I have to admit that I fell short on almost all of my new year's resolutions in March. I haven't abandoned any of them, but it seems like I didn't put forth the effort I could have. On the other hand, as I look back over my list of books read, I find that I read nine books, six of which were authored by writers that were new to me. On my goal (or challenge on bookcrossing.com) to read at least 20,000 pages this year, I managed to read 2329 pages last month bringing my total for the year to 6899 pages, which is approximately a third of the total.
However on my SIY (or set-it-yourself) bookcrossing.com goal to read a particular set of books, I must admit that I failed. I had set the goal of reading sixteen books, and while I have read more than sixteen books, I only managed to finish eight of them from my list. Those that I haven't finished I have included on my SIY challenge list for the period of April through the end of June.
As such, here are the books that I completed in March:
Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher
The Poet by Michael Connelly
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
The Bad Beginning--Book the first by Lemony Snickett
Keeper of the Bride by Tess Gerritsen
The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester *
The Red Hat Society--Fun and Friendship After Fifty by Sue Ellen Cooper *
The Front by Patricia Cornwell
Several of them are considered either YA or Tweens fiction, however, the Th1rteen R3asons Why and Word Nerd are novels that are good reads no matter what the person's age. Jay Asher's novel is a very powerful and moving novel about a teen's suicide and her reasons why. After having read it, I personally believe that it should be required reading for every teen, and suggested reading for parent of teens. Perhaps if it were required reading, there might be less bullying in and out of school. Even small actions cause a ripple effect as shown in this novel. By the way, the title is written in Leetspeak, thus the 1 for i and 3 for e.
Word Nerd, on the other hand, is another book that I found to be both extremely entertaining, but also good for all ages. Written by Canadian author Susin Nielsen, this novel shows another side of being a teen who's a bit different, mainly because he and his mother move around so much. Ambrose, a brilliant kid who is highly allergic to peanuts, is a Scrabble nut. He loves to play the game and through his Scrabble playing, he finally develops some real friendships. And the book is 100% peanut-free, too!
The Poet by Michael Connelly is a thriller about a serial killer who makes the murders of homicide cops look like suicides. Not only that, but he leaves poetry of Edgar Allen Poe at the scene of the "suicides". When one of the "suicides" is the twin brother of journalist Jack McEvoy, he goes looking for answers and discovers a string of these murders. A totally enjoyable read, and I already have plans to read more of his works.
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb is a novel I read for an online book group through Writing Our Way Home (which is a blogsite run by Red Room's Fiona Robyn). It is the story of Dolores, a young woman who has a rough life. From the loss of her father leaving the family to the rape by her next door neighbor, she eats and eats in an attempt to forget the events in her life. Only after she has a psychotic break does she learn to deal with her life's trauma, and to realize that she is worth loving and being loved.
Two of the books I read were nonfiction. The Man Who Loved China is the story of Joseph Needham, a scientist from Great Britain. He travels to China during the time that Japan is invading China. He discovers many of the inventions that China is noted for, but also further discovers more inventions that were not previously considered to have been developed there. His volumes of Chinese inventions and discoveries fill twenty or so books, but his life story is equally fascinating because he is married for nearly seven decades to the same woman while having an affair with another woman nearly as long, finally marrying her after his wife dies. It was a very complex read, but worth every minute.
The other, The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty, is the story of how the Red Hat Society got started and how it has evolved over time. There were some poignant moments throughout the book, but much of it seemed repetitive to me; however, since it was one of the books that I chose for SIY, I muddled through it till the end.
Last, but not least, was Patricia Cornwell's The Front. Another thriller, but not starring Kay Scarpetta. It is a new cast of characters: Monique Lamont, Win Garano, Nana his grandmother, and Stump, a police officer with an attitude. Lots of twists and turns throughout, and enjoyable enough that I want to go back and read its predecessor, At Risk.
Besides reading, this pedometer geek got some steps in, but not nearly as many as I would have liked; however, my time on the Wii Fit was steady with a perfect eight weeks without a miss, that is until we traveled to Indianapolis to babysit the grandchildren, but that's another story.
* these books were some of the sixteen books I chose for the SIY
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association