Books Of The Month | March 2017

There goes another month. 2017 needs to slow down. Now that I’ve finished all my assigned English novels, I might take it easy for a few months reading wise. Or maybe I won’t. I don’t know what will happen. I’m not a fortune teller. But I can tell you all about my past. Starting with the books I read in March.

What I Finished:

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

One phrase description:

An interestingly formatted novel.


“Authority must be earned.”

My general thoughts:

I liked it. I didn’t love it. I found it hard to read at first, since the novel is broken up into three different sections on one page and sometimes they carry over onto the next. So I had no idea how to read the book. I still don’t. It was a different reading experience to say the least.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


One phrase description:

It’s like going back to high school.


“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”

My general thoughts:

I’m not sure if I read this book many years ago. Either my memory fails me or I didn’t read it at all. Regardless my mind just loves playing tricks on me. I’m pretty sure I borrowed Before I Fall from the library, however. I probably still have the receipt.

Anyhow, I felt like the concept had potential. Concept being the main character lives the same day over and over again. I didn’t like the main character much, although she does become a bit more likeable as the story progresses. Thank goodness.

Looking for Alaska by John Green


One phrase description:

Unexpected questions.


“You just use the future to escape the present.”

My general thoughts:

I had high expectations going in. And while I wasn’t disappointed, I found it hard to get into at first. It started somewhat slow in my opinion. The ending not so much.

For some reason, I kept seeing parallels between this and Norwegian Wood. They aren’t that alike. To be fair though I read both around the same time. Being an English student and a recreational reader at the same time isn’t easy. 

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

One phrase description:

More than just a love story.


“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

My general thoughts:

I love this novel. Love the characters. Love the writing. Love the story. It was relatable in many ways. And an easy read if you ask me. Then again no one asked me.

What I’m Currently Reading:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

First impressions:

I’m enjoying it thus far. I keep comparing this novel to Throne of Glass. I’m not sure which book I like more. I’ll try to get back to you on that when I finish ACoTaR. No promises.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


It seems like something I’d enjoy. I hope I’m right.

Alas, April is almost upon us…

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10 thoughts on “Books Of The Month | March 2017

  1. I loved Finding Alaska, as much as his Paper Towns and the others. I think his best is A Thousand Katherines (or a similar title) which involved a road trip and great boy-girl relationships. Green is a good YA author, and many of my students read him in high school and still love him in retrospect.


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