I hope you had a lovely March and are ready to jump into April as much as I am. This is my last month of Senior Year in college, which means that I will be graduating in May and then leaving Chicago for good. It is a bittersweet feeling for sure, but it also means that I am drowning in papers to write and books to read. The books you will see in this wrap up are mostly for school, even though I have managed to read some for fun as well. Between February and March I read a total of 19 books. So, without further ado, here we go!
- Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys. Even though I am not particularly fond of modern/contemporary fiction, I was able to really enjoy this little novel because I love Jane Eyre so much. It recounts the story of Bertha Mason – if you have read the victorian novel you will know who I am talking about. I gave it 4/5 stars.
- Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake. I had heard mixed things about this novel, therefore I did not have very high expectations when I read it. Overall, I gave it 3/5 stars, and I also have a review up for this, so if you want to know more of my thoughts, click here.
- The Known World, by E.P. Jones. This is a very important book to read – let’s start with that. I had to read it for my Contemporary African American Lit, where we are mainly reading Neo-Slave narratives. This book was so hard to get through for me. It took me forever to read, and It just did not click. I do appreciate it for what it is, but I just did not enjoy it. I gave it 2.5/5 stars.
- Of Fire and Stars, by Audrey Colthurst. Once again, I enjoyed this book but it was nothing special. I gave it 3/5 stars and I have a review here.
- The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston. This book is a memoir written by an American author whose parents migrated from China. It is a very interesting read, and Maxine is an amazing person overall. If you read the book, I would highly recommend watching an interview with her as well. I gave it 3/5 stars.
- Dessa Rose, by Shirley Anne Williams. This book is a Neo-Slave narrative looking at two women, one black and one white, and how power relations works cross-race as well as how the institution of slavery was not only perpetrated when people were officially in bondage. It is a very interesting read, and I gave it 4/5 stars.
- Ancient Rome: From Romulus to Justinian, by Thomas R. Martin. This non-fiction book is so easy to read. It is a very good overall account of Roman History, starting from the legends to the foundation of Constantinople. It is a very good introduction for beginners, and I gave it 4/5 stars.
- I Speak English, by J.R. Colvin. This is a good book to read if you tutor adults that are ESL speakers. I gave it 3/5 stars
- Snow Like Ashes, by Sara Raasch. I enjoyed this book. I went into it completely blind, and I had no idea what to expect. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but then things picked up and I really enjoyed it! I gave it 4/5 stars.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling. There is not much to say here – definitely 5 stars! I am re-listening to all the audiobooks before going to sleep and I am loving it. By this moment I have lost count as to how many times I have read this series.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. I ready enjoyed this little book. I had wanted to read it for such a long time, and finally I got a copy at Strand Bookstore in New York and read it. I would like to read it for class as well, and be able to discuss it with other people. However, I gave it 4/5 stars.
- Bellum Catilinae, by Sallust. I have to read a lot of classical literature and this is one of them. It was not my favorite, so I gave it 3/5 stars.
- Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman. I had been wanting to read more Norse Mythology in such a long time, and Neil Gaiman was so good at narrating his own book, I loved it. It was the first time I had read a Neil Gaiman, but I also have the kindle version of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which I hope to read soon.
- De Tranquillitate Animi, and De Vita Beata, by Seneca. Both of these treatise are really good. I really like Seneca, and his way of explaining Stoic philosophy is flawless. I gave both 4/5 stars.
- July’s Poeple, by Nadine Gordimer. I know she won the Nobel Prize for Literature – but I hated this book. I just could not keep up with it’s broken language and if the professor hadn’t unpacked this in class, I would have taken away nothing from it. I gave it 2/5 stars.
- Beauty and the Beast, by Jeanne-Marie Beaumont. Of course I read this right after watching the movie which I loved. I had already read this fairy tale, but it had been so long that I had forgotten. However, I gave it 4/5 stars.
- Thyestes, by Seneca. Thyestes is a very gory and brutal tragedy. It is a fast read and very fascinating, commenting on the detrimental nature of Civil War and Fratricide. I gave it 4/5 stars.
- The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride. Let me start by saying that I loved this book. It might have become one of my favorite books of all time, and I don’t know why. It’s a Neo-Slave narrative describing the events at Harpers Ferry. But it is also a tragicomedy, so be ready to laugh and cry at the same time. McBride has a very good way of writing about important topics and getting the message across without being boring. Definitely recommend. 5/5 stars.
These are all the books that I read in the months of February and March! Let me know what you have read during those months, and I will come back with a Book Review soon!
Until then, Happy Reading.