books I read in March 2018

blueberry pancakes on a colorful plate

In less than a month, I’m going to be a Mrs.

I’m 100% ready to marry my forever human. I’m about 27% ready for the wedding.

But hey… the important things (like ending up married at the end of the day) will happen.

Books I read in March:

  1. The Watchmaker’s Daughter, by CJ Archer
    This was fun, but had such an abrupt ending. I felt like she wrote one long saga, split it up into 5 equal pieces (regardless of what may have been a good stopping point), and published them. As a sales tactic, however, it worked, since I want to keep going.
  2. Almost Missed You, by Jessica Strawser
    The entire plot happened in the first 50 pages, and the last 50 pages. The middle was a lot of repetitive blather.
  3. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
    Ohhhhh my gosh. I so completely understand why this is a bestseller / life changer. It’s serious without being preachy, and heartbreaking, and necessary. Read it; I have nothing but good things to say about this book.
    On the other hand, is anyone else mildly irritated that for the movie they cast a half-black girl as Starr, and a (pretty white-looking, if I’m being honest) half-Asian girl as Maya? Sigh.
  4. Borne, by Jeff Vandermeer
    I’m not quite sure about this one. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.
  5. All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, by Dave Isay
    I think I prefer StoryCorps stories as radio. Some of these stories were really sweet, though.
  6. The Humans, by Matt Haig
    I couldn’t tell you why I enjoyed this so much, but I did. Maybe it is just a universal truth that humans are excited by books that have dogs in them.

    Advice for a human.

    86. To like something is to insult it. Love it or hate it. Be passionate. As civilisation advances, so does indifference. It is a disease. Immunize yourself with art. And love.

  7. The Mountain Story, by Lori Lansen
    The first half of the book was pretty slow, but the last half made it worth it.
  8. The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden
    I need to stop reading books that are billed as “the next The Night Circus,” because nothing is the next The Night Circus. Once I got over it, though, I did enjoy this book.
  9. Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller
    Who decided this was a teen book? This was dark and uncomfortable and weird.

The DNF list:

  1. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3), by Philip Pullman
    I really, really tried to finish this series. I even got halfway through this book. But it was out of a sense of obligation rather than enjoyment… and at the end of the day, it just didn’t happen.

YTD books read: 26
Goal: 80 (perhaps we should be upping that to 100…)
Books to go: 54. Or 74.

⤕ ⤕ ⤕

In other news… I made pancakes for Chris and I over Easter, and they were amazing.

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes


  • 1/3 cup butter, plus extra for the pan
  • 1-1/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested then juiced
  • ~3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 pints blueberries


  1. Brown the butter: In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Let it come to a boil (stirring every so often), and let it keep going until the boiling and crackling sounds stop (that means all the water has boiled off). Keep an eye on it until the separated bits brown (caramelize), and it smells nutty. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Move a frying pan onto the heated element with some butter, and let it heat up.
  3. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together (AP flour through lemon zest).
  4. Juice the lemon into a large measuring cup (I used one large lemon and got about 1/4 cup of juice). Add milk to the measuring cup until the liquid reaches one cup.
  5. Separate the egg, and add the yolk to the milk mixture. Add the butter as well, and stir to combine.
  6. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until just barely combined.
  7. Lightly whip the egg white with a fork, and then add that to the batter as well.
  8. Stir in blueberries.
  9. Spoon onto the prepared frying pan, and let cook until the outsides look dry and the centre has small bubbles. Flip, and cook for another couple minutes.
  10. Serve hot, with maple syrup, whipped cream, and extra blueberries.

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