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Sunday, April 1, 2018

My Month in Review: March

The Month in Review meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I note the non-Macmillan books in this post with a star.

Books completed this month:
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
Check, Please!: # Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu
Thundercluck! And the Kitchen of Destiny by Paul Tillery, Meg Wittwer
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow* OMG I FINISHED!! Only took 3.5 months.
A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman *
Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City by Phillip Hoose
If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together by James J. Sexton
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden 
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara *

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne Freeman
This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War by William Gear

Did Not Finish:
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson (audio)*
Like all of Larson's book this was an interesting, and compelling read, but I kept finding myself saying, "Ugh, Nazis!" and turning it off. The ambassador is in over his head and has no idea what he's doing. Especially he seems to have no idea what his adult daughter is doing--actively seeking out Nazis and SS, throwing them parties, and even possibly dating Hitler. I just want to slap her. I don't have to like a book's protagonist, but this combo of the mealy-mouthed milquetoast and the wannabee-collaborator is just a bridge too far.

What I acquired this month (non-work books):
I was better this month and did not buy more books!

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