March 2023 | The Books

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March was a month of two halves.

At the beginning I was keenly finishing off books started in February and moving onto Irish and Welsh short stories for Begorrathon and Dewithon, with plans to read at least one Welsh and one Irish novel as well. But then I got a nasty dose of an old problem, sinusitis, which blew all my reading plans out the window. My ability to concentrate was drastically reduced, while writing or reading other blogs became almost impossible. I could still read, but I needed uncomplicated, light, easy reads to tide me over.

Which was perfect for my TBR.

I finally read Lessons in Chemistry and books two and three from the Thursday Murder Club series, all of which have been lurking on my TBR for a couple of years now. And I have just started Pip Williams new book, The Bookbinder of Jericho.

I had hoped to write one more review, especially for Begorrathon and Dewithon by the end of the month, but it wasn’t meant to be. I don’t like being eight book reviews in arrears, but even mini reviews are beyond me right now.

How To Be RememberedMichael ThompsonAustraliaFiction2023ARC
Victory CitySalman RushdieSet in IndiaHistorical Fiction2023ARC
The First Branch of the MobinogiTrans: Sioned DaviesWalesShort Story2008TBR
An Indiscreet JourneyKatherine MansfieldNZ (set in France)Short Story1915Reread
BlissKatherine MansfieldNZShort Story1918TBR
The Second Branch of the MobinogiTrans: Sioned DaviesWalesShort Story2008TBR
A Meeting in Middle AgeWilliam TrevorIrelandShort Story1964Reread
Cursed BreadSophie MackintoshWales (set in France)Historical Fiction2023ARC
Thirst for SaltMadelaine LucasAustraliaContemporary Fiction2023ARC
Lessons in ChemistryBonnie GarmusUSAHistorical Fiction2022TBR
The Man Who Died TwiceRichard OsmanUKCrime Fiction2021TBR
Charles IIClare JacksonUKBiography2016TBR
The Bullet That MissedRichard OsmanUKCrime Fiction2022TBR

Story of the month: Victory City. Trying to write something that does it justice is the hard part!

This post was written on the traditional land of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 clans of the Eora Nation within the Sydney basin. This Reading Life acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are our first storytellers.

20 thoughts on “March 2023 | The Books

  1. I too, am having the yearly respiratory infection then turns to bronchospasm. But I’m feeling much better now. Hope you are too! Audiobooks are my consolations during the worst, and so I’ve enjoyed Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise way earlier. 😛
    I envy you for getting to read the 2nd and 3rd Thursday Murder Club! Are they as good as the 1st?
    Get well soon, and enjoy more good books in the meantime! 😉


    1. Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell too! Hope you’re on the mend.

      I’ve tried audio books before, but I always tune out within minutes or fall asleep. But I have just started The Assommoir (the OUP editionwith translation by Brian Nelson).

      The Thursday Murder Club books were great fun, and yes I think they were just as good, if not better than the first 🙂


  2. I hope you are doing better now. I totally get the need to read lighter books. I will look up Victory City but have loved Lessons in Chemistry and the Two Richard Osman books. They are exactly the kind of sick day read one needs.

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  3. Getting better is paramount, so we forgive you for not keeping up your usual schedule of reviews! And what’s reading for if not to console and soothe away cares, especially if it’s light and not too demanding? 🙂

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  4. Sinusitis is horrible. Comfort reading is a good remedy. I hope you liked Lessons in Chemistry–I thought it was terrific and definitely something that could help with feeling under the weather. Hope you are on the mend now. I have never read Salmon Rushdie–maybe I should consider fixing that!


    1. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading Lessons in Chemistry and the Richard Osman books are great fun too, even with the high body count!
      I really hope I can finish my review for the Rushdie this week. Victory City is certainly a good one of his to start with to get a sense of his writing, although Midnight’s Children is still my favourite. (I haven’t a fan of his more recent books in general).


  5. Why do you have Charles II on your TBR – he had a Trumpian sense of self-entitlement if I remember correctly. I hope Charles III does as well: his son gets a short go and then Parliament calls on the Dutch (read the European Union) to do a takeover.


    1. There is a series of books called Penguin Monarchs that we stock at work. Elizabeth II and Charles II were the 2 RC’s we had. I thought I’d give them a try out of curiosity. They’re a mini-bio – only about 100 pgs each.


  6. Hope you have been recovered by now. Sometimes one just don’t have the energy to write reviews or posts. I am very slow for the time being, but hope to improve. You did well with your TBR. I have not read any of them. I am travelling so my physical books are far away. I have to rely on e- and audio books, but that is also ok.


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