Monthly Review (March 2010)

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?

Reading Stats
28 total books read
17 total books reviewed
0 ebooks
5 audiobooks
24 pbooks

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.

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0 thoughts on “Monthly Review (March 2010)”

  1. i cannot get over the sheer magnitude of TBRs you have!! i thought my pile of 10 books was insurmountable. ha. i’ve been a bit busy with my family and it’s left little time for blogging but i hope to be back on track for april. there are so many great books to read out there.

    i love how organized you are with the books you’ve read and ratings. i aspire to be so diligent.

    as for challenges, i’m with you. the only one i’m doing this year is a personal one–i have to read ‘the book thief’ by december 31, 2010. 🙂 so far, i’m not doing too well on that score.

    1. I know! I’m horrible with my TBR pile. It’s form going to so many library book sales– they just kept piling up, and while I love having old books I tend to only read new ones, so they start collecting dust. Sad.

      And thanks– I’ve actually also been keeping a spreadsheet with more stats, which makes it a little bit easier to see what I’ve been doing over the months and where I’m going. And to see what books need reviews still, too.

    1. Yup! This time last year I had read something like 60 books, so I’m definitely speeding up. I think I’ve been reading more on the weekends; last year I really only read during the week, and the added two days is making a difference.

      200 books is a great goal! You’re well on track for reaching it, too. 😀

  2. I’m not worthy! I’m only at 31 for the year. I drop challenges all the time when I find that I’m under too much pressure. Doesn’t stop me from joining new ones tho!

    Love your bright and spring-looking new banner.

    1. Thanks, Beth! I was hoping I could get away with just changing the banner instead of my whole layout. The choice for free blog layouts is really limited, especially when I want something cheerful and summer-y. *sigh*

  3. I’ve never counted the books I own but haven’t yet read. I think it would just make me feel pressured to read stuff I don’t fancy reading, though I don’t think it’s anything like as high a number as yours!

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