You’d think that with all of us being stuck at home that I’d have accomplished a lot of reading, but sadly that isn’t the case for me. For some reason I struggled to get a lot of reading done. I don’t know why? Anyone else struggle with that this month? Anyways, here is my March 2020 Reading List.
I will say that what I did read (or listen to) was incredible! I’m so glad that even though I didn’t read a lot, what I did was so good! It’s not always the quantity but the quality, right?!? If you want more book suggestions, check out my other reading lists!
What Books I Read in March
I listened to the Audiobook for this story while I was in Ohio and LOVED it. It’s about race, social divides, privilege and complex relationships. I feel like this would make a perfect book for a book club to discuss. This was chosen as a book club pick for Reese’s Book Club! Also, this is a debut novel from this author.
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.
But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.
Without giving anything away, this book dives into relationships between people of different color, social, and economical backgrounds. It asks you the question who can you trust and more importantly, who will you actually believe?
I really enjoyed this book. The ending seemed a tad bit rushed to me and I wanted things to end differently, but the book was still a fantastic read. I read a lot of reviews on this and it seems to be a very divided read. Either you really liked it or you just didn’t.
I didn’t connect with any of the characters and felt some of them to be really annoying at times, but I think that this book does give you quite a bit to think about and I took away a lot from it.
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This.Book. I devoured this book so quickly and felt like it was such a beautifully written story. It’s the first book I’ve read in a while where I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s a NYT Bestseller and it was chosen as a Good Morning America, FabFitFun, and Marie Claire Book Club pick. All for a good reason. It’s an incredible 5 star read in my opinion.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Dannie Kohan lives her life by the numbers.
She is nothing like her lifelong best friend—the wild, whimsical, believes-in-fate Bella. Her meticulous planning seems to have paid off after she nails the most important job interview of her career and accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal in one fell swoop, falling asleep completely content.
But when she awakens, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight—but it is one hour she cannot shake. In Five Years is an unforgettable love story, but it is not the one you’re expecting.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle is the story of two best friends. Sure, there’s love involved in the telling of this story, but it’s the love of the two friends that I found to be so profound.
Dannie and Bella are two best friends who are quite different. Dannie is in love with her job as a lawyer. She lives and breathes for her job. She has a plan in action for her life, which involves her boyfriend David.
Bella is free spirited and travels everywhere. Often in love with the man of the moment. She was born to parents who didn’t know how to be parents. She’s been given all of the money in the world to do whatever she wants, but her parents lack of love is obvious. Also, love doesn’t seem to be a part of her life even romantically.
I don’t want to ruin the story for you because it’s beautiful and you should experience it for yourself. It really made me pause for quite a few moments throughout the book. It made me think of my life and what I thought made me happy. It made me look at my own relationships and what I considered to be important in my life.
Looking Forward To April Reads
I just ordered my Book of the Month for April, so I’m excited to get that in the mail. I’m also finishing My Dark Vanessa so I’ll have a review of that coming next month. Are there any books that you’re looking forward to reading in April? Share your March 2020 Reading List with me below or on social media! I’d love to see them.