Monthly Wrap-Up : March 2015 Reads


I was going to say, “wow, this past month has just sped by”, but I suspect it’s something I’ll more or less be saying every month. So consider it not said. I’ll just think it!

I’m doing well with my goal to read 96 books this year. In March I read approximately 15 books—I say approximately, because I read ten issues of The Woods; currently the first four issues appear as Volume 1 of The Woods, and Volume 2 isn’t out yet, so I’m counting The Woods as two books in total (although it really should be 2.5,  I guess, but my reading spreadsheets aren’t designed to accommodate half a book!).

The Books

Taking a step back from my month, I can see it was very much a mystery month around here. I sped through several of S.J. Bolton’s Lacey Flint books, as well as a number of standalones, for a total of eight mysteries read:

Four of the books I read were graphic novels or comics:

  • Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
  • An Age of License by Lucy Knisley
  • The Woods (issues #1-10) by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas
  • Lumberjanes (Volume 1, or issues #1-4) by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen and Shannon Watters

I also read 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff and The Camelot Kids by Ben Zackheim.

The Year-to-Date Stats

Okay, can I just say how I love being able to trot out my year-to-date stats like this? Hurray for spreadsheets and all the fantabulous tabulating and calculating and other stuff they do! (Mind you, I messed up this month and didn’t enter my books read in a timely manner—not that anyone’s very surprised—so I had to leave out the actual dates I completed certain books, as I didn’t remember exactly what those dates were.)

So far this year, I’ve read 41 books, for a total of 12,716 pages. Sixteen male authors (40 percent), 24 female authors (60 percent). Thirteen of my reads, or 30 percent, qualify as diverse books (I track that based on whether there’s a POC, LGBTQ person, disabled person or a person older than 60 as one of the main characters).

In terms of format, print books take the lead so far this year, with 24 books being in print format (five hardcovers, seven paperbacks and 12 trade paperbacks). Eight were ebooks and nine were audiobooks.

So that’s how my reading went in March! What was your March like in terms of books read?

6 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up : March 2015 Reads

  1. Jenni Elyse (@jenni_elyse)

    Wow! You’ve read 41 books already this year? 42 is my goal for the year, lol. I think I may be able to get to 50 if I try really hard. That’s just amazing! You’re almost halfway to your goal and it’s only April. Awesome.

  2. Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such...

    You’re right, the months are just flying by! How is it April already? I’m terribly behind with my reading, so have actually scheduled reading time into my day. So far, that seems to be working so hopefully I can catch up and make my yearly goal! I remember really liking 84 Charing Cross Road, but it’s been awhile since I read it. If I remember correctly, it was made into a movie. Here’s to a productive April!

    Terri @ Alexia’s Books and Such…

  3. Bernadette

    You are flying through the books Belle. I might have to steal your idea to keep track of diverse characters. Neat idea.

  4. Kate @ Midnight Book Girl

    You had an awesome month!!! I envy your spreadsheet skills… maybe I can start before it’s too late in the year… I do keep a written record of my reads (and have since 2008) and I have Goodreads, but I forgot to do a monthly wrap up last month, and haven’t done one for March yet either…

    I love all the mystery books! Thrillers are my go to reads whenever I’m in need of a book to take me completely out of my own head, I might have to check out Bolton’s books. :)

  5. Kay

    Wow! 41 books. What a good number and you’ve definitely put a dent in the Bolton list. Sounds like you’ve had a good start to the year. I read 32 books in that time period and I’m very skewed toward women authors. Kind of always have been. And I’ve done 13 of them on audio. That has increased so much in the last couple of years. I’m glad about that. Here’s to a wonderful 2nd quarter of 2015.

  6. Sharlene

    Wow! You’re having a great reading year so far! I like how you keep track of your diverse reads. I too do spreadsheets but at the moment only note if the author is a POC although I also try to figure out their nationality.

    I so need to read Lumberjanes already!


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