Sunday, April 1, 2012

March reading recap

March wasn't a good month in terms of reading. I struggled with finding the urge to sit down and read pages in a book. Maybe part of that can be blamed on the fact that I was sucked into a new guilty TV pleasure - Gossip Girl.

Anyway. I did manage to read a little bit. I finished two books in March for a total of 614 pages. That brings the yearly total to nine books and 2,955 pages.

What'd I finish?

You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegesar
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

OK. The first one was the second book in the Gossip Girl series. And while they were good, I decided to stop reading them - and save a few brain cells - and just watch the TV series. So instead of putting books on hold at the library, I ended up putting seasons of the TV shows on hold. By the way, the show came very highly recommended by friends. So far I'm done with the first two seasons and am halfway through the third season. And I have to admit, I love it.

But back to books. For most of the month, I was struggling with The Night Circus. It came highly recommended from a friend, but I have mixed feelings on it. I struggled with this one a lot. The first 200 pages? Super slow and really hard to get into. Yes, there were a ton of great descriptions, but I just couldn't see where this book was going. Once I hit page 200? It was a completely different book. There was a storyline. The plot moved. I liked it. The sad thing? When a book is 387 pages long, it shouldn't take 200 pages to get to the good parts.

So what's everyone else been reading?


Jennie said...

Have you ever read anything by Ally Carter? She has a series about kids in a super-secret, super-awesome spy school (first book is I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. She has another series about high end art thieves (first book is Heist Society) All of her books are super fun and super good reads. I think you'd like them.

Joel said...

I've just recently got back on the reading wagon. So many books and I didn't know where to start. I usually tend toward biographical and historical books. I'm working on a couple right now - Heartland: Comparative Histories of the Midwestern States, and Sacred Acre. Heartland is exactly what the title says. It may sound a little dry, but I find those kind of things interesting. The price was right too - picked it up for a quarter at the local library book sale. Sacred Acre is about a football coach, teacher, and in general a beloved person in a small northeast Iowa town who helped the town recover from an EF5 tornado, and was murdered a year later. (If you remember Aaron Kampman from the Packers, that was his HS coach.)