March Reading Wrap-Up

Reading Wrap-Up: March 2017

March Reading Wrap-Up

Just a few days into April, so I’m not too late. I managed to squeeze in a few more books this month (mostly in audio again) and many of them were very good, but I’m still hunting for another really great read.


Cannibalism by Bill Schutt
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Best Book of the Month

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle (not a perfect book or even one I loved as much as Wolf in White Van, but just such a unique, enjoyable reading experience)


My husband and I are flying through The Sopranos, but mostly getting excited for all the shows we love to come back (Fargo, The Leftovers) and new ones to arrive (The Handmaid’s Tale!).

Listening To

If I’m really honest, my best book of the month was the new Serial/This American Life collaboration, S-Town (you should really peek at the website if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s so gorgeous). It’s so wildly different from the first season of Serial, but just as complicated and questionable and absolutely bingeable. I definitely finished all seven chapters in two days.

On the School Side

No real Spring Break here, just straight on through the summer. I’m actually registering for Fall classes today and getting things all lined up for year 2. Submitting conference proposals, working on manuscripts for journal submission, getting there!

  • Karen

    I saw an article about Seriel and S-town yesterday which I’d not heard of until then but do sound good,

  • Ha – I actually think S-Town is sending me into a reading slump at the moment. I’m through episode 4 and it’s just insanely good and I think it’s overshadowing all the books I’m picking up, not finding traction with, and then putting down. Maybe I should just drop the reading, finish S-Town, then refocus.

  • My wife is rewatching The Sopranos now and I should some day. Our latest obsession together is The Returned, a French show, on Netflix. As for S-Town, I’ve heard good things and I think my wife might be listening to that too. I’m not much for audio, I won’t lie.

  • Happy April! Difficult Women and Another Day in the Death of America are on my TBR list. I hope we both like them!

  • Pachinko looks good, I have it on my wishlist. Happy April!

  • March looks like it was good for you.

    Have a terrific April!!

    These months fly by too quickly.

  • Everyone seems to be talking about S-Town. Guess it’s time to check it out.

    Thanks so much for pointing me in the direction of If We Were Villains. I truly loved it and will do a review next week.

  • I might check out the Darnielle book — also maybe I should get the free Hulu trial in order to watch The Handmaid’s Tale. Cheers.

  • S-Town! Wow! So wonderful, so heartbreaking, so thought-provoking; it really did take up most of my mental energy, outside of work, for a full week. I loved it. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Universal Harvester, especially since you’re the reason I read it – ha! I thought it was a great story and included it on my Spring Break reading list. I’m definitely looking forward to the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale; it’s been quite some time since I read the book and I’m thinking of downloading the special edition audio with Claire Danes.

  • How do you even move on from S-Town??? I was so engrossed in S-Town I barely had space for anything else. I feel a bit bereft without it but so glad for the chance to “know” John B. McElmore. I need a show to get into again, I miss bingeing TV.

  • I can’t wait for the Handmaid’s Tale. I am scheduling time to binge-watch it. I’m also looking forward to reading Difficult Women and Pachinko. I really enjoyed Cannibalism. It was so fascinating!