Top 5 Books I Want to Read in March 2021

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It seems I have a common theme happening with my Top 5 where I only read two out of five of the books on my list. I feel like I make a mistake in thinking about what I want to read the entire month instead of what I want to read right away. I get bored easily so as soon as I am interested in a book I need to start reading or my interest fades. I also need to try a few pages of the book first before I decide it's in the type of mood I am in. Also, in one case, the library took forever to actually get the book to me so my interest faded. So, I'm thinking I fixed these problems with my top 5 this month. We will see after the month is over.

When becoming an adult means learning to love yourself first.

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.

This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her parent’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.

In New York, she’s able to ignore all the constant questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.
Honey Girl is one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I was beyond excited when I saw it as an audiobook on my Hoopla library app. It's just nice to be able to read a book with a character who's close to your age and might be dealing with the same things you are. Also, that Las Vegas wedding and new romance sounds like so much fun.

While Hilarie Burton Morgan's hectic lifestyle as an actress in New York and Los Angeles gave her a comfortable life, it did not fulfill her spiritually or emotionally. After the birth of their first son, she and her husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the star of The Walking Dead, decided to make a major change: they bought a working farm in Rhinebeck, New York, and began a new chapter in their lives.

The Rural Diaries chronicles her inspiring story of farm life: chopping wood, making dandelion wine, building chicken coops. Burton looks back at her transition from urban to country living—discovering how to manage a farm while raising her son and making friends with her new neighbors. She mixes charming stories of learning to raise alpacas and buying and revitalizing the town’s beloved candy store, Samuel’s Sweet Shop, with raw observations on the ups and downs of marriage and her struggles with secondary infertility. Burton also includes delicious recipes that can be made with fresh ingredients at home, as well as home renovation and gardening tips.
I love books set in small towns and/or farm life. Blame my love of Harvest Moon growing up. I also love biographies by random people/celebrities that I don't really know or follow. Needless to say, I don't know why I haven't read The Rural Diaries sooner.

Late in the twenty-first century, big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free of addictions. Violent crime is a rarity.

Hyper-intelligent Jayna is a star performer at top predictive agency Mayhew McCline, where she forecasts economic and social trends. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she far outshines her co-workers, often correcting their work on the quiet. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.

When a string of events contradicts her forecasts, Jayna suspects she needs more data and better intuition. She needs direct interactions with the rest of society. Bravely—and naively—she sets out to disrupt her strict routine and stumbles unwittingly into a world where her IQ is increasingly irrelevant…a place where human relationships and the complexity of life are difficult for her to decode. And as she experiments with taking risks, she crosses the line into corporate intrigue and disloyalty.

Can Jayna confront the question of what it means to live a “normal” life? Or has the possibility of a “normal” life already been eclipsed for everyone?
A Calculated Life is the quiet sci-fi I need in my life. I am so glad I've read a good amount of sci-fi this year. I want to keep it up with one not many people may have heard of before and that intrigues me to no end.

All her world's a stage.
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
That is, until now.
Enter Stage Right
NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.
COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARDSEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE'S sidekicks.
ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie's weakness. The symbol of impending doom.
BERTIE. Our heroine.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family, and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.
I haven't started any of the series I wanted to read this year but it's now time for Eyes Like Stars to shine. I really want to read a light fantasy like this one. Older YA is less complicated than YA fantasy now and sometimes that's just what you need.

Rose McFarland is a trained killer--a Memphis S.W.A.T. sniper with a secret. Her team knows about the burn scars that lurk under her clothes, a legacy of the house fire that killed her father and brother sixteen years before. Her supervisors know that she spent two years in a rehabilitative facility, healing and learning to cope with the emotional trauma of the fire. But no one knows about the visions that drove her there, angry spirits that consumed her childhood, alienated her from her family and made her doubt her own sanity--the Whispers.

When Charlie Akers, a half-brother she never knew, ends up on the wrong side of Rose's rifle, she unwittingly sets off a chain of events that puts her family in the middle of increasingly dangerous paranormal visitations. Charlie won't stay dead, and soon ghosts from Rose's past are creeping back into her life. People she's killed in the line of duty, family she thought long buried, every one of them under the influence of Rose's greatest fear, the Whispers themselves.

As the walls between our world and the world of the dead grow thin, Rose will have to face her old nightmares to stop the Whispers from breaking free. If she can't, it won't just be Memphis that falls to the dead--there will be no safe place left on earth for the living.
I really want to continue reading various types of horror. The last horror I wanted to read didn't pan out because it was slower and more witchy than horror. But Whispers in the Dark has ghosts and is faster paced which is exactly what I want right now.

Do you have a plan every month of what to read or are you more go with the flow?
What books are you excited to read in March?


  1. It worked out for me very nicely last month because I did have a plan of what I wanted to read, but this month I'm playing it by ear. That may or may not be a good thing. I do know that the next book I pick up when I finish my current read will be a historical mystery.

    I hope you enjoy all of your picks for this month. I love the sound of Eyes Like Stars. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

    1. I tried recently playing it by ear but then I decided to try to create my dream tbr and I'm working on that list slowly. I hope you had a great reading month!

  2. I really like the sound of the first four books - horror just isn't for me. I am trying to clear my TBR list, so each month have a few books from it that I need to read. However, like you, I have to be in the right mood, so sometimes I abandon those plans and end up reading something else.

    1. Horror isn't for everyone. I just started getting into it so I still have to figure out what I like. I know I don't like body horror or anything gross. That's a great idea. I'm okay with how my tbr is now. Ever expanding but I like to make sure I am reading older books on it and not just new ones.


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