Books of the month: March 2014

I thought being ultra busy in March and so not doing as much reading as normal would at least make my choice for book of the month an easy one. Alas, I am torn between two novels but as both are by terrific Australian writers and as I set my own rules for this monthly wrap-up I shall highlight them both.

ElementalAmandaCurtinAmanda Curtin’s ELEMENTAL made me cry in public but I’ve forgiven the author that embarrassment. It’s a beautiful work of historical fiction about a woman born into the hardship of a remote Scottish fishing village who makes her way to Australia.

TheLostGirlsJamesWendy21952_fWendy James’ THE LOST GIRLS is the latest release from the author who is my favourite discovery from three years of participation in the Australian Women Writers challenge. It is the story of a teenager’s murder in 1978 which has an impact that lasts for decades.

 

The Rest (in reading order)

  • Louise Phillips THE DOLL’S HOUSE part police procedural, part psychological thriller with a dash of something approaching horror as well by a new to me Irish author I’ll be looking to read more from
  • Arne Dahl BAD BLOOD was featured in my book vs adaptation post this month
  • Yrsa Sigurdadottir SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME a strong contender for this year’s Petrona Award
  • Dick Francis EVEN MONEY
  • Elly Griffiths THE OUTCAST DEAD one for fans of the series only I think

Progress towards book-ish goals

As far as official challenges go I read 2 more books for the Australian Women Writers challenge, bringing my total to 6 out of the 24 I’m aiming to read this year.  But I failed to read a single book from my TBR pile that existed prior to the start of the year and didn’t read any more books for the reading USA fiction challenge either. Oh well!

My unofficial, personal challenges are travelling OK though

  • I still haven’t bought any physical or eBooks from overseas stores
  • I read another title by a female Irish crime writer
  • I read a non-crime novel (and I started another one but really wasn’t enjoying it so

What about you? Did you read anything memorable during March? Are you reading goals for the year on track or have the wheels started to fall off? Do you care either way?

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9 Responses to Books of the month: March 2014

  1. Bernadette – I’m not surprised those were your choices. Both seem so excellent and I am very, very keen to read both. I hope April gives you a little breathing room.

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  2. TracyK says:

    I like that question: Are you reading goals for the year on track? I have been thinking about that a lot. I have done a bit on all my challenges, although I am falling behind on the Canadian challenge. I have many, many books I have planned to read this year but I want to be able to be spontaneous too. A quandary. I have read mainly from my TBR shelves so far…

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  3. Kathy D. says:

    Interesting books here.
    My favorite March read was Ivy Pochoda’s Visitation Street, read, in part, because of the stellar review here.
    I also enjoyed Elly Griffiths’ The Outcast Dead, Helene Turston’s The Fire Dance, and — to my delight, another book by Mari Strachan. It’s called Blow on a Dead Man’s Ember’s and is set in 1921 post-WWI Wales, and features Rhiannon Davies, the grandmother of Gwenni Morgan, star of The Earth Hums in B-Flat. It’s an interesting book, which reflects the period studied.

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  4. Col says:

    Not too much in common with you Bernadette. I may try Dahl at some point, and Griffiths if perhaps my reading time was stretched maybe – 5 days at the weekend and my garden was in shape for Spring!
    Not doing too well on my challenges, but hey 3/4 of the year to go!

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  5. I’m on track despite a not so good week. I’ll have to add Elemental to my wishlist since you recommend it.

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  6. Kathy D. says:

    I just finished The Lost Girls, which I enjoyed, although I figured out some of the resolution early on. But another good book by Wendy James.
    Now to find Elemental. That seems elementary! Sounds unique and fascinating. I hope it wanders over to the States. I may be forced to get a Kindle yet.

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