This month I uprooted my life for the first time this year and moved cities, from my hometown to Chicago, leaving me with little time to read or blog.
Now that I’m settled, I’m hoping to return to routinely blogging. I want to commit to posting 3-4 times each week, including a mix of quotes, reviews, lists, and themed posts.
As I mentioned at the end of January, I’d planned to focus on memoir in February, which I did until the end of the month, when I also read an eclectic mix of poetry collections, novels, and photo books. A friend I’ve met here is a photographer, so as of late I’ve been trying to learn more about the medium’s history.
For the month of March, I’m planning on participating in Reading Ireland Month 2019, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging, and reading as many queer and trans novelists as possible.
Having used up some of my savings moving, I’m avoiding buying any new books for the foreseeable future. All the books I read in March will have to be borrowed from the library; as amazing as Chicago’s library system is, I’ll likely wind up reading more ‘classics’ than usual, since they tend to be easily accessible and free of dozens of holds.
I’ll post a full list of what I hope to read next month in the upcoming days, but for now I wanted to run through the highlights of what I read in February.
1.) Mean by Myriam Gurba
2.) Bettyville by George Hodgman
3.) The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
4.) Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
5.) Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
From the acerbic wit of Assata: An Autobiography to the contemplative reveries of The Faraway Nearby, my favorite memoirs of the month, as wide ranging as they are in subject and tone, all presented astounding life stories in brilliant prose.
I also found Marlon James’s latest novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, to be incredibly compelling, and I plan to post a full review sometime in March.
If anyone has any suggestions on what to read in March, I’d love to discuss them!