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.
- 10 Killer New Book Releases Out this March – Elaine Howlin
- Childhood is dark and it’s always moaning – The Blank Garden
- Plays in March: Linda by Penelope Skinner- Finding Time to Write
- Books I’m a Hypocrite About – The Orangutan Librarian
- The Best Historical Fiction Books About Women – An Historian About Town
- Before the Coffee Gets Cold Book Review – Amy’s Bookshelf
- The 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 2021 TBR
- Book Review: Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
- Women in Early English Gothic Literature
- Women Playwrights in Medieval and Early Modern England
- Catherine Parr: Queen and Writer
- Book Review: The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
- The Pseudonyms of Women Writers
- The Evolution of Gothic Literature by Women
- Emma of Normandy & the Encomium Emmae Reginae
- Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley – Mini Review and Discussion
- Five Women Poets (#1)
- Spring 2021 TBR
- Five Women Poets (#2)
- Five Women Poets (#3)
- Five Women Poets (#4)
- Book Review: The Diary of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu
- The Heptaméron by Marguerite de Navarre – Mini Review and Discussion
- Anne Brontë and the Suppression of Radical Writing
- An Introduction to British Drama by Women (1660 – Present)
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:
- The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard
- Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý
- The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili
- The Perfect Nine: The Epic Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
- The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez
- An Inventory of Losses by Judith Schalansky
- Summer Brother by Jaap Robben
- At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop
- Minor Detail by Adania Shibli
- When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut
- I Live in the Slums by Can Xue
- In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova
- 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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