Monthly update: March, 2017

How organised am I.  It’s only March 30th and I am writing my monthly update.  There must be something in the air…or I have too much time on my hands! How was March for people? Mine wasn’t bad, though it felt a lot longer than February (figuratively and literally).  Work was crazy busy and we’ve had lots going on at home (will the painting and decorating every be finished).  Still, I managed to fit in reading some book, good, bad and a bit blah…

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Human Acts by Han Kang, if it’s possible to love a book with such a hard subject matter – the brutal taking down of a popular uprising in 1980’s South Korea.

Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey, a book that kept me on tenderhooks throughout thanks to it’s great plot and compelling characters.

These books are so different but if I had to choose I would say Human Acts is my book of the month.

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The Murder Game by Julie Apple, a.k.a. Catherine McKenzie, one of my favourite authors, where four law students plan the perfect murder and then try to get away with it (or do they?)

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, a book I was scared to read because I’d loved her last one so much…I am glad to report I wasn’t disappointed.

The Escape by C. L. Taylor, which finds a young mother (and her small child) on the run and fighting to have herself believed.

 

The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson, a psychological thriller with a bit of a difference and a strong female character I couldn’t help but like.

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, another great piece of crime writing and Nordic Noir, this is the start of a new series I can’t wait to read more of.

The Dead Room by Chris Mooney, a book that had been sat on my kindle for five years before I got round to reading it, immediately wishing I hadn’t waited as long.

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary, another great outing for Marnie Raine looking to solve a crime she seems to be increasingly connected too.

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You by Caroline Kepnes, a book I think I might have waited too long to read as it didn’t live up to expectations (but was that might fault for having such high hopes?)

 

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None! (yay!)

And that’s it for me for March – pretty good I think – with only one book I just don’t think I can bring myself to recommend. What about you – how was your month, reading and otherwise?

Emma

This month, I’m linking with Kathryn at Book Date and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction with their monthly round-up posts (clicking on the images will take you to the posts to check out what others have been reading).

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21 comments
  1. You had a great month! I loved The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Murder Game…and I’m eyeing Let the Dead Speak.

    I keep forgetting that March 31 is the day I travel, so I need to post my wrap-up some time today, too.

    Enjoy April!

    1. I know! I can sooo recommend Let The Dead Speak.

      Safe travels!

  2. You had a great month! Most of mine this week hasn’t been too bad but I just reviewed one today that was a bomb. 🙁

    1. I hate those that just suck…there aren’t many but they always leave me depressed slightly.

  3. That’s an excellent result, Emma:). You have some interesting books there – and I’m very impressed that you have managed to get your monthly roundup done well ahead of time:)). Hope you have a similarly great reading month in April.

    1. A really great month, though maybe a bit too crime fiction heavy again (I just can’t help myself!)

      1. Well, I’m not going to be shaking my head disapprovingly over that, given my weakness for speculative fiction:)

  4. wow that was a great month! and yes you are VERY organized! my wrap-up is supposed to come up Sunday and it i snot ready yet 🙁 hope you post so,me pics of your decorating project s:)

    1. IT wasn’t bad at all was it. I am never normally this organised…it won’t last!

  5. A great month for you. I have The Murder Game but haven’t read it yet. Happy April!

  6. A really good month, with some heavy reading in there that I admire you for tackling. I am not sure that I am brave enough to read a book like Human Acts but really these are the kind of books that keep us “awake” in the best sense.

  7. I am also up on the game this time around. I stayed up late last night (or should I say this morning?) and got my wrap up live this morning. I’m glad to give March the boot. Only 9 more weeks of school. Yippee! You had a great reading month! Hoping for April showers for all of us. Because more reading! 🙂

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  9. Oooh, I love Jane Casey and haven’t read this one yet. I used to read probably 50% mysteries, but since moving into a reading teacher position have morphed to reading mostly YA and MG. I will have to start reading your blog to get some good mystery titles again–most of these look like they’re right up my alley.

  10. I’ve been eyeing The Woman in Cabin 10 for an October read later on in the year. It sounds like an exciting thriller. I’ve seen Human Acts around a lot and I’m very intrigued by that one. Hope you enjoy your April!

    1. It is exciting. Sometimes settings in small places can add that tension I think.

  11. Human Acts is on my TBR list. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so I’m excited to read it. Happy April!

    1. I hope you enjoy. It’s a hard read but so worth it.

  12. This sounds like a really great reading month! Good luck with your April reading <3
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

    1. IT really was. Unfortunately this this month has been a bit spottier but it’s still early right? Thanks for stopping by.

  13. I see lots of thrillers in your post. I can only take a few of these and have to mix them in with other genres. I end up pacing in between chapters because the suspense gets me every time.

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