March has been my best reading month yet this year. In total I read forty books! Don’t get too excited; only fifteen were adult reads. My list is at the end of this post. I signed up for The Year of Readers Challenge in January, supporting 826National.org and FirstBook.org. Because I’m supporting two charities instead of one, I alternate every month between the two, donating $1.50 for each book I read in that month. Firstbook.org is the charity this month, so I’m donating $60 to their cause.
These were my favorite reads of the month.
Favorite graphic novel– Fables Vol. 10: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham. I can never say enough how well-written this series is.
Favorite adult read– The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
Favorite non-fiction– The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac.
Favorite young adult read- East by Edith Pattou. East is based on the Norwegian fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I stayed up all night Sunday reading this book. That says a lot coming from a mother of three small children.
Favorite picture book– Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It had the advantage against all the other picture books I read this month because it’s the childhood favorite.
Favorite short story– It’s a tie between “Godmother Death” by Jane Yolen and “Alef the Idiot” by Jonathon Keats, from the short story collection The Book of the Unknown. “Godmother Death” is about Death being a godmother to a peasant boy who later becomes a doctor and tries to trick Death for the love of a woman. In “Alef the Idiot”, Alef is the village idiot married to Chaya, the smartest person in the village. One day Alef is tricked into giving up his soul to become smarter, which he thinks will make Chaya happy. I won’t tell you anything more except to say that this is one of the best love stories I’ve ever read.
Books in blue are adult reads:
- Fat Cat – Margaret Read MacDonald
- Fables Vol. 3 – Bill Willingham
- Fables Vol. 4
- Fables Vol. 6
- Fables Vol. 7
- Fables Vol. 8
- Fables Vol. 9
- Fables Vol. 10
- John, Paul, George, and Ben – Lane Smith
- The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry – Bill Martin Jr.
- Dinosaur vs. Bedtime – Bob Shea
- I will surprise my friend – Mo Willems
- Playground Day – Jennifer Merz
- Someday – Eileen Spinelli
- Biscuit goes to school – Alyssa Satin Capucilli
- Ella: The Elegant Elephant – Carmela & Steven D’Armico
- Ella sets sail – Carmela & Steven D’Armico
- East – Edith Pattou
- The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Big Green Pocketbook – Candice F. Ransom
- The House in the Night – Susan Marie Swanson
- A Good Day – Kevin Henkes
- Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach – Melanie Watt
- Scaredy Squirrel makes a friend – Melanie Watt
- My Friend, the Starfinder – George Ella Lyon
- Ella Sarah Gets Dressed – Margaret Chodos-Irvine
- The Rights of the Reader – Daniel Pennac
- Bats at the Library – Brian Lies
- Old Bear – Kevin Henkes
- Wake Up, Sun – David L. Harrison
- Hansel and Gretel – Cynthia Rylant
- The Wall: Growing up Under the Iron Curtain – Peter Sis
- Anne Leibovitz at Work – Anne Leibovitz
- The Little Bit Scary People – Emily Jenkins
- Notes to Self – Samara O’Shea
- The Octupus – Denys Cazet
- Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
- Bonsai – Alexander
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
- How to Heal a Broken Wing – Bob Graham