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
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 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 Curseby Marie Rutkoski (a buddy read for the #RockMyTBR challenge) The Winner’s Crimeby Marie Rutkoski (galley) An Ember in the Ashesby Sabaa Tahir Winterby Marissa Meyer City of Heavenly Fireby Cassandra Clare Season of Wonderby Lisa Tawn Bergren Season of Fireby Lisa Tawn Bergren (galley) Carry Onby Rainbow Rowell (galley)
I managed to read 15 books for the challenge ultimately,
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?
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
I was a bit meh about this book since it has religious undertones. More about faith than dystopia, actually.
Relic was damn scary – it is a mix between slasher fiction and ghost stories. DO NOT READ IN DARK!
I went light on galleys this month (only 7), but I plan to make it up in the May Clean Sweep ARC challenge.
LGBT main characters in Carry On, while Winter and An Ember in the Ashes have POC main characters.
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.
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!
- The Grisha Trilogy
- Wolves of Mercy Falls
all read in March.
Progress: 4/12 series
4 series-enders read
Progress: 10/7 (Expert series reader)
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
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! ^_^
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