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Best Books: March

This is kinda late, but better late than never when it comes to books! March was a slow reading month (though February takes the cake so far, with a total of ZERO books completed...oy!). My goal is to read 80 books this year, with a stretch goal of 100 books. At the rate I've been reading, I'm about 11 books behind schedule. But lately I've found myself beginning to claw my way back from my apparent book slump, and I'm happy to report that April, thus far, has been fairly active!

Despite my lackluster March, there were a few standout reads that I loved...

As someone who reads mostly sci-fi and fantasy, this is the type of thing that I would NEVER normally pick up. But it was one of the books on offer through Prime Reads, and after perusing a few reviews, I was convinced to give it a try. It turned one to be of my favorite reads of the month! Digging In is about a woman who suddenly loses her husband, and finds herself and her rhythm again through gardening. Sweet, light and charming, it was the perfect antidote to the heavy, dark sci-fi I typically read.

I chose to listen to this one as an audiobook, and I'm so glad I did! Haddish is - of course - hilarious and, at times, terribly raunchy. But it was really nice to hear her tell her story in her own voice. The book is essentially a memoir, and tells how Tiffany went from working at LAX at the ticket counter, to being one of the hottest comedians working today. Her life wasn't easy, but she's handled it with a fantastic sense of humor, and I really admire her!

If you're not already terrified of mermaids, you will be after reading this one! I can't even remember how I came across this book, but from the opening pages, I was hooked. The story is about a group of scientists who are sent to the Mariana Trench with the aim of figuring out what happened to a previous crew that had traveled to the area. What they discover is horrifying. Forget the Little Mermaid! These sirens are ferocious hunters who use mimicry to confuse and agitate their prey. Grant paints a really vivid picture of these creatures, and it is SCURRY!!