March 2024 Book Report

Lots of books on my bookshelf that need to be read. What happened to my reading life? I used to start and end my day with a book and read at least a few pages during some free moments. But, lately, that routine is defunct. Some people say they read more books in certain seasons than others. I also know people who read more books poolside, while others enjoy curling up with a good book on cold winter days. That has never been the case for me; I’m what you might call an all-weather reader.

That is unless I look at the word “season” as a stage in my life.

I recently rebranded myself as a freelance communications writer for nonprofit organizations and small businesses. I’m doing the work I love to do and collaborating with amazing and compassionate people for worthy causes, cool products, and services. With the launch of my new venture and all that comes with it, I’ve been recharging myself with naps instead of novels.

But maybe I’m being too hard on myself. I still read two books this month. According to a New York Times article, most Americans average five books yearly. But that’s not what I’m comparing myself to. I have high standards for my reading life. I hope to achieve my Goodreads stretch goal this year, which is 50 books. I looked on Goodreads this morning and am two books behind schedule. But I’m not panicking yet.

So, maybe these last few months have not been my reading season, but it’s only April 1st, and time is on my side.

Here is what I read in March:

Don’t Forget to Write

Book cover for Don't Forget to Write I love books that make me laugh out loud. I also enjoy coming-of-age stories in communities with strong values and rich traditions. This book contains all of these pieces (and more!), which is why it will probably make my top 10 list this year.

“Don’t Forget to Write” opens an innocent make-out session gone terribly wrong—in a synagogue during the High Holy Days with the rabbi’s son. Marilyn, the young girl involved in this tryst, wants a full life, but in the late 1950s, it doesn’t seem possible. Instead, she is faced with two choices—marry the rabbi’s son or be sent away to live with a strict aunt in Philadelphia who will set her straight. Seeing she has no other choice, she spends the summer with her aunt, who lives life on her terms and sets the bar high for the people in her life. Her aunt is also a well-known matchmaker who enlists Marilyn to help her recruit nice Jewish and single boys for her business. Over the summer, Marilyn meets new friends, makes some bad choices, and learns the tough lessons. She also comes to love her aunt and everything she represents.

This book reminds me a lot of the TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It’s funny, poignant, and has two strong female protagonists out to conquer the world. I think that’s all I’ll say for now, except that if you are looking for a fun and fast read, this is an excellent choice. I also listened to it on Audible, and the narration was exceptional. Enjoy!

First Lie Wins

First Lie Wins book coverFor years, my reading tastes have been firmly planted in the following genres: fiction, historical fiction, family sagas, and nonfiction books, including memoirs, essay collections, writing craft books, and 80s/90s nostalgia. I’m pleased to say that I’ve expanded my preferences to include several mysteries and thrillers. It started with The Silent Patient and The Violin Conspiracy. And then, I never looked back. Another favorite of mine was last year’s Killers of A Certain Age. All of these books were super entertaining, and since then, I have craved the newest mystery novel that everyone is talking about.

Enter “First Lie Wins.” I don’t want to give too much away because of many twists and turns. I would hate to spoil this wild ride for you. Just trust me and pick it up when you get a chance. I will say that our heroine, Evie Porter, is not who she seems. Her identity, backstory, and living arrangements are all a front for her job. Her target is her current doting boyfriend, Ryan. She doesn’t know why he is the target, but her job is to get close to him and retrieve information when ordered to do so by her mysterious boss.

The book is a big puzzle to solve with lots of cool pieces. How it all fits together is worth the read. I loved this book and will probably reread it for any clues I missed along the way.

April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day

Independent bookstore day logo - April 27th

If you have read my book blogs before, you know I’m a huge fan of independent bookstores. Every store is unique and independent and full of book lovers. By supporting an indie bookstore, you are in for a treat. Not only are you supporting a small business, but you will also discover books hand-picked by knowledgeable booksellers. Typically, the atmosphere is friendly and almost celebratory because everyone there loves to read.

So, go to an indie bookstore the next time you want to buy a book. Here is a website where you can find one near you!

Okay, it’s your turn. What are you reading?! Let me know in the comments.

4 comments on March 2024 Book Report

  1. Deb
    April 3, 2024 at 1:55 am (2 months ago)

    Loved First Lie Wins. I’ll check out the other one.

  2. Tamara
    April 3, 2024 at 12:49 am (2 months ago)

    Hello, all-weather reader 😎 Your new authors are doing a nice job picking a book title that makes you wonder. I guess ‘don’t forget to write’ is about letters in the 1950s, but it’s also blog posts in April 2024!

  3. Paul B. Taubman, II
    April 2, 2024 at 9:39 pm (2 months ago)

    I used to be an avid reader – but now it feels like reading becomes a special occasion!

    I would read before bed, but lately, when I go to bed I go to sleep 🙂

  4. Lily Leung
    April 2, 2024 at 8:24 pm (2 months ago)

    I think you are doing exceptionally well. I love reading, too, but my attention span have totally disappeared. I can start but have a hard time finishing a book. Will look up your 2. Glad you are enjoying your new work.