March Wrap-up

Books Read


  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahara. This was one tumultuous reading experience. Check out my review.
  • A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan. A fun, frothy romance novella set during Christmas. With bonus information about Victorian contraception! My review is here.
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Young adult magical realism, Printz award winner, book club pick. Just didn’t do it for me in spite of a sweet romance. Here’s a review
  • Sex Criminals, Volume 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky. I love this comic so hard. Bonus points for some excellent information about contraception in this volume! I sense a trend. Wanna see my flaily review?
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Frustratingly disappointing. My expectations may have been too high. My thoughts here.
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. A lyrical meditation on the nature of memory featuring ogres and dragons. Sounds tricky? It was. I’m still not sure how I feel about this one. Review forthcoming.


  • Read 100 books in 2016. 21/100. Yeah… about that one… Per Goodreads, this puts me three books behind. I knew this challenge was unreasonable, but I’m not giving up! Gonna try to step it up in April.
  • Read Harder 2016. 6/24. Finished two challenges this month (“read a nonfiction book about feminism” and “read a book over 500 pages”). If I keep to 2 challenges per month, I’m all good.
  • Read Diversely. 8/21 (38%). I am still embarrassed that, in 2015, I only read a single book by a person of color. I set myself a (quite frankly, still embarrassingly low) goal of having at least 20% of the books I read this year be by authors of color. The numbers look good, but that is, in part, due to the fact that I am newly obsessed with Courtney Milan’s romances.

In the Queue for April

  1. Part 3 of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. For book club #1.
  2. The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean. A Regency romance about the Kardashians by one of my favorite romance authors? Sure. Why not?
  3. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Satisfies a Read Harder challenge (“read a book by or about a person who identifies as transgender”) AND has been described as being both fantasy and science fiction? YES!
  4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. For book club #2.
  5. Bitch Planet, Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Described as “Orange is the New Black meets The Handmaid’s Tale.” Obviously I need to read this.
  6. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie. Satisfies a Read Harder challenge (“read a book under 100 pages”) AND feminism? YES, PLEASE!
  7. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit. More feminism!!!
  8. Radiance by Catherynne Valente. These words: “decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery.” BOOM!



  1. I found The Buried Giant at our local used book store, and I can’t wait to read it this month. We’re about equal on the Read Harder Challenge. It’s wild, because I could swear that I’ve read more for it, but when I start checking things off, I realize how few of the books actually qualified! As for your April… I’m ALWAYS here for more feminist lit. *battle cries loudly*


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