This week’s edition is a VERRRRRRY SPECIAL one as it includes EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEAK access to one of Ashley’s newest product collections for The Bluest Willow.
(HINT: it’s inspired by Daisy Jones and the Six.)
But before we get to the recommendations, the weekly mini-essay first.
✍🏻 Yes and…A Mini-Essay: How To Choose What To Read for March
Because I have an account on Goodreads, I get their email about all the new books coming out for the upcoming month. I LOVE this email because it reduces the next month down to a collection of curated options for me.
Are there other books being released that are not included on this list? OF COURSE.
But I am a simple and easily distractable person so this is a great starting point for me. If there are other great books out there in the world, I have confidence in either myself to find them or other people I trust to recommend them. Sometimes though, it’s just nice to have people bundle some recommendations together for you.1
Accordingly, I wanted to share my short-listed books for March that I’m adding to my TBR list.
And briefly, I know I’ve gone over my methodology before, but we’ll somewhat review here.
Judge the covers.
If the cover has trash vibes to you, then I can guarantee that content will probably follow suit. I’ve been let down before by loving covers that don’t include story or prose that I resonate with, but I have NEVER hated a cover, but loved the book.
Don’t pick books aspiring to be someone you aren’t.
This isn’t a test and the books you read won’t be on your permanent record. Remember, reading is supposed to be ENJOYABLE.
At the same time, make space for new stuff
Because you never know what you might learn OR take a shine to.
Be who you are.
As you’ll notice, I’m a big fan of the historical genre, and not so much the romance. Does that make me a bad person? NO! Does that make romance writers and readers bad people? NO!
To denote which books I’m shortlisting, I will be using the avatar of Rip from Yellowstone, given that I’m reasonably certain than his name stands for “Read in Peace.”
And also, if you want to read more about each book, click here and you can select which books to do your own due diligence on…
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