March Reading Wrap-Up

I am that person who loves data, charts, and lists. So every month, I recap what I read and what books I acquire along with anything else I think is of value or interest. Let me know if you have any ideas!

March was by best reading month so far this year – in quantity and quality. In total, I read 9 books plus part of a book that I decided not to finish. I read six books that I rated four stars or higher, including my first five star book of 2023. I also worked toward my reading goals by knocking out two books from my NetGalley backlist. While I wish I would have read more books, I am satisfied with what I did read considering constraints.


Books read: 9

Pages read: 3,176

Percent female authors: 88.9%

Percent BIPOC authors: 33.3%

These charts are primarily from the Storygraph app, which is an alternative to the Amazon-owned Goodreads.

Books read

Books in progress

I started three books in March that I plan to finish in April.

  • White Hot Hate: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland by Dick Lehr 🎧
  • All That Is Mine I Carry With Me by William Landay
  • Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains by Alexa Hagerty

Books acquired

Aardvark Book Club

  • Big Swiss by Jen Beagin
  • 48 Clues into the Disappearance of My Sister by Joyce Carol Oates
  • How to Turn into a Bird by Maria Jose Ferrada

Book of the Month

  • Weyward by Emilia Hart
  • The Last Russian Doll by
  • I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai
  • Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson

NetGalley Approvals

  • We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America by Roxanna Asgarian
  • Biting the Hand: Growing Up Asian in Black and White America by Julia Lee (Pub 4/18/23)
  • The Long Way Back by Nicole Baart (Pub: 6/13/23)
  • The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger (Pub: 9/5/23)
  • Happiness Falls by Angie Kim (Pub: 9/5/23)

Gifted Physical Copies

  • The Changeling by Victor Lavalle
  • Bittersweet: How Sorrow & Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain
  • All That Is Mine I Carry With Me by William Landay
  • Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
  • Other People’s Clothes by Calla Henkel
  • Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains by Alexa Hagerty
  • Take What You Need by Idra Novey
  • Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond
  • Lone Women by Victor Lavalle
  • Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World by Gretchen Rubin
  • Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith
  • The Garden of Lost Secrets by Kelly Bowen
  • Wasteland: The Secret World of Waste and the Urgent Search for a Cleaner Future by Oliver Franklin-Wallis

Penguin Reader Rewards Books

  • Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller Croft
  • Time’s Undoing by Cheryl A. Head
  • The Patriarchs: The Origins of Inequality by Angela Saini
  • The Queen of Dirt Island by Donal Ryan
  • The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan
  • If I Had Two Wings: Stories by Randall Kenan

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