March Madness ~ Reading Edition

February was kind of a meh reading month for me, but that isn’t stopping me with coming up with mad reading plans for March. Hell no! There’s so much great stuff out there floating around my house and the Twitterverse that it’s impossible not to feel almost giddy with anticipation. March is definitely going to come in like a lion here at The Literate Housewife Review.

Here’s a sampling of what I’m dying to read against the backdrop of the afghan I’m hoping to finish this week so I can snuggle up in it while enjoying them:


The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni / published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of Penguin (in paperback 3/1; currently available in hardcover, eBook and audiobook): This book sounds seriously incredible. It’s about Sebastian Prendergast, a teenager living in a geodesic dome in Iowa with his grandmother. His grandmother’s faith in a futuristic philosopher is what keeps him there until she suffers a stroke.  Sebastian then must confront a word unknown to him. A world of other teenagers and punk rock. I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to this.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones / published by Algonquin Books (available 5/31): Of all the delightful books I saw in Algonquin Books’ latest catalog, this is the book that really stood out for me. It tells the story of Dana Yarboro and Bunny Witherspoon, two girls in Atlanta four months apart. They are connected by the same father, James Witherspoon, a bigamist. Only one of the girls is aware of James’ double life. His attempts to keep the girls apart can only lead to fireworks.

When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt / published by Harper (available in paperback and eBook): This is a book I snagged through LibraryThings’ Early Reviewer program. I requested it because this immigrant coming of age novel includes the Great Chicago Fire. I’ve never read about the Great Chicago Fire, but since I was born on the 100th anniversary of the day it started, I’m very interested. I’m looking forward to reading Irma Vitale’s story, which takes her from Italy, to Cleveland, to Chicago and to San Francisco.

West of Here by Jonathan Evison / published by Algonquin Books (available in hardcover, eBook  and audiobook): This book came to me as a surprise from Algonquin Books (Lord, how I love surprises from Algonquin Books!). From the moment I first opened the box, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this story about life in the fictional coastal Pacific town of Port Bonita, Washington. I loved the picture of Evison signing books in an edition of Shelf Awareness last week and Rebecca opens her review thusly: “Ambitious. Sprawling. Expansive. Remarkable. Inspired.” Yeah, reading this one is a no-brainer.

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier / published by Pantheon Books, an imprint of Random House (available in hardcover and eBook): This novel is loaded on my Kindle (which is why it’s not pictured), just waiting for me to read it. The February edition of BookPage has a wonderful interview with Brockmeier which, in addition to gushing on Twitter from @bookladysblog and @jennIRL sold me on this novel. I’m not sure how to paraphrase it other than to say the illumination happens to six people. Read the interview and you’ll understand why I’m chomping at the bit to read this one.

Have you made any plans for reading in March? What are you excited to read?


  • At 2011.02.21 11:11, softdrink said:

    I haven’t thought that far ahead. The only thing I’m excited about for March is finishing Ulysses!

    • At 2011.02.21 11:11, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

      I adored THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW, it was my February ‘pick of the month’ last year in hardcover. I have WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS and am hoping to read it before the Book Club Girl show (March 8th?). I really, really want to read SILVER SPARROW and THE ILLUMINATION.

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        • At 2011.02.21 11:31, Jennifer said:

          Amen, Jill. I am not having as much fun with Ulysses outside of the classroom. Not by a long shot.

          • At 2011.02.21 11:32, Jo-Jo said:

            February hasn’t been a great reading month for me either…so here is to March!

            • At 2011.02.21 11:34, Jennifer said:

              I really want to participate in Book Club Girl’s show, too. I’ll have to look up the dates and add it to my calendar. So glad you loved THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW. Now that I’m thinking about it, I remember your review. Great reads up ahead.

              • At 2011.02.21 13:07, Kailana said:

                I am going to try to read just for the sake of reading in March, I think. February sort of fizzled and died reading wise, so I apparently need to restart the engines and relax on my reading so I don’t wind up hardly reading at all this year!

                • At 2011.02.21 14:43, Pam said:

                  I am also reading West of Here this month!

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                  • At 2011.02.21 15:17, Vasilly said:

                    I’ve started thinking about my reading for March and I know I want to focus on my tbr pile as much as I can. It’s time that I start reading my own books more. :-)

                    I totally forgot about The Illumination! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it since it’s a book that I really want to read. Good luck on your reading next month!

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                    • At 2011.02.21 15:41, Elisabeth said:

                      The only books I plan to read are the ones for my book club, all my personal books are picked when I have finished my current read. It depends on my mood, and what book is calling me!

                      I really enjoyed House of Tomorrow, there seem to be a lot of us in agreement on this one. It was a different story with offbeat characters. I love stories that are “different”.

                      • At 2011.02.21 16:45, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

                        The real March Madness will probably interfere with my reading some. I’ll be reading West of Here soon. I hope you get to read all of your gems and more.

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                        • At 2011.02.22 00:24, Short Story Slore said:

                          February wasn’t a good reading month for me either! I am looking forward to finally reading The Postmistress (Sarah Blake’s doing a reading in Chicago)and If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This: Stories by Robin Black.

                          • At 2011.02.23 12:48, Martha said:

                            Great book choices. I have When We Were Strangers and can’t wait to read it. And I really want to read West of Here, I’ve only great things about it.

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