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I’ve been a little ambitious with my March 2019 reading list. There are a lot of new releases coming this spring that I’m anticipating, so I’m hoping to squeeze them in this month.
All of the books I plan to read this month are April 2019 new releases and I’m anticipating all of them–it’s hard to choose where to start!
A few of these are a bit of risk; the style or the topic don’t necessarily seem like a usual read for me.
I do like trying new things and branching out in new directions in my reading, though, so I’m going to give them a shot.
I’ve definitely been trying to get better about putting down books that aren’t working for me and moving on to find something better, so I won’t hesitate to DNF if necessary.
Nonetheless, I have high hopes that at least a few of these will be winners, and hopefully I’ll find some great new authors and maybe some candidates for my best books of 2019.
Here’s what I’m planning to read this month–reviews to come ASAP so you can decide which of these April releases you want to read.
March 2019 Reading List
A coming-of-age story set in 1980s Australia, this book follows 12-year-old Eli as he encounters drug dealers, works toward a journalism career, and tries to save his imprisoned mother. With comparisons to John Boyne and Fredrik Backman, this is a debut novel I had to check out.
If it lives up to the comparisons, it promises to be full of heart and memorable characters. Ratings on Goodreads are extremely high (4.5), with a lot of ratings since this was already released in Australia, so I have high hopes for a 5-star read.
Update: I LOVED Boy Swallows Universe. Read my full review and more March 2019 book reviews.
Another debut novel, with similar themes of family, drugs, and prison, Lights All Night Long follows 15-year-old Ilya on his year abroad in America. But when his older brother, Vladimir, left behind in Russia, falls into addiction and is accused of three murders, Ilya embarks on a mission to prove his innocence.
This has been blurbed by some heavy-hitters, including Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son–one of my favorites), which isn’t always a reliable indicator of how well I’ll like it, but is still attention-getting. I have high hopes for this one as well, but with its similar themes to Boy Swallows Universe, I’ll definitely have to read them separately.
I’ve never read Ann Beattie, but this is her 21st novel and she has a storied literary career. Normally, I might try an established author’s previous offerings, but with the boarding school setting and charismatic teacher whose presence unnerves a former student later in life, this had echoes of other books I’ve loved (including The Secret History).
I haven’t heard much about this book yet, but I’m eager to find out if Ann Beattie’s style works for me. If it does, I could be in for some excellent backlist reading.
This book about a young female photographer in 1950s New York promises to be a unique read. Lillian causes a stir when partially nude photos of herself with her daughter are shown in an exhibit.
Framed as the catalogue notes from a show at the MOMA, snippets of memories from her daughter, as well as interviews, letters, and journals piece together a portrait of an artist struggling to balance her ambition and motherhood with critical eyes upon her. The premise is intriguing, but I’ll be interested to see if the structure works for me.
Wayfinding isn’t a typical nonfiction read for me–I tend to prefer memoir–but the description caught my attention with its overlapping topics of navigation, memory, storytelling, and the importance of place to our humanity. This is an exploration of the origins of navigation and the ways the cognitive mapping skills affect our brains.
I am hopeful the few reviews I’ve seen hold true and that the author manages to turn what could be a dry topic into a compelling narrative.
I missed this author’s 2017 release Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection) but have several reader friends who enjoyed it, so I thought I’d give this family drama a look.
The three British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters–very different from one another, and not very close–promise their dying mother to journey to India to perform her last rites. What follows promises to be a funny and uplifting journey of discovery and sisterhood.
I am here for more historical fiction books about strong, interesting women, and this book, hailed as “Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada,” takes us into the back rooms at Cosmopolitan as a brazen new editorial voice pushes against the mores of the 1960s.
We follow fictional assistant Alice in her work for real-life Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown–the magazine’s first female editor-in-chief–who pushes boundaries to bring the magazine back to life.
What are you reading in March? And what April new releases are you anticipating?
You Might Also Like:
March 2019 book reviews, including The Altruists, Tomorrow There Will Be Sun, On the Come Up, Once Upon a River, and Boy Swallows Universe, plus adult and middle grade audiobooks.
February 2019 Book Reviews, including The Familiars, The Suspect, Becoming, My Flag Grew Stars, How to Be Loved, This Messy Magnificent Life, My Sister the Serial Killer, Winter Storms, and Winter Solstice.