Well, if I have one good thing to show for #quarantinelife it’s that I finally kicked my reading slump! I’m grateful for books and stories now more than ever since they provide a much-needed escape from the current dreary reality. It also helps that I had a stellar lineup of books last month with only one slight dud. So let’s jump into what I read in March 2020 – I consider a few of these books must-reads for the year!
What I read in March 2020
THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister
My rating & review: 4 stars. I’m all for self-discovery, and that’s the overarching theme of this story. Learning from your past and hidden secrets and the experiences of others to shape oneself and your future path. It definitely dragged at times, but the author gave us a well-rounded view of most situations and characters.
THE WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE by Diana Biller
My rating & review: 5 stars. This book was weird AF and unlike anything I’ve ever read. BUT I LOVED EVERY SINGLE SECOND! It’s historical fiction, mystery and romance all wrapped in one. I know, that’s quite the trio, but it just works. I don’t even know how to explain it. Just do yourself a favor, and give this book a chance.
THE HONEY-DON’T LIST by Christina Lauren
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 3 stars. Overall, I didn’t connect with the characters or story like I have with past CL books. But, it was still pretty cute. A nice, brainless escape in the time of Corona. 😉
OPEN BOOK by Jessica Simpson
My rating & review: 5 stars. Came for the tea, stayed for the ridiculously real and endearing woman. I loved, loved, LOVED this memoir. One of the best I’ve ever taken the time to read. Even if you’re not a fan of late 90s/early 00s pop culture (but if you are, get ready to go on a music video binge), I still think this is a must-read. Jessica is about as relatable as they come. I think many of her personal struggles and experiences both surprise and inspire.
IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle
My rating & review: 4 stars. This book surprised me in the best way. I wasn’t sure where it was leading for a while – it was a little repetitive in parts, and Dannie came off slightly entitled and whiny … BUT as the story progressed, I couldn’t put it down. Like, stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it. It was a beautifully written love letter to friendship and a wonderfully realistic story about figuring out priorities and what’s important in life (and what you might find when you’re not looking).
Bottom line: skip The Honey-Don’t List and read everything else!
Currently reading & what I plan to read in April
I’m currently halfway through Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. I’m not enjoying it as much as his other books, but it still has me intrigued. Other books on my list for the month include Beach Read by Emily Henry, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver, and Lovely War by Julie Berry.
What are you reading?