I sped through January, but got the flu in February and don’t seem to have regained steam in March, but I did get through 17 books (9 audio/8 physical; 11 fiction/6 nonfiction) and started three more.
Completed in March:
- My Lady Jane (audio, fiction). Absolutely hysterical. Never thought “but he’s really a horse” could be a valid plot point in historical fiction, but here we are. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (audio, fiction). I remember discovering these books in my middle school’s library and feeling like I was getting away with something. I still kind of feel that way, especially listening to Stephen Fry read it.
- Rules of Civility (paperback, fiction). This was not something I’d have picked up for myself – it was a book club read – but it was fun and engaging, with some deep-thinking bits as well.
- The Deeds of the Disturber (hardcover, fiction). The next step in my goal to re-read this whole series this year. They’re always fun reads, and I wish I’d thought to grab the next in the series for my upcoming plane trip.
- Norse Mythology (audio, fiction). I’d listen to Neil Gaiman read the phone book. This was definitely more fun than the phone book.
- Off the Sidelines: Raise your Voice, Change the World (audio, nonfiction). I grabbed this on a whim because I needed a new audio, and it surprised me in a good way. Senator Gillibrand seems aware of her privilege in a way that I think a lot of us can learn from.
- Bad Behavior (hardcover, fiction). Ugh, this was awful – the stories, the writing, all of it.
- Fortunately, the Milk (audio, fiction). It was entertaining, of course – it’s another Gaiman – but really all over the place.
- A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life (audio, nonfiction). I think the author needs to read Sen. Gillibrand’s book and get a handle on his privilege. This was a lot of “straight white guy pounces on opportunities in Hollywood and it makes him happy!”. There were interesting tidbits in there, so I didn’t throw it out the window, but overall not one I would recommend.
- You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck to Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life you Want (hardcover, nonfiction). I wouldn’t call it life-changing, but it definitely helped me understand the theories behind their software.
- The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore (audio, nonfiction). Full of fascinating lessons applicable to both leadership and life.
- Heart and Darkness: Scary Adventures and the Evolution of Disney’s Dark Rides (paperback, nonfiction). A little dry, a little repetitive, this read like someone’s term paper.
- Scary Godmother Comic Book Stories (paperback, fiction). Read in celebration of the delivery of the Kickstarter award doll. Always a good time.
- The Case for Jamie (hardcover, fiction). The Charlotte Holmes series is one of my new obsessions – this is book #3 – and this book did not disappoint. The only downside is waiting until 2019 for the fourth book…
- The Rogue Not Taken (audio, fiction). 2018 has been the year I rediscovered romance novels. After reading A Bollywood Affair in January, I tracked down some of the classics I had loved so much in the 1990s (hello Whitney My Love) – and I saw this enough on Litsy that I figured it’d be worth a try. Belly laughs, snarky arguments, and steamy romance? Totally a win. I’m listening to the sequel now.
- The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone (hardcover, nonfiction). Interesting, but didn’t knock it out of the park for me.
- How to Train Your Dragon (audio, fiction). David Tennant was made to tell stories like this.
Started in March and Still Going:
- The Republic of Thieves (hardcover, fiction). I love getting lost in this series, though pushing myself through a 700-page tome that has to be back to the library before we leave for France in a week was maybe not my best idea.
- A Scot in the Dark (audio, fiction). The sequel to A Rogue Not Taken.
- Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz (hardcover, nonfiction). Delightfully written, with a lot of good info. Again, I shouldn’t have grabbed this right before vacation (especially since it’s an ILL.)