My two favourite books from March were definitely the two Dorothy Dunnett books I read: Queens’ Play and The Disorderly Knights. I can’t tell you how much I’m loving this series – I finished Pawn in Frankincense today and am looking forward to starting The Ringed Castle!
March was a good month for historical fiction – as well as the two books I just mentioned, I also loved The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (a crime novel set in 1840s New York) and The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau (a historical thriller set in Tudor England). However, I was disappointed by The Glovemaker by Stacia Brown, the story of a woman accused of murder in Oliver Cromwell’s London.
The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman’s debut novel, was another book that I really enjoyed, and Edward Hogan’s The Hunger Trace was probably my most surprising read of the month – not something I would usually choose to read but I quickly became absorbed in the lives of all three main characters.
I also read Three Men on the Bummel, the sequel to Jerome K. Jerome’s classic Three Men in a Boat, and although it wasn’t as hilarious as its predecessor it was still fun to read.
The only book I read in March that I still haven’t written about is Claire Tomalin’s Dickens biography, Charles Dickens: A Life. I actually started reading it in the middle of January – it always seems to take me a long time to finish non-fiction books! And I finally started to make some progress with Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa, which I’m reading as part of a group read during the whole of 2012.
Did you read any good books in March? What are you planning to read in April?