So after February being a bit of a flop, March turned in to an incredible month on the reading front! I surprised myself this month, seriously. I really did not expect to do as well as I did reading, and complete all of my outstanding coursework – but somehow I did!
March was great. I managed to complete 9 books, which totalled 3172 pages. I had three 5* reads this month too, they were all very different books and got 5* for very different reasons, which in my book is pretty incredible! My average rating was 4.0 this month. And I still haven’t finished the outstanding short story collection I started in February.
My 5* reads this month were Headstrong, Daniel Deronda and The Alphabet of Birds. As I said, very different books – feminist non fiction, a 900 page classic, and a translated short story collection. It doesn’t get much different than that!
Alongside the physical books I completed, I also listened to a couple of audiobooks. Included on that list is A Vindication of the Rights of Women and Animal Farm. I also partially listened to audiobooks for Villette, Daniel Deronda and Stardust. But I had a bit of a combination of reading and listening going on there, my main reason for the combination is I’ve become addicted to Microsoft Jigsaw…
Looking Towards April
With April comes my dissertation deadline and final exams creeping upon me. So I’m not going to be too harsh on myself if I don’t get as much reading done as I have in March! Saying that, I would like to do much better than I did in February so I’m aiming for 4 books. I’ve actually got a wee bit of a haul to do towards the start of the month so 3 of these books only recently came in to my possession!
I’ve really been enjoying non-fiction as of late, and I’ve also been binge-watching documentaries on Ancient Egypt so I want to get around to The Story of Egypt by Joann Fletcher. My classic for this coming month will be Far From the Madding Crowd as it is simply about time I read some Hardy (I read Under the Greenwood Tree when I was about 12, it was a bad mistake). Then there is an event happening at my local independent bookshop with the author of Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs and the book sounds incredible so I want to read it before I go to the event. Finally we have The Book Collector which is a relatively short book that I know nothing about.
So, there we have it. I have my mojo back! I just have to finish my dissertation and then I’m (nearly) free as a bird!