Alright folks, sit back and get comfortable because I slayed my March reading list! I read so much this month that I think it totally makes up for my lack of reading in February. I read almost everything on my March Reading List (which you can see HERE), plus I read 2 extra books on top of that! It helps when you take a vacation to get some reading cycles in, and so for Spring Break I am eternally grateful. All together I read 10 books in March, which brings my total number of books read for 2019 up to 23! Almost a fourth of the way to my goal for the year. Yay me!
My goal for March was to read 10 books and I’m honestly still blown away that got there, I actually met my goal. I enjoyed basically ever book I read and didn’t really have any that I regret spending time on. I also finished listening to two more Harry Potter books on audio and while I don’t count those in my totals for my reading goal, I still finished them, and need people to know.
Since March technically started on a Friday I’m going to treat the first week of March as 9 days, it’s easier that way. I started the month by finishing one of my February picks,The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I then immediately cheated on my March reading list with Ever Alice, which doesn’t get published until August 1st but which I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of from NetGallery. See my review for Ever Alice HERE.
Spring Break fell during the second week of March this year for my sister who is finishing up her engineering degree and for my mom who teaches fourth grade. We kicked off their spring breaks a few days early and headed up to D.C. for some sightseeing, a half marathon for me, and to see some friends. On the flight up to D.C. I once again cheated on my reading list and starting The Hunting Party, which I finished fairly quickly.
We were gone for a week in D.C., so I had packed four books and had an iPad stocked with extras so after finishing up the The Hunting Party, I headed straight into The Hiding Place. The Hiding Place is less than 300 pages and I was able to breeze through, it helped that the story was excellent too.
On the 9th I ran a half marathon and even though it was I didn’t make any sort of PR, I still crossed the finish line. I’m pretty proud of myself considering it was snowing the day before and was a crisp 30 degrees when the race started. After ensure I was fed post race, I jumped into The Psychology of Time Travel, which carried me through an additional two days of my trip.
At the start of the second week of March, I was finishing up The Psychology of Time Travel, but wrapped up my holiday in the company of The Huntress which I read with both the Pages Ago Book Club and the Not Your Mama’s Bookclub. Sitting at just under 600 pages, it took me a few days to read and digest the book and I ended the week still in it’s company. Highly recommend this book plus Kate Quinn’s other book The Alice Network if you enjoy historical fictions.
After finishing up my book club read, I switched to a shortly science fiction read I had picked as one of my Book of the Month March picks, The Municipalists . It was a fast read and you can see my review HERE for it.
To round out the 3rd week I started in on The Familiars, which would take me into the final week of the month.
Keeping the momentum from the rest of the month I finished up The Familiars by Monday afternoon. I then switched to The Death of Mrs.Westaway. I really enjoy Ruth Ware’s books but even so this was my third attempt at reading this book. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, I guess I just wasn’t feeling it, and so it took me a handful of days to really get through it.
With only 5 days left in the month I still have 4 unread books from my March Reading List and I really needed to get at least 2 more in to keep on pace for my goal of 100 books this year. So I finally picked up Daisy Jones and the Six . I’d been putting it off this book all month because of the amount of hype surrounding the book, and honestly I just didn’t want to be disappointed. But I wasn’t disappointed and I knew I shouldn’t have doubted it. At the end of last year I had high praise for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (review HERE) which was written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, who was the author of Daisy. But just like any rebellious teenager I don’t like to be told what I should do, read, etc and I think that’s why I went into to it so begrudgingly.
I rounded out the week and the month with Once Upon a River which was my first Diane Setterfield book and honestly I’m still working through it but i’ve got almost a full day left of this month!
For the month of March, I pretty much gave every book I read a four star review, except for The Death of Mrs. Westaway. I generally really enjoy Ruth Ware books, but maybe I want not in the right headspace to fully appreciate this book but it was my only three start read for the month.
See anything you’re interested in reading? What did you read this month!?