Chitchat / Currently Reading (Mar. 31)

Chitchat (27)

Today’s the last day of March, so it’s time for my monthly wrap-up thoughts and such! March was pretty awesome: I got a job, I built two shelves and I bought new glasses! And new sunglasses!1 In book/blog news, I posted 28 posts (including this one)– almost one a day!– and I read 25 books. WOW.

My favorite part of March was participating in Diana Wynne Jones Month. I really loved reading a bunch of DWJ books while knowing that other people were doing the same, and that we were all doing it because we loved her/her books so much. I haven’t felt so connected to book fandom since the last time I went to a Harry Potter release party! Yay!

Thanks so much to Kristen M. for hosting DWJ March again this year! I look forward to doing it again next year. 😀

For April, my goals are to catch up on my reviews (I’m 8 behind, currently), listen to two more audiobooks, and to visit the library more. I’d also like to (finally) buy my plane tickets to BEA, post at least two discussion posts, get my TBR List spreadsheet completed, go to the LA Times Festival of Books, and start making plans for some sort of readalong or reading challenge for the summer.

Do you have any goals for April?

My March stats will be posted tomorrow!

Currently Reading (19)

Instead of my usual Currently Reading info, I thought I’d post something about the books I got from the library yesterday. I’ve always liked Eva‘s thing about putting your library books on your bookshelf like they’ve become part of your collection, so I did the same. Here’s a picture to prove it!

The books I got are:

  • Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (mystery). I am SO. EXCITED. to have found this! I’ve been wanting to read it for at least a year. Yay! Harriet Vane!
  • Only Pack What You Can Carry by Janice Holly Booth (travel memoir). I started reading this last night and it’s GREAT so far! It’s more like a mix of “how to be couragous in/with travel” plus a travel memoir than just a straight-up memoir.
  • Only Pack What You Can Carry by Janice Holly Booth

  • The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland by Hugh Thomson (non-fiction). Another semi-travel narrative/non-fiction thingy about Peru. Because why not?
  • The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold (fantasy). I didn’t even realize that she wrote books other than sci-fi!
  • The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Miller (fantasy). As this one is shorter than Lonely Werewolf Girl and thus probably less prone to glacial pacing, I’m hoping I’ll like it more.
  • Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore (fantasy). It’s been a while since I read a CM book, so I hope I still like them.
  • False Colours by Georgette Heyer (historical fiction romance). Yay!
  • The only downside to all the hardbacks is that I have to drag them along with me on the bus to work– very heavy. But worth it, I hope!

    What did you get from the library this week?

    Footnotes

    1. They haven’t come in yet, but I’ll take pics when they do. I realize I say that about everything, but I really mean it this time.

    6 thoughts on “Chitchat / Currently Reading (Mar. 31)”

    1. I became quite breathless when I saw you’d acquired Strong Poison! Oh you’re going to love it so much but NOT NEARLY AS MUCH as you will love the subsequent Harriet Vane books, particularly Gaudy Night. Gaudy Night is so insanely good.

      My goal for April is to catch up on some of the reading projects I’ve abandoned. I am even thinking of setting out on a new reading project in spite of my perpetual failing at reading projects.

      1. I am VERY EXCITED TOO omg I’ve been waiting SO LONG to read that frickin’ book, haha!

        Yay, reading projects! I need to do some stuff with my reading challenges, too, actually. I haven’t been making as much progress in them as I wanted to, I think.

    2. I’m glad you enjoyed DWJ March! I wish there was a DWJ April too but I suppose there are other books to be read too. 🙂 In April I’m trying to get through some review copies. I have some good ones so I’m not sure why they’re stacking up.

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