March Reading Round-Up

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March here in Ontario has gone out like a lion – with 2 inches of snow covering the ground.

But March has also been a busy month – of reading and writing. I took part in a daily writing challenge hosted by “Two Writing Teachers”, one I have done for several years and thoroughly enjoyed. I also took part in a picture book study through ReFoReMo – studying picture books to use as mentor texts. I was able to read 46 pbs.

It’s that time to share what I have been reading this past month. The total read for February was 28 books (+ the 46 pbs) with the following breakdown:
Fantasy –1
SciFi – 0
Paranormal – 3
Romance – 15
Historical romance – 2
Women’s Fiction – 1
Classics – 0
Non-Fiction – 1
Picture Books – 46
YA – 2
MG – 2
Magical Realism – 1

Diverse books – 11

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 61
TBR books – 0
e-books – 11
Charity reads -2 (Thus $4 donated to charity)

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I had planned as well to do a separate post for my Jane Austen Reading Challenge, but for now, I will post it here:
Confession time – I did not read /finish any of Jane Austen’s novel. I started both Persuasion and Mansfield Park, several times in fact, but did not get very far with either. I did read an enjoyable novel inspired by Jane Austen: Second Impressions by Pepper Basham.
I also read a NF picture book on Jane’s life:
Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson
I enjoyed a number of stories inspired by Jane Austen from the book:
Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress.

I hope to read Persuasion next month and other JA inspired books.

 

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:
Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
4. Book that should be turned into a movie: The Birthday List by Devney Perry
9. Book you meant to read in 2018 – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

11. Book with item of clothing on cover (high heels) – Getting Lucky by Katie Graykowski
36. A ghost story – His Haunting Kiss by Heather Marie Adkins

52 Books in 52 Weeks
8. Set in the Victorian Era: Bargaining with a Rake by Julie Johnstone
13. Featuring music: I read a trilogy “Band on the Run” by Samantha Chase:
One More Kiss, One More Promise, One More Moment
25. Name of Colour in title – No Tan Lines by Kate Angell
28. Discusses mental health – Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for March was “read a Newberry winner”:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key words I chose this month was “Luck”
Getting Lucky by Katie Graykowski

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Royalty, kingdoms, empires”.
Carnival of Secrets by Melissa Marr

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was science and technology: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Connect Five
1. Five books that I read and connected because their authors’ first and last initials were the same, were
Carnival of Secrets by Melissa Marr
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
A Piece of My Heart by Sharon Sala
A Wanton Woman by Vanessa Vale
Bargaining with a Rake by Julie Johnstone

2. Five books that I read and connected because they all had “One” in the title
A trilogy “Band on the Run” by Samantha Chase:
One More Kiss, One More Promise, One More Moment
One Day in December by Josie Silver
One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Favourite Books Read This Month
This was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

The Birthday List by Devney Perry
One More Moment by Samantha Chase
One Day in December by Josie Silver
One and Only by Jenny Holiday
The List by Patricia Forde
Love, Life and the List by Kasie West
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Carnival of Secrets by Melissa Marr
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
The last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

April Goals
Once again, I hope to read more of my TBR books. (Many of the charity books become my TBR books anyway)

I am linking with the following:

 

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Month in Review at Book Date

 

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Best of the Bunch

 

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16 thoughts on “March Reading Round-Up

  1. Wow! I thought I was a big reader. You beat me this month. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting reads so Thanks for sharing so many. I’m going to have to check these out. (Do you hear my hubby and kids groaning in the background?)

  2. Wow! Excellent reading month! I need to read more picture books myself for mentor text. My favorite kind to read are humorous ones, so I have been reading Josh Funk’s books, which always make me laugh.

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