In March I read 11 books for a total of 2,265 pages and an average of 73 pages per day. This month, only three of the books were comics, though others were quite short – looking at you Strange Library.
Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran
First Sentence: Seventy-five years’ worth of diaries are spread across my bed, nearly covering the blanket Raashi sewed for me last winter.
Notable Quotes: “Grief is exactly like a predator. It steals first your happiness, and then – if you allow it – everything else.”
“For nonreaders, life is simply what they touch and see, not what they feel when they open the pages of a play and are transported to the Forest of Arden or Illyria. Where the world is full of a thousand colors for those who love books, I suspect it is simply black and grey to everyone else. A tree is a tree to them; it is never a magical doorway to another world populated with beings that don’t exist here.”
“We are so burdened down by our daily worries that many of us have become no different than beasts. We walk around eating and drinking and caring very little about our purpose in life.”
“We can help pave the roads of those around us, but we can’t choose their direction.”
Challenge: A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
First Sentence: You can’t believe everything you hear, not even in Sidwell, Massachusetts, where every person is said to tell the truth and the apples are so sweet people come from as far as New York City during the apple festival.
Notable Quote: “I thought it was best not to judge what I didn’t understand.”
Challenge: A book that takes place in your hometown home state
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
First Sentence: Your letter arrived this morning.
Notable Quotes: “We are all searching for them, the rules. We pick them up from the strangest places, and if they appear to work once we can live a whole lifetime by them, regardless of the unhappiness and difficulty they may later bring.”
“If only memory were a library with everything stored where it should be.”
“We write ourselves certain parts and then keep playing them as if we have no choice. But a tardy person can become a punctual one, if she chooses. You don’t have to keep being the thing you have become. It is never too late.”
“Sometimes you have to do something with your pain because otherwise it will swallow you.”
“Sometimes you can love something not because you instinctively connect with it but because another person does and keeping their things in your heart takes you back to them.”
“If you picture other people like you, you will no longer be alone. And when you share, you see that your own sorrow is not so big or special. You are only another person feeling sad, and soon it will pass and you will be another person, feeling happy. It takes the sting out of life, I find, when you realize you are not alone.”
“Sometimes we reject the people who tell the truth and it is not because they are wrong. It is because we can’t bear to hear.”
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
First Sentence: I’m a fangirl.
Challenge: A book by an author you’ve never read before
Bob’s Burgers vol 1 by Chad Brewster
Edward Scissorhands vol 1 by Drew Rausch
The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
First Sentence: Public opinion is a fickle thing.
Notable Quote: “Have you ever stood at a precipice and felt a sudden fear, not that you will fall, but that you will fling yourself over? That the instincts which preserve our lives will fail you for that one vital moment, and in the gap, you will, for no good reason, step forward and seek your own end?”
Hinges Book One: Clockwork City by Meredith McClaren
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
First Sentence: I would have lived in peace.
Challenge: A book with a color in the title
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
First Sentence: The library was even more hushed than usual.
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
First Sentence: When the Irish novelist John McGahern was a child, his sisters unlaced and removed one of his shoes while he was reading.
Challenge: A nonfiction book