So I think March was an excellent thing, statistically-speaking. I had midterms and papers and presentations, but I didn’t let that stop me from reading whatever I wanted. And, happily enough, some of those things were actual readings for class! And I finished them and everything! It’s like I’ve turned a whole new corner. Plus I didn’t worry about how many books I was reading– I know I said last month that my goal was 25 books per month, but this month I just read whatever, not thinking about the goal, and it turns out I read even more this month than I did last month. And not all the books were shorties, either! Pretty awesome.
Quality-wise, March was all over the place. I don’t know if the weird weather (hot-cold-hot-freezing-windy) affected my mood more than I thought or what, but I had some very very good books and some very bad books. The Virginia Woolfs I read were the definite high points of the month for me, and I think they’ll continue to be some of my most favorite books for a while.
On the other hand, though I read a lot during March I don’t think I did much else. One of my goals for this year was to be more involved in the book blogging world, through whatever means I could think of, but I hardly even commented on other bloggers’ posts and I don’t remember doing much else. But April should be different, because I’m a judge for Nerds Heart YA, and I’m doing Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on the 10th. That’s a good start in being more involved, I think, and I’m sure I’ll think of some other things as the month progresses.
For April I’m hoping to continue to knock away at my Mount TBR, but I’ve also got some library books that I really want to read and that I’m going to let myself read. Because really, it’s okay. Yeah. And I’m also hoping to work on commenting more, and to get reviews written more quickly after finishing a book (posting them quickly is another matter), and to maybe come up with a discussion post or two. I’m also thinking about maybe changing up my layout again for the new season– keep the header, which I love, but maybe add some color somewhere to the blog itself. What do you think?
28 total books read
17 total books reviewed
17 were by authors new to me
0 were rereads!
Mount TBR Stats
18 books conquered
6 books purged
8 books added
336 total books left
Books Read (& Reviewed)
% = Mount TBR book
52. Vagabonding – Rolf Potts [rating: 4.5/5]
53. Heist Society – Ally Carter [rating: 2/5]
54. Ambrose Bierce & the One-Eyed Jacks – Oakley Hall [rating: 3/5] %
55. The Geographer’s Library – Jon Fasman [rating: 4/5] %
56. The Moving Finger – Agatha Christie [rating: 4/5] %
57. Odder Than Ever – Bruce Coville [rating: 4.5/5] %
58. The Kid Who Was Zapped Through Time – Deborah Scott [rating: 3/5] *? / %
59. The Circus Lunicus – Marilyn Singer [rating: 3.5/5] %
60. Dragonfly – Frederic S. Durbin [rating: 3.5/5] %
61. Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest #3) – Patricia C. Wrede (full cast audiobook) [rating: 4/5]
62. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf [rating: 5/5] %
63. Soulless – Gail Carriger [rating: 4/5]
64. The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden #1) – Julie Campbell [rating: 3.5/5] %
65. The Incomplete Enchanter – L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt [rating: 2.5/5] %
66. The Castle of Iron – L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt [rating: 2/5] %
67. Dealing With Dragons (Enchanted Forest #1) – Patricia C. Wrede (full cast audiobook) [rating: 4/5]
68. The Napoleon of Crime – Ben Macintyre [rating: 4/5] %
69. Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls – Bennett Madison [rating: 3.5/5] %
70. Ready or Not – Meg Cabot [rating: 3.5/5] %
71. Benny & Omar – Eoin Colfer [rating: 4/5] %
72. Theodosia & the Serpents of Chaos – R.L. LaFever [rating: 3.5/5]
73. Searching for Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede (full cast audiobook) [rating: 3.5/5]
74. Orlando – Virginia Woolf [rating: 5/5] %
75. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton [rating: 3/5] %
76. The Fourth Side of the Triangle – Ellery Queen [rating: 3/5] %
77. Skin Hunger – Kathleen Duey [rating: 3.5/5]
78. Black Jack – Leon Garfield [rating: 3.5/5]
79. Talking to Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede (full cast audiobook) [rating: 3.5/5]
80. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes – Hugh Greene (editor) [rating: 3.5/5]
Reading Challenges Status Updates
Uh, okay. So basically I’ve decided to pretty much give up on doing challenges this year. Not because I don’t think they’re a great idea, and not because I didn’t want to do them– I DID. But because I’m focusing on my TBR books it’s pretty much impossible for me to focus on challenges at the same time (because to complete them I’d need books from outside Mount TBR, y’see). So. Yeah.