March is here! Which means spring is around the corner and this dreary winter is behind us…almost. Except for this darn storm that’s coming tonight. Speaking of storms, my list of books to read in March came about in a bit of an odd way…
I was in the grocery store during our only Snow Day from school. The place was practically empty, so I was able to finally browse the table of discounted books that’s usually right in the middle of everyone’s way. (I hate blocking up cart traffic in the store, so I don’t usually stop to look.)
The books are mostly unknown authors (with an occasional bestseller thrown in), so I really was hoping to find a book by an unknown in hopes to discover a new author I like…
Well, I Was in Luck…(It Must Be That Irish Luck)
I found not one, not two, not three, but FIVE books I was interested in reading. And at a price tag of $3.99 a piece, who could beat that? I now have a whole month’s worth of books to read for $20. The theme of my books to read in March shall be…Grocery Store Bargain Books.
It’s a good thing, too because the weather is getting crappy here again. A storm is a brewin’. It’s a perfect time to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. Oh, and if the power goes out, I’ll have my favorite book light to read by. And even if the lights don’t go out, I need this book light…seriously even Hubby just ordered one. (It was either that or reading glasses.) And at under $10, we could have one in every room of the house.
The Heirs by Susan Rieger
English-born lawyer Rupert Falkes dies and his wife and five sons are understandably upset. They’re in the midst of their grieving process when a woman shows up—unknown to them—and claims that Rupert was the father of her two sons as well. The Falkes are shocked, left to wrestle with the implications of this discovery.
Love this age-old concept—mystery woman who claims to have given birth to the dead man’s sons (and I assume stands to inherit money). Who can refute this? The guy is dead! Well, they do have those pesky DNA tests nowadays…
I’m hoping not only will this be my first of my books to read in March, this will be my favorite of my books to read in March. It promises to be witty, yet emotionally charged, with suspense wrapped on top like a bow.
Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole
In the 1950’s movie star Louise Wilde has an unfulfilling career and a marriage on the rocks. One day she receives a phone call—she has inherited the estate of a Hollywood screenwriter, “Florrie” Daniels, whom she doesn’t even remember. When she goes to the estate, she discovers that among the screenwriter’s possessions are old pictures of her mother. On a whim, Louise embarks on a journey to the East Coast to visit her father and hopefully shed some light on the mystery of the inheritance.
In a parallel tale, it is thirty years earlier and Florrie and Ethel, Louise’s mother, are embarking on their own journey—from New Jersey to Nevada. Ethel is on a journey to reconcile with her husband and daughter before her marriage ends. Florrie may not wish for that to happen—her own journal holding onto secrets she doesn’t want discovered.
Hmmm…I wonder what those secrets could be? I have some ideas, but of course, I haven’t read the book yet and I could be wrong. In fact, I hope I’m wrong. I love a mystery that is too tricky for me to solve and I get an OMG moment at the end.
I love historical fiction—maybe this is in the too distant past, but the fifties are always great fun to read about. Racing cars and sock hops and poodle skirts. And if the parallel story is told thirty years earlier, we’re talking about the twenties, too. That’s one of my other favorite time periods to read about—I think I got addicted after reading Zelda and The Great Gatsby. This sounds like it’s going to be a really interesting book.
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Franny Banks has six months left to fulfill her three year deadline that she committed herself to when arriving in New York. She had dreams of doing “important” work and having her name in lights on Broadway, yet none of that has panned out for her. But now she has a chance to perform for people that might actually hire her—if she wasn’t so distracted by that hot flirt in her acting class. Her bank account is dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent isn’t returning her calls. Will Franny get what she came for?
Lauren Graham charmed her way into my heart as Lorelei Gilmore in Gilmore Girls. Last year I read her autobiography, I’m Talking as Fast as I Can and it was one of the most amusing non-fiction books I have ever read. In fact, it’s what got me on my non-fiction reading kick for a little bit.
Anyway, Lauren Graham personality is exactly what I would expect from the woman who played one of my favorite TV characters ever—I’m hoping her debut novel is just as comical and refreshing as she is.
All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank
Lisa St. Clair is a nurse who single-handedly raised her daughter when her husband left them twenty-four years earlier (only sending a yearly lottery ticket as child support). He reappears one day and their daughter Marianne is taken by his promise of a lucrative venture in Colorado. Lisa and Marianne are no longer speaking.
Then Lisa loses her favorite patient Kathy to cancer. She seeks solace in her devoted friends, Carrie and Suzanne who are going through their own turmoil. They share their own lives and advice, but all of their conversations seem to return to Kathy—who was she? And what did her life mean?
I have to confess, I picked this one up because I read the title and then I couldn’t get the Beyonce song out of my head. So I bought the book. Quite honestly…I’m not usually into these “Women searching their souls together and ending up in a better place” books this time of year. I usually reserve those books for my beach reading when I have time to aimlessly flip through pages.
However, in keeping with my theme of “Grocery Store Bargain Books to read in March”, I am willing to give this one a try. Despite not being incredibly enthused about it. (I really hope it’s not a tear-jerker—I’m such an ugly crier.)
Billy Joel by Fred Schruers
Fred Schruers is a critically acclaimed music journalist, whose more than one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Billy Joel are the basis of this biography on one of the most beloved musicians of our times. Schruers chronicles Billy Joel’s rise to the top of the charts despite his working class origins while revealing all the stories behind the music. The book is based on Joel’s memories and reflections, as well as those who have been in his life over the years.
Ah Billy Joel. one of my most favorite musicians ever. His songs are so timeless—they transcend the ages. I remember loving his songs just as much at ten years old as I do now.
Going to a Billy Joel concert had been on my bucket list for a few years before Hubby got me tickets for my 40th birthday a few years ago. Madison Square Garden was rocking that night—it was an amazing experience, one of the best nights of my life. (Hubby even enjoyed it and he’s not a fan.)
Apparently I’m not the only one with Billy on my bucket list, because our friend also wanted to see him as well. Guess who’s going to see Billy Joel again this summer? I am one lucky girl. At any rate, I’m really looking forward to reading his biography and getting some insight on his songs. This will be the last of my books to read in March because March is going to be crazy busy. I’m really hoping I get through these 5 books.
And That Wraps Up Grocery Store Bargain Books to Read in March…
I’ll let you know if I find any five star books among my books to read in March. Or, you can follow me on Goodreads and you’ll know right away what I think of these books. I always post reviews—authors LIVE for reviews! It gets the word out about their novels and it also helps make them better writers. Make sure you post reviews for the books you read and help an author out! Let me know what books to read in April as well!