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5 Great Books I Read in March '21

by Annie Kapur 20 days ago in literature

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5 Great Books I Read in March '21
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It has been one whole year since lockdown started here in the UK and now, I feel like everyone has really found their special books. Whether it be the realms of fantasy, classic literature, dining with Dracula in the gothic or even in the helpful images of the comic book - there are books out there for everyone and I believe a lot of people have tried to find their own interests when it comes to literature.

In March, it was especially strange to be reading things and then telling people about them because I always wanted to see what other people were reading. A lot of people online had picked up the habit anew and I wanted to see what they were interested in so that I could possibly read some suggestions they have. You know how it is: you have got the TBR list at your fingertips but everything just looks so good. Why have a meal when you could have a buffet? (forced laughter).

Anyways, I hope you enjoy five books that I enjoyed in March of 2021. I hope to keep this short and sweet whilst also giving you a brief summary on what made me fall in love with said book so much.

5 Great Books I Read in March '21

It has been one whole year since lockdown started here in the UK and now, I feel like everyone has really found their special books. Whether it be the realms of fantasy, classic literature, dining with Dracula in the gothic or even in the helpful images of the comic book - there are books out there for everyone and I believe a lot of people have tried to find their own interests when it comes to literature.

In March, it was especially strange to be reading things and then telling people about them because I always wanted to see what other people were reading. A lot of people online had picked up the habit anew and I wanted to see what they were interested in so that I could possibly read some suggestions they have. You know how it is: you have got the TBR list at your fingertips but everything just looks so good. Why have a meal when you could have a buffet? (forced laughter).

Anyways, I hope you enjoy five books that I enjoyed in March of 2021. I hope to keep this short and sweet whilst also giving you a brief summary on what made me fall in love with said book so much.

5 Great Books I Read in March '21

The Lonely Life by Bette Davis

One of the autobiographies of Bette Davis, one of the greatest actresses of all time, has proven to be one of my favourite reads of the month. She goes over her upbringing, her first stints in Hollywood and how she finally became who we know her as. It is a brilliant read filled with quotations and paragraphs that you can practically hear coming out of Bette Davis's own mouth. This has to be one of the best autobiographies I have read by a classic actress since I read "Me" by Katharine Hepburn. Mostly though, I was impressed by Bette Davis's ability to articulate some of the more difficult times in her upbringing. Read my review here.

Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham

Often criticised for being a bit all over the place, "Liza of Lambeth" was W. Somerset Maugham's first published novel and honestly I will not lie when I say that I really did enjoy it. It shows me his writing at its most vulnerable and in its prime and as a book, it is enjoyable to see the kinds of characters he creates in his very first attempt at a novel. The book is not very long at all, but the effort that has gone into it is extreme. It has all the workings of a Maugham novella, which we will see develop later into his giant literary career as one of the greatest writers of his time. Take a look at my review here.

The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

I am working my way through Iris Murdoch's works slowly but steadily. I have read quite a few by her at the moment and this has to be one of my favourites in her name. About an artist who is kind of resonant of the main characters in such novels as "Down and Out in Paris and London" by George Orwell, the main character of "Death of a Salesman" and others, this is slowly becoming one of my favourite Murdoch novels of all time. Longer than usual, this book speaks about art in one of the most compelling ways I have ever seen - her descriptions on life and creating art being at the centre of this intense emotional drama of the soul. Check out my review of the book here.

Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

Joan Didion's new book is one of the most compelling book of essays I have read in a long time. Composed over a grand scale of time, the changing nature of her life is documented throughout. As she becomes older and wiser, there is a more adult sense to the writing, but be that as it may, there is also a nostalgia for the past. Her book covers a wide range of topics including: death, modernity, womanhood and music. There are several things to explore and study and yet, I have a feeling that Joan Didion is not quite done with us yet. You can read my review of it here.

Bogart by A.M Sperber and Eric Lax

Never have I ever read a book written by two people who have never met about a man they have never met and yet, it seems to have become one of the most researched books on the subject I have ever read. Humphrey Bogart was once a king in Hollywood up until his death and this book covers his turbulent upbringing. The fights, the bullying, the failures, the depression and the suicidal man who soon became a legend. It is a brilliant book that gives us a look at Humphrey Bogart like we have never seen him before. Under the image of the tough guy, the rough-up and the charmer is a vulnerable, wholesome and overwhelmingly nice man. Check out my review on the book here.

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