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March 2017 Reads – #cozy, #thriller

March was a tough reading month for me. I had a lot of mediocre or disappointing reads. There was a memoir that left me feeling meh (haiku review here) and a deeply disappointing audiobook that was supposed to be a comedic take on the apocalypse (haiku review here).

That audiobook was followed by the Japanese thriller Out by Natsuo Kirino. It follows a woman in an abusive marriage who kills her abuser and how her work colleagues help her cover it up. (None of this is spoilers. It’s revealed very early on). I really enjoyed it right up until the end where it took a turn into a place that left me extremely uncomfortable with its near-pornographic depiction of a rape scene. That combined with certain characters’ reactions to it made me feel betrayed and like I’d wasted my time reading it. It felt like it changed tone totally right at the end.
(2 out of 5 stars, buy it)

The saving grace of the month was a cozy mystery called Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero, the first in her Pawsitively Organic series about a New York City businesswoman who moves to Connecticut to start an organic pet treats business. She’s a main character you love to hate in a town full of people you love to hate with a mystery that held my attention and made me giggle. It was just the right light read I needed. I could see picking up the next book the next time I’m in that kind of mood.
(4 out of 5 stars, buy it)

My total for the month of March 2017:

  • 4 books
    • 3 fiction; 1 nonfiction
    • 3 female authors; 1 male author
    • 0 ebooks; 2 print books; 2 audiobooks

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  1. Amanda Ramsay McNeill
    October 23, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I would like to make a recommendation. Pins is a well written, funny, thoughtful book. Five stars at least. Christine is an indie from Chicago. My husband Rodney bought her book a few weeks ago at an authors fair. Along with the books comes a 2″ voodoo doll. I’m buying at least two for gifts.

    • October 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      I always enjoy a recommendation. Thanks, Amanda!

  2. October 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I love a good cosy crime 🙂 I am currently working my way through the cosy crime series Agatha Raisin by M C Beaton.

    • October 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      I love a good cozy but it’s oddly difficult to find a good one to sink your teeth into!

  3. November 1, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Sorry you didn’t have more really enjoyable reads this month! I read a cozy mystery for the first time in a long time this month and while it wasn’t my favorite read, there’s something delightfully comforting about a cozy mystery – especially one set in a small town with a bookstore and a bookstore cat 🙂

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