Literary Life: March in Review

My reading this month began slowly, partly due to a change in my reading habits influenced by my online book buying ban. Due to two Kindle blips in March I’ll be continuing my ban into April.

I attended the first day of the Daunt Books Festival, organised by fellow book blogger Emily, on the 27th of March. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay in London for the next day’s events, but I had a wonderful time listening to all the talks. I took many a note and will be writing a post on the talks I attending next week. In the mean time this is a picture from the second talk, Bright Young Novelists.

Daunt Books Festival

Currently Reading:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie




  1. Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
  2. Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
  3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
  5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  6. Half Bad by Sally Green
  7. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
  8. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Whelty


Poetry Discovered:

The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock By T.S. Eliot
[The water was rising…] by Lyn Hejinian
Oh, Oh, You Will Be Sorry by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Very Early Spring by Katherine Mansfield


In other news:

My local Waterstones (Brighton) have two events this month, Harlan Coben and Dawn O’Porter – I’m not usually one for author events, but I know the work of these authors so I may attend both.

The London Book Fair is also on, 8/9/10th April.

How was your March?


13 thoughts on “Literary Life: March in Review

  1. My March was good! Plenty of reading, plenty of reviews that I need to write because I am way behind on writing reviews. My resolution for April is to be really, really faithful about writing reviews right after I finish a book. I’m going to do it! I am. (Maybe.)


    1. I have faith in you Jenny, you can get those reviews written. I’ve been rubbish with writing reviews lately, they seem to all come from a place of panic when at a weekend I realise I’ve nothing prepared to write about.


  2. Author events are fun, and though the ones I’ve been to were different, Waterstones is pretty good for them. Looking forward to hearing about your day at the festival! March was so-so, but so far April is good.


  3. I feel like the most cynical person around, as I didn’t love The Rosie Project. It was perfectly fine, but nothing I got excited about. I’ll be curious to see what you think (if you blog about it).


    1. I don’t think that makes you cynical! I would agree with that statement. It was perfect for what I needed it for – a bit of a comfort read – but I’ll probably forget I read it.


  4. I totally think I will end up reading The Rosie Project – its contemporary which I don’t normally read but it just sounds so good!

    My fav book read in March was probably THE WAKING ENGINE by David Edison. Its a mix between sci fi and fantasy and a smidge or horror even. So fascinating featuring the city where all souls go to die.

    *found you through Oh the Books!*


    1. It’s surprised me that I enjoyed The Rosie Project so much, definitely a quick and easy read.

      Considering my post this Thursday I think The Waking Engine may be a good book for me too keep in mind for reading!


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