Reading What I Have Challenge – March 2016

I could read for years from the books that are already on my shelf or saved on my kindle app. (Don’t own a kindle? You can still read on your phone, tablet, or computer by downloading the free app from Amazon!) I literally have hundreds of books in my kindle library, mostly fiction, with a few self-help or instructional types mixed in. There are also about 100 unread titles on my “to read” bookshelf.

Reading What I Have Challenge - March 2016 | | I could read for years from the books that are already on my shelf or saved on my kindle app. Here are the books I read during March and my short reviews.
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Some months I read a lot, other months I’m so busy reading blog posts and online articles that I barely get into a real book. March was pretty good. I read seven fiction books from my bookshelf, most of them during a book binge at the beginning of the month.

Last month I read this post from Simply Save about her attempts to read the books she already owns before spending money on new books. Heather, you’ve inspired me to do the same thing and post about my reading efforts and reviews.

Here are the books I read during March and my thoughts:


Gray Mountain – John Grisham

This book drew me in with the classic John Grisham premise of an inexperienced lawyer setting out to fight the “big boys” – Big Coal in this case. There were a couple of fantastic plot twists, some predictable events, but then it just sort of ended without tying up many of the loose ends. Maybe setting up for a sequel? I don’t know, but I was left somewhat dissatisfied.


Rogue Lawyer – John Grisham

Now this was a great John Grisham book! Seriously flawed main character defending frankly nasty people, plenty of action, and a great storyline. I read the last page with a smile and full expectation that there will be more to come. 


A Week in Winter – Maeve Binchy

Typical Maeve Binchy with a feel-good ending. The characters were deep and likeable, sometimes the timeline was a little hard to follow, and the scenery descriptions were not particularly inspiring.


Marriage of Inconvenience – Debbie Macomber

This was obviously one of her earlier efforts, partially updated and repackaged. Cute, but I really just wanted the main characters – who were supposedly best friends – to stop being stupid and talk to each other. But then there wouldn’t have been much of a story, would there?


The Seafront Tearoom – Vanessa Greene

I liked the character interaction, but it was completely predictable. Three young women who have never met become best friends. Big secrets rock their worlds, but all is right in the end. And I really wonder if British people are as fascinated with the teatime experience as Americans are led to believe? 


The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

I really liked this book! It wasn’t at all like I had expected. Had I known, I would have read it months ago instead of letting it sit on my shelf. I thought it would be snapshots of lives as seen by a girl on a train, but it was much, much better. The author knew just how to hold back the right details to make this a powerful story. Excellent!


Out of Warranty – Haywood Smith

I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was completely different from anything I’ve read in a very long time. If you’ve ever had an issue with health insurance companies or been diagnosed with a medical condition that’s not exactly mainstream, you will appreciate the frustration of the main character. It was a quick read and made me laugh, which are two of my favorite qualities in a book. 😉


As much as I love to read and appreciate having access to so many books, I think I am going to have to remove some of the “to be read” titles from my bookshelf and kindle library. It makes me a little sad, as I’m the type of person who really wants to read #allthebooks. I’ll let you know next month how well that goes along with my reviews for what I read during April.

If you get most of your books free, do you feel guilty if you don’t read them?

What are you reading right now? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Reading What I Have Challenge - March 2016 | | I could read for years from the books that are already on my shelf or saved on my kindle app. Here are the books I read during March and my short reviews.

6 thoughts on “Reading What I Have Challenge – March 2016”

  1. I’ve loved John Grisham since I was a kid and am so glad he’s writing lawyer stories again! Good luck with the challenge! (I have to admit I already failed…and bought books. Still reading a ton though!)

    1. Heather, I don’t think of that awesome pile of books as a failure because I’m looking forward to reading your reviews! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration to do this challenge!

  2. Such a great idea to read and reread books we already have. I have a few books I need to read that have been collecting dust, yet I pick up new books from the bookstore and library.
    I get busy with life and online reading too, which makes me fall behind on reading, reading.
    I feel like the only person in the whole wide world who still hasn’t read The Girl on the Train.

    1. I think if we added up all of the online reading we do, it would be equivalent to several books per month! Sometimes I have to take an internet break for a couple of days just so I don’t get distracted from “reading, reading.” (Love that term!) Thanks so much for stopping by, Dean!

  3. Yay, love that you’re focusing on reading your own books. Heather and I were talking about that too, she’s doing much better than I am at it. I’m doing the same with a group of book bloggers, the challenge is called #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks 🙂 I keep accepting books for review, I have a problem, really, I can’t say no. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

    1. Tanya, thank you so much for visiting! I love the hashtag! 🙂 Thanks for pinning! I always find great stuff at the linkup – I keep a tab open all week, checking for new links.

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