April is here, and March seems like a distant memory to me! Honestly I am not even going to get into how much of a time warp March was for me, because what I am glad for is that I got through it …somehow… March was a month that was terrible on different counts for me: on a personal level, there were things that upset me, on a professional level, there was something I was hoping for to work out but didn’t so I proceeded to spend something close to 3 weeks just moping around.
That moping (which is an understatement for the number of nights I spent crying) bleeded over to my number #1 Technique for Distraction: Reading. Like, I have always been able to count on books to keep me out of my head, but March was just terrible for reading too. I couldn’t finish books – I was of gave up and just turned to TV to fill that space (I spent like a total of ~128 hours over the month yowza!). Finally as I dragged myself into April, clarity came for some things so I am hoping this month will be better.
2019 Reading Challenge
As I said before, this month was a personal low for me, so I read only 6 full-length books and 7 graphic novels/manga for a total of 13 books.
Try it out maybe?
And now, onto the yearly challenges:
Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
Progress: 22/100 books
Contemporary Romance reading challenge
Progress: 8/21+ books (Grand Slam)
AtoZ reading challenge
Progress: 19/26 books
I Q T V X Y Z
Cloak and Dagger challenge
Progress: 8/35 books
Nothing this month!
New Release challenge
Progress: 41/200 books
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading challenge
Progress: 48/100 galleys
10 galleys read this month, which is a big part of my book count this month.
2019 Debut author challenge
Progress: 5/24 debuts
No debuts this month! 😦
Progress: 8/50 audiobooks
Monthly Keyword Challenge
Progress: 1/12 keywords
No keywords this month 😦
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
Progress: 8/25 books (Ancient History)
Nothing this month 😦
Retellings Reading Challenge
Progress: 5/25 retellings (Fairest of them All)
Space Time Reading Challenge
Progress: 3/20 books
Series to Finish Challenge
Progress: 6/24 series (2/12 new + 4/12 old)
The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco (old) –
Rise of the Empress duology by Julie C Dao (new)
On track so far!
Year of the Asian Reading Challenge
Progress: 7/51 books
Besides these year-long challenges, I also had one reading challenge.
Monstrous March (March 1-31)
I had aimed to read at least 7 books with suspense/horror/thriller elements in March, but I ended up reading only 2.
TTT: Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With
TTT: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel
TTT: Books on my Spring TBR
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #39: Sapphic rep
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #40: Bisexual rep in urban fantasy
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #41: OwnVoices East Asian books
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #42: Sapphic rep
Book Blogger Hop: Mar 1-7
Book Blogger Hop: Mar 8-14
Book Blogger Hop: Mar 15-21
Book Blogger Hop: Mar 22-28
Book Blogger Hop: Mar 29- April 4
Stacking the Shelves #51
Stacking the Shelves #52
Stacking the Shelves #53
Stacking the Shelves #54
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How did your March go? What are you looking forward to this spring/autumn?