March Books

I had a really hard time reading this month, but somehow I managed to get through 4 books (one being an audio-book). Below are the books that I read in historical fiction, young adult (YA), non-fiction, and a bit more historical fiction. Enjoy!

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson- The Hey Ladies Book Club is finally trying to get the gang back together, after 5 of our 8 core members left Chicago in 2020. Our first book was this historical fiction novel, which I loved. It is fiction, but based on some real people and places in America's past. A young slave, whose father is also her owner, was promised freedom on her 18th birthday. While this date approaches, things go awry and she is sold, leaving the only home that she has known. Things get even more complicated once she finally reaches her new home, after weeks of deplorable living conditions on her very physical journey north. A truly heartbreaking story that reminds us of a part in America's history that tends to get overlooked. Thankful that this book was chosen, as I always enjoy reading stories that I typically would not chose for myself. 4 out of 5 stars.

American Royals by Katharine McGee - This book has physically been in my to be read pile for well over a year, and I finally picked it up. I did not realize that is was YA (young adult) until I was already a decent way through the story. The entire book focuses around the Washington's... if the first president of the USA was not a president, but a King. Our current King's first child is a woman, who will become the first Queen in our nations history. Oh, and she is currently a teenager. Tons of drama, with a bit of romance sprinkled in, this is a true YA novel. There are sequels to the story, but I am going to have to pass. 3 out of 5 stars.

Becoming Paperback by Michelle Obama- I own this book, in all of its hard cover glory. However, I found it for free on Libby as an audio-book, which is how I decided to 'read' it. I am so glad that I did. Hearing Michelle tell her story, in her own voice, was amazing. It really felt like she was just chatting with me about her past life experiences. Michelle tells us all about her childhood, her ivy league education, her career in law, her trouble conceiving, and of course her life as a politicians wife. I hardly ever read autobiographies, but I am very glad that I picked up this one. 4.5 our of 5 stars!

Drums of Autumn (Outlander Book 4) by Diana Gabaldon- I did not think that I was going to finish this book in March (it is nearly 900 pages long), but I stayed up well past my bed time to finish it this week. While I did not love book 4 as much as 3, I am still obsessed with the series. It is hard to share anything about the plot, without giving away too much of the story line. However, this book introduces us to Native Americans, George Washington, and of course has a bit of drama and suspense. If you are not reading/watching Outlander, you are missing out. 4 out of 5 stars.


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