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March 2021 Wrap-Up and April TBR

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Hi, friends! Thanks for joining me today; I’m so glad you’re here 💙. Today I’m sharing my March 2021 Wrap-Up and myApril TBR. March started off strong on the heels of a binge-filled final week of February. Unfortunately, I have found myself in a bit of a slump in the back half of this month. Hopefully I snap out of it soon. Keep reading to see what I’ve been up to!


What I Read in March 2021

Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Book Cover for Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Format: Kindle Edition, 267 pages

Features: Social Justice | BIPOC Author | Woman Author

Read for: Prompt #34 of the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

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The first book I read in March 2021 was Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall. In this book, Kendall attempts to highlight how traditional (read: white) feminism has either failed or forgotten economically disadvantaged women of color. Kendall does an excellent job putting faces and personal stories (often her own) to the often faceless group of “poor black and brown women.” However, I found myself wishing the book was more intersectional and more evidence-based than it was.

If you are a white or otherwise non-marginalized feminist looking for ways you can be a more effective ally to your marginalized brothers, sisters, and siblings, Hood Feminism might be for you.


The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Book Cover for The Devil and the Dark Water

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Format: Hardcover, 463 pages

Features: Mystery | Thriller | Historical Fiction

Read for: Prompt #21 of the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

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The next book I read in March 2021 was The Devil and the Dark Water, the sophomore novel from the author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I, like many, adored Evelyn Hardcastle. So, it thrills me to say that I loved this book too! As a somewhat paranormal murder mystery on the high seas of a seventeenth-century East Indiaman, this book could not be more different from its predecessor. Stu Turton does it again, however, and is now officially an auto-buy author for me.

If you like locked-room mysteries and always wanted one with a little more ghost shenanigans and the added layor of grime that comes with being trapped on a colonial-era cargo ship, The Devil and the Dark Water is definitely for you!


Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Book Cover for Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Format: Paperback, 416 pages

Features: Non-Fiction | Memoir

Read for: Prompt #14 of the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

Support a local bookstore (and this blog!) by purchasing Kitchen Confidential on Bookshop.org.

The final book I managed to finish in March 2021 was the late, great chef Anthony Bourdain’s memoir: Kitchen Confidential. I don’t read many memoirs, so I don’t have much to compare this book to. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Kitchen Confidential and am happy to report it didn’t make me too sad! Throughout the book, I could just hear Tony’s voice in my head, telling me all the awful and hilarious stories he writes about in his book. It made for such an enjoyable reading experience, and I’m glad I picked this one up!

If you’re interested in chef culture, if you love and/or miss Anthony Bourdain’s hilarious irreverence, or want a well-written memoir to entertain you for a few days, then Kitchen Confidential might be for you!


What I’m Currently Reading

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Book cover for Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Classics | Russia

Reading for Prompt #15 of the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

I started reading Crime and Punishment in the final week of March. Of course, as soon as expressed a determination to finish the book by the end of the month, my brain chemistry decided to trash all my reading plans. So, yeah, I’m still making my way through this one, though that is through no fault of the book. The book has a very quirky writing style, and I can’t tell how much of that is Dostoevsky and how much is P&V. Still, I’m finding all the characters quite interesting and am really invested in seeing this one through. It just might take me a while.

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Book Cover for Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Features: Historical Fiction | Woman Author

Reading for Prompt #9 of the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

At the moment, I’m also currently reading Hilary Mantel’s Tudor Era historical fiction: Wolf Hall. When I started struggling with Crime and Punishment, I thought something more familiar and less intellectually demanding would pull me out of my slump. Turns out it was mental health issues all along, and now I’m stuck in the middle of two books with nothing to show for it. Wolf Hall is incredibly well-written, though. I’m reading the Kindle version along with the audiobook, and Ben Miles’s narration is *chef’s kiss*.

Support a local bookstore (and this blog!) by purchasing Wolf Hall on Bookshop.org.


My April 2021 TBR

  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (continuing)
  • The Future is History by Masha Gessen
  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (continuing)
  • Book Cover for Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Book cover for Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Book Cover for The Future is History by Masha Gessen
  • Book Cover for Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • Book Cover for Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wrapping Up the March 2021 Wrap-Up

And there you have it! This is everything I have read recently, am currently reading, or will be reading soon. My favorite book I read in March The Devil and the Dark Water, and my most disappointing read was probably Hood Feminism (though I still think it has plenty of important things to say). If I had to say what book I’m most excited about reading in April, it would probably be The Future is History.

What about you? Let me know what your favorite book from this month was, and what you’re most excited to read in April.

I’ll be back soon with a new blog post, so keep your eyes peeled for that! In the meantime, you can keep up with my reading on Goodreads, or follow my other social media. I’m @simplespines on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

As always: thanks for reading, and I’ll see you soon. 💙

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