March Wrap Up

Overall, March has been miserable. My overall motivation for anything has been through the floor – uni work has taken a nosedive and anything that I take pleasure in has also been put aside. So basically, reading hasn’t happened all that much this month.

In total I read 5 books. 1 was a reread, 4 were new to me. 3 were by women, 2 were by men. I had a spread of ratings from 4 to 2 stars – my average was 3.4. My favourite book of March was probably Artful and my least favourite was The Virgin Suicides. I barely touched my anticipated TBR, I was just picking up what I was in the mood for. I don’t know if my down mood affected how I was reading books this month or not, but anyway… March was poor, let’s move on!

April I’m feeling positive about and my TBR looks something like this:

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So I haven’t set myself any wild goals and I feel that with revision going on around me, this is an achievable pile! I never aim higher than the month before’s achievement. From top to bottom we have Ali Smith’s Free Love – a short story collection and her first published! Next down is Frog Music by Emma Donoghue which is one I’ve really been looking forward to since it was first released in hardback (but I couldn’t warrant the cost of the hardback!) Then there is Orlando which, I feel, is self explanatory and finally I have Hollow City which is the second on the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. I enjoyed the first one so I thought I’d give this a go!

Hopefully I will get around to more than this, but I have revision to do and exams start at the end of the month so… we shall see!


4 thoughts on “March Wrap Up

  1. The Brain in the Jar says:

    I have also barely been reading. It may have something to do with work overload and the fact my two recent books (Franzen’s The Corrections, Woolf’s To the Lighthouse) demand concentration. Write a review for me for Frog Music. I read Emma’s Room and it was brilliant. I want to know if she’s just a one hit wonder.

    • ashleighmuses says:

      I read Slammerkin a few months ago (actually, it must have been nearly a year ago) and it was a good read, it was well paced and whatnot! I called it a “hybrid of The Crimson Petal and the White and a Phillipa Gregory novel”. Room is a book I hated when I read it and constantly refer other people to, think about and wish I had given an overall better rating when I read it! It’s one that has stuck with me & gone from a 3 star initially to probably a 5 star! She is *definitely* not a one hit wonder in my opinion and her writing is quite flexible! Room is a stand out performance in her bibliography simply because it’s so different to everything else she’s written (primarily period fiction!)

      I’ve just been in a bit of a reading slump this month! I think I’ve read so many good books that I’m just not really engaging with books that don’t get me hooked from the outset! The 4 books (well 3 and a half) that I read in March were all quite slow paced reads & that makes a big difference!

  2. clicksclan says:

    Good luck with the revision and exams. 🙂

    I’ve had a bit of a slow month as well. In my case it’s been because the books I’ve picked have been slower moving or just haven’t grabbed me as much as I would’ve liked, so I’ve not hurried through them as I might have done otherwise.

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