March was a hard month when it came to reading. Not only was I trying to spend more time on blogging and less time on reading, but I also spent half of the month struggling through The Power. I honestly forgot what it was like to struggle through a book, so it was definitely a wake up call. That struggle delayed a ton of reading plans I had for March, so I have a lot of catching up to do in April. Therefore, in order to hold myself accountable, I’m going to post a ‘To Be Read’ section in this blog post, under ‘Books I’m Currently Reading’. I don’t know if I will get through all of them, but it’ll definitely help me focus on what I need to read!
On another note, I’m now HOOKED on Audible. Seriously, I think I just needed to get through that first book in order to fully grasp how useful it is. 2/5 books I finished this month were Audiobooks and, while I don’t have anything new on the cards, I’m definitely keeping my eye out for my next listen. Click here for a free trial of Audible to try it out for yourself!
Here’s my March 2018 reading roundup. As always, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for this post!
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Books I Finished
I read the following 5 books in March. I have linked to my review of each of them:
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (Audiobook) ★★★★★
- The Power by Naomi Alderman ★★
- How to Stop Time by Matt Haig ★★★★
- #AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk (Audiobook) ★★★★
- The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel (ARC) ★★★★
ARC = I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a review. You can read my review by clicking the link above.
Book of the Month
I only had one 5* book this month, so Book of the Month has to go to Big Little Lies, specifically the audiobook version! I had so much fun listening to this while doing things around the house – it felt just like having the TV series on in the background. I highly recommend Big Little Lies for anyone trying to get into audiobooks. Or, if audiobooks aren’t your thing, definitely check out the book – it’s a great story that is well worth a read/listen. I’ll 100% be adding more Liane Moriarity to my reading list!
Books I’m Currently Reading
- The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
- A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth (Audiobook)
- You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
After sharing my frustrations with A Gentleman in Moscow last month, I’ve finally created an ‘On Hold’ shelf on Goodreads, for the books I just can’t get through at the moment. I plan on eventually going back to these, but hate claiming that I’m currently reading them when I haven’t touched them in weeks!
To be Read in April
It’s about a third of the way through the month and I haven’t started any of these, so I’ve got a long ways to go! I may or may not be extremely anti-social for the rest of the month.
- Beartown by Fredrik Backman – my Mongan Moments bookclub pick for April
- Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton
- The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Books I Purchased/Downloaded/Borrowed
This month, I spent £22.00 and bought 5 new books, averaging £4.40 per book, though the Lonely Planet book is to blame for that high average! I also took two books out from the library and am still desperately holding onto one of them. I think April might be the month when I find out exactly how many times I can renew a book! I also really need to stop buying books because I have so many to get through! My pile just keeps on growing and I feel like I’m not even reading anything in it.
- The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes (Kindle First) – Available on Kindle Unlimited
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adochie – Under £4!
- American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
- Lonely Planet: Russia (for our upcoming trip!)
- The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
- How to Stop Time by Matt Haig – Under £4!
- Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
There’s also an illustrated version of How to Stop Time that I definitely want to check out – it sounds fun!
Note: Deals mentioned are active as of 9 April 2018.
Reading Challenge Progress
- Popsugar Reading Challenge: Progress This Month: 3 – Overall Progress: 12/40
- Reading Goal: Progress This Month: 5 – Overall Progress: 18/60
For those of you following along with my PopSugar Reading Challenge progress, I ticked off the following prompts this month:
- A book that involves time travel (How to Stop Time)
- A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to (The Power)
- Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 challenge (The Room on Rue Amélie, for a book set during wartime)