200 Books: March (part 2)

March Reading part 2!

I am so behind getting this posted, but in my defense, writing on vacation is a lot easier said than done.

Ok! So, at the beginning of March I was doing really well at reading, and staying focused. I have not maintained that rhythm. Part of that is because I am getting busier. Now that I am not get AS tired (I’m still insanely tired, but I can do more before hitting my breaking point now), and now that I am helping my mom at work, my free time has gone down considerably. However, I did finish a couple books. I’ll need to step it up the rest of the year if I want to reach 100 though. I also started a bunch of books and I haven’t finished them yet, mainly because they are non-fiction, which are harder for me to get through.

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 10/10

I read The Yellow Wallpaper in high school, and have been haunted by the story ever since. It was the first time I remember enjoying the process of analyzing a text. I was loaned this book by a friend about three years ago, around the time I started learning about feminism and misogyny and sexism and everything in between; she thought that I would appreciate this book.

It took me three years to actually sit down and read the damn thing BUT OMG SHE WAS SO RIGHT.

I had planned on reading the foreword and then going to bed, and I ended up reading the whole book in one setting. In fact, I drank the whole thing in so quickly, I think that I will reread it soon (it won’t count to my 200 count though, HA). I honestly wish that I had read this in high school, I would have understood feminism so much sooner and it would have been so fun to analyze. Every single quote in this book is gold, honestly.

Summary: Three male explorers embark on a dangerous mission to find the fabled All-Female tribe up in the mountains of an undisclosed location. The short story is written from the perspective of one of the explorers and is stylized as a travel journal. The world of the women is absolutely stunning. A flourishing vegan and utopian society, where there are no human males. They have mastered literally everything, and I want to move there so desperately.

Eleanor & park by rainbow rowell 10/10

This book made me cry like a baby, omg, it was so so good. I’ve always heard good things about Rainbow Rowell, but had never sat down to read one of her books. This book is now one of my most favorite books. I loved every minute of it, and the day I read it was spent only reading this book. No joke, I did nothing else. And once it was over my heart ached a little, but only because I was going to miss those characters. This is the kind of book I wish I had read when I was a teen, because back then it was so hard to imagine that anyone else was as frustrated and emotional and insecure as I was. This book is raw, and you will know these characters very, very well.

Written from the alternating perspectives of Eleanor, and Park. It’s a story about first loves, but also long loves, and forgiving loves. I loved this book. Have I said this enough?

Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier 8/10

This is the 4th book to Marillier’s Sevenwater’s Trilogy (I love trilogies that end up with 6 books, like this one). I started reading this series in middle school, and only recently accumulated all the books. I had started this book in October when I was well (I would read on the bus on the way to school, these were the perfect books for it because they are small paperbacks). I decided I wanted to work on finishing up the series while they were still kind of fresh in my mind. The first three books followed individual generations of the Sevenwater’s family, a family whose land is the sanctuary for the Old Ones and Others, one of the last safe places in a quickly Christian converting world. The books are a mix of fairytale, and adventure-fantasy. I really love them. They are nice and long, and you get a sense of their daily lives, as well as the adventure (which is something I loved about the Harry Potter books). The 4-6 books follow three of seven sisters all within the same generation (which is one of the reasons I don’t like them AS much; I liked the time jumps.) This book follows Clodagh as she tries to rescue her newborn baby brother who was replaced with a fae changeling.

Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier 7/10

I love Juliet Marillier, she is easily my favorite writer, but I had a hard time getting through this book. Mainly because it didn’t get interesting until I was close to the end. Marillier is an amazing storyteller, and her books are a mix of fantasy and fairytale and I love them. But the magic-y, fablesk part of this book took a while to get to and that made it hard for me to read.

This book is the 5th book in the series, and follows Sybil, who has believed in her destiny to become a druid since she was young. To no one’s surprise, she ends up bailing on that dream and instead meets her soulmate, and then they move to a religious community where she can live a life of spirituality and love the love of her life. Sorry, I totally gave away the ending. But I was really irritated. It would have been nice to have ONE female character in Marillier’s books who says she doesn’t want love, and isn’t “proven wrong” in a sense. It just rubs me the wrong way.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 9/10

I picked up this book as part of Barnes and Nobles’ buy 2 get 1 free deal, and it is in my top five of the year so far. I loved the nontraditional format of the story telling, which is through letters and emails, and moments of commentary from the daughter of the main character. Bernadette’s character was colorful, but not unrealistic. She reminded me of my mother actually, but I don’t know if she fully appreciated the comparison. I loved the author’s commentary on the Seattleite mindset and lifestyle, and that was easily one of my favorite parts. I don’t often literally laugh out loud when reading, but this book had me laughing till my stomach hurt sometimes.

~Raelee


Books that I started this year and haven’t finished yet, because they are probably non-fiction and thus harder for me to get through, but I promise to finish them at some point this year:

  • “By Myself and Then Some” by Lauren Bacall
  • “Ireland’s Pirate Queen” by Anne Chambers
  • “The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia” by Laura Miller
  • “Flame of Sevenwaters” by Juliet Marillier

What are you reading? Don’t forget to check out my Bookstagram/Study Insta to see what I’m reading, and what I’m doing in the Bullet Journal community!

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