Books I Read March 2021

by - Wednesday, April 07, 2021

March was a solid month of reading for me since I got off the library waitlist for some books I had really, really been looking forward to. Colin Jost's memoir was probably my favorite book of the month. It was laugh out loud funny, and I highly recommend it. 

I also read some great mystery/thriller types in March. It's definitely my favorite genre, and I found myself turning to it a lot recently.

Nothing lower than a 3-star rating on Goodreads this month either, which means nothing was a real dud!

Books March 2021

Five Stars

A Very Punchable FaceA Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Colin Jost on SNL, and I was really excited to listen to his audio-book. It was laugh-out-loud funny. As in, I was on a walk around the neighborhood and would have to hold back laughter so my neighbors didn't think the pandemic was making me become unhinged. This was one of the best comedian memoirs I've read in a long time.

The SanatoriumThe Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I couldn't put this book down, and every time I thought I had a hunch of who was guilty, the book took another twist and I was left questioning things again. Elin and her boyfriend set off for Le Sommet, a luxury resort set up in the mountains in a place that used to be a Sanatorium. She's there for her brother's engagement party. But after the first night his fiancee goes missing, and dead bodies start showing up. Police can't reach the hotel because of the snow, so Elin must use her police skills to figure out who is behind the murders and stop anyone else from dying. Highly recommend!

Four Stars

Infinite CountryInfinite Country by Patricia Engel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is short, but really powerful. It tells the story of a family pulled apart by immigration laws. When a Colombian couple overstays their tourist visa in the U.S. they are forced to move frequently and live in fear as they try to work to send money back to their family. When ICE deports the husband, the family makes the hard choice to separate. This book is movingly told from many different perspectives -- the parents, the children born in the US that have citizenship and the child born in Colombia who doesn't have legal status.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1)A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun and fast murder mystery read -- though I will say, like many YA books -- at times it was very unbelievable. If you can set aside the fact that it'd be nearly impossible for a teenager to do or uncover some of the things Pip does and uncovers, this book will be super fun and enjoyable. For her senior class project, Pip sets out to reexamine a five-year old murder case. A girl went missing, her body never found, and everyone in town is convinced the boyfriend did it. The fact that he killed himself a few days after the girl disappeared doesn't help. But Pip doesn't believe it was the boyfriend and she sets out to prove his innocence.

Three Stars

Catherine HouseCatherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was very weird. It sounded super intriguing from the little blurb. It's about a girl who attends a very private, a bit mysterious college set in rural PA. She discovers that things aren't quite what they seem to be and sets about to find out what's going on. I didn't expect the magical/mystical element of this book and I think that's why I felt a bit meh about it.

If I Had Your FaceIf I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was kind of fascinating to learn about the world that these four South Korean women inhabit -- where beauty is so highly prized that young women undergo round after round of plastic surgery to live up to the beauty standards. This is definitely a story of female friendship, and the way the women look out for one another is touching, but at times, I found the plot line to be a bit slow.

The Woman in Cabin 10The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After all the hype this book got when it first came out, I was expecting it to be a complete page turner. While it was a good mystery, I found at times the plot line got kind of slow. I also found it to be a tiny bit predictable, which isn't always bad. I like trying to guess the ending in mysteries, but in this book I struggled a bit to keep some of the characters straight, and I think that's why it sort of made it easy to figure out what was going on. If some of the other characters had more to them it might have given me more to be distracted by.

The Couple Next DoorThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was enjoyable, but for a thriller, I found it a little bit predictable. A couple goes to dinner at their neighbor's house, the baby-sitter cancels last minute, and even though the parents run next door to check on the child every 30 minutes and keep the baby monitor with them, the baby is kidnapped. Suspicion centers on the parents, but as lies unravel, more things become unclear, and what started as a straightforward crime becomes anything but. A good fast read, but a tad easy to see some of the twists coming.

The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of AmericaThe Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America by Eric Cervini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn't know many details about the LGBTQ+ experience in the U.S. pre-Stonewall, other than broadly speaking, things weren't good. This book shines a light on the early days of the LGBTQ+ advocacy movement. It focuses on Frank Kameny and his fight against the federal government and the endless court battles. It covers the disagreements between advocacy groups over the "right" way to earn respect for LGBTQ+ people. This book is meticulously researched and really interesting, though at times, I felt parts got slow and a bit too much into the minutia -- hence the three-star rating.

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  1. I felt the same way about Catherine House. Thanks for your reviews.