March Wrap-Up

March is up, and most of this month was devoted to make a dent in my sizeable TBR. I first started the month with like one backlisted book for every galley I read, but as I approached the middle of the month, I realized that strategy wouldn’t work if I wanted to read 20 older books this month. I

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Krutula has
read 84 books toward
her goal of
200 books.
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In March, I read 32 books overall – 19 full-length novels, 10 of them novella/short stories, 1 manga, 1 graphic novel and 1 audiobook (as a re-read) and one graphic novel, bringing up the total read to 84, so far. Still ahead on the challenge, so far.

The Serpent King The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) Bridge of Snow (The Winner's Trilogy, #0.5)

Season of Fire (The Remnants, #2) The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology, #1) Relic Carry On City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) 電撃デイジー 6 (Dengeki Daisy, #6)Pretty Girl Thirteen Magnetic Shift Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe #2) The Demon in the Wood (The Grisha #0.1) The Witch of Duva (The Grisha, #0.5) Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) The Tailor (The Grisha, #1.5)

Little Knife (The Grisha, #2.6) Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) The Too-Clever Fox (The Grisha, #2.5) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) Cruel Beauty An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 1) The Hidden Prince (The Orphan Queen, #0.1)

The Burning Hand (The Orphan Queen, #0.3) The Black Knife (The Orphan Queen, #0.4)


Take Control of Your TBR Pile

The big event this month was the TBR Pile Read-a-thon, naturally, to which I had first pledged 20 full-length books, published before March 2016, including

  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (a buddy read for the #RockMyTBR challenge)
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski (galley)
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • Season of Wonder by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  • Season of Fire by Lisa Tawn Bergren (galley)
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (galley)

I managed to read 15 books for the challenge ultimately,

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) Season of Fire (The Remnants, #2) Carry On Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) Pretty Girl Thirteen Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1) Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 1)

I enjoyed the 24 hour-readthon, in particular, because I actually stayed up for 25 hours to do it. I had read two and a half books during that period, and it invigorated me to go on to take up full series on the weekend following it, which meant that I finally read the Grisha trilogy and Wolves of Mercy Falls series over the spring equinox weekend (we got an extra holiday on Monday). I would have continued on, but reading Sinner (the spin-off from Wolves of Mercy Falls) kind of put me in a reading slump, which An Ember in the Ashes just barely got me out of. Even now, as I write this post, I am strangely reluctant to pick up a book. Maybe I have a reader exhaustion?



The TBR read-a-thon meant that I actually picked up a lot of books from my TBR, adding 15 books to the total.
Progress: 16/26



18 more books read for the Fantasy challenge, bringing the total to 46; along with the novellas, it comes to 55. Recommended are:

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology, #1) Relic Carry On City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1) Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe #2) Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 1)
Progress: 46/100



For Backlist challenge, I read 13 books that were at least a year old

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) Season of Fire (The Remnants, #2) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) Pretty Girl Thirteen Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1) Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe #2) Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

Progress: 21/52



Carry On
Progress: 5/6



Since this is a point-based challenge, I’ll break it down
The Winner’s Trilogy #2 – The Winner’s Crime (2 pt)
Grisha #0.1, 0.5, 1.5, 2.5, 2.6  – The Demon in the Wood, The Witch of Duva, The Tailor, The Too-Clever Fox,The Little Knife (5 pt)
Grisha #2, 3 – Siege & Storm, Ruin & Rising (4 pt)
Completed Grisha Trilogy (10 pt)
Wolves of Mercy Falls #2,3 – Linger, Forevere (4 pt)
Completed Wolves of Mercy Falls series (10 pt)
Orphan Queen #0.1,0.3,0.4 – The Hidden Prince, The Burning Hand, The Black Knife (3 pt)

Progress: 63/51 points

Challenge completed!



Season of Fire (The Remnants, #2)

I was a bit meh about this book since it has religious undertones. More about faith than dystopia, actually.
Progress: 5/11



Relic

Relic was damn scary – it is a mix between slasher fiction and ghost stories. DO NOT READ IN DARK!
Progress: 5/11



Anything before 2016, which makes it 15 books read. (24, including novellas)
Progress: 25/100



I went light on galleys this month (only 7), but I plan to make it up in the May Clean Sweep ARC challenge.
Progress: 53/100


Carry On Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 1)

LGBT main characters in Carry On, while Winter and An Ember in the Ashes have POC main characters.
Progress: 14/26


The Serpent King Pretty Girl Thirteen Magnetic Shift

The Serpent King is a story about friendships and ambition and will make you cry terribly. Pretty Girl 13 is a pyschological thriller, but it is not for the faint-hearted. Magnetic Shift had a paranormal element, but the storytelling is more contemporary in format.

Progress: 17/21



The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology, #1) Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1) Gilded Ashes (Cruel Beauty Universe #2)

The Great Hunt is a retelling of The Singing Bone, Cruel Beauty of Beauty and the Beast while Gilded Ashes was a Cinderella retelling. I have a new favorite author, Rosamund Hodge!

Progress: 13/26


  • The Grisha Trilogy
  • Wolves of Mercy Falls

all read in March.

Progress: 4/12 series


 

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

4 series-enders read

Progress: 10/7 (Expert series reader)

Challenge completed


GRAPHIC NO ICONS

  • 6 New Releases (Debut Authors)14 debut authors read: Goodreads page
  • 6 New Releases (Loved Authors)8/6
  • 6 Books to Start a Series 14 series starters
  • 6 Books to Complete a Series (can be different from above)6/6
  • 6 Book to Movie Adaptations
  • 6 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners or Nominees – Winner’s Curse, Winner’s Crime, Cruel Beauty, Winter, City of Heavenly Fire,  Carry On 

The Book Nympho

Cruel Beauty

Progress: 6/15 audiobooks


March means spring and spring means cherry blossoms. On the last weekend of March, I went for Hanami. Since it was still frigidly cold, I didn’t get to see the blossoms in full bloom at Chidorigafuchi or Meguro River, but some of the trees at Shinjuku National Park were blooming. The main event is to, of course, enjoy a picnic leisurely under the trees, which meant public parks like these are claimed early on in the day. We, however, couldn’t sit still long (we had a pretty small blanket among our group, making for uncomfortable seating) and our desire to explore the huge park also warred with any want of relaxation. I got some nice shots of the flowers, though. The experience certainly made my year! ^_^

You can see my entire album here

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