March has been another fun and successful reading month. I managed to get through a total of 11 books in all (4 novels, a short story collection, 2 non-fiction books, a poetry collection, 2 graphic novels and one of the Penguin Little Black Classics). This takes me up to 35 books so far this year, which is still well on track to meet my 100 book goal.
There were some great reads in amongst them, but a highlight was probably Iris Grace by Arabella Carter-Johnson. This non-fiction book is about a young girl with severe autism who had little to no communication skills. That is until she began to paint and a whole new world of talent was unlocked. The next big breakthrough came when the family decided to get a cat, sparking an incredible and unbreakable bond. The book, filled with photographs and examples of Iris’ artwork, was written by the girl’s own mother and is beautiful, heart-warming and informative.
Another favourite this month was The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente; the first in a series which sees a young girl swept away to a magical world full of charm and whimsy, and yet, like with all good fairy tales, a touch of darkness. It was perfect escapism and Valente’s prose is lovely.
I look forward to seeing what April has in store for me in terms of reading.
What was your favourite read in March?