March Summary, April Preview

Yes, I know. We’re a week into April, but sometimes I don’t realize we’re in a new month until we’re a week into it. That’s how I roll.


March. A good reading month, overall. Warm weather, lots of rain, otherwise not typically March-like because it’s usually cold and snowy or full of thunderstorms. Now that we’re in April, the trees are starting to bud and flowers are blooming, and it’s starting to look more green than brown.

Flowers in bloom!

I read fourteen books, or 3,869 pages in March:

Statistically speaking:

  • 72.2% of the books I read were written by women, while 27.8% were written by men.
  • 55.6% were written by English authors, 33.3% were by Americans, while 5.6% each were by Algerian or Canadian authors.
  • One book was a work in translation.
  • 50% were physical books, 33.3% were audiobooks, and 16.7% were ebooks.
  • 27.8% were fantasy novels, 16.7% were mysteries or nonfiction, while 5.6% each were science fiction, art, science and nature, memoir, general fiction, travel, and gothic.
  • 50% were from my own shelves, 38.9% were from the library, and 11.1% were from NetGalley.
  • The years of publication ranged from 1895 to 2021.

My favorites of the month (not counting re-reads) were A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters, Giving up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel, and The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo.

Melmoth was the book I liked the least, just for the weird coincidental meeting toward the end and the end itself. The rest of the book was fine, but the ending was a letdown.

What’s on Tap for April:

I have three ARC reviews due this month, so I need to get those read first off. I don’t think it will be too hard, as they aren’t terribly long, and I’m already done with one of them (The Galaxy, and the Ground Within). I’m a little way into The Glitter and the Green, and so far it’s beautifully written. The Lost Road and Other Writings is the next stop in The History of Middle-earth books, and deals with Tolkien’s unfinished time travel story, while Njal’s Saga is the next in my Big Books Challenge. It’s been on my shelf since I bought it in Reykjavik the first time I was in Iceland back in 2017. I’ve read several Icelandic sagas, but Njal’s Saga is the longest.

Redoubt is the next installment in the Reading Valdemar project that Mel, Jackie, and I are embarking on this year. It’s the fourth in the Collegium Chronicles, and we’re all hoping it gives us a new take on the story, as the first three books were about a group of mysterious foreign bad guys who just leveled up from one book to the next while Bear and Lena spent a bunch of time crying about their crappy families instead of doing something about it. I completely forgot to write a post for the last book, Changes, which I seemed to have enjoyed more than Mel or Jackie (though I fully admit it has its problems).

I’m hoping to get to Rule of Wolves before the Netflix series Shadow and Bone comes out on the 23rd, but I’m not going to hold my breath. I’m looking forward to it, whenever I get to it.

There will likely be other books along the way, because there are a few series I’d like to get farther along in, but we’ll see what happens through the rest of April.

What are you planning to read during April?

5 thoughts on “March Summary, April Preview

  1. I intended to reread the entire Grishaverse before the show, but I fell behind in March, which means I’ve only got the trilogy done now, and though I’m absolutely going to reread the rest, I am dyingggg now that Rule of Wolves is out, and it’s just sitting there, calling to me, making me want to abandon all my other plans so I can just rush through the rest of the universe and finally let the glory of Nikolai consume me.

  2. That’s a good bit you got through last month. I plan to read my first Joe Abercrombie book this month — The Blade Itself. I’ve heard great things about the author’s work, so I’m looking forward to it.

  3. I started the audiobook of The Blade Itself (I think it was that one, anyway), and I was initially enjoying it, but then one day I put it down and never picked it back up again. No idea why….

    I hope you enjoy it, though!

  4. Congrats on reading 50% of your March books directly from your own shelves! That is a huge accomplishment in my book. 😉

    Reading your month in review makes me wonder if I need to give my own Month in Review structure an upgrade. I’ve done the same thing for 5 years (wowza). Now I collect stats about my books in a fashion that would make it easy for me to do something like the above. And I didn’t set any real goals for my blog or reading this year because, well, duh. Would you mind if I adapted your format a bit for my own?

    Oy. And is it worth doing a Q1 in review to cover what I read at the beginning of the year?

  5. Borrow my structure all you want! It doesn’t bother me. It’s nothing I spent a bunch of time working on, it’s just something I developed over time, and will probably change over time as I add or subtract this, that, and the other thing.

    If you think it will be a good review for you to look back at Q1 stats, then go for it. If you don’t want to bother with it all, don’t do it.

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