Pick any of the keywords for this month from the Monthly Keyword Challenge, or the Monthly Motif Challenge, and make connections. This month choices are Dream, Day, In, House, Luck, Friend, or a Sub-Genre. My choice – IN.

The Girl in the Tower

1 – IN. One of the words for the MARCH Key Word Challenge is “IN” and I decided to read The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden, which is the 2nd book IN the Winternight trilogy.

2 – SERIES. The Girl in the Tower was fantastic, and left me wanting to continue with the series – but I didn’t have the 3rd book. So instead, I continued with another series, book 3 in The Murderbot Diaries, Rogue Protocol which is awesome-sauce!

Rogue Protocol

3 – Memorable Characters. The Murderbot series is science fiction and is about a bot who calls himself Murderbot. He’s hacked his government module so he could be autonomous. And he’s trying to figure out why he and other bots went berzerk and killed a bunch of people on one of his assignments. He is now pretty much addicted to watching “serials” – TV shows and can’t resist helping humans – he’s slowly accepting that it’s part of his DNA. He is such a memorable character. Another book I would recommend to anyone else who loves a good character driven novel is A Man Called Ove, Frederik Bachman.

4 – Older Protagonists. “A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door” is the description for A Man Called Ove. I dare you not to get ALL the feels from reading this book. Another book that is absolutely fantastic that features an older protagonist is Mr. Loverman, Bernardine Evaristo. It’s about “74 year old, Antiguan born and bred, flamboyant Hackney personality, Barry, known for his dapper taste and fondness for retro suits … who, for the past sixty years, he has been having an affair on his wife with his childhood friend and soulmate, Morris.

5 – Evaristo. This author may now be known more for her 2019 Booker Prize Award winnerGirl, Woman, Other – which I haven’t read yet, but is on my reading list. Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

Have you read any of the books we mentioned above? I didn’t remember that I had read a book by Evaristo until I was putting this post together – it reminded me that I should do a little research on books and authors before or after I read them.


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