2017 Reading Challenge: March

New to the List:

  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (A book that’s been published in 2017)
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (A book with pictures)
  • What is the What (advanced: A book about immigrants or refugees)

So, this has been a pretty amazing and productive month for my reading goals. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (a personal favorite of mine) has written perhaps one of the most simple, elegant, beautiful and profound novels of the century. Using magical realism, Hamid tells the story of two young lovers fleeing their home country as refugees. It is funny and heartbreaking all at once. If you only read one book this year, read this one. For my second book of the month – being it a book with pictures – I could not pass up Hamilton: The Revolution. It is true; my Hamilton obsession is a little out of hand (I listen to little else in the car, I have at least four Hamilton t-shirts, a hat, the biography that inspired it all, and of course tickets to see it in Chicago later this year). The book not only included amazing photos of the cast, crew, and production, but it also provided insight into how the play came to be (and all the ways it almost didn’t). The last book, I have to admit I have not really finished in it’s entirety, because it is just one of those books that no matter how many times I tired – no matter how many times I put it aside and then came back to it – I just could not get in to (and this is very rare for me). What is the What should be a novel that I would easily fall in love with, but I struggled for the last few months to try and get through it. Maybe it is because this ‘autobiography’ is not really written by the subject; maybe it is the writing style. There is just something about it that is off-putting to me; however, I would still recommend it to others.

*On the ‘30 Books to Read Before You’re 30’ List

As always, I already have a pretty long running list of Books to Read Next, but if anyone has suggestions for other great reads let me know and I will add them to the list 🙂

What I’ve read thus far:


  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Hundredth Monkey by Ken Keyes Jr.
  • The Truth by Michael Palin
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord
  • The Divine Comedy: Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  • This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  • An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Pearl by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Sir Orfeo by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  • Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari (started Dec. 14 – finished Jan. 15)



  • Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari (A memoir)
  • Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (A nonfiction book)
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A book with a love triangle)
  • I’m Not a Terrorist, but I’ve Played One on TV by Maz Jobrani (A funny book)
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (A mystery or thriller)
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (A Pulitzer Prize-winning book)
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl (A book from your childhood)
  • It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario (A book that made you cry)
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (A book published this year)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (A trilogy)
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (A trilogy)
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (A trilogy)
  • Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by Multiple Authors (A book of short stories)
  • The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles edited by William Irwin and Gregory Bassham (A book a friend recommended)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (A book with nonhuman characters)
  • Someone by Alice McDermott (A book by a female author)
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway (A book written by someone under 30 – he wrote it when he was 27)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (A book you can finish in a day)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (A book with more than 500 pages)
  • The Hunger Games and Philosophy edited by William Irwin, George Dunn, and Nicholas Michaud (A book you own but have never read)
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (A book at the bottom of your to-read list)
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare (A play)



  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (A book written by a celebrity)
  • The Dream of a Common Language* by Adrienne Rich (A book of poetry)
  • Giovanni’s Room* by James Baldwin (A book set in Europe)
  • Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventures to Every Country on Earth by Albert Podell (A book about a road trip)



  • Maus, Parts I and II by Art Spiegelman (A novel set during wartime)
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (A book by a person of color)
  • To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemmingway (**Not part of the reading challenge)
  • March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (A book written by someone you admire)
    • Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3







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