March was busy. We finished two sports for Addie and Leo, and now we are on to another for Lorelei and Addie. Andy and I were super busy with work. We had Spring Break for the kids, and we had family visiting for the last part of the month. Lots of fun and good things, but busy nonetheless.
So busy that I could not even finish this during March.
So how did I find time to read anything? Because I’m awesome. (humble brag). And when you love something, you find time for it.
Here are some of the books I read in March. Click any of the images to purchase the book for yourself!
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris): this is the book club pick for Military Moms Blog in April. Since I manage the club, I try to stay ahead of what we are reading. I had heard many positive reviews of this historical fiction novel, and I was not disappointed. This is the love story between Lale and Gita, two prisoners at Auschwitz during World War II. Lale is the “Tätowierer” who tattoos thousands of prisoners upon their arrival to the camp, despite being a prisoner himself. He meets Gita after tattooing her number on her arm. Their love story in the backdrop of persecution, imprisonment, torture, and war is moving. These two people find one another and a semblance of happiness while surviving the Holocaust. The book is based on interviews with the real Lali Sokolov, although it does not claim to be nonfiction. Take the details for what you will, as historians may find discrepancies in the timeline or events told in the novel. However, this book was a great read and addition to the historical fiction genre.
- The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides): a woman is found in her home, splattered with blood. Her dead husband lies across the room, shot fatally five times. Yet this woman says nothing – nothing during the investigation, trial, and the years after her conviction and stay in a psychiatric facility. What happened that night? Did this woman snap? Is she insane? All these questions and more drive Dr. Theo Faber, a psychotherapist with his own troubled past and a drive to help Alicia, the silent patient. The book is filled with flashbacks, journal entries, and Theo’s perspective to tell unravel this thriller. And while psychological thrillers are everywhere, this one has a subtle way of telling the story and drawing the reader in. And it has an ending that was completely unexpected. I finished it in two days, if that tells you how captivated I was with this novel.
- American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts (Chris McGreal): this is the second book I have read about the opioid crisis in six months. I find with each new piece of history and information regarding this, I am more and more shocked with the entire epidemic. Why? Because it was so preventable. What was a medication that could have benefited people who were terminally ill or in serious, chronic pain was exploited by pharmaceutical companies and investors to make billions of dollars. The impact this has had on both innocent families and those who legitimately could use opioid medication is astounding, and this crisis is not over yet. This book breaks the timeline down into three acts, and it included dozens of interviews with people at all stages of the crisis. It was a sad but necessary read.
- Cherry (Nico Walker): this is a highly acclaimed fictional tale of drugs, war, youth, and the lifestyle of an addict. It is written from the unnamed narrator’s perspective: a drug addict turned Army medic turned addict again and bank robber. The musings read like the inside of an addict’s mind, with rambling speeches and confusing details. His decisions and actions are rash and difficult to understand. I found the writing a little choppy and unrealistic. Yet I’m writing about this book, even though I did not enjoy it, because it is indicative of an entire culture and part of our country (see the book above). It was difficult to relate to, but that is because I am nothing like the main character. And that is where the book succeeds, in my opinion. It brings the difficult and painful elements of addiction, war, class differences, and desperation and throws it unapologetically in your face. Much like “Intervention” and similar shows, this book gives the reader an unpleasant reality to encounter.
I like that not every book is a good read for me. That is the beauty of books and reading – what I like may seem awful to you, and what is popular is not always true for everyone. We can disagree on books and words yet still appreciate books as a whole.
What did you read in March? Come back next month for my April reads!
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