Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I Read: March

March Books: 

What I read in March 2015


1. Sashenka by Simon Montefiore. Russia is on the brink of the Revolution, and Sashenka is a teenager from a wealthy family, but actively involved as a Bolshevik. Fast forward 20 years, and Sashenka is now married to a successful Party leader and is in every way the picture-perfect Party mother and wife. However, when tempted by an affair with a successful writer, her perfect world threatens to come crashing down. 

My thoughts: It took me a bit to get into this book, but soon enough I found myself not wanting to put it down. It may be because I had a hard time identifying with the teen-aged political rebel Sashenka, but Sashenka as a mother and wife felt closer to home. Regardless, I ended up loving (yet being heartbroken by) this book. I'd recommend, especially if you, like me, are fascinated with Russian history. 

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. This book has two protagonists, both are teenagers named Will Grayson. Neither knows the other exists until they happen to meet one night. One Will is trying his best to stay under the radar in high school, but it's difficult to lay low when your best friend is a larger than life, gay, and trying to enlist the whole school in the musical he's writing. Oh, and everyone calls him Tiny. Similarly, the other Will Grayson also tries to keep from attracting too much attention. However, meeting the other Will leads him to Tiny, and they hit it off, which derails his plan to go unnoticed as well. The Wills narrate the story, but Tiny and his musical are at its heart.

My thoughts: This was a quick read, and overall I liked it. I loved its focus on friendship. It did have the typical struggle to fit in/misfits against the world/teen angst themes mixed in as well, but at the end of the day this was about friendship more than anything else.

3. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Eilis and her sister Rose live with their mother in Ireland in the 1950s. Their mother is unable to work, and jobs are hard to come by in their small town. Eilis has an opportunity to go overseas to Brooklyn to find a job, and her mother and sister both encourage her to take it. In Brooklyn Eilis works on the shop floor of a department store, and keeps her homesickness at bay by staying busy with bookkeeping classes in the evenings. Eventually, she meets an Italian man named Tony and they fall in love and start making plans for their future. Just as she's starting to love her Brooklyn life, tragedy strikes in Ireland and she's forced to go back home.

My thoughts: I have mixed feelings about this book. Until the last part, I enjoyed reading it, but Eilis irritated me sometimes. She made decisions that went against her feelings, and I was frustrated when those decisions came back to bite her in the butt. I understand that not all stories will have a neat and tidy ending, but this one ended a little too abruptly for my taste.

Have you read anything good lately? 


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21 comments:

  1. These sound really good! I am always interested in all things Russian too! :) I'll have to look into these. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  2. I'm not doing so great on the reading front right now - I need to get back to it! I'll have to check out Will Grayson, Will Grayson - a quick read is the kind of thing I need right now!

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  3. Yes, I definitely recommend Sashenka then, it was good!

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  4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was a good one! I also heard it was a fun audio book if you do those. (I used to but haven't in a while.)

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  5. I haven't heard of any of these--the Russian one sound so intriguing. I just finished Me Before You (I think based on your recommendation) and loved it. I need to read more Jojo Moyes.

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  6. Ahhh Me Before You! I need to read that one again I think. Jojo Moyes is fabulous, right? But yes, of the three of these I liked Sashenka the best.

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  7. I haven't read any of these! I really need to get back on my reading game!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  8. They were all pretty good, especially the first one! :)

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  9. I haven't read any good books lately, because I haven't read lately. I'm so pathetic! I need to up my game!

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  10. No way, you're not pathetic! I'm sure you've been doing lots of other awesome stuff :)

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  11. I haven't read any of these! You know about my recent YA kick, so I'll have to add the Will Grayson book to that. Interesting that it's co-authored - did it read similarly to other John Green books, or could you tell that there were 2 authors?

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  12. i love reading book reviews because sometimes i'll get in a rut. i like to branch out.

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  13. You should, it's a fun read. You know, the only John Green I've read is The Fault in Our Stars, and it felt different than that (probably becuase the subject was a lot more lighthearted). I haven't read anything by the other author, so I didn't get a feel for his writing vs Green's. I'd kind of like to read more of each author and then go back and read this to see if I could "see" them both in there a little better. (That's what lit-student me would do anyway, mom-me will probably just take a little YA break for a bit...)

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  14. Thanks Elle, I'm the same way. Many of the books I pick up have come from other bloggers' recommendations!

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  15. I'm stopping by because of Jenna's link up! I didn't read very much this month and I really have no idea why!!!


    I finished Maisie Dobbs which is definitely a book (and a series) to check out if you haven't alredy! I'm looking forward to reading more of that series in the future. It's been described as "Nancy Drew for adults", just to give you a little idea about what you're in for!

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  16. Thanks for stopping by Victoria!
    I feel like I read a Maisie Dobbs book a while ago (sad, I know, that I never can remember what I read after too much time passes). I'll have to pick up another one, I've heard good things about them. Thanks!

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  17. I would be the same way if I didn't use goodreads!!! :) I hope you pick one up and are reminded that you love them. :)

    *~ Victoria*

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  18. These sound REALLY great! I'm making my summer reading list and adding some of these to it. Brooklyn sounds really interesting!

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  19. I love that you're making a summer reading list! Brooklyn was good!

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  20. I really like getting book suggestions from my blogging friends - it's making me think I should try to put some more book reviews/suggestions on my own blog! I've been much more of a reader in the past year, and I know that I'll be reading a TON over the summer, so I think it might be time to start documenting my reads on the blog. I think Will Grayson, Will Grayson sounds right up my alley :)

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  21. It was a fun read, I enjoyed it! I would love to see your book reviews and suggestions--I feel the same way, I love getting good book suggestions from blog buds!

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I really appreciate hearing from you!