With the trees budding outside and the flowers in our yard beginning to bloom, this month has been a time of new beginnings—both for nature and for my bookshelf. Here are some of March’s most fascinating books:
Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
Anidori-Kiladri Talianna Isilee, or, for the ease of anyone wishes to speak her name, Ani, is Crown Princess of Kildrenee. Ani has long been alienated for her ability to speak to animals, but when her mother engages her to the Crown Prince behind Ani’s back, she begins to feel that she is valued only for her title. When an unlucky turn of events forces her to pose as a peasant seeking work, Ani discovers that she is much more than Crown Princess. This retelling of the Grimm fairy tale under the same name is a touching story for younger readers.
Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
We often are told to follow our gut feelings, but almost never told why. In this book, Malcolm Gladwell, acclaimed author of Outliers, David and Goliath, and The Tipping Point, explores why gut feelings are so often right, the few times they go wrong, and the space in between. This book for older readers is a truly intriguing read for anyone interested in what happens beneath the surface of conscious thought.
The Younger Edda; Also Called Snorre’s Edda, or the Prose Edda, by Snorri Sturluson
I have long been interested in Greek and Roman mythology, and when the Norse mythos began calling for my attention, I decided that the best place to start was the source of it all: the Eddas—a series of texts that are the foundation for most of the stories we know about the Norse gods today. The Prose Edda, which also goes by The Younger Edda, was written in the thirteenth century by the Norse scholar Snorri Sturluson. With its rich lore and occasional flashes of humor, The Prose Edda is a fascinating work for dedicated readers.