March was a good reading month, and it seems I am back on track for reaching my goal to read 150 books in 2014
I read 12 books in March.
I was relieved to see my reading pick up after only reading 10 books in February. It means my goal is, so far, still realistic.
I read a great fiction book this month. Bird in Hand by Christina Baker Kline is about a mother of two who is involved in a car wreck on her way home from a party. The wreck serves as a catalyst for a series of unexpected realizations in her life.
I read two noteworthy non-fiction books this month.
Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer–America’s Deadliest Serial Murderer by my favorite true crime author, Ann Rule, was first. The book is about the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 women during two decades before finally being caught. I find serial killers fascinating and I love Rule’s writing. This book was one of the better ones I’ve read.
Newtown: An American Tragedy by Matthew Lysiak was the other one. The book is about the 2012 murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. I’m not sure what I hoped to gain from reading the book. Perhaps I was looking for a better understanding of why Adam Lanza chose to murder those children. I didn’t get it.
While the book made me think about safety in my own children’s schools and how our mental health system fails people, I still cannot recommend it to anyone. The stories of those children’s deaths are just too much to expose yourself to on purpose. I don’t know if it is because the children were involved or because it seems like this just happened, but I found the book difficult.
Despite the ups and downs of this month’s readings, I’m happy to be back on track with my reading challenge. I’m also excited that the weather is getting warmer. One of my favorite things to do at the end of the day is curl up on the patio with a book. I’m ready for some warm, relaxing reading time. My “zen patio” is my favorite place to read.
Where is your favorite place to read?
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