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March TBR

On my bookshelf this month

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I have a collection of 10 books that I would like to read this month. I don’t think I will be able to read all of them within the month. However,I hope to read at least five. This is what I have on my bookshelf:


1.The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon


About the book
Barcelona, 1945:  an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written.

I have read a number of good reviews about this book and it came highly recommended. I am almost halfway through the book and I absolutely love it so far.
2. Halos by Kristen Heitzamann


About the book
It was the halo that caught her heart between beats and made her pause to take notice. When Alessi Moore drives her red Mustang convertible into town, she wonders if this could be the place she was meant to find, a place to settle down. But when her convertible and all she owns is stolen, she is filled with doubt.

I found this book at the library in the  Christian Fiction. I have never read anything from that genre so I decided to give it a go.

3. Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers


About the Book
 Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Hildie, Marta’s oldest daughter, has a heart to serve others, and her calling as a nurse gives her independence, if not the respect of her mother. Amid the drama of WWII, Hildie marries and begins a family of her own. She wants her daughter never to doubt her love, but the challenges of life conspire against her vow. Each woman is forced to confront her faulty but well-meaning desire to help her daughter find her God-given place in the world.

This is also Christian fiction. I was introduced to Francine Rivers books by a colleague. Again, a new genre that I am excited to delve into.

4. Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers


About the Book
In the dramatic conclusion to the New York Times best seller Her Mother’s Hope, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds.

I received this book from the same colleague who gave me book number 3 on this list.

5. The Memory of running by Ron McLarty


About the book

 By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson “Smithy” Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithy’s life becomes completely unhinged when he loses his parents and long-lost sister within the span of one week.

Rolling down the driveway of his parents’ house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption. (From the publisher.)

I bought this book from a street vendor. Adding it to my list.The next 4 books were also bought from the same vendor.


“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

6. Glow by Jessicca Maria Tuccelli


About the book
October 1941. Eleven-year-old Ella McGee sits on a bus bound for her Southern hometown. Behind her in Washington, D.C., lie the broken pieces of her parents’ love story—a black father drafted, an activist mother an activist mother of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee descent confronting racist thugs. But Ella’s journey is just beginning when she reaches Hopewell County, and her disappearance into the Georgia mountains will unfurl a rich tapestry of family secrets spanning a century. Told in five unforgettable voices, Glow reaches back through the generations, from the red-clay dust of the Great Depression to the Blue Ridge frontier of 1836, where slave plantations adjoin the haunted glades of a razed Cherokee Nation. Out of these characters’ lives evolves a drama that is at once intimately human and majestic in its power to call upon the great themes of our time—race, identity, and the bonds of family and community.

7. When it happens by Susane Collasanti


About the book
At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love.Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?

8. My Long Trip Home by Mark Whitaker


About the Book
In a dramatic, moving work of historical reporting and personal discovery, Mark Whitaker, award-winning journalist, sets out to trace the story of what happened to his parents, a fascinating but star-crossed interracial couple, and arrives at a new understanding of the family dramas that shaped their lives—and his own.

9. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


About the Book
Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne’s concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Arthur Dimmesdale, trapped by the rules of society, stands as a classic study of a self divided.

10. Shantaram by Gregory David Adams


About the book
Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

11. Dust by Yvonne Adiambo Awuor


About the book
idi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. His grief-stricken sister, Ajany, just returned from Brazil, and their father bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands, seeking some comfort and peace. But the murder has stirred memories long left untouched and unleashed a series of unexpected events: Odidi and Ajany’s mercurial mother flees in a fit of rage; a young Englishman arrives at the Ogandas’ house, seeking his missing father; a hardened policeman who has borne witness to unspeakable acts reopens a cold case; and an all-seeing Trader with a murky identity plots an overdue revenge. In scenes stretching from the violent upheaval of contemporary Kenya back through a shocking political assassination in 1969 and the Mau Mau uprisings against British colonial rule in the 1950s, we come to learn the secrets held by this parched landscape, buried deep within the shared past of the family and of a conflicted nation.

I was to read Shantaram and Dust in February but I got distracted by other books. I hope to read them this time round.

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”
Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

I look forward to reading these books and will be posting the reviews from June, 2016. Let me know if you have read any and your thoughts on them.


2 comments on “March TBR

  1. abuamirah
    March 3, 2016

    Lovely list. I wonder how you manage to read through so many books. Dust is amazing, and i have been at it for sijui 3 months now…….

    • Diana
      March 3, 2016

      Abu how can you read one book in three months and say its nice bado? hehe wah three months, I would abandon ship 🙂 I have been reading one book for a week now and it feels like its been forever but its a thick book though interesting. I just make the time and I love reading.

      I need to come visit your new blogging home. Do i need to subscribe again or will still get emails?

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