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If you read my February book report you know that I read (or listened to) 7 books that month. Pretty good for the shortest month of the year, right?! Well, before you start being too impressed with my reading habit, let me tell you that this past month I finished exactly ONE book. To be fair, it was quite a lengthy audiobook – but still.
I was hesitant whether I should even publish a book report for March – but at the interest of keeping things real – here we are! Some months it is easier to make room for the things that bring us joy and in others we lose momentum. And that’s cool.
However, I do also find it helpful to reflect on why – why do I fall off the bandwagon with habits that I enjoy and seem to benefit my overall wellbeing?
I am a little bit all over the place these days
In March my reading has been a bit like the rest of my mind: all over the place. Ha!
In my last newsletter (for which you should sign up!) I talked a bit about how I have hit a point in the pandemic where I am feeling just very tired and exhausted. And a bit anxious. Which manifests in a slightly scattered approach to life. On the whole I am managing to keep my life together pretty well, but I somehow haven’t managed to stick with any books that I was reading.
Because it wasn’t like I didn’t spend any time reading – I just read a bit here and there in a whole lot of books. (You can check out my list of current reads on my goodreads.) This is against my own rule of only ever reading one fiction and one non-fiction book at the same time. I actually read 3 non-fiction Christian devotional type books simultaneously which is not very helpful really. But hey! I will get back into the swing and joy of reading one book at a time in April for sure.
Anyway, before I ramble on too much longer:
Here is my “book report” for March:
Die Päpstin (in English: Pope Joan) by Donna Woolfolk Cross
I listened to this as an audiobook and it was amazing. The narrator did a great job and the storyline is super gripping. And it was nice to travel to a time with many problems that are actually much worse than my own. In many ways the story is quite tragic, but not depressing at all. Johanna, the main protagonist has this incredible inner strength, will, intelligence and kindness that made me want to see her succeed and also be her friend. I felt inspired by her courage and grit. She chased after what she wanted despite all the odds being stacked against her. I don’t know if she really existed but I kind of hope she did!
The book also made me very happy to not live during the middle ages. Even with Corona and all, the 21st century still seems like a pretty good time to live in. (Speaking from a very privileged point of view obviously.) This book was all around great and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.
And that’s all! 🙂
If you are also in a bit of a reading slump, definitely check out my February book report. I read such great books that month, there are many recommendations in that list!
Have you been reading anything good lately?