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March Wrap Up and April TBR

I’ve finally managed to get out of my reading slump! It feels so good to be able to say that.

Despite this month being pretty busy with travelling around for Easter and my birthday (someone reminded me that this was my last year of being a ‘teen’, and now I’m having a small crisis), I’ve read more this month than I have in a while. I managed to read everything on my TBR and then an extra, and I’ve started both Outlander and The Talented Mr. Ripley as well.

April’s TBR shouldn’t have any shortage of possible material, because I’ve bought so many books (darn you Amazon and your book sale!). Now it’s just a matter of deciding which to read first.

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As mentioned, I’ve started this one today. I did read it a few years ago and remember really enjoying it. I watched the film the other day (hello young Jude Law) and got a sudden urge to reread it. It’s actually better than I remember, so if you haven’t read it and enjoy thrillers I would highly recommend it.

 

71I’m reading this one on the recommendation of a work friend, who I actually bonded with over Marvel films and men with beards. I was assured that this contained men with not only beards but also kilts, so I was sold.

More seriously though, I’ve been informed that this is a great piece of historical fiction and that it’s incredibly well written. I’ve read the first couple of chapters already and I’m loving the style, and the protagonist’s husband is absolutely adorable, so I’m looking forward to more.

Also, men in kilts.

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I can’t believe I’m so far behind the bandwagon on this one. When I first heard about it I wasn’t enamoured with the idea and dismissed it as just a space book, but the more I’ve heard about the humour and the emotion the more I’ve been worn away, and seeing clips from the film that I really enjoyed finally broke me to the point where I’m actually really looking forward to this now.

 

 

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adore Alan Bennett. He’s the ultimate sarcastic Yorkshireman, The History Boys is one of my favourite plays ever (which reminds me, I need to watch the film again…) and his prose is just as good as his plays. The recent film brought The Lady in the Van to my attention and I honestly can’t wait to read it.

 

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Having finally rectified the tragic state of affairs where I didn’t own my own copies of the Harry Potter books, it’s far past time for my at-least-yearly reread of the series. If anyone would want to do a read along with me just let me know and I’ll see what I can organise!

 

 

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I’ve read the first two books in the Mortal Instruments series before several years ago. I remember liking the ideas but being a little disappointed in the execution, and one particular development made my put the series down. I’ve been watching the new Netflix series though and have really been enjoying it, so I decided it was time to give the books another go. If anyone has any hints about what order I’m supposed to read them in it would be much appreciated, because I’m clueless. Mortal Instruments first? Infernal Devices? Some combination of the two? Help!

 

If anyone has any recommendations for next month’s TBR I’d be more than happy to hear them (although my bank account might not). Has anyone read any of these before? And can anyone please help me with these Mortal Instrument books?!

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5 thoughts on “March Wrap Up and April TBR”

  1. Happy belated birthday! That’s so awesome that you got so much reading done during your birthday month. I was blown away by how original Patrick Ness’ writing was in The Knife of Never Letting Go and am now curious to read more of his books. Though it has a really good concept that I’d love to see executed well, I’ve seen mixed reviews on The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

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    1. Thank you!

      I haven’t actually read The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I do own the trilogy and fully intend to read it. I think the mixed reviews for The Rest of Us Just Live Here were largely because it’s very different to anything else he’s done and people were a bit disappointed. Personally I loved it if just for how well he handles his characters and especially his portrayal of mental illness in it. Maybe I wouldn’t have liked it if it wasn’t the first book of his that I’d read, but I would still definitely recommend it.

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  2. Just seeing Outlander on here makes me smile! The TV series is also really well done and follows the book nearly perfectly.

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  3. The Martian! You wanna talk about far behing the wagon? COUNT ME IN HAHA 😀 WE should read it together for April if you want or May!! 🙂 My boyfriend is jst waiting for me to read it so we can watch the movie

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    1. I had honestly never heard of it before the film, and now it seems like everyone’s read it?!?! Except you, obviously 😛 That sounds great! Wouldn’t want to keep your boyfriend from the film for much longer 🙂

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