Books, Random, Wrap-Up

March 2018: Wrap-up

We’ve had a couple of beautiful days here in Belgium, so I’ve been enjoying the warm and sunny weather. Today is cooler again and cloudy. Time to write about the past month! I want to tell you about the books I’ve read, the live music I saw and the podcasts I’ve been listening to.

Let’s go!

Books I read in March

the narrow road to the deep north richard flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North  Richard Flanagan

This book had been sitting on my shelf for years (ever since it was published) and I fiiiiiiinally picked it up. It was a very impressive read and I’m so glad that I got around to reading it. It made me want to pick up more books of my TBR shelf, so that’s what I’m going to be doing the next couple of months.

Full review here.

lincoln in the bardo george saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

This was such a unique and beautiful book. I absolutely adored it. We follow president Lincoln as he visits his son’s body in the crypt in Oak Hill Cemetery and also his son, Willie, who’s waiting for his dad to take him home. Only, Willie is currently in the Bardo (an in-between place) and is supposed to move on. We meet an array of ghosts who each have a story to tell and ow.my.god… it was so, so, so beautiful!

Full review here.

obsidio amie kaufman jay kristoff

Obsidio – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The final installment in the Illuminae Files trilogy. Not as fast paced as the other two books but I thought it all wrapped up nicely. As always, the idea of constructing a story out of video transcripts, instant messages and e-mails, plus the creative touches of visually playing with text made this such a treat. This is one of the best trilogies out there, no doubt about it!

Full review here.

white rabbit red wolf tom pollock

White Rabbit, Red Wolf – Tom Pollock

After working with Walker YA for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe last year. I requested this title after browsing through their catalogue for the next couple of months. I’m very picky when it comes to reviewing ARC copies because I’m very picky about the books I read nowadays. This one was compared to “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” which I read ages ago (and loved) and was said to centre around a boy suffering from extreme panic-attacks and anxiety.

It was such a thrilling story, I enjoyed every second of it. I also thought that the “anxiety” aspects were well-written. Of course, I’m only one person.. So go read this book when it comes out (May 3rd) and tell me what you think!!

Full review here.

Live Music

My husband, the sound technician, went on tour with the Johnny Cash Roadshow. They did two weeks of shows in The Netherlands and Belgium. I went to see them when they performed in Ghent and they were amazing. I’m not saying that because I now know them (they’re all great people and musicians) but also because the show itself was so much fun.

If you’re in Europe, check out their tour dates.
www.johnnycashroadshow.com

Podcasts

Another huge thing for me in March, was the rediscovery of Podcasts. I’m obsessed with two in particular.

  • Potterless: A guy in his twenties, reading Harry Potter for the first time.
    It’s sooooo much fun. Seriously, I’ve been laughing non-stop. Hearing someone getting into a series you love and waiting for him to figure stuff out is the most amazing thing. If you love Harry Potter, I can’t recommend this one enough!
  • My Favorite Murder: Two women discussing murders… The banter here is great. The information you get is so interesting, at least I think it’s interesting. I like watching crime/detective series, but am fairly new to true crime stories. It’s not something I want to listen to all the time (because my anxiety can’t handle too much negativity) but I put episodes on in the background every now and again while I’m working.

And those are just some of the things that made my March a great month. By the way, how are we already April? Easter has come and gone… Time goes by so quickly, it’s insane!!

What are some books you’ve loved lately? Or do you have any podcasts you’d recommend?

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