too overlap a lot!). Liar Bird, Earthly Delights, Showtime and Putting Alice Back Together all count for these two challenges. In theory, I have only one more book to read for the Aussie Author Challenge and 3 more for the AWW challenge but I don't intend to stop once I have reached those targets.

Similarly, I am doing quite well with the Historical Fiction Challenge as well with The Crown, Shalimar and The Island all qualifying for that challenge. I have five more books to read for that challenge, but it is a given that I won't stop reading historical fiction when I hit that target either!

Lest you think that I am just about finished all my challenges, I didn't actually read anything for either War Through the Generations or What's in a Name, and I also joined in a new challenge (Once upon a Time).

Currently Reading

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (loving this one) and Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Up next

The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff and The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis


  1. Wow! You're doing great with your challenges!

    1. I am pretty happy with the progress on the challenges. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Wow. March was a great month for you. Way to go!

  3. Great reading month for you, Marg! I'm very impressed :-) Hope that April goes just as well, too!

    1. April has started a bit slowly but I have had a few days off and have managed to read quite a bit so it should end up being a good month.

  4. Wow! Fantastic month, well done.

  5. I am interested in your thoughts on "84, Charring Crossing Road" -- I havent read it (does it hold up from 1970?) but recall the movie a bit. Thanks for enlightening me on Aussie lit & fiction; hooray for the commonwealth countries. enjoy April, best, Susan

    1. Susan, I really enjoyed 84 Charing Cross Road. In terms of timing it is set in the early 50's through to the 70's so it is an interesting snapshop of that era and as such hasn't aged much at all.

  6. Happy April reading and Happy Easter!

  7. What a fantastic month! I hope April goes just as well.

    1. I have some good books coming up in April, so I have high hopes.

  8. Some great reading there, and a few that are still on my list of TBR!