Welcome to the March Bookclub! Every month I let you know what I read, how I liked it (or didn’t), and also show you some of the books I want to read next month.
Due to the nature of this type of post, there may be some spoilers in my reviews, so read on with caution. Generally, I will give a brief overview of what the book is like (much like a back cover would), but I won’t give away major plot points and such. I will always warn you if I ever do, though!
What I read in March
Happier at Home: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Cram My Day with What I Love, Hold More Tightly, Embrace Here, and Remember Now by Gretchen Rubin
As I mentioned last time, this month I wanted to read Happier At Home, to continue my run through Rubin’s books on habits and happiness. This was a pretty easy and fairly quick read. The focus in the book was Rubin’s home life, including the home itself but also the ways she interacted with it and the other people living there. I liked having a bit of an update on her life since The Happiness Project book was release. I wanted to know what habits she formed during that first project that she had stuck to, if any.
What I didn’t like so much was that it did feel very similar to The Happiness Project and some information from the first book was repeated. It still gave me great ideas to try out in my own home life, though.
I’ve been an Austen reader since I was in my early teens, beginning with Pride and Prejudice . This novel, however, is not one I believe I have read before! I own most of Austen’s works, but Sense and Sensibility hasn’t made it to my shelves yet, and I’m not sure I ever got it from the library as a teenager.
Anyway, I decided to read it this month because next month I will be attending a Jane Austen book club at my local library and Sense and Sensibility is the book we’re starting with. I figured I’d better go with more knowledge than just the Emma Thompson film version (Allen Rickman! Brb, crying.). I enjoyed the book, as I typically do with anything Austen. My teenage self can totally relate to Marianne – everything is uncensored emotion and passion. Now, though, I can relate more to Elinor: yep, feelings are useful and they exist and I acknowledge them to myself, but for the love of sanity, be rational too.
I did feel as though the book dragged on a bit and there were several occasions when I remember thinking “Oh just hurry UP already, what’s next?”.
March has been a slow book month. I think technically I’ve only finished one book so far, because I have this awful habit of starting books before I finish others. Plus, I’ve been rather busy working on the design for this blog, and designing a website for my parents’ business, among other things. Reading had been happening mostly before bed, so I’ll only read for about 15-30 minutes a day. Which is seriously not enough!
This book interested me because I tend to bottle all my anger up and it festers away. While I don’t actually get really angry very often, I do find myself getting frustrated or irritated quite often with myself and others, or situations. I wanted to see if this book had some better ways of dealing with it. So far it’s been quite interesting – I don’t have an anger problem, but I definitely could work on expressing my anger more constructively and using assertive problem solving. I’m not finding it the most engaging read and I’m skimming some of it for that reason. I will let you know what my final verdict is once I finish the book.
What I want to read in April
I was supposed to read this during March but it didn’t happen, so I’m going to try and get it done in April. From my previous book club post: “Continuing on my habit research journey. I know very little about this book, so who knows what it will bring, but I look forward to it!”
I’ll be skimming this for the May Jane Austen Book Club meeting, because I’ve read it so many times, most recently at the end of last year.
This is the plan, anyway. Here’s hoping I do better in April and actually read all the books I set out to!
What are you reading at the moment?
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