March 2013 Recommended Reads

March 2013 Recommended Reads

My list of recommended reads for March is pretty short.  It is hardly even a list.  Only two books.

Let’s just say it was a busy month.  I also started two “big” novels that I have yet to finish.

One of them is Sarum, the History of England that is 900 pages long and the other is Wolf Hall, the story of King Henry the VIII and his quest to have an heir.  That one is 650 pages long.  As you can see I am on a bit of an English history kick right now.   The two books I did read in March both take place in England too.  It may be due to the fact that I am going to be visiting that country the first of May or the fact that half the blood coursing through my veins is English!

But as a result of choosing two “big” novels in March, my list of books read is rather short.  Short but good.  I enjoyed both of them.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag  is the second book in the Flavia de Luce mystery series by Alan Bradley which I am thoroughly enjoying.  The first book in the series was on my February 2013 Recommended Reads list.   Flavia is an 11 year old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders.  This murder involves a puppeteer and an electrocution! I look forward to reading more of them.  Think I’ll take a few on my Kindle on my trip with me.  If you are going to read in England it should be a book about England or take place in England, don’t you think!?

The Weed that Strings the Hangman

4 stars

The second book was Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson.  A book  that had been recommended by many of you.  This book is for all of you Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer fans out there!   Set in the Regency Era, the language is a bit easier to follow than Austen but maintains the feel of the period. A story of love and intrigue that I loved!


4.5 stars

So what did your read in March??  Leave me a comment and let me know.

For other recommended reads check out these:

January 2013 Recommended Reads

Februrary 2013 Recommended Reads


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Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. cara says

    Hi Leigh Anne, I’m reading Love Anthony and Thinner this year–this is a very balanced book about nutrition and exercise. Very motivating. The author is 78 years old and is better shape than I am–he rides over 100 miles a week on his bike. Have a good week and thanks for sharing.

  2. Oregonjudy says

    So, how are you liking “Wolf Hall”? I had to finally put it down out of frustration. Every chapter started with a pronoun and I had no idea who it identified. I’d either have to read for a while to figure it out or go back to do the same. Not worth the effort when there are so many other good books just waiting for me.

    • says

      I am struggling with it. I am listening to it on CD in the car. It is hard to track who is who and there are way too many people named Thomas. I am determined to get through it.

    • says

      Pooh — hit that return too early!

      I’m a regency fan haven’t read tht one yet. I do hope you enjoy your trip to England. I am American but live in France. Wish we got over the Channel more often!

      My reads for the year can be found here:

      Top reads for March include:
      – Christy by Catherine Marshall, a re-read but it’s been decades since the last time I read it.
      -The Help by Kathryn Stockett (loved this). Fiction set in MS in the 60s.
      -D’Shai by Rosenberg. Fantasy and a fav re-read.
      -The Hallowed Hunt by Bujold. I really love her fantasy.
      I’m also re-reading Jordan’s Wheel of Time books as the series is now finished. In fact, I received 3 books in the series I hand’t read in the mail today. :)

  3. Suzi says

    I read reilable wife and gone girl. Both good, looking forward to your recommendations.
    Thanks for all your good ideas.

  4. Patty says

    Sarum is one of my favorite all-time books! I reread it every few years. I recommend you read it and then go to Salisbury Cathedral. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

      • Patty says

        You will LOVE it. We were able to wear hard hats and go up the outside of the cathedral in a builders’ hoist. What an experience. The market in town is one of the longest continually running markets in England. We saw a CTR ring in a jewelry shop. Probably some poor missionary sold it. Have fun!!

  5. says

    I love to read and am always looking for new inspirations :-) Thanks for the list.
    There are hardly any novels on my shelf these days, one just finished is by a Swiss who moved as a child from Serbia to Swtizerland Melinda Nadj Abonji “Tauben fliegen auf” so far only available in German and there are several travelling guides I am reading like “Secret Venice”.
    I like the idea of reading books of places one will travel to. Any Venice-based novel recommendations will be highly appreciated :-)

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