March 2011 Reading Wrap-Up

I’m changing up the format of my monthly wrap-ups a bit for 2011. Instead of listing everything I read and linking to what has been reviewed, I will first be listing the books reviewed over the last month, and will include unreviewed books below, so you can see what will be coming up!

March was a really fabulous reading month. I finished 22 books, including 18 in print and 4 in audio, for a total of almost 5700 pages and close to 60 hours of audio. I started a few of these in February and just finished in March, but overall a really great reading month. You’re in for some very enthusiastic reviews in April, because some of those unreviewed books below were fabulous.

What I Reviewed:

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell, narrated by Sarah Vowell, John Slattery, Paul Rudd, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgeman, Catherine Keener, Keanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph

Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Camilla Morton
by Carolyn Turgeon
by Danielle Trussoni
Picking Bones from Ash
by Marie Mockett
The Atlas of Love
by Laurie Frankel
The Tiger’s Wife
by Tea Obreht

Learning to Swim by Sara J Henry
Pardonable Lies
by Jacqueline Winspear
Messenger of Truth
by Jacqueline Winspear
An Incomplete Revenge
by Jacqueline Winspear
Among the Mad
by Jacqueline Winspear
Hail to the Chef by Julie Hyzy
The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

Historical Fiction
The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork
Sins of the House of Borgia
by Sarah Bower
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun by Liza Bakewell
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
She Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

Saturday Story Spotlight
Will You Wear a Blue Hat?
by Scholastic
Touch and Feel Baby Animals by DK Publishing
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester A. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole

Other Posts/Guest Posts:
The Blood of a Lamb” by Holly Tucker, author of Blood Work

Pick of the Month:

Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

I’m choosing Among the Mad partly on its own merit, and partly as a representative of its series. I am absolutely loving the Maisie Dobbs books, and I am so happy that I was encouraged to join the readalong that Book Club Girl is hosting. I can’t believe I’m nearly caught up on the series, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do for the next year while waiting for the next book. Among the Mad was a particularly good entry in the series, though, I could barely put it down.

Other Books Read, Watch for Reviews:

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering
Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt, narrated by Robin Miles
Apollo’s Angels by Jennifer Homan, narrated by Kirsten Potter

Lysistrata by Aristophenes (no review)
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen
The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward
The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear (reviewed 4/1)

Note: Some of these books were provided to me for review.

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