It's April already? Time flies nowadays for me. 3 Months done, and I still have a mountain of challenges to complete! Opps! Sadly this month was not a good reading month for me, partially because of some family issues which I sort of mentioned on an earlier post this month, and I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and thoughts. I can't go into details about what's happening (well at least on here) but its been stressful. Things are starting to improve, but it's slow. Also work keeps me busy, so by the time I get home I'm tired, hungry and usually veg out in front of the TV even thought there is nothing in particular on TV. April will be different! It' sunny and warm out, so that helps when wanting to curl up with a book, under a tree.
For March, I only read three books. All of the books were novels. So not much to report for reading stats there. Here's the books I read this month. My favourite book of the month was "The Cellist of Sarajevo," but "Miss. Chopsticks" is also a book I really enjoyed. (Although it's an "X" author for the last name, I'm not using this book for X Author in my A - Z Challenge, because I have a different "X" author sitting in my TBR pile). The least favourite book was "Life of Pi" (I reviewed it yesterday, but posted it as a March date, I think. Either way it's for March reads, so hopefully I'm not confusing you all, as much as I'm confusing myself :)).
March Reads List
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway - 10/10
Miss. Chopsticks by Xinran - 8.5/10
Life of Pi by Yann Martel - 7.75
Current Challenge Progress
Because it was a bad reading month, it has also been a bad month for my challenges. Although I do have about six challenges that only need 1 or 2 more books to be read to finish them, so that makes me feel better. I should be able to finish most of those ones this month or by May.
I am bowing out of one challenge, which is the 52 Books in 52 Weeks. As much as I was enjoying the challenge and, I will have read 52 books by the end of the challenge, I missed a few weeks for March, and was unsure when I read what book etc. So I have to bow out.
Read 'n' Review - 28 Books
Pages Read - 7, 913/50,000
1st in a Series Challenge - 1/3
2nd's Challenge - 4/6
10/10 Challenge - 28/100
18th and 19th Century Women Writers - 1/3
100+ Challenge - 28/100
451 Reading Challenge - 0/7
A - Z Challenge - 21/52
All About the Brontes Challenge - 1/3
Bibilophilic Challenge - 1/6
Canadian Challenge the 3rd - 4/13
Centuries Challenge - 1/3
Chick Lit Challenge - 0/8
Chunkster Challenge - 0/4 (Starts Feb 1, 2010)
Countdown Challenge - 19/55
Decades Challenge - 2/10
Ebook Challenge - 0/6
Fantasy Challenge - 0/6
Flashback Challenge - 0/6(+?)
Finish that Series Challenge - 0/3 Series
Global Reading Challenge - 11/12
Historical Reading Challenge - 5/6
Jane Austen Challenge - 0/4
The Marple Poitot Holmes Challenge - 3/6
Random Reading Challenge - 0/9
Reading Through the Seasons Challenge - 1/4
Reading Western Europe Challenge - 4/12
RYOB Challenge - 4/50
Support Your Local Library Challenge - 24/50
TBR Lite Challenge - 0/6
A Tournament of Reading - 0/3
Typically British Challenge - 5/6
War Through the Generations: Vietnam - 1/5
What's in a Name? III - 3/6
Wish I Read That Challenge - 10/12
Women Unbound Challenge - 1/5
George Eliot Mini Challenge - 0/2
Elizabeth Glaskell Mini Challenge - 1/2
Leo Tolsty Mini Challenge - 0/2
French Revolution Challenge - 0/2
Wilkie Collins Challenge - 1/2
Link for all Mini Challenges Here
Completed Challenges 2/43
Incomplete/Bowed Out Challenges - 1/1 (of 44 Challenges I'm participating in, now participating 43.)
In other challenge news, 2 challenges have caught my eye, which I want to join. (I have such a problem I know. But one does go into 2011, so really it's only 1.5 challenges I'm joining....right?) I might finish a few up first, then join them. We'll see how things go.
Countries Visited this month.
China, Mexico, India, Belgium. Not bad! Here's a map of all the countries I visited through books.
visited 29 states (12.8%)
Create your own visited map of The World
Books that Followed me home!
7 Books followed me home or came into my mailbox!
I got my first LTER book this month (A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei) which I will hopefully have read/reviewed by Monday night or Tuesday)
So here's a list of books this month that "followed me home"
1) A Thread of Sky - Deanna Fei (LTER, so technically it was a Mailbox read!)
2) The Outlander - Gil Adamson (Mailbox - I ordered it from Amazon.ca)
3) The Heart Specialist - Claire Holden Rothman (Mailbox, also came from Amazon.ca)
4) The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer (Used bookstore. Its an older edition, but not middle English. It's not modern english either. Kind of a mixture of shakespear and modern. But best I can find so far.)
5) Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood - (Used Bookstore)
6) Anthony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare (Used Bookstore)
7) Three Guineas - Virgina Woolf (Used Bookstore).
I now own (at the time of this post, I may be doing a used bookstore/bookstore journey today) 319 books.