March TBR & Challenge Books

It’s already March! I’m well into my reading challenges, and since I have a designated list of books I want to read for each challenge, I’ll decide on a few that I want to accomplish reading this month – plus I’m going to throw in a handful of books I just want to read for myself, plus a few ARCs that I need to get done. Let’s see what we’ve got coming up!

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge Books:

The Shakespeare Requirement: I’ve read Schumacher’s first book, Dear Committee Members, and I loved it, so when I saw she had written a follow up book, it instantly went on my TBR. I was so happy I could fit it into Book Riot’s challenge (Humor Book). It’s a book made up of emails and correspondence between faculty members and you might think that would be boring, but it’s so, so funny. I’m hoping that this one will match the first book’s hilarity.

Ask a Manager: As someone who works in a field where I’m always under the supervision of a manager, plus if I ever move up in my department, it’s straight into management, I saw this book and I thought it would probably do me some good to read. It also happens to fulfill the “Business Book” requirement, which I was so dreading when I saw that category on the list. I never, ever read business books out of sheer interest (except for “The Financial Diet,” which was amazing!) so hopefully this book will keep my interest, since it’s related to my own experience.

Whale Rider: I’ve had this book on my TBR for sooooo long! I was very happy it fit Book Riot’s “#ownvoices book set in Oceania” category, because my goodness, that is awfully specific! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find anything that would peak my interest, but then a quick check through my TBR and lo and behold Whale Rider! I’ve seen the movie (which is gorgeous and so touching!), so I wanted to read this book to see how it compares, what they might have changed, etc. I’m looking forward to this one!

Reading Women Challenge:

The Gallery: A co-worker recommended Fitzgerald’s first book to me (Under the Egg), which was a Juvenile mystery involving art, which I loved. So, I figured if I had to read a “Children’s Book” for Reading Women, I might as well pick this one, since it was on my TBR anyway! Win-win. I’m really looking forward to it, I hope the mystery and the beauty of the first one shine through in this one, too!

Nectar in a Sieve: Somehow I didn’t have to read this book in high school (my sister did), and since I own a copy, I figured this would work perfectly for the “Book written by a South Asian Author” category. I’ve heard how sad this book is, so I’m probably going to have to sit with a tissue box next to me while reading. I’m hoping I will enjoy the book despite it’s reported sadness.

These Shining Lives: I read The Radium Girls (well, I listened to the audiobook, which was amazing, by the way), and it was so, so good! Fascinating and terribly sad, but I was so hooked. The author mentioned that her inspiration to write that book was this play, which she’d seen. So I was curious and I put it on my TBR. Then, surprisingly, Reading Women put up a “Play” category for this year’s reading list and I thought, “Perfect!” So I’m hoping I enjoy reading this play – though I wish I could also see it performed!

ARC of the Month:

Cover of Jessika Fleck's "Beware the Night"

I’m super excited for the release of this book (March 12) – especially since I have an ARC that I actually started in February, but haven’t finished yet. So I’m almost done, I will be finishing it in March, and I thought, well this will be the ARC of the Month for me! I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this book. I’ve already seen some polarizing reviews for it and I’m sure I’m only going to muddy the waters with my own review. We’ll see. I’m a little over half-way. Stay tuned!

Alright, so I have two ARCs of the Month! I have to include this one because, yes, I already started reading it in February and I’m hooked! I’m curious about this time period and having recently seen Anastasia the Musical on its Broadway tour, I knew I had to read this book when I found it on NetGalley. There’s a bit of magical realism at play here, so I’m curious to see how Brandes is going to weave this magic with the historical events of this story.

My TBR Picks:

Cover of Philippa Gregory's "The Constant Princess"

Okay, so, I saw a trailer for Starz’s “The Spanish Princess,” and I was like, “Oh no!” for two reasons: 1) I don’t have a Starz account, so I’m going to have to figure out how I’m going to watch this series! and 2) “The Constant Princess,” which this series is partly based on has been on my TBR for a looooong time and now I need to read it so that I can watch “The Spanish Princess”! Yikes! So I’m hoping to finish this book this month and maybe, somehow watch “The Spanish Princess” when it premieres. We’ll see. Catherine of Aragon is my favorite of Henry VIII’s wives, so I hope I’ll love this book as much as I loved “The White Queen,” and “The Other Boleyn Girl.”

So, I have a gal pal book club (on top of all these reading challenges, I know, I know), and this month was my pick and I chose Asking For It because it’s been on my TBR for a while, I’ve heard a billion good things about this book and its author, and I’m ready to read it so I can know all the things about it. I’m also curious because it takes place in Ireland, which I’ve visited (and loved!) and I’m always curious about the lives of people in different cultures. I’ve started it already it it’s got a lot of slang and references that I’m unfamiliar with, so there’s going to be an additional layer here for me to decipher, but I’m looking forward to it!

What books are you reading this month?

If you’ve read any books from my list, let me know what you think! Do you have any of these selections on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

It’s another month of reading dangerously and I hope I’m up to the challenge!

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