March was a slightly less productive month for me, compared to February, but I still finished a satisfying amount of books – six. Currently I am at twenty for the year of 2013 and I think it’s going very well. To put things in a perspective, last year I only read twenty four books in total, so being so close to passing that milestone only a quarter into the year makes me feel extremely pleased with myself. I attribute much of this success to my reading calendar, which I have talked of before, but at the same time I am proud to say that I do not take it as an ultimate authority. I allow myself to change plans midway through the week, or push something that I am just not in the mood for back a couple of weeks. In March I indulged myself with the following works:
Books finished [6/4]:
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I am still many books behind in my blogging, which I do intend to fix within a few couple of weeks here. I finally read Fahrenheit 451, which was amazing, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which offered a surprising view of a character I thought I already knew. I also made some progress in the Narnia chronicles, after reading the last installment almost two years ago. I will talk in detail about the outcome of this reading when I do a post on it, but I just have to mention that The Lion was an underwhelming experience. In more exciting news, I finished Bulgakov’s famous masterpiece and I can finally take it off my “currently-reading” shelf. I am hoping to read more Russian classics this year, so let this be a good sign of future success.
Books in progress:
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami [34%]
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas [28%]
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco [61%]
- A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin [11%]
I’m still on track with my Goodreads readalongs. This is probably the first time in history of this blog that I managed to participate in readalong and not fail miserably. Again, I thank my calendar and the amazing people in the “Reading the Chunksters” group for keeping me motivated! I am hoping to finish The Name of the Rose sometime this month and get back to Shogun for a while (I am really neglecting this wonderful book), since we are also having a buddy read for that. And last but not least, I just had to start the next book in The Song of Ice and Fire series, since the third season of Game of Thrones is starting TONIGHT! I am so excited!! I’ve heard that the third book is probably the best of them all, so I am hoping to really being blown away by this one.
Additions to the library:
I haven’t bought any books this month, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been tempted. I’ve been compiling a list of favorites that I would like to see on my shelf, and it is starting to look like a scroll of Homeric epic poetry. Like I mentioned in the previous monthly recap, I spent all my “fun” money on hockey tickets for my boyfriend. What can I say, it was his birthday, the game was amazing, and our home team won – all in all it was a great night. Oh, and then a midnight snack at Timmy’s… that was a cherry on top!