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!).
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?