March 2009 Reading Wrap-Up

I realized I need to start adding the years on my monthly wrap-up posts, because I’ve now been blogging for more than a year!  This month signals a return to some of my former reading glory of last summer, albeit not without the help of some trusty audiobooks.  I read a total of 20(!) books – twice as many books as in February – including 6 audiobooks for a total of 4,043 pages and over 3 and 1/3 days of audio.  A few of my reviews are being held for the book’s publication date or simply as a backup for when the baby comes.  As usual, book titles link to reviews and all books are listed within their genre in the order in which I read them.  After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of the other reviews I posted:

What I Read:

America America by Ethan Canin (audio)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (audio)
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (audio)
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (audio)
American Rust by Philipp Meyer
Water Ghosts by Shawna Yang Ryan – review coming April 17th
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story – review pending

Children’s/Young Adult Fiction
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (audio)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – review pending
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson – review pending

Historical Fiction
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith (audio) – review pending
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl – review pending

Historical Romance
The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer – review coming May 25th

Invisible Sisters by Jessica Handler – review coming April 13th
First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria by Eve Brown-Waite – review coming April 15th, guest post coming this summer

Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke
Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck – review  coming April 3rd

Pick of the Month

This was a REALLY HARD CHOICE!  I spent the first 2/3 of the month sure that “America America” was going to take the honor, even thought I mostly read it in February (although “Hunger Games” was certainly a contender).  Then I had to go and read “First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria,” followed a week later by “A Reliable Wife” just to make the decision really difficult.  Although any of these four books would be worthy of a top spot, I think in the end I’m going to have to go with…

first-comes-loveAlthough Eve always told everyone she was going to go into the Peace Corps, but her decision was sealed when she fell in love with her recruiter and embarked on an adventure that took her from New York, to Ecuador, to a very dangerous corner of Uganda.  It wasn’t just the adventure that pulled me in, though, Eve is smart, sassy, and hilarious in her recounting.  She’ll also be writing a guest post for me this summer when I’m busy with my new little one.

What I Reviewed:

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Historical Fiction:
Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy
The Tsarina’s Daughter by Carolly Erickson
The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins

The Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone

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