This March I embraced my mood reader tendencies and enjoyed the freedom of spontaneous choice. I read multiple genres on different subjects using different mediums. I definitely enjoyed myself! Towards the end of the month I looked up and realized that I had read way more than I thought I had. So that made me smile.
What I Read in March
My mood reader choices hit a bunch of different genres. Check out what I read and see if there are any you want to add to your own TBR.
- No World Too Big Young People Fighting Global Climate Change by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, Jeanette Bradley : I loved the diversity that this book engaged in! Each poem is about a young environmental activist and the poems are written by either an environmentalist or a popular middle grade/young adult author or poet. Plus there are lots of different poetry formats used. It’s a great book for the classroom. Review: No World Too Big (Children’s Book- Poetry/Environmental Activism)
- Black Roses by Harold Green III: I listened to the audiobook version of this poetry book. Loved hearing the poet read the poems about different famous Black women. Definitely check it out for Poetry Month! (Poetry)
- Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood: I read this sophomore novel using an audiobook and the physical arc. The main character has an accent so the audiobook added depth to my imagining of the character. I thought the main character, who can wield magic, and the world were very interesting. It is set in a 19th century version of the Jamaican jungle. (Young Adult/ Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
- Spare by Prince Harry (audiobook): I have never been so disciplined in listening to an audiobook before! The reason? This audiobook is 16 hours long!!! My library loan was only two weeks. I didn’t want to end up in a situation where I was almost done and it got snatched back. Anyways, even though I saw the documentary and heard a bunch of clips that were posted online, I still appreciated this book. It was emotional and reflective and it is very clear how much his mother’s death has effected him. Harry’s slick one-liners had me chuckling too. (Memoir)
- Lone Women by Victor LaValle: This was definitely a WHAT. DID. I. JUST. READ? book. The book cover was what made me pick this one up. A Black woman traveling alone to Montana with a mysterious trunk she doesn’t want anyone to touch. I generally pride myself on being able to figure out the twists in a plot, but this one had me guessing for a lonnnnnnggggg time. It’s horror because there are definitely blood and guts involved, but I thought it was more of a genre-bending sci-fi mystery. (Horror)
- Beauty Reborn by Elizabeth Lowham: This book is a Beauty & Beast retelling where Beauty willingly runs away to the Beast’s castle as a means of escaping an incident that has haunted her. It was a quick read that focuses on Beauty’s point of view and how she deals with her past. Arc Review: Beauty Reborn by Elizabeth Lowham (Fantasy / Fairy Tale Retelling / Young Adult)
- We Garden Together! Projects for Kids: Learn, Grow, and Connect with Nature by by Jane Hirschi and Educators at City Sprouts: This is a great hands-on guide for engaging children with the garden and nature. Loved the crafts and activities so much that I plan on doing a few with my own children. (Children’s Book / Nature / Gardening)
- The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living With Less by Christine Platt: I started this book last year and kept getting thwarted by library returns. So when I saw the audiobook was available at my library I snatched it back up and finished the book finally (with some re-reading). I really like both formats, but I definitely recommend picking up the physical copy because of the cool text boxes about certain facts that are included. Friday Night Highlights: The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living With Less (Adult/ Self-Help / Nonfiction)
What are you reading?
Are you a mood reader? What’s a book that you recently read?