March Reading List


best psychological thriller books

I have a goal to read at least 40 books this year, like I did last year. I usually read fiction (mainly psychological thrillers) for sheer enjoyment and entertainment.

But lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate more non-fiction self-improvement books into the mix as well. Learning and improving oneself certainly never hurts!

Related post: How to find time to read when you’re just too busy

In February, I read almost all non-fiction, so I decided to change it up and read ALL fiction in March. Some of my reading choices are dictated by which books I’ve requested come in at the library.

I also read on my Kindle. Usually the free Kindle First Reads ebooks that I receive each month.

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Here was my March reading list:

suspenseful mystery books

Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell:

This ebook was one of the free Kindle First Reads from February. Main character Emma has a dark secret – she has a body hidden on her property. When her husband’s job requires they move and sell the house, she wants to destroy the evidence. But when she returns to the shallow grave, she finds it empty.

I really enjoyed this book! It was a gripping mystery that kept me guessing the whole time. The chapters are told my different characters – past and present Emma, her husband, and Luke, who’s supposed to be in his grave.

If you like psychological thrillers, I’d definitely recommend Silent Victim.

Kindle First Reads is available through Amazon Prime. (Don’t have Prime? Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.) With Kindle First Reads, I get an email on the 1st of every month with early access to 6 brand new ebooks to choose from. I get to “buy” one of them for free, and they’re always editor’s picks due to be released the following month.

If you don’t have a Kindle but wish you did, this is the one I got for my birthday a couple years ago. If you aren’t interested in purchasing an e-reader right now, you can get the Kindle reading app for free, and use your phone to read ebooks! I have it on my phone and it’s so convenient when I get stuck somewhere without a book. Click here to get the FREE Kindle Reading App.

If listening to audio books is more your style, you could check out an Audible free 30 day trial here, and get 2 free audio books.

best historical fiction books

The Address by Fiona Davis:

Last year I read The Dollhouse by this author, and really liked it. Historical fiction is another genre I love. I was excited to learn that Davis had written another. She meshes history with mystery.

I love that she winds together a story between two characters – decades apart. In The Address, Sara in 1884 meets an American architect who gives her the opportunity to leave her housekeeping job in a London hotel to come to New York City.

Two generations later, in 1985, Bailey desperately needs a new opportunity. Her grandfather was the ward of the architect who brought Sara to America, and the story intertwines the two women in ways you’d never guess.

The Address definitely goes on my recommendation list. I really like how it’s a combination of historical fiction with thrilling twists.

best psychological thriller books

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:

My mom actually recommended this book. She had borrowed it from the library and passed it on to me. I’m glad she did, because I probably wouldn’t have come across it otherwise.

The Alchemist is kind of like a fable, with deeper meaning than it appears. It’s about a shepherd named Santiago, who repeatedly dreams of a treasure near the Egyptian pyramids.

The nagging dream spurs him to want to make the journey to the pyramids, and the story tells the tale of his adventure.

Since I can’t say it better, here’s a portion of the description on Amazon: “Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.”

My takeaway: If you have a life dream/goal you can’t stop thinking about, pursue it with reckless abandon. Expect roadblocks and learn from them. But don’t give up.

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Trespassing: A Novel by Brandi Reeds:

This book was a fantastic suspense thriller. It gripped me from the very beginning and definitely kept me guessing the entire time.

Main character Veronica’s husband disappears out of the blue, and her young daughter keeps saying that he’s dead. As she slowly unravels a plethora of lies, Veronica questions her own sanity, and what is actually real.

If you like suspenseful mysteries, I think you’ll really enjoy Trespassing.

Trespassing was my Kindle First Reads choice from March. I see that it’s also available for free from Kindle Unlimited. With Kindle Unlimited, you have access to unlimited reading of over 1 million ebooks and current magazines, and unlimited listening to audiobooks with Audible. You can read on any device, as long as you have the free Kindle App.


I loved all the books I read in March. I’ll be back next month with my April reads!

Reading resources:

Kindle First Reads

Amazon Prime: Free 30 day trial

FREE Kindle Reading App

Kindle Unlimited

Audible: Free 30 day trial (+2 free audiobooks)

Book recommendations:

Silent Victim

The Address

The Alchemist


What books have you read lately? Which ones would you recommend?

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  1. your go-to genre is my rare choice lol. the only one i’ve read is the alchemist, which i am in the minority for because i did not like it. the address sounds good! i have her other book on my tbr.

    1. I totally understand, Kristen. My genre taste ebbs and flows. I read a lot of crime and murder mystery novels in high school, then needed a break, and got into less suspenseful stuff. But a couple years ago I read Gone Girl and Girl On A Train and I was sucked back in.

      The Address definitely was good, as was The Dollhouse. Let me know what you think!

    1. Hi Lauren! Silent Victim was definitely a great read. I love how mysteries keep you guessing. Though I’m always wrong in my guessing hehe.

    1. Hi Steph! I have quite a few Kindle First books stocked up. I’ve been trying to remember to actually read them! I think I still prefer to hold a physical book, but the kindle sure is convenient.

  2. The Address sounds really interesting, I might check it out.

    I need to reread The Alchemist, I read it in a rush a few years ago, and I don’t remember most of it.

    1. Hello Ana! The Address, and her other book, The Dollhouse are definitely worth checking out. She has her own style of storytelling, and I appreciate that.

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