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Welcome to my monthly wrap-up for March 2022!
My posting fell off a lot in March because we had several visitors and we fit in a long weekend out of town. But it was nice to see so many friends and family members!
If you’re new here, you should know that my husband is a traveling healthcare professional and we travel the country in our RV. He works three months or more at one hospital and we have fun exploring the area on his days off. Our permanent home is in Asheville, NC. My husband is currently working in Charleston, SC. Here are the places we visited this month.
Charleston’s Hidden Alleys and Passages walking tour when my aunt and uncle visited us. We’ve done several walking tours in Charleston and this one is probably our favorite. You can see pictures from our tour in my Weekly Update for March 13.
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC–It was a cool, cloudy day when we visited so the animals were pretty active.
Congaree National Park near Columbia, SC–Not my favorite national park by any means but it’s easily accessible and it was cool to explore such a swampy location–in the spring, before the mosquitos and gnats get too bad. You can see pictures from our visit in my Weekly Update for March 20.
Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, SC–I wouldn’t drive out of my way to visit this state park but it was a nice place stop while we were in the area. There was a nice walking path around a beautiful lake, where you can rent canoes and kayaks. There also seemed to be a nice playground and splash area.
Summerville, SC–We spent a pleasant afternoon walking around this pretty little downtown area. There were lots of spring blooms everywhere, showing us why the town is nicknamed “Flowertown.” I even found their independent bookstore, Main Street Reads, where I bought The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd.
Kiawah Beachwalker Park–Kiawah is essentially a gated island but there is one public beach just before the gates. We spent a cool but sunny afternoon on the beach. Our goal was to see dolphins strand feeding but we weren’t lucky enough. We did see a couple of them just swimming around in the Kiawah River though.
My husband’s parents visited for a few days. They’ve never visited Charleston before so we kept them busy with a culinary walking tour, a harbor cruise, a visit to see the majestic Angel Oak tree, and a historic horsedrawn carriage tour. You can see my pictures of the Angel Oak and a bowl of grits from our culinary tour in my Weekly Update for March 27.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Preservationist by David Maine
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I’m going to choose a fiction, audio, and nonfiction title for this section.
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, read by Adjoa Andoh
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Other Books Read:
Everything was a 4-star or higher book for me this month so I’m happy!
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Sanditon by Jane Austen
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
The River of Silver (Daevabad #3.5) by S. A. Chakraborty, read by Soneela Nankani
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey, read by Romy Nordlinger
The Princess Beard (The Tales of Pell #3) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels
Beach Music by Pat Conroy, read by Jonathan Marosz
Reading Challenge Update:
Challenge title links go to my personal progress page and host links go to the relevant sign-up page.
- Books in Translation Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 0/4
- Southern Literature Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 2/7
- Classics Reading Challenge (hosted at Tea and Ink Society) Progress: 3/12
- Nonfiction Reader Challenge (hosted at Book’d Out) Progress: 3/12
- Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge (hosted at girlxoxo) Progress: 3/12
- Space Time Reading Challenge (hosted by Jemima Pett) Progress: 2/6
- Classics Club (hosted at The Classics Club) Progress: 11/50 by April 15, 2026
- Bookish Resolutions Challenge (hosted at Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life) Ooh, I fell off the wagon big time this month. I was on track with 4 of my 5 resolutions at the beginning of March and now at the beginning of April, I failed at all five of them. Oh well. April is a new month! I’ll try to do better.
- Return all blog comments
- Respond to all comments here
- Review… 75% of the books I read
- Read fewer books
- Journal every day
Seinfeld Season 3 on Netflix–My husband somehow never watched much Seinfeld back when it was airing on NBC but I did. That never happens! He’s filling in this gaping hole in his pop culture knowledge now. It’s aged surprisingly well. There are a couple of things that aren’t entirely appropriate today (the shock at a “lesbian wedding” and one of Jerry’s bits about failed suicide attempts come to mind) but for the most part it’s still just as funny as I remember.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 on Amazon Prime–Midge and company still crack me up but there wasn’t much forward motion in the storyline in this season. I wanted to shake Midge sometimes! It’s worth watching for Luke Kirby’s acting in practically the final scene of the final episode alone though. Holy cow, he gave me goosebumps.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 from the library–It’s still not my favorite of the Star Trek series I’ve watched but it’s good enough to keep us interested. The plot started in one place and went somewhere completely different. I’ve seen comments from faithful Trekkies that they wish Discovery focused less on Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and more on the ensemble and I have to agree with that. Martin-Green is the reason we started watching but it would be nice to have an episode where she didn’t save the day. Anson Mount makes an extended appearance as Captain Pike (remember that character from the very first pilot that never aired on television?) and he did an amazing job. I was excited to learn that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will feature him.
Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese (Recipe from A Couple Cooks) There’s too much of one of the spices and I can’t place which one it is. Otherwise, this is good and I’ve made it a few times.
Cauliflower, Cashew, Pea and Coconut Curry (Recipe from Ten More Bites) This is surprisingly easy to make, given how long the ingredient list is, but it packs a lot of flavor. We both like this dish a lot.
The Monthly Wrap-Up is hosted by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon at It Starts at Midnight. Best of the Bunch is hosted by Jessica at A Cocoon of Books. Weekend Cooking is hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader and Baker. Link your post each month!