What I Read In March 2020

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope this post finds you all safe and well, in these crazy times we’re living in, due to the ‘pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named’. Thankfully though there are wonderful books to escape into and here is what I finished during the last month:

The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle (2018) ***
First, I finished reading this historical, murder-mystery which follows a scandal that rocked the court of James I, when his favourite, Robert Carr and his wife, Frances Howard are imprisoned in the Tower on the accusation of murder. The story cleverly unfolds through Frances’ reflections back on the events and some narration from Robert – I was so gripped towards the end that I stayed up way past midnight to finish it.

The Marvelous Land of Oz by Frank L Baum (1904) **
I then moved onto this children’s classics – the second of Baum’s Oz books – hoping for something light, fun and short. And that is exactly what I got in this magical tale of what happened to the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Emerald City after Dorothy has gone back home. This was perfect to escape into even with my tired mind and I finished it off in a couple of sittings.

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale (2018) ***
Next I escaped into this magical, historical-fiction by new-to-me author, Robert Dinsdale, which had me following teenage runaway Cathy as she finds refuge in Papa Jack’s Emporium, where they make the marvellous toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike. I bought this for my mum for Christmas and she loved it so much she passed it back for me to try, and I loved it, too! A hauntingly, beautiful fairy tale for adults.

Lady Susan by Jane Austen (1871) ***
Finally, I read this epistolary novella from the collection of Jane Austen’s short/unfinished works I own, all of which I put on my Classics Club list. Through a series of letters from several senders, it is hilariously revealed what a piece of work the charming, beautiful Lady Susan really is! While short, Austen still manages to pack in plenty of her trademark wit and ironic observations of people, etiquette and society.


Altogether that is four books finished in March, which is me back up to my average monthly amount and they were all of a high quality, too. Win, win! So it has been hard to choose my pick of the month, but I think it marginally has to go to The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale.

During the month, I also finished the book of Joshua, a history of the Israelites’ journey out of the wilderness in the Bible; I have continued to dip in and out of The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a history of the controversial favourite of Queen Anne; and I am currently reading the Christian non-fiction, The Problem of Pain by the celebrated Christian author, C S Lewis.

Now over to you: Have you read any of these books? What did you read in March?

19 thoughts on “What I Read In March 2020

  1. Lady Susan is a good novella, I agree. I enjoy following your reading of Austen’s sometimes overlooked novels. Most people don’t know what gems are hidden there.

    1. Diana, it is great to hear you enjoyed Lady Susan, too, and so nice you are enjoying following me reading Austen’s short/unfinished works. Hopefully won’t be too long till I get my full thoughts published. 🙂

    1. Karen, I am really sorry to hear you’re reading has slowed down – Mine did too and I found had to switch to shorter, lighter reads to help with that. I really hope you’re reading picks up in April, as we perhaps get more used to our odd new reality!

  2. It’s great when all the books in a month are good! I haven’t read any of these, but really must get around to Lady Susan one of these days… 😀

  3. Did you see the Lady Susan adaptation they weirdly titled Love and Friendship for whatever reason? It was more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

    1. No Geoff, I didn’t see that but the name rings a bell, however I probably overlooked it due to the name change as I wouldn’t have associated it with Jane Austen. I will have to try and find it again, thank you. 🙂

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