March Reading – The Month Ahead…

Good riddance to February and all the brutal and unpleasant weather that came with it. Now it’s March. The first month of Spring! (I know, the first three weeks are still Winter, but I don’t care) The only “problem” with Spring that I can think of is that, with the weather being nicer outdoors, its harder to curl up and read a lot and stay indoors.

I nearly finished my tenth book of the year last night (To Kill a Mockingbird, which I’m reading in “preparation” for attending a stage version with my Mom on Sunday), and with February being a short month, I feel I’ve kept up a good pace so far this year. But what lies ahead in March…?

Well, I have two book club obligatory reads. One is The Help, the wildly popular bestseller by Kathryn Stocket. I had thought about buying this as an audio book (I’ve never listened to an entire audio book before. I bought one once before, thinking I’d listen during my daily commute, but traffic’s command of my attention seems to easily trump audio book-listening) since I still have a gift card leftover from the holidays, but then I listened to an excerpt on iTunes and it didn’t really grab me. One of the members of my book club “reads” almost exclusively via audio books and some day I want to try it, but I don’t think this will be the book. The second book club read is Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut for the KVMLBC. This will be a re-read for me, but now that I’m more familiar with this author I hope to get a new perspective. I also started reading a strange novel, Under the Skin, by Michel Faber – a book that I learned of via the blogosphere.

Let’s see… What else? Well, of course I’ll be continuing my short story reading project, which I have enjoyed immensely thus far (like you couldn’t tell), but I think I may also wrap up the William Trevor collection of stories (only three to go!) and get that book under my belt as well. I also downloaded the Anthony Trollope book, The Small House at Allington after hearing about it in the story, After Rain. It’s dauntingly long, though, and I confess I’m afraid to start it. I’ve NEVER read any Trollope, though, and I’ve long thought that this is a serious gap in my cultural literacy that should be addressed (sooner rather than later).

What about you? “What’s in your wallet?” Er, I mean, what’s in your reading future for March? As always, I’d love to hear about it…


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  1. Dale Barthauer said,

    March 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I’ll also be reading The Help, as you know. Just picked it up at the library. I finished The Iliad and thorougly enjoyed it. I should be finished with the first eight “books” of The Odyssey tonight. I’m on track for finishing these two poems by Homer by the end of March. My goal was to finish them by the end of June, so I’m ahead of schedule! I plan on starting Dante’s The Divine Comedy in April. I also picked up the novel True Grit at the library. I’ll see if I will end up reading it. At some point, I plan on reading The Hunger Games series, but I’ve been saying that for a while, now.


  2. Jay said,

    March 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Dale,
    “You are my hero” for reading through all these epic poems. I bought The Divine Comedy last year (after reading Andrew Davidson’s wonderful “The Gargoyle”) but haven’t cracked it open yet.

    I liked The Hunger Games series a lot too, even though it’s ” only” a YA series. 🙂


  3. Falaise said,

    March 3, 2011 at 6:05 am


    I’m working my way through Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon which is probably the most “difficult” work of fiction I have ever read. I’m also going to be re-reading The Three Musketeers in March and, hopefully, Civilisation, Niall Ferguson’s new book (as the accompanying TV series is being shown here from Sunday).


    • Jay said,

      March 3, 2011 at 7:36 am

      Hi Falaise,
      I’ve heard a lot of talk about Gravity’s Rainbow over the years but have never read it. So I will look forward to a future post by you on the book… I haven’t read The Three Musketeers either (cultural literacy foul!), but I have had The Count of Monte Cristo on deck for some time now.
      I’m not familiar with Niall Ferguson at all. Going to look him up now…

      happy reading!


  4. Alex said,

    March 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    The Help is a great bookclub book, we read it a couple of months ago and had a good discussion. This month we’re reading The Exception by Christian Jungersen, which I’ve never even heard of until one member made a great pitch in it’s defense.

    Looking forward to your views on Trollope!


    • Jay said,

      March 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      I haven’t heard of the Jungerson book either. I’ll be looking forward to hearing about it on your blog later. I have to admit I’m more looking forward to the Trollope than The Help. We’ll see… 🙂

      Happy reading!



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