March| Celebratory TBR: World Book Day, International Women’s Day, World Poetry Day…

My first ever TBR!

I wanted to create a short TBR for the next month to celebrate events in March. I’m so excited for these reads and to jump into reading some poetry.

World Book Day

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This event brings back memories for me as a child. I always remember hiding books at the book fair to come back for. I would ask my mum for pocket money to buy them, I recall doing a lot of vacuuming and washing up for them! I loved reading so much when I was young, I remember my grandma said I was a book worm and I loved that phrase. I recall reading so many Jacqueline Wilson books with my friends, I loved her so much!

As I grew up, I loved to read about Greek Mythology, I was enthralled by it. So in honour of that, I think Gods of Jade and Shadow would be a perfect way to remember how I love the mythical, ethereal side of reading so much for World Book Day.

International Women’s Day

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Following the realities of the female immigrant experience in America, Ana has to face the choice between her family duty and her personal freedom. This book is long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020.

I want to read this for International Women’s Day because I want to read from a different female perspective and I believe women are always torn between living for other people and living for themselves. I think this will be a very eye-opening read that I want to push to the top of my TBR.

Mother’s Day

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

I was scrolling through Waterstones (I can’t get enough of their site layout recently) and saw this. It looks a bit of a rare premise to a book and it piqued my interest. A toxic mother-daughter relationship is presented in this book. I haven’t read any stories focused on a mother and daughter relationship and thought this would be a very interesting read.

World Poetry Day

Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes

I read The Bell Jar in college and I remember it being astounding. I want to read this through a more experienced lense now, maybe I will repurchase it for next months book binge (god help my credit card because I can’t stop).

For World Poetry Day, I want to read some of Plath’s poems. Quite frankly, I’m scared of poetry. I find it very inaccessible and intimidating to read. I have flashbacks to first year of uni and feeling so out of my depth not understanding John Donne and just feeling stupid, really.

However… I want to give it a go and what would be a better time than on World Poetry Day. In knowing a bit about Sylvia Plath and enjoying The Bell Jar so much, I believe her poems would be a perfect introduction.

Thanks for reading,

Charlon ♦︎