Friday, 1 April 2016

March Reading Wrap Up

March seemed like a very quick month. With a lot of uni work to do, I've not had that much time for reading but I have managed to read a few books! Generally I enjoyed the books that I read but struggled to get through a few of them. Towards the end of the month I started two ebooks which I haven't finished yet as I found them to be a bit boring. On April 2nd I'm going on holiday with my family for a week so hopefully will get a lot of reading done whilst I'm away. I'm going to start rereading the Harry Potter books so that will be great! But here are my mini reviews of the books I read this month:





The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo - This was March's Sassy Books read. I enjoyed parts of this non fiction guide to tidying and organisation but on the whole I found it to be weird and cringey. I've written a whole post about this which you can read here. Some of the advice is really good so I am glad that I've read it but a lot of this is garbage so take it with a pinch of salt. I rated this 3/5 stars on GoodReads but it's more of a 2.5. 

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - So this was actually January's #sassybooks read and I think it says a lot about how I got on with this book that I'm only just finishing it now. I really enjoyed the content of this book but it was so fact heavy that I found it really difficult to read. I could only read 20 minutes or so of this at a time before it tired me out because it just required so much focus. That being said, everything that it had to say was really interesting and it was all based on facts and research rather than the author's own opinion. I gave this one 4/5 stars although it was at times a struggle. You can read my full post about it here although I hadn't finished it when I wrote this so it's more of a partial review than a full one. 

Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorised Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson - I first saw this in the gift shop of the Anne Frank House and basically regretted not buying it as soon as we left the store. So when I returned home I went on the hunt for it and bought a copy from Amazon. I'm really glad I did as I enjoyed reading it a lot. This isn't told from the perspective of the diary it takes an outside approach to Anne Frank and the rest of her family. What I liked the most about this as it focused a lot more on their life before the annex and also what happened to them when they left the annex and were transported to concentration camps. It gave a more well rounded view to their lives. The diary itself is amazing but this helped you fill in the blanks. I gave this 4/5 stars as I don't think it quite captured Anne's sassy flare and deep thoughts at times but overall I loved it and would thoroughly recommend it.

Overall, not the best reading month for me. I'm really looking forward to rereading Harry Potter as part of Sassy Books and I'm hoping that it will give me the boost that I need to get back into reading. Hope you all had a great reading month!


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