Friday, March 30, 2012

The Off The Shelf Challenge: March

Progress? Um...not so much. I can't help myself. When I hear about new books coming out, I want to read them right away. Needless to say, this is not helping with The Off the Shelf Challenge. Sigh. Well, April is a new month...

Challenge Books read in January: 4
Challenge Books read in February: 5


Challenge Books read in March: 1 (Hangs head in shame)
Non Challenge Books read in March: 4


Total Challenge Books read so far in 2012: 10
Total Non Challenge Books read so far 2012: 7
Total Books read so far in 2012: 17


Standouts from March include:

The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder by Erin Blakemore - It's been sitting on my own shelf for awhile and I wish I had picked it up sooner. It was so much fun to go back and revisit my old friends from those books that meant so much to me when I was a kid. And I loved learning a bit more about the amazing women who created those long-lasting heroines.  

All Woman and Springtime by Brandon Jones - I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader's copy of this, so you can see why I bumped it up above the poor, patiently waiting Challenge books. This is a dark story and, at times, disturbing to read but it is so well-written and so compelling. It comes out in May, but please don't wait until then to add it to your TBR list or to put your name on your library's "hold"/"reserve" list. (If you liked Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha, you'll love this!)


  1. Hi Madeline,
    Thanks for the book recommendations.

  2. I love these recommendations. And I'm behind on my Off the Shelves count too, though ahead on my overall reading goal for the year because I've been cheating and reading a lot of irresistible new books too. :-)

  3. It's so nice to know I'm not alone, Jillian. :)

    I think you'd get a kick out of The Heroine's Bookshelf - so many times I found myself saying, Who knew?!, about authors like Margaret Mitchell and Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder, etc.