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March Reading Wrap Up

on April 1, 2020

Total Books Read: 25
Fiction: 21
Non-Fiction: 4
Library Books: 5
Books On My TBR List: 7
Books in a Series: 15
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 10
Male/Female Authors: 0/25
Kindle Books: 6
Books I Owned or Bought: 5
Favourite Book(s): Know My Name by Chanel Miller, The Secrets Of Strangers by Charity Norman
Least Favourite Books: Nothing below a 3 this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 8

Well. March was a thing that definitely happened.

Things got pretty crazy in the second half of the month. Where I live, the government finally closed the schools (a week early, as the kids were just about to go on Easter holidays) so now they’ll have 3 weeks break instead of 2. The extra week was technically just ‘early holidays’ so I didn’t have to direct any online or home learning but there’s every chance they may not go back on the day they’re supposed to and will spend a portion of the next term learning at home. Most non-essential industries shut down here, we’re only supposed to leave home for 1 of 4 reasons (essential food shopping like groceries, to seek or administer medical help, exercise in groups of no more than 2 or to work or study if it is unable to be done at home). Our numbers remain relatively low comparatively, helped by our sparse and spread out population as well as our world isolation. We aren’t really a transit country and there’s a lot less flights in/out from other countries and destinations than elsewhere in the world. Still it’s been somewhat disappointing to see people flocking to beaches in their thousands, etc instead of doing their best to help keep those numbers down.

My reading month was weird – I read a lot of books in early March, figuring I’d read while I can in case schools closed abruptly and I ended up having to support my children at home. Then they did close but for holidays and I think it felt more real then because I didn’t pick up a book for days after that. I started off slowly, reading a graphic novel series to get me back into it (which also boosted my numbers as really the 3 bind up volumes I read wouldn’t even be equivalent to one averagely sized paperback). It definitely kickstarted some binge reading though and I did little else for the last few days of March. I finally got around to reading my collection of Maria V. Snyder books and burned through 6 of those in a few days. I think a series like that, where I already owned most of the books, was just what I was looking for.

So all in all, March could be termed a very successful reading month, both in total of books read and also the quality. I only rated 2 of them 5 stars on GR but I had a huge amount of books I rated 4 and nothing below 3 stars.

My April review books pile! These are split about half-half in terms of requests and those that showed up unsolicited. I’m part of a blog tour for Suzanne Leal’s The Deceptions, my post for that one will be up on April 15th. I’m really excited about both The Octopus and I by Erin Hortle and also Deep Water by Sarah Epstein. Also quite curious about Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater and The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning. All in all, this looks like potentially a good pile of reading!

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 18/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 5/12

Reading Women Challenge: 9/26

Happy with my progress on all my challenges although I will say that not having access to my local library for the foreseeable future will definitely slow my progress on the latter 2 challenges, as I need to hunt books down for those whereas with the Australian Women Writers Challenge, I always have a lot of books that qualify!

In March I purchased one book – House of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas. My book buying ban probably doesn’t even need apply now as I had to cancel our planned family holiday for May unfortunately. We aren’t permitted to travel between most states and I don’t believe it’ll be at a state where we will be able to holiday in less than 6 weeks. Luckily I was able to get a credit on our flights and cancel our accommodation no penalty as I had the foresight to book the option where you could cancel no financial penalty as long as it was more than 30 days out from your arrival date. So we will rebook in the future but it might not be possible until this time next year. So I guess I’ll be buying up some books to try and support local businesses!

Wherever you are, I hope you’re keeping safe and looking after yourself!



4 responses to “March Reading Wrap Up

  1. Mic says:

    what a great reading month, my reading is slowly getting back there but I need to catch upon reviews…. that’s out of hand. I have The Lost Jewels too, am debating what to read next…. so many choices

    • I try to write reviews first thing in the morning, because if I don’t use that time then they pile up as well! I hate being behind so I really try to prioritise staying ahead but that’s definitely not always possible, especially with little ones around!

  2. Suggest a good fiction book please

  3. […] noteworthy because I finished ALL of the books in my TBR pile, showcased in my March wrap up post here – and I finished them on the 17th April! This pretty much never happens – I have […]

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