March 2013 Reading Wrap-Up and April Plans

Posted April 4, 2013 by Heather in Monthly Wrap-ups / 13 Comments


It’s April, and it’s still cold. Hmph. My weather app tells me it’s supposed to be getting warmer very soon, though. I am very much in need of sunshine and warmer weather. March was another good reading month, and another month of not blogging as much as I’d like to. I swear it’s the weather. I just can’t make myself do much of anything besides snuggle up in a blanket on the couch and read.

However, I know that once the weather is nicer, I’ll feel better…and I’ve been thinking about bringing back the “Breakfast & Books” series I used to write. For those of you who are relatively new here, I used to write a series called “Breakfast & Books” that I posted every Wednesday after Eric and I would go out for breakfast and book shopping. Eric and I go on a breakfast date every week while the kids are in school, and we used to hang out at Barnes & Noble for an hour or so afterward. I would blog about books I purchased, or books that I found and added to my ever-growing “to read” list. Then Barnes & Noble became a toy store that also happens to sell some books, and we don’t really enjoy going there anymore. (Plus my book-buying budget is much smaller now than it used to be.) So we stopped hanging out there, and I stopped writing those posts. Now, though, we’ve been going to the library every Wednesday after our breakfast date, and I’ve been checking out ALL THE BOOKS. I think I’ll bring the “Breakfast & Books” series back to write about the books I’ve found at the library. Is that something you all would be interested in reading? I hope so, because I’ll probably write about it whether or not the feedback is in my favor. Hahaha!

Let’s move on to the stats, shall we?

Finished in March: 18
YTD: 53

  • The Long Walk, Richard Bachman
  • The Tale of Lucia Grandi, Susan Speranza
  • Quiet, Susan Cain
  • A Boy’s Own Story, Edmund White
  • The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
  • História, História, Eleanor Stanford
  • The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • In the Woods, Tana French
  • Blasphemy, Sherman Alexie
  • Wilderness Tips, Margaret Atwood
  • Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness, Rebecca Walker (editor)
  • The Orchardist, Amanda Coplin
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, Jonathan Evison
  • The Fridgularity, Mark A. Rayner
  • Strong Motion, Jonathan Franzen
  • The Dead Zone, Stephen King
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  • Seating Arrangements, Maggie Shipstead

Pages read: 6,076
YTD: 18,683

March2013 pagesNumber of pages I read in March, by day


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April reading plans:

  • Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier — #TuesBookTalk (currently reading)
  • The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris (editors) — #1book140 (starting later this evening)
  • Firestarter (currently reading), Roadwork, and Danse Macabre, all written by Stephen King — READ ALL THE SK! project with sj
  • The Missing File, by D.A. Mishani — TLC Book Tours (review posting on April 15th)
  • Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, by Danielle Evans — Twitter Book Club (discussion April 22-24, using #OwnFoolSelf)
  • The Beautiful Room is Empty, by Edmund White
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
  • The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
  • I swear I’m going to start Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime series this month.
  • I can’t remember what else I have planned because I’m being scatter-brained right now and I didn’t really get myself organized before sitting down to write this post.

(As always, you can see most of what I have planned in the way of reading projects and book clubs over there in the sidebar.)

I hope everyone is having a good April so far, and if you’re not already getting warmer weather, I hope you get it soon! WINTER IS GOING.


  • sj

    Yay for all the reading! I have so many books I meant to talk about and never got around to. Oops.

    I think I just hit 70 for the year so far.

  • I loved Ishiguru’s Never Let Me Go and have Remains of the Day on my bookshelf. I love that you go to the library weekly, I would but my list is unwieldy enough as it is.

  • The Age of Miracles is on my list. She actually did a book signing here in NYC. I’m kicking myself for not going :-(. Every time I see it in the book store I want to pick it up but I’m trying to make a dent with what already own before I buy anymore books!

    • I own so many books I haven’t read. Haha! I’m terrible.

  • therelentlessreader

    YES to Breakfast & Books! Double YES for hanging out at the library!

  • The amount you read never ceases to amaze me. You read as many pages this month as I have read all year! Looks like you read some great books in March, and I’m reallly excited that you’re planning to read The Age of Miracles in April! It was one of my absolute favorites last year 🙂

  • I’ve had Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl on my bookshelf for the longest time. My wife says I really need to it. Maybe someday.

    As for Breakfast & Books, yes, I think you should bring that back, even though I don’t remember that, but it sounds like a great theme for a day. Do it! 🙂

  • March 28th is probably a typical reading day for me. 😉 Don’t tell anyone… Just kidding–I’ve read 12 books this year (including audio help) and that actually puts me on track for much more than I had planned on reading! I hope that you love Rebecca! And that warmer weather comes your way soon. Feels like it’s been the longest winter, huh?

  • You continue to amaze me with how much you read each month. I know I just watch entirely too much TV. Ugh! I like your idea for the weekly posts. I really wish I spent more time at the library, but when I check out library books, I neglect what I have at home and you know I have tons of books at home.

  • I loved Rebecca! I hope you enjoy it. And thanks for reading In the Woods!

  • I would LOVE to read breakfast and books. And now I really want some bacon.

  • I’d love to read Breakfast & Books posts so please write them!
    I see that you are planning to read the Marisha Peisl novel in April. I hope you do because I’m very curious about what you will make of it. Have you read The Secret History by Donna Tartt?

  • Impressive as always. 🙂 As for me I hope I haven’t given up on myself. so tight up and constrained my reading is almost non-existent. My haiku now keep the blog going. Looking forward to the Breakfast and Books posts 🙂