- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
Hey, you guys! March have been another month of being unproductive for me reading-wise. I was having a very tough anxiety episode that went on for weeks and I just wasn’t myself. I was constantly feeling on edge — not getting enough sleep, crying almost every night, wanting to get away and far from here as possible, thinking about the future, and just looking deeper into every little thing which sometimes doesn’t even really matter. It was a very awful time for me and I’m really glad that I got past it. Recently, I just try my best to get out my head and just live in the moment.
As soon as I got past my anxiety episode, I started reading again, but every book I pick up just didn’t click with me. So I started reading romance books which is my comfort genre because they are so light and easy to read. Honestly, even when it’s not a light and fluffy kind of romance, they always get me out of a reading slump. Maybe I’m just that into it and I am a sucker for all things love and romance. So I started reading The Bride Test by Helen Hoang because I absolutely adored The Kiss Quotient in February! And though I didn’t love it as much as the first book in the series, I still really enjoyed reading it. I am in love with Helen Hoang’s writing-style because they are so comforting and fluffy. I reviewed The Bride Test a couple days ago, so please do check that out and tell me what you think about it in the comments.
I also got through the audiobook of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates which was very educational and inspirational. It’s a book about all sorts of important topics like politics, race, and social justice. I decided not to review this because I feel like even a 5-star rating won’t do any justice to how Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote this memoir. I absolutely enjoyed the audiobook version because it was narrated by the author himself. I personally love listening to memoirs that are narrated by the authors because there are so much feelings and emotions in the way they narrate it. It’s as if bringing all the memories back.
March was also my birth month, and the days towards my birthday have been really crazy in the Philippines. Manila and its neighboring cities/provinces are back in lockdown almost exactly a year after the first one. So I celebrated my birthday at home, we just had some food delivered. So despite the lockdown and the situation, I still managed to enjoy it. I received two books for my birthday, too! My boyfriend gifted me a hardcover copy of Becoming by Michelle Obama which I absolutely enjoyed that audiobook of last year. I also got a copy of The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami which was from my company. Well, they gifted me a Lazada voucher, and I used that to buy this book.
I didn’t read a lot of books in March, but I am really happy that the only two books that I was able to read, I really enjoyed. I still wonder how everyone in the book community gets to read so many books in a month, but I don’t pressure myself too much about it because what’s important is the quality of the books.
What’s your favorite read in March?