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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Swindler

March Reading Roundup

March was filled with conferences, prepping to move across an ocean, edits on my own book (AHHH), and allergies, which meant not a ton of reading. But here is my reading roundup from March!

I was so excited to read this book and devoured the first half. Honestly, it felt too long and drug and needed tighter pacing. The ending left a lot of loose ends that could have brought more closure. I did really enjoying the writing style and character development.

This book is stunning. I loved the writing style, and the short chapters made it impossible to put down. It felt similar to “This Is Where I Leave You,” and the writing style reminds me of “Malibu Rising.” Highly recommend this book!

This book should be required reading. It is honestly a stunning novel that weaves together U.S. and family history beautifully. This book moved me to tears multiple times. I will be thinking about it for a long time. I am so thankful books like this exist. (But be warned, it is very long). I really enjoyed on audio.

If you liked “Homegoing,” I think you would enjoy this book as well.

I loved this book. The more divided our world becomes, the more important I believe it is to question our opinions and viewpoints. This book gives practical ways on how to do so. I highly recommend it. I loved it on audio!

This book is beautifully written. I loved how the stories weaved together, although it did take me a while to get into. Even though it is a long read, it sped by. If you love books about books, read this book!

I devoured this book. My biggest gripe is that it was not longer. I would have loved to get to know the characters more and learn more about their stories. The structure of this book reminded me of “Homegoing” mixed with “Infinite Country.”

As an oldest child//perfectionist, this was one of the most relatable books I’ve read. The essays are beautiful, funny, and profound. I highly recommend this book. I especially loved it on audio.

This book, at the core, is really profound. I was interested by the premise of this book, but I got lost trying to follow the lives of the various characters. The writing was beautiful.

I love Nick Offerman; I love national parks; I love outside. I figured this book would be a home run. And though I loved the first two parts of this book, I had a hard time seeing past the hypocrisy of the third part. He goes on a road trip around the states mid-pandemic, and while he himself is not staying home, he seems to criticize everyone else who is also outside. I wish he would have led with the assumption that, just like him, everyone was doing the best they could.

I had a hard time rating this book. It doesn’t feel just to give a rating under 4 stars simply because the writing is so beautiful, but I was really underwhelmed by the plot. I have read many WWII historical fiction books, and this book seemed to mash together many overused tropes. Overall, this book did not live up to the hype.

(Also, as a personal gripe from someone who speaks French, the language his characters used to understand the war is not at all how people speak…)

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