This Month in Reading

Each month we round up the best things we have read. March was still cold, and it snowed a bit. Though we mostly took a wedding planning break, we did a little. We started going to trivia at a new place near our apartment. We tried a lot of new restaurants and started a regular Friday dinner with friends. We went to a housewarming party, took an archery class, and did karaoke. It was a good month!

Rachel’s Reads


Books – I read 7 books in March.

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 5 out of 5 stars. A lyrical and fascinating meditation on race in America, the immigrant experience, and love. Very insightful.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 5 out of 5 stars. This book covers a flu that kills most of the world’s population, and what it’s like 20 years later, focusing on the stories of a few interconnected people. It also has some great commentary about our current society. Very well done.
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong – 4 out of 5 stars. This is the sequel to “John Dies at the End,” featuring the same characters on a new crazy adventure. It stays ridiculous and weirdly funny throughout. I enjoyed it.
  • Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler – 4 out of 5 stars. Utterly fascinating, yet dreadfully dense. Very cool topic but it’s written so inaccessibly.
  • Magic Strikes and Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews – 4 out of 5 stars for both. I’m still really enjoying the Kate Daniels series. These were books three and four.
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure – 1 out of 5 stars, quit. I read most of this book. It had been recommended to me as “like 50 Shades but better.” I had presumed it didn’t mean like 50 Shades in the disturbing sense, but this one’s even worse. It’s okay erotica but I stopped enjoying reading about the erotic adventures of a sex slave (no consent here) pretty quickly. I kept waiting for something redemptive to happen, but if it did, I couldn’t get to it.

Jeff’s Reads


Books – I read 1 book this month! It’s not that I wasn’t reading, more that I was reading several things at once and didn’t finish many of them. Well, there should be more next month.

  • Cheese and Culture by Paul Kindstedt – This exploration of the world history of cheese was fascinating, but not spellbinding. I especially enjoyed the look into very early cheese history and the most modern political developments in cheese.

What did you read in February?

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