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#MonthlyWrapUp: March 2021

Mar 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

March was Women’s History Month and I enjoyed writing all of the posts that I’ve published this month. I always enjoy blogging in March but this year the experience was even better.

Life was strange because I had both a relaxed and hectic month. Academic life was relaxed because I sent another draft off to my supervisors at the very beginning of the month (which I should received back tomorrow) and I haven’t worked on it much since then. Normal life was hectic because I’ve been applying for part-time work and I had a couple of job interviews. I start my new job in the middle of April (if my DBS check is sorted) but it’s only a temporary position. Better than nothing in the current climate.

In terms of reading, I finished all of the books I wanted to read (plus one more) and I completed the Japanese Literature Challenge for this year!

Also, DPR Ian released a fantastic album and two amazing music videos this month and that made me very happy.

Posts I Enjoyed

This Week's Posts (1)

  • HeptaméronThe Diary of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu
  • Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
  • The Works of Gwerful Mechain 
  • The Heptameron by Marguerite de Navarre 
  • Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

March Posts

Blog Updates

This isn’t a normal section in my end-of-month recap posts but from the beginning of April until the end of December (or perhaps before the end of December) I’ll be working on a mini-series of blog posts where I read, research, and review the books featured on the International Booker Prize longlist. I’m very excited about this because I usually ignore prize lists but most of these books really intrigued me.

So, I put the titles into a random generator and this is my reading order:

  1. The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard
  2. Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý
  3. The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili
  4. The Perfect Nine: The Epic Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  5. The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez
  6. An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky
  7. Summer Brother by Jaap Robben
  8. At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop
  9. Minor Detail by Adania Shibli
  10. When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut
  11. I Live in the Slums by Can Xue
  12. In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova
  13. The Employees by Olga Ravn

I’ll be posting reading updates and initial responses to my ko-fi page but all of the final blog posts will be posted here, obviously. I’m really looking forward to doing this and I hope you’ll enjoy following this little project I’ve set for myself.


Stay safe, everyone!

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11 thoughts on “#MonthlyWrapUp: March 2021

  1. Frenchman’s Creek is on my TBR! I’m looking forward to reading it—and your review if you write one!
    Also, good luck on your Booker Prize project—that sounds daunting but so cool. I’m always woefully out of touch with prizes and awards going on, so I’m curious about how your experience turns out.

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    1. I will be reviewing Frenchman’s Creek in a couple of weeks! I really enjoyed it though 🙂

      And I don’t usually keep up with prizes either but two of my ‘goals’ for the year were to read more contemporary literature and more translated literature and this prize covers both!

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  2. Thank you for the kind mention! I like your project about the International Booker Prize – which I usually find much more interesting and experimental than the Booker Prize, if I’m perfectly honest.

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    1. I really enjoyed your post and I’ve added the play to my ‘to read’ list! I don’t really pay much attention to the Booker Prize, to be honest, but some of the books on the International list sound fascinating.

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      1. Still such a relevant play to all women of all ages… I’m not a big prize list watcher myself, but the International Booker is more interesting than most.

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  3. Thank you for mentioning my post, Amy! I also plan on reading some of the books longlisted for the International Booker Prize, but I don’t know whether I will be blogging about them. Happy reading! 🙂

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  4. Nice month! I need to try tis one by Du Maurier.
    Good luck with your International Booker Prize project. I was part f the Shadow Panel for a couple of years, great experience. If you are not familiar with the Shadow Panel, have a look here, and maybe you will want to join them next year: https://tonysreadinglist.wordpress.com/2021/03/22/introducing-the-2021-international-booker-prize-shadow-panel/
    My March wrap-up is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2021/04/01/2021-march-wrap-up/

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    1. Being part of a Shadow Panel for something like this sounds fun! I’ll check out the link.

      And the du Maurier book was good! Better than I expected, actually.

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