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March 2014 Reading Round-Up

In March my reading began well but then I had a fully blocked ear for most of the month that made thinking difficult, caused much hearing loss, and made me forgetful. I got used to it but the first week was crazy. You may have noticed my review of The Collector Of Dying Breaths left much to be desired. I got back into reading, but there wasn’t much time.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Kay Kenyon: A Thousand Perfect Things – The military of Londonium travel to Bharata in order to instil British values, and Astoria joins them in order to search for the Lotus. A good book but with many flaws.

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M J Rose: The Collector Of Dying Breaths – When Jac’s brother dies from a mysterious poisoning, she takes on his search for a substance that a historical apothecary believed could bring about immortality. Not bad but a little too unbelievable.

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Nancy Bilyeau: The Crown – When Joanna is arrested for supposedly helping a condemned woman she is offered freedom, as well as the freedom of her father, if she will search for the cursed Athelstan crown for Stephen Gardiner. Very good.

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Shannon Stacey: Love A Little Sideways – Liz moves back to Whitford and a minor accident upon arrival brings Drew Miller to the scene. Not the best Kowalski book.

My favourite this month was The Crown which made a taxing March easier to get through. It was a pity to read the final Kowalski book and find it to be so unsatisfying, but then the series as a whole has been very hit and miss.

Quotation Report

None this time.

I’m writing this on April Fool’s Day but I’ll risk it – here’s hoping April is good for everyone.

What was your favourite book this month (or week if you round-up each week)?



April 2, 2014, 3:00 pm

I decided to avoid believing anything yesterday, in prep for April fools. It probably wasn’t the best approach, but usually I’m fairly gullible.

My favourite book in March was definitely The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald.


April 2, 2014, 3:15 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your hear and hope you are feeling better now. When I can’t concentrate because of sinus pain I know my reading can suffer. Here’s hoping April will be an easier month for you. Happy reading!


April 2, 2014, 4:40 pm

March seems to be a not happy month for many people. I hope things are better in April!

Freda Mans

April 2, 2014, 8:51 pm

I hope you’re feeling better now.
I also read MJ’s book, but it tours soon on my blog.
Happy April reading!


April 3, 2014, 3:15 pm

I’ve been meaning to read the Kowalski books. Maybe I won’t read the last one last.

Tracy Terry

April 3, 2014, 3:31 pm

A fan of historical fiction I really like the sound of these and especially The Collector Of Dying Breaths ….. what a great title.

My favourite book last month? The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle.

Audra (Unabridged Chick)

April 3, 2014, 3:42 pm

Oh, ow! Hope you’re feeling better now. My March favorite, which I haven’t reviewed yet, is Daniel Levine’s Hyde. I hope to review it soon!


April 3, 2014, 8:23 pm

Great books :)

Hm best in March…I think March was good but not awesome you know



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