March books (no joke)

Let’s start off on a tangent: How is it that February, the shortest month on the calendar, took 57 years to get through, but March was like 87 seconds? Time is a mystery, my friends.


Photo by James Tarbotton on Unsplash. Incidentally, this is TOTALLY my life and how I read all the time! 😉

Anyway! March was a good month on the book front. Maybe a little TOO good — my eLibrary account really came through in the past couple of weeks and I have five titles lined up at the moment. Fun fact: If you keep your Kindle on airplane mode, they can check the books back in, but they can’t technically erase them from your device. I know, that’s totally cheating, but I promise I’m cheating with a pure heart. Uh, assuming that’s possible, I guess.

Here’s what I read, in order even:

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre. (Before you have to ask, I’m an INFJ — introvert, intuitive, feeling, judging. They say it’s the rarest of all personality types, but I assume they say that to everyone to make us all feel like we’re special unicorns.) Well, Emre isn’t joking — it IS a strange history and it’s kind of amazing that the women who created it, a mother-daughter team, had it in them to be so persistent in getting the thing published. Emre is a skeptic on the personality testing front, and I appreciated that, actually — I felt like it gave her the ability to step back from the hype. One thing I hadn’t realized until I read the book is that according to Briggs and Myers, your personality is set the day you are born and it never changes. That seems weird to me, but whatever. Anyway, it was an interesting read and good to learn that the test is loosely based on Jung’s theories but is in no way scientific. I found that comforting somehow.

Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? by Mindy Kaling. After the craziness of Emre’s book, this book was a fantastic pallet cleanser: It’s hilarious and a quick read. I’m probably the last person on earth to read it as it came out in 2011, but anyway, I recommend this one if you need a laugh.

About a Boy by Nick Hornsby. How did I JUST read this book? I haven’t seen the movie, either. It was just so sweet and funny and great. It’s like the book equivalent of a fancy donut. Recommend!

An American Marriage by Tavari Jones. I suppose it was about time for me to read something more difficult after two fun-fests. This is a great book — well written and made me think about what I take for granted being a middle aged white woman married to the same man for 23 years. There were parts that were hard to take because it was difficult to accept the injustice of it all — for Roy, wrongly accused and imprisoned, and Celestial, who has to navigate life with her husband locked away. It’s not what either of them had expected, and the outcome isn’t, either. Recommend.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I think this might have been an Abby recommendation. One of those sci-fi/fantasy stories with magic and a gang of kids out on an adventure. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the sequel.

What’s on my list:

After about four months of waiting, Educated by Tara Westover has finally come my way via the eLibrary. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and am looking forward to reading it.

I’ve also got The Friend by Sigrid Nunez and The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin lined up. I’m currently reading The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, but it’s the fourth in a series and, while all accounts point to this one being a stand-alone (whatever that means), I’ll probably end up reading the entire series just for something to do. More sci-fi/fantasy/kids on a magical adventure. I don’t mind.

Your turn: Whatcha reading?

7 thoughts on “March books (no joke)

  1. Diane Furlong says:

    I am also an INFJ! I’m not surprised we share that.

    Book club selection for this month is “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd but I don’t have it yet. Last month was “Crazy Rich Asians” which I hated.

    Currently reading “Washington Black” – something to do with slavery in the American South.

    Also Parker Palmer’s “A Hidden Wholeness ” and Philip Yancey’s “Vanishing Grace” (love Yancey but not as good as some of his other books.)

    My book club pick was “Call the Midwife” which I loved (also love the Netflix series)

    Someone gave me “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” but found that boring.

    Another book club selection was “The Nightingale” – about the Nazi invasion of France, freedom fighters, and the ravages of war on a country. Very eye opening.

    Lots more but the titles elude me.


    • Diane Furlong says:

      Oh – forgot to mention this one – “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating “. True story and a lovely little read.


    • Trisha Walker says:

      I write down every book I read in my planner. I used to keep track on bookmarks, but don’t read real books anymore so that’s out. I’m writing down the titles you liked for reference — I’m about halfway through my list that was supposed to last the year. I find that if I have a list, I read more. Otherwise I get caught up in trying to decide.

      I’m not surprised you’re INFJ either. 🙂


  2. Mary Ann says:

    I am currently reading Rage Becomes Her, The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly. You may not agree with everything she says, but I think it is a real eye-opener and highly recommend it.


  3. sarahn says:

    I want to read The American Marriage.

    Surprisingly didn’t like The Immortalists.

    My library catalogue/hold list has all changed and I do not like it! I must create a new habit to adapt!


    • Trisha Walker says:

      I don’t actually know much about The Immortalists, just that it’s always highly recommended. It’s an eBook so if I hate it I will stop. It’s only when I buy something I feel committed to finish. (Looking at you, Trainspotting.)


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