March overall was a good month for me mood wise with the sun, even though Merijn was not a great sleeper some nights and mornings. Book wise it was also a good reading month with perhaps a bit too much book buying again. Let us not even talk about pre orders.
The Reading Challenge
# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 7
- A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic 3) by V.E. Schwab – 5 stars
- The Young Elites (The Young Elites 1) by Marie Lu – 2,5 stars
- The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards 1) by Scott Lynch – 4 stars
- The Reborn King (Dragon’s Blade 1) by Michael R. Miller – 3,5 stars
- The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox – 3,5 stars
- Ink and Bone (The Great Library 1) by Rachel Caine – 3 stars
- American Gods (American Gods 1) by Neil Gaiman – 3 stars
Not too bad considering that A Conjuring of Light and The Lies of Locke Lamora were over 500 pages. I feel I deserve a pat on the back for picking up some big books, haha.
The TBR and Backlist Challenge
# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of March – 143 -1 (unhauled) = 142
Books read in March (that count) – 5
Books bought/received in March (no ebooks, classics) – 8
Total unread books on shelf end of March – 145
I was doing so well this month until the last week or so. Aaaah! I also have a bunch of pre orders out for May. Oops.
Backlist books read in March – 5
Total – 16/50
Still doing well. The majority of what I read each month are backlist books so that is great.
How Was March for Me?
⌘ We had elections here in the Netherlands and while the rest of the world seems pleased that Wilders and his populism was not the biggest party I am however not. He still grew. He still gained followers. He was still the second biggest party in the country. Yes, he will not rule as nobody wants to be in a coalition with him, but I feel this still tells plenty about our country. I’m dissapointed.
⌘ I went to the Boekenfestijn and next to getting some books I also got these great two Harry Potter mugs. My life is complete now, haha.
⌘ Bloglovin’ seems to have added the feature that you can now see who has read your post versus just seeing who saved or liked it on the website. It is interesting to see. But I also heard some other things about bloglovin’ now hosting your post on their site? What are your opinions on that? Do you use bloglovin’?
⌘ And of course wordpress had to change things again. The sidebar when I’m working on a post went from left to right. And I am still not used to that. I don’t understand the point of it either.
⌘ I got a third bookshelf. See me be smug about it.
⌘ The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and Merijn has been waking up at the dawn of time (and let us not forget those times he woke up in the middle of the night). To say I am a bit tired would be an understatement. But at least he’s cute so I guess there is that.
⌘ You know I never thought of myself as a good cook. But I cook for Merijn and he gives such a reward to your efforts. He eats almost everything. I recently made a pasta with tomatoes, chicory and a small bit of grated cheese for him (no herbs yet) and he loved it so much. I almost feel like a good cook, haha.
⌘ Merijn also turned 7 months. Time flies when baby’s grow up.
⌘ Speaking of age, my husband turned 30 on the last day of March. He is not pleased with this number and my parents love teasing him about it. We’ll be celebrating his birthday the day this post goes up.
⌘ The weather has been fairly great here the last week and a half or so. As in we did not neat a coat when going outside in the afternoon. It almost felt Summer, so warm it was at moments. Which is great but I’m waiting of the weather to take a bad turn this April. Because that is bound to happen. The sunny weather does make me more relaxed.
⌘ I did my first stomach and back yoga excercises last Monday. Oh my, my lower stomach around my scar hurt so much the next days, haha. I guess that means it works.
What Happened on the Blog?
⌘ Legal Drug by Clamp
⌘ Calamity (The Reckoners 3) by Brandon Sanderson
⌘ Wires and Nerve (Wires and Nerve 1) by Marissa Meyer
⌘ Tweedehands Vleugels (Vleugels trilogy 1) by Vanessa Gerrits
⌘ Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes 3) by Sara Raasch
⌘ A Hat Full of Sky (Tiffany Aching 2, Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
⌘ The Reborn King (Dragon’s Blade 1) by Michael R. Miller
⌘ Invocatie (Demon van Fellswyck 1) by Jurgen Snoeren
What Did I Watch?
⌘ Brother Bear 2 / Movie
I thought it was okay. I know I’ve seen the first movie but for the life of me cannot remember much about it. I’m just not that into bears I guess.
⌘ Big Hero 6 / Movie
I actually liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It is cute but it also has its depth in places.
⌘ Flash / Season 1 / Episode 21-23 / Finished
Aaah we finished. I hate it when seasons end on cliffhangers. Now we have to buy season 2…
⌘ Supernatural/ Season 11 / Episode 8 to 23 / Finished
I’m getting back into this a bit more. Some episodes are clearly more filler though and didn’t add that much. But others were fairly great again. Mostly I just enjoy Dean. Haha.
⌘ Defiance / Season 3 / Episode 1-2
This start was a bit all over the place. So we haven’t watched on since. I have this with Falling Skies as well. The first two episodes are always so tricky with these shows.
⌘ The Good Dinasour / Movie
I was bored. The relationship between the human and the dinasour was cute though.
Best of My Bookstagram
⌘ Cait from Paper Fury shared a tour of her room. Also a great list about the perfect amount of pages for a book with a quiz at the end. Always great fun. And she helps you out with thinking of great ideas for discussion posts.
⌘ Ava from Bookishness and Tea shared a list of marginalized book bloggers
⌘ Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks is doing an arc read-a-thon in April.
⌘ Vivian from Vivians Vocabulaire talks about blogging success.
⌘ Marcia from Oog op de Toekomst shares 9 Sci-Fi books by Dutch authors. She also shares 7 Sci-Fi movies for people who don’t like Sci-Fi (or say they don’t like it).
⌘ Emmy from Zon en Maan asked others to send in anonymous compliments about other (ya) bloggers in February and the compliments post went up this month. I send in some compliments and got a compliment myself.
What Is Up Next Month?
⌘ I’ll be doing two buddy reads this one. Talon with a member of Books Ever After over on Goodreads and Wintersmith with La La in the Library! Books Ever After is also reading Stalking Jack the Ripper as thriller of the month and I’ll be reading along as well.
⌘ My parents will be here at the start of the month. Other than that I don’t really know what April will bring me. Hopefully some more blogging time to be honest.
⌘ Blogging wise I have planned in posts but I’m not as far ahead as I would like to be. I’m trying to be more organized though. Writing out what I want in a post in between Merijn moments so when I do get a moment behind the computer I can just type away.
The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a bit of a recap post of the week (or month) where you can link to the posts you made this week, share news and wrap up your reading.