March 2018

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Happy Spring! Ish… I’m a winter girl 90% of the time but I do confess I’m looking forward to being able to go outside with just a cardigan on! The best part is that each season has its own special impact on reading and spring brings with it Easter free time and spring days of outdoor reading. But until the weather improves, I’ll be snuggled up under a blanket with my current read. These are the books I read in March:

  • Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

“but in that empty, measureless space our sense of time also suffers, and we daze in the disorienting shapelessness.”


I had to read this as part of my course and to be honest, my reading list for this module hasn’t thrilled me so this is the only one I’ve completely finished! I did enjoy it, but I’m not a huge fan of books where the plot is a little feeble.

The story is about a writer who travels to Venice because he’s suffering writer block and the plot revolves around his experience while staying at the hotel alongside other guests. It’s fair to say that some of this book is uncomfortable because he clearly has *inappropriate* feelings towards a young boy. However, that being said, a lot of books have questionable characters in and you can still enjoy them.

Look, it’s not exactly a contemporary page turner but it’s a decent modernist piece. If that’s your kind of thing then I’m sure it’ll please you.

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

“It suggested that doing the right thing was a lot more complicated than she’d thought it was”


Love, love, love this book. I’m not a historical fiction fan but the themes of this young adult novel made me forgo my usual thinking and jump right in. Not only was this a brilliant story based on the suffrage movement, but I also appreciated the LGBT characters and the issues of social class in relationships.

It’s kind of surprising that more fiction books aren’t written about the suffrage movement, especially younger fiction. It’s a great way to get kids interested in women’s history. The only thing I would say is that there was a far bigger focus on WWI than I expected before starting the book. That’s not necessarily a negative, it was still a great book, but the suffrage movement was only the main focus of the first half of the book.

Simply, this was a fun and easy read and I’d recommend it highly!

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

“She knew—it was her job as a teacher of history to know—how many horrors are legitimated in public daylight, against the will of most of the people.” 


I was so excited about this book that I pre-ordered it! Set in present-day future (ish) Oregon just after abortion is criminalised nationally, along with IVF and adoption for anyone other than couples.

What is scary, is that this isn’t really a dystopia because it’s legitimately a possibility. Leni Zumas wrote creatively and really tested what it means to be a woman in the western world. What I loved was how she wove a story which emphasised the importance of bodily autonomy on women’s general freedom and choice.

The chapters focussing on the mender were a little bizarre at times but I understand that reflected the character. If you’re interested in feminist literature, political fiction or dystopia then this book is spot on. Read it!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

“The point is—as far as the Society is concerned—if you are not honest, and determined, and brave, then it doesn’t matter how talented you are.” 


PSA: READ THIS BOOK. Some are comparing it to Harry Potter, and I’m not sure I would do that because to be honest, that’s impossible to live up to, but I will say that this series will be a huge success.

Morrigan Crow, a cursed child, manages to evade death and get a space in the trials for a coveted school. She’s a highly likable character and I really rooted for her. Each character has their unique features making them super readable. This is one of those books that suffered from being pigeon-holed into an age group – it’s a brilliant read for kids, teens and adults alike and all should read it.

Magic, giant talking cats and traveling via umbrella – what’s not to love?

What a month! I got lucky with some excellent reads this month, so April has a lot to live up to. See you next month, and as always keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profileTwitterInstagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚

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