Instead of just a monthly wrap up, I thought I would do a quarterly wrap up as well.
So for this quarter I have read 170 books, and have read a total of 56,452 pages.
I will start with my March wrap-up, then my 1st quarter wrap up and my April TBR:
1st quarter stats
Total # of books read: 170/500
Total # of pages read: 56,452
January # of books read: 50
January # of pages read: 17,562
February # of books read: 60
February # of pages read: 19,680
March # of books read: 60
March # of pages read: 21,411
Pages per book: 328
Pages per day: 697
I am just about at two books per day average; there are some days I read just one book; others, three books in a day.
Books read each month so far:
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This has been a very good reading year so far. To start with, there is one very unusual thing about it. I have read more audiobooks in this quarter than I did in the last calendar year. The reason why I have is because I decided to binge read a few series. One is the J. D. Robb In Death books, and have read 27 of 51 thus far, including the novellas. I finished the Lucy Stone series by Leslie Meier. I also binge-read three series by Iris Johansen - Eve Duncan, Kendra Michaels and Catherine Ling.
I have read some standout books this year already. The first one that comes to mine is Photos of You by Tammy Robinson. This book was tragic because there was no surprise as to how it would end but it proved to be very captivating and very well-written.
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor was another excellent book. This was great because it was a buddy read and we read the book in four sections and then discussed each section as we moved on. This book managed to surprise me, even though we thoroughly analyzed it as we read.
Two of the highly anticipated books for 2020 were The Wives by Tarryn Fisher and The Dilemma by B. A. Harris. Both were excellent books for me. I know The Wives has not always been the readers’ favorite, but I enjoyed it and I gave it five stars. The Dilemma was a four star book for me because I felt the incredible lack of communication between the protagonists to be very annoying.
Another excellent book I read was Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. This book was downloaded to my Audible account by my daughter last year, and I listened to it because it fit a criteria for a challenge I was doing in February. My ignorance was major as to the intensity and hatred that existed in South Africa during the Apartheid. I am glad my eyes were opened to this difficult past so many millions had to deal with.
Those are just a small sampling of highlights for the first three months of 2020. I have a Goodreads goal of 500 for this year, and I am already ahead. I might raise the goal mid-year if I continue reading at this pace.
I hope to read as much in April as I have in previous months and have enjoying lining up my TBR.
Here is my April TBR. Although I put a lot of thought into planning what books to read, no doubt I will veer from some of these books. I will roll any of these unread over into May.