Hello again! As you may know I’m trying to read 50 books this year. I realized early last year that I was very unhappy and wanted to make some changes. I thought back on things that made me happy and I remembered books were always a source of happiness for me in my younger days so I made the decision to start reading more. Here’s the books I read in March and a little bit about them.
First up is The League of Regrettable Superheroes The Loot Crate Edition by Jon Morris. This book made me really excited to read when I saw it in my “Heroes 2” Loot Crate box given to me by my sister. If you don’t know Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box full of nerdy things, such as figurines, apparel, books, and more. The back of this book states “you’ll meet fifty of the strangest superheroes ever to see print” and that’s exactly what you get. You get 711, Doll Man, Madam Fatal, Rainbow Boy, and so many more fun characters. While I didn’t read all the descriptions completely it was hilarious and definitely something I’ll keep close by when I need a laugh. These heroes are ridiculous and you really stop and wonder how the idea even came about and who thought it would be a good idea to write and draw the story. This was a fun read and I would love to read some of those comics if they were still around somewhere.
The next book I read was I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This is a book I had wanted to read for some time for a variety of reasons. I’ve always loved reading and, like many Americans, I took quality education for granted for most of my life. It wasn’t until I got to college that I realized how different education can be for others around the world. Recently the United Nations created a list of “Global Goals” They chose 17 issues and created a goal for each one, for example, ending poverty, fighting inequality, and so on. You may have seen other members of the social media community as a whole talking about these goals. When they were first announced last year I thought long and hard about which goal I would like to support. I liked goal 5, gender equality. But goal 4 ultimately drew my attention: Quality Education. (More on global goals here.) Malala also chose this goal so I felt that it was finally time to read her story.
I really enjoyed reading the book. It was nice reading a book by an empowering and courageous young woman who wrote about her own life leading up to the events that would earn her a Nobel Peace Prize. Malala grew up the eldest of three children, and the only daughter in a region that did not celebrate the birth of a girl as they would a boy. Malala’s father, however, decided that he would educate his children and all the children around him no matter the gender and that’s where Malala attributes her passion for education. As the Taliban started to change Malala’s life, and the lives of those around her, Malala started speaking out. She would give speeches and interviews on the right to education and a life without fear.
I have read reviews that state they dislike some of the writing, particularly the parts about the history and politics. I actually really enjoyed those sections. Malala gives insight on Pakistan’s past, present, and what she hopes the future will be. Her narrative is also filled with times of fear and oppression yet she always came back to fight. Her story continues even after she is shot in the head by a Taliban shoulder and her recovery. Malala makes it clear that she loves Pakistan and hopes to return to her home someday. In the meantime she is helping women around the world get an education and speaking up for those who need a voice.
After reading such a serious book I actually took some time to reorganize all my book shelves. I found this book, Kids Survival Handbook by Claire Llewellyn, in my collection. I remember I begged my mom to buy it for me when I was in grade school from one of the many book fairs the school would host. For some reason she did buy me the book and I have kept this book since. I’ve always been one of those “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” kind of people, even in my youth. So despite the fact that I never go anywhere particularly dangerous I felt the need to have this book. The book teaches you how to survive earthquakes, quick sand, bears, floods, and much more. Honestly there are some useful ones for me. Tornadoes can occur in my area, there’s a page on how to avoid being struck by lightning. There’s also information on avoid being crushed in a crowd and so much more. It’s a fun read and I would recommend it to help ease any anxious child’s overactive mind.
The fourth and final book I read in March was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I wanted to read Go Set a Watchman but I hadn’t read Mockingbird since grade school (this is the copy both my sister and I used when we were at school) and couldn’t really remember it. I definitely hadn’t appreciated it properly the first time I read the book so I’m really glad I took the time to read it again. When I read the book in grade school I actually disliked Scout because she was always getting into fights and the adults weren’t much better. However, reading now as an adult I really enjoyed Scout and understood the world around her more clearly. I also get the fascination with Atticus’ character and the issues at hand. What amazed me too was how much of the book I’d forgotten. I remembered the ending the most, the trail of Tom Robinson, but I hadn’t remembered Scout, Jem, and Dill’s obsession with Boo Radley as clearly.
I laughed when Scout decided she hated school and started swearing up a storm in order for her father to believe that she was picking up too many bad habits in school and would not let her attend anymore. Such irony that I had just finished reading a book where one woman is fighting for every girl to go to school and then going to a book where the girl wants to stop going! I also really enjoyed Scout’s honesty, letting her Aunt and the other women of Maycomb county know that she had no intention of being lady when asked and then at the end resolving to be a lady even in the darkest of times. I look forward to reading Watchman, even if I end up disappointed in it in the end. At least we still have Mockingbird. (R.I.P. Harper Lee)
So those are the books I read in March! For April I’m doing Camp Nanowrimo, where you write a novel during the month, so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done. I’m also reading a book that in Spanish, which always takes me much longer to finish than in English, so I’m not sure how I’ll find time to read four books this month but I’ll certainly try my best. You can keep up with my reading on my Goodreads page here (I update books that I’ve read but don’t often review them there). Please leave any book recommendations below, I’m always looking for new books to read!
Thanks for reading!