Welcome to March, and a fresh new month of reading! I have a neat stack of planned reads all ready to go. I have to admit I didn’t get through everything on my February book stack, reading four books instead of the six I’d planned. But they were longer books, so I logged almost as many pages as in January. The remaining two books are now on my March stack — can you spot them?
Don’t worry, I’ll tell you. Let’s take a closer look, starting at the top:
- Middlemarch, by George Eliot: Thank goodness for my Kindle! This 900-page chunkster looks far less intimidating in that slim leather case doesn’t it? I’ve decided to join dovegreyreader’s Team Middlemarch, and read this novel over the course of 2012. I’m a little bit behind the group, having missed the discussion of Book I. I’m enjoying it so far, so I don’t see a problem with finishing Books I and II (243 page-equivalents) by late March.
- The Other Elizabeth Taylor, by Nicola Beauman: This is a perfect companion read for the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary. I started it back in December, and have dipped into it from time to time. It’s wonderful to read about what was happening in her life as she wrote each novel, the critical response to her novels, and so on. With just over 100 pages remaining, I decided to push this one over the finish line in March. It’s on my reading list for the Nonfiction Challenge.
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan: This is a carryover from February, but I am confident I’ll get to it this month. As I mentioned last month, this isn’t the oldest book on my stacks, but it’s close. I picked it up in a used book sale three years ago, not long after I became vegetarian. It’s also on my reading list for the Nonfiction Challenge.
- The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan: Another Nonfiction Challenge book! I’ve read so many fine reviews of this book about the dust bowl. I’m really looking forward to reading it.
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See: Another February carryover, and another 2009 used book sale acquisition, inspired by a lot of buzz. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, but I’m not as drawn to it as I once was. I’ll probably read it in March, but it will be the first one to go if I’m short on time.
- A Wreath of Roses, by Elizabeth Taylor: This is the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary April readalong, and I’m tempted to start reading early.
Oh: and I’m still working on my first knitting project, the scarf shown next to my February book stack. It’s about 2/3 complete now, and I’m pleased with it so far. Pumpkin offered to show it off for you. Handsome, isn’t
What are you reading (or knitting!) in March?