This whole year has felt a bit like one big reading slump, but after I read a post on Eve’s Bookish Confections I thought to look back at last year’s reading and realized that the first few months of 2015 were fairly similar. In fact, March was my worst month of the year, at least in terms of books read. Knowing that, I feel a little better, especially since it seems like things are looking up for April.
I finally feel like I’ve settled back into a somewhat normal reading routine and it shows in what I was able to get through this month. Some of the books I read were shorter, but when I look at my spreadsheet and stats for the year, it always amazes me how much difference just ten or fifteen pages more a day can make. I don’t necessarily focus on reading a specific number of books, but up until this month I felt like I was so distracted and couldn’t read even when I wanted to…so it’s nice to have that lifted a bit.
We’ve Already Gone This Far by Patrick Dacey
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
Pushout by Monique W. Morris
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide by Christian Kiefer
The Song Machine by John Seabrook
Shelter by Jung Yun
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Broken Three Times by Joan Kaufman
Best Book of the Month
Shelter by Jung Yun (My love for this one kind of crept up a while after I had finished. I highly recommend it, especially if you liked Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family.)
This month has been some variation on my usual podcasts and Hamilton, without anything all that new to mention. Though there was the Hamilton episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, which was incredible. If you’re still a little unsure about this whole thing or have no idea what it even is, that episode is a brilliant introduction.
I mentioned in my Day in the Life post that I’ve been rewatching Mad Men before falling asleep at night, but it’s been creeping into my afternoons a bit lately, too. I loved the show when it aired, but just appreciate it so much more as a binge watch that I’m tempted to start over from the beginning as soon as I finish.
Looking Forward To
I have a ton to look forward to in May, so April is a bit of an in-between month for me. Like I mentioned last week, I’m excited for the Readathon and really just ready for the consistent niceness of Spring.
How was your reading in March? What are you looking forward to in April?