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March book reading challenge: let’s get reading

Nothing like a book reading challenge to get you excited for a new month, eh?

Seriously though, I have a problem. I adore buying books. New, second hand, soft cover, hardback, fiction, non-fiction…my addiction does not discriminate. My real problem, though, is reading them. I wish I had the life skills to buy a book, read it, lovingly place it on the shelf (I have yet to build), and then search for my next purchase. But alas. My book pile runneth over.

The book reading challenge

So I’ve done the proverbial “right, I mean business” knee slap. I have decided that for the month of March, I will read one book per week. I’m worried about how I will actually reach this goal as I write that sentence (I’m a one book a month girl at my reading peak). But I say let’s lay down the gauntlet and give this thing a try.

The books

There are four and a half weeks in March, so I’m picking four books, and using that last half week as a buffer zone for any spillage (one of the best sentences I have ever written about books).

Of course, given the above, I won’t purchase any new books, but rather read ones that are currently on my shelf, losing their delicious new book smell as we speak.

Something in the Water – Catherine Steadman

A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut.

I admit – I was completely swept up in the furore of Reese Witherspoon’s book club.I’ve thoroughly enjoyed many of the books that she’s recommended. But then life happened and my reading slowed down, and I ended up falling horribly behind. This book is her June 2018 pick, and has been patiently waiting to be read ever since.

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

My mum actually recommended this one to me, and has given me the book to read…and of course followed up incessantly to find out whether I’ve read it or not. Sorry mum, not yet. But ask me again at the end of March. Part of the reason she wants me to read it is because she thinks Ove is like my step-father. If he’s lovable, I suspect it’s true (love you, Mikey).

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

A celebrated writer’s irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life. 

I know, I know, I am so late to this party. Not only has the marquee been dismantled, but the guests have been sent their thank you cards. For the record, I have watched the film, which I thought was a delight. But I have yet to read the book. I found it a few months ago in a second hand book shop, so it’s not only a good read, but a bargain to boot!

The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

My name is Jennifer and I am obsessed with Harry Potter. Sigh. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I still need to read her first foray into adult fiction. I’m nervous though, I do admit. But regardless, I do enjoy her writing style, so this book is hopefully well written, even if it does have a complete lack of magic and wizardry.

Those are my March picks. Do you have any book reading goals for the month? If you’re keen to join me on my quest, let me know what you’re planning on reading in the comments below. Also, if you’re on GoodReads, I’d love to connect – do head on over there and give me a follow.

Wish me luck!

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