March 2020 Reading Update

This month I didn’t enter the first book on this list until March 17. It has been a crazy month, between work travel, my own sickness (not the virus!), and then all the work to close schools and plan for distance learning (adapting to the new abnormal!). After spending my work days staring at my computer screen all day, I’m finding it harder to pick up a book and read after work and even on the weekends right now.

This is what I read in March 2020:

  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – I heard that J. K. Rowling’s mystery books, written under this pseudonym, were good, but I hadn’t checked them out until now. I enjoyed the main character of Cormoran Strike and his P.I. work. It was a long, but enjoyable story and I will continue to read this series. I love discovering new mystery series!
  • Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow [audiobook] – I am so glad I listened to this book, read by the author.  Farrow was one of the first journalists to publish evidence of the Harvey Weinstein crimes, at the beginning of the #MeToo movement. I appreciate all the depth he went to in his research to get the facts, told by the victims. It was fascinating, and sad, to hear of all the ways this story was covered up by so many people in Harvey’s company, in private industry, in the news media, and more. So many women were asked to sign Non Disclosure Agreements to cover up the bad behavior by top-ranking men in these companies; it’s sickening. I’m so glad this story has seen the light of day.
  • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout – This was the sequel to a book I read last month. When I read the first book, I was surprised by the way the story was told – with each chapter introducing new, seemingly random people, who were in some small way connected to Olive. Starting this second book, I knew what to expect from that, so I was able to enjoy the book a little more. I did find this one to be a bit slower, as Olive ages dramatically throughout this story.

This year I’m also keeping track of the stats of the books I read.

Fiction: 2

Nonfiction: 1

Young Adolescent:

Audiobooks: 1

Author is of or plot addresses a different race/ethnicity, orientation, religion than me:

Female author: 2

Male Author: 1

Nonbinary Author: 0

About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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