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What I Read Last Month: March 2020

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Hello friends! Can you believe it is time for the March edition of What I Read Last Month? Even though I was quarantined for most of the month, I somehow didn’t get much reading done. I will blame it on all the cool TV Shows I have recently discovered. If you want to know more, read “5 TV Shows to Watch During COVID-19.”

What I Read Last Month: March 2020

Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins

Though I read the first two books of the Hunger Games series in February, I didn’t get to Mockingjay until March. I did, however, read the book in just two days — which only tells you how much I loved it. The reason I’m giving it 4 stars (more like 4.5, actually) is the very slow pace the story is moving in the beginning of the book. Peeta’s hate for Katniss was just heartbreaking, but it did add a whole new dimension of emotions to their relationship and the overall storyline. Finnick’s death hit me hard – even harder than Prim’s. I was actually quite fine with Prim’s passing until the scene with Katniss and Buttercup.

“But one day I’ll have to explain about my nightmares. Why they came. Why they won’t ever really go away. I’ll tell them how I survive it. I’ll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I’m afraid it could be taken away. That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years. But there are much worse games to play.”

We Are Okay
Nina LaCour

We Are Okay tells a story about a girl named Marin who decided to leave her old life behind after a tragic death of her grandfather, the only family she had. Her best friend, Mabel, decides to pay her a visit and make her face the past.

This review is very difficult for me to write. Did I love the book? Yes. Did it make a great impact? Also yes. Can I give it five stars? No, not with a clear conscience. 

There is no doubt that Nina LaCour is an amazing writer and story-teller, and I wish her and her family all the best in life. However, the agenda behind this story is not something I can stand behind. I do appreciate the very minor descriptions of the character’s relationships. Though the author and I obviously have different beliefs, I appreciate how raw and beautiful the emotions conveyed in this book are.

“Tragedy… heartbreak…betrayal…. These are all tings that change a person. If we endure them and we aren’t changed, then something is wrong.” 

The Testaments
Margaret Atwood

Before you start reading this review, I want to acknowledge the fact that my opinion probably does not have any real literary value. Yes, the other reviewers are right … sometimes it’s better to leave the rest of the story uncovered, to make the reader come up with his or her own conclusion. Was this book needed? Probably not! Did I enjoy it? Absolutely! Therefore, the five stars I gave this book reflect my personal obsession with the country of Gilead. Nothing less, nothing more. 

This sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown. The story is told from three different perspectives. Aunt Lydia, Agnes (June’s firstborn daughter), and Jade/Nicole (June and Nick’s daughter).

In the book, we see Aunt Lydia’s journey to becoming an Aunt, Agnes’ life in Gilead, and Jade’s attempt to destroy Gilead.Just as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments tells an important story. A story of the dangers of cultish religions, a tale of oppression. 

“But some people don’t want to live in any of the ways that are allowed.”

The Jetsetters
Amanda Eyre Ward

The Jetsetters was Reese’s Book Club pick for March. This is, once again, not an easy review to write. I didn’t hate the book, but I didn’t love it either.

The story revolves about a dysfunctional family going on a cruise together. Charlotte hopes that this vacation will bring her children closer to her and each other. As it usually happens in life, nothing goes as planned. 

Though there are some really great moments in the book, overall, I didn’t really care much about the way the story is told. Though there were scenes that genuinely made me laugh out loud, the deep, raw, painful scenes were written too nonchalantly. The concept of the story and the characters had so much potential, however, the delivery was a bit disappointing. 

All this being said, The Jetsetters was a fun book to read. Especially in the time of quarantine, we all can use a “getaway” story. Also, I absolutely love the cover! 

Somehow she’d labeled those days a humiliation. She’d based her choices–her giant house, her daughters’ schools, her constant attention to family life–on erecting a wall between her grim childhood and her bright future.

So, this is what I read last month! Have you read any of these?

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