I started the month off with Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. Usually, I enjoy Grethen Rubin’s work. I listen to her podcast and loved The Happiness Project. But I couldn’t get into Outer Order Inner Calm. I was in a decluttering mood, so I thought it was fitting. Everything in her book was the most basic advice, or I’d already heard it on the podcast. I gave it a three (3) of five on Goodreads. It was just underwhelming, and I’m not sure if anyone would benefit from it. Reading through other reviews and there seems to be many like me, fans who felt like she mailed it on this book.

I started two books after Outer Order. I want to get through some of the series I have, so I started The Lost Soul the third and final book in the 666 Park Avenue series. The third and final book, in this series, was a little disappointing. I gave it two stars on Goodreads. It was pretty predictable and dragged on a lot. The idea behind the book (and series) was good, but the execution could have been better.

I also grabbed the first Locke and Key from Amazon Prime Reading and was dying to start it mostly because I want to read it before I start the show. I was disappointed when this book ended. I wanted more, but #1 was the only one available through Amazon Prime Reading. I guess I’ll wait for the net one to show up there too.

I also read Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games series. It dragged in several places. I think it could have been a bit shorter. I skimmed some parts because it just dragged and was unnecessary filler. I gave it three stars because the book was just too long. The underlying story was great. I grew tired of some of the back and forth in Katniss’ feelings and thoughts. You’d think after all she’s been through, she’d get over her insecurities, and everyone hates me act. Also, the love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta was just old and stale.

I started Ansel Adams The Negative next. It’s the second in his serious. So far, I haven’t finished it yet. It’s good but very technical, which makes it a slow read. This one will be carried over into April.

I fell behind in my reading the second half of the month. You’d think working from home, I’d have more time to read, but I read mostly on my commute. I’m trying to find little pockets of time. I also plan to use my lunch break to get more book time in.

What did you read in March?

Categories: Books


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.