March was a month of struggling to find time to read and what I did end up reading were basically heavy reads.
My March book count is five. Each month I will recap the books I’ve read and my quick review of them.
Below is the straightforward rating system I use:
|✰✰✰✰✰||Loved it & had a profound impact on me!|
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
by Emmanuel Acho
Taking his ever-popular show of the same title to a full-fledge book, Emmanuel Acho addresses the uncomfortable questions and conversations many have when it comes to Black people.
A nonfiction book that reads like a conversation about a topic that is heavy, important, and timely can be rare. I loved how beautifully Acho approaches each case (or rather question) in a structure that works for ANY reader. Beginning with a question, backtracking to give context to the subject, providing historical facts, answering, and ending with a what-you-can-do-next was a brilliant way to write this book.
He brought it all down to layman’s term, and for a subject as heavy as this — it was incredibly appreciated.
One of my takeaways was the self-realization that if we were put in an x, y, z situation, would we handle it differently? Would I speak up in an uncomfortable situation? I certainly hope so.
I loved the book and found myself wanting more – almost needing it to be a bit more complex than it was. When a topic ended, I felt like it wasn’t enough.
This book is for everyone – no matter what walk of life you come from, there is something to be gained from reading this by anyone.
This was the March @thewanderingbookworms book club pick & it was an excellent choice!
The Rosie Effect
by Graeme Simsion
I really enjoyed The Rosie Project (though I hated “Rosie”), so I was cautiously curious about the second book in the series.
I loved it & for very particular reasons:
1. The male perspective (for a change)
2. The straightforwardness of the main character
3. The methodologies and pragmatic aspects of this book
4. The Laugh Out Loud moments throughout the book
5. The excellent narration by Dan O’Grady
What I did not enjoy:
1. Rosie and her annoying personality
2. Every mention of pregnancy 😂
The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
I loved this book when I received it in my @onceuponabookclubbox a few months ago. I loved the cover, the title, the aura!
But I completely didn’t expect the book’s content to be what it turned out to be.
I read it very quickly, but I didn’t get the chance to read it in one shot — & though it annoyed me at the time, I think the breaks allowed me to reflect on what I had read so far and ultimately contributed to why it ended up being a 5-star instead of 4-star.
I’m not giving anything away by saying this book is about the possibility of living many lives; as a result, I found myself immersed in more than one life and wondered about my own regrets – a few were SO parallel to my own!
That by the time I finished the book, I felt not only did I go on a journey with the protagonist, Nora, but I went one a journey of my own too!
Can’t Hurt Me
by David Goggins
This book was so heavy! I feel overwhelmed every time I attempt to write a “review” of this book.
I can honestly say it’s nothing like I’ve read before. I will also say that I borrowed this from the library but couldn’t finish it before the due date, so I ended up listening to it on audible; I know for a fact the experience would have been very different if I had just read the book. The audible version is a book/podcast/conversation/storytime — all meshed in one. I got so much out of this book yet constantly felt like what I was reading/hearing was otherworldly or impossible.
Yet… it was very much possible!
It’s hard for me to articulate the book’s essence; it really is something you have to read/hear for yourself.
Side note: there is a LOT of cursing in the book, which was really difficult for me to get past for a while but by the time I got to the end – I felt like I understood why.
Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
I’ve read three books of Lisa Jewell’s, and this is by far my least favorite. It was a quick read (I read it in a day), but ugh, the reasons behind the actions were just SO lackluster. I’m ok with bizarre if it’s at least exciting. But this was bizarre with a side of 🤔 when it came to the motives for doing any of the things done. So all in all, it’s OK for a quick time pass, but I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s too much good stuff to read to waste time on this one. 😂
If you have Instagram and would like to follow my account(s), I would be delighted!
- Bookstagram: @ReadYourHeartsOut
- Bookclub: @TheWanderingBookWorms
- Travel Bookclub: @SpiritedNavigators
- Everyday Life: @WhatIThinkISay
Total Book Count: 22
Looking forward to reading more lighthearted books next month!