March Reads 2019

It’s already that time…the months are flying by and now it’s time to share my favourite books for March.

But first I need to say I think I should have made my reading challenge a bit harder for myself. Since getting back into reading, I am devouring books at such a rate….I have truly found my ‘reading self’ again and it feels AMAZING!

With 19/30 books already read this year; I feel I most likely underestimated how much I would enjoy being back reading again and how much time I would spend with my nose in a book. To be honest I am thinking I should increase my reading goal to at least 50 or 60….who knows?…maybe I could even read 70 books this year….maybe?

If you would like to follow along with how I am going; find out what I am reading or just make a bookish friend; you can find me at https://www.goodreads.com/kylesreads. I would love to hear from you; chat about books; see what you are reading and if you have joined the Goodreads reading challenge, cheer you on as you achieve your reading goal.

That said, let’s get on with why I am here today and that is to share my top 3 reads for March:

My grandmother sends her regards and apologies by Fredrik Backman. Not the first Backman book to have made it into my top 3 this year; but very deserving of the place. A heartwarming tale of unconditional love between a grandmother and her granddaughter. Laugh out loud funny at times; with some truly memorable characters; the novel explores the lengths one might go to protect someone they love from the harsh realities of the world – from bullying, divorce and the harshest reality; the death of a loved one.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Again no stranger to my top 3, this is my second Rowell novel and I loved it as much as the first, although in a slightly different way. I didn’t fall for the characters as hard as I did for Eleanor & Park but still found it hard to put this book down. The friendship between Beth and Jennifer reminded me of my closest friendships; the way we support each other and make each other laugh; the way we share the ins and outs of our entire lives. And the shy, but oh so lovely, IT guy, Lincoln. I was really keeping everything crossed that things would work out for him in the end (he reminds me of my son). A light read about friendship, love and loneliness in today’s digital world.

Buddhism for mothers by Sarah Napthali. This book has been sitting in my book shelf unread since my children were little….they are almost 20 and 16 now…so it’s been a while….but my recent interest in meditation prompted me to get it out and finally read it. While it is predominantly aimed at mothers wanting to feel calmer and happier as they deal with the challenges of motherhood; I found it had a great deal of relevance for my own life in this current moment. With practical advice for coping with the everyday stuff of life, the book offers readers a view of Buddhist practices and how they can be incorporated into our lives; allowing reflection about who we are; how we behave and what makes us happy. A must read for those looking to incorporate some meditation and loving kindness in their life.

And there you have it…the top 3 for March 2019.

Here is a snap of all the books I read in March – a few ‘self-helpy’ ones, a couple from recent fave authors, a library book I’d heard good things about (although I found it just OK) and one I bought for the cat on the cover.

As always, if you want to chat about these books or any others you have been reading, I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.