March 2023 has been a fantastic month for books, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my reading exploration. From thrilling mysteries to heartwarming romances, I have had the opportunity to delve into a wide range of genres that have kept me entertained and captivated. In this blog post, I will share the books I read in March 2023, giving you an insight into what I enjoyed and why I loved them.
Books I Read in March 2023
H2: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half is a captivating and powerful read that explores the intricacies of race, identity, and family. It tells the story of twin sisters, Stella and Desiree, who grew up in a small Southern Black community. The sisters run away at sixteen, and their lives take very different paths, with Stella passing as white and living a life of privilege, while Desiree returns home with a dark secret.
I loved the way the author handled the themes of identity and race, and how she portrayed the characters’ inner struggles with their individuality. Bennett’s writing is beautiful and poignant, and she has created a thought-provoking and timely work of fiction.
H2: The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
If you’re looking for a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, The Sanatorium is the perfect read. Set in a remote hotel in the Swiss Alps, the story follows detective Elin Warner as she investigates a string of mysterious deaths that occur at the hotel, which was once an asylum.
I loved the atmospheric setting of the novel, with the snowy mountains and the eerie hotel adding to the tension and suspense of the story. The twists and turns kept me guessing until the very end, and the writing was excellent, giving the book a cinematic feel.
H2: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Four Winds is a moving and compelling historical fiction novel set during the Great Depression. It tells the story of Elsa, a Texas-born woman who leaves her home in search of a better life for her family in California.
I was touched by Elsa’s determination and resilience in the face of adversity, and I felt like I understood her struggles and the harsh realities of the time period. The writing was beautiful, and I loved the depth and complexity of the characters.
H2: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
As a fantasy lover, I was thrilled with this latest addition to the Court of Thorns and Roses series. A Court of Silver Flames follows the character Nesta as she tries to come to terms with her new life as a Fae, battling her own inner demons in the process.
This book has everything I love about fantasy – magic, adventure, romance, and complex characters. The world-building was excellent, and the writing was fantastic, making for a gripping and emotional read.
H2: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara and the Sun is a unique and thought-provoking science fiction novel that explores the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. The story is narrated by Klara, an AF, who is an artificial friend designed to be a companion to a child.
I loved the philosophical questions raised by the book, and the way it explored the nature of consciousness and what it means to be human. The writing was beautiful, and Ishiguro’s storytelling is captivating.
H2: The Push by Ashley Audrain
The Push is a chilling and haunting psychological thriller that explores the complexities of motherhood and the effects of trauma and inherited behavior. The book follows Blythe, a woman haunted by her own traumatic childhood, as she grapples with the challenges of motherhood and the possibility of inherited mental illness.
I was hooked from the first page, and the writing was extraordinary, bringing the story to life in a visceral and haunting way.
In conclusion, the books I read in March 2023 were a fascinating mix of genres, from gripping thrillers to heartwarming historical fiction. Each book I read had a unique and captivating story to tell, and I was impressed by the skill and talent of the authors. I highly recommend these books to anyone looking for a great read.
Before you go, here is a complete and comprehensive guide to reading more efficiently and effectively:
• Create a reading list or log to track your progress and stay organized.
• Set achievable reading goals that fit your schedule and lifestyle.
• Find a comfortable and quiet space to read, free from distractions.
• Take breaks and stretch your eyes to avoid eyestrain and fatigue.
• Try reading different genres and authors to broaden your horizons.
• Join a book club or reading group to share and discuss your thoughts on books.
• Always have a book with you, whether in physical or digital form, to make the most of any downtime.
• Take notes and highlight passages to help you remember key points and themes.
• Experiment with different reading formats, such as audiobooks or e-books, to find what works best for you.
• Enjoy the journey and don’t stress about finishing a book if it’s not working for you.
Remember, reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and the more you read, the more you will learn and grow. Happy reading!