March 2017 TBR

Hey guys! I’d love to share my “to-be-read” list for March. I am hoping to read 5 books this month.7218138

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The first book I’ll be reading is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by brilliant Mark Twain.
This book was my absolute favorite growing up!
It will be my 3rd time reading it, so I am excited to see if I can pick up something new or catch something I may have missed previously. I will be reading this book with the Great Reads Book Club and I cannot wait to hear what they have to say about this American classic!

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I will be returning to the world of criminal procedure in Dublin. Last year I have been introduced to Tana French and her Dublin Murder Squad Series. In the Woods is the first book in that series and it’s absolutely brilliant! What made In the Woods  the-likeness-pbsuch an amazing debut novel was Tana’s beautiful, descriptive prose, great plot and three-dimensional characters. Oh, and did I mention that the narrator is unreliable? It’s so great! The Likeness is the 2nd book in the series and I am beyond excited for my comeback to Ireland and its criminal world.

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20559In the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself that 2017 will be the year of exploring new genres. Ubik, written by the master of science-fiction Phillip K. Dick, is that book. His works inspired Hollywood blockbusters such as Total Recall (1990),
The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Screamers (1995), Minority Report (2002), Next (2007), Paycheck (2003) and quintessential sci-fi classic Blade Runner (1982). For my first PKD read, I wanted to select a book that was not turned into a movie and Ubik was a perfect choice.

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The Refugees by Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen is the fourth book on my March TBR list. This book presents tragic, emotionally devastating the-refugees-thanhstories of Vietnamese refugees in California. This book seemed to be a perfect read in our contemporary political environment.

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1105full-the-story-of-civilization,-vol-ii--the-life-of-greece-by-will-durant.-coverAnother one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more
historical non-fiction. Here I want to step out of my comfort zone and read more works of ancient history instead of modern history. This is why I picked a giant tome The Life of Greece by Will Durant. Published in 1939, this work is still widely considered to be an authority text on the topic of Ancient Greece and Durant’s name is genuinely cherished in historical circles. I am excited to read this epic tome but I probably will not finish it in March.

by Ilya K

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

This week’s Top Ten on The Broke and the Bookish blog is “Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did.”

1.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman

As a fan of Neverwhere and the Sandman series, I expected to fall in love with this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning fantasy novel.  Unfortunately, I could not help but feel somewhat underwhelmed and disappointed.  I will have to revisit it sometime to see if my opinion changes.

2.  Dracula by Bram Stoker

I had high hopes for this one, thinking it would be gripping, spooky, chilling, spine-tingling, etc., you know, everything you expect from a vampire story; but I found this epistolary novel to be more boring than bloodcurdling.

3.  Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would, as I had never read a romance novel before this.

4.  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Having heard so much about Díaz and this novel, I thought this book would be nothing short of astounding, but I ultimately found it to be just OK.

5.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Many people have told me this was their favorite book in high school, but I simply just couldn’t get into it.

6.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

This was another title I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would.

7.  Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul by Karen Abbott

I typically don’t read nonfiction, but when I do, I often find myself enjoying it more than expected.  Sin in the Second City is one title I thought was fantastic.

8.  The Wild Things by Dave Eggers

I love Dave Eggers and Maurice Sendak, so I thought Eggers’s interpretation/novelization of Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are would be amazing, but I couldn’t have been more disappointed.

9.  The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson

Three words: chilling, disturbing, unforgettable. I expected nothing from this book and was left speechless by this amazing psychological suspense novel.

10.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I fell in love with this heartwarming and deeply moving book that is perfect for just about anyone.  I am so glad I read this.

– Zach