Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March Wrap Up and Quarterly Reads




Hi! In today’s blog post I will be sharing my March Wrap Up as well as my quarterly reads for 2021. As of this writings I have read 135 books thus far this year. My Goodreads reading goal is 500 books, so this places me 13 books ahead of schedule. 

My stats to-date are as follows:

Books read for 2021 so far: 135
Running total # pages: 45,583
Average pages per day: 506
Average pages per book: 338


March has been my best month so far this year, What really pulled me up was picking up on book #11 in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson  and Maxine Paetro. It had been several years since I read book #10, but picking up with 11th Hour brought me right back into the game with Lindsay, Cindy, Claire and Yuki. I love these women (and their respective men), and then I proceeded to binge read all the books now available in the series, which brought me to 20th Victim. The next book in the series, 21st Birthday, is due for release in May, and I have already pre-ordered it on Audible.

March was great for me in that I finished Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo, which I started February 18th and finished on the first of the month. I also read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, which was a group read with a wonderful group of people. March was also pretty good in that I participated in a few group reading challenges, with the exception of one bad experience. I am already keyed up to join several challenges in April, which include, Reading Rivalry, Litwits, Mandy's Chill Book Group, Bookish Brawlers, Literary Fight Club and The Booket List, all which can be found on Facebook.

Now, to discuss a few of my favorite books for March. We will start with The Therapist by B. A. Paris, which is actually a July release. It is a fabulous thriller and bound to be a hit. Then I read and loved The Bullet by Iris Johansen, which is the 27th book in the Eve Duncan series. In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce was amazing! It was a fictional book about a real historical woman called The Black Widow of LaPorte, who well over a hundred years ago, proved to be one of the world's most prolific women serial killers. 

I finished the Orphan X series by Greg Hurwitz and am more than eager for the next book in the series. I also loved the Alex & Eliza trilogy by Melissa de la Cruz and then watched the musical Hamilton. This has keyed me up to read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow in April. I am also eager to read another tome, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. And then I want to dive into some of Hercules Poirot's cases that are in a couple of huge hardcover volumes in my home library.

Her Revenge by Emma Tallon is another fabulous book, one where we meet a new female protagonist in a London crime family. I loved her previous seven-book series, Anna Davis. In this new book we meet the fearless Scarlet Drew and her Aunt Lily, I also read most of the books in the Fox and O'Hare series by Janet Evonavich, Lee Goldberg and Peter Evonavich. I am eager to get to the last book in this series in April, The Bounty, which was co-written with Steve Hamilton. A notable book I read was Just My Luck by Adele Parks. This book showed just about every bad thing that could happen when a couple become instant millionaires due to the lottery. 

Another great series that I read was the Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn. I can't wait for the next book! I also had a great early read of The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. It is his sophomore book; his debut book was The Silent Patient. I loved his new book and found it to be spectacular. Earlier this year I read Remember Lisa Genova, so in March I read Still Alice and then watched the movie. I love this author and have lined up her other books to read in April. I also revisited my favorite girls, the March sisters, with another reread of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I just have to read this book again every few years.

March was good to me in other ways as well. I successfully completed 19 blog tours for the month and have already made a dent into April's upcoming blog tours. I have also managed to film, edit and upload 30 YouTube videos, which are mostly book reviews. Considering my anxiety, that was a huge feat!!

I am thrilled that I was able to finish two diamond paintings:

Mountain Castle by Dominic Davison

Catching Dreams by Chuck Pinson

Below are screenshots of each book cover and the ratings for each title that I read in this first quarter of 2021. Each cover and title are clickable directly to the Goodreads page for each book.

March
Monthly # pages: 22,293
Books read this month: 56

The Therapist 3/31 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
20th Victim 3/30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The 19th Christmas 3/30 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The 18th Abduction 3/29 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The 17th Suspect 3/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Medical Examiner 3/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
16th Seduction 3/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Trial 3/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
15th Affair 3/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
14th Deadly Sin 3/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Unlucky 13 3/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
12th of Never 3/28 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
11th Hour 3/28 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II 3/27 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Bookstore on the Beach 3/28 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My Husband's Girlfriend 3/25 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Bullet 3/25 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Save My Daughter 3/24 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Just My Luck 3/23 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
War and Peace 3/2-23 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Indebted Earl 3/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Trouble with Picket Fences 3/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tell No Lies 3/19 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Setup 3/19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Not My Mother 3/19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Path to Sunshine Cove 3/18 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Little Women 3/15 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Maidens 3/17 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
In the Garden of Spite: A Novel of the Black Widow of La Porte 3/16 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Lost Hero 3/16⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Summertime Guests: A Novel 3/1t ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
No Exit 3/2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Vox 3/14 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
If the Boot Fits 3/14 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Cowboy to Remember 3/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Nowhere To Hide 3/14 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I'll Be Watching You 3/13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Her Revenge: An absolutely gripping and gritty crime thriller about betrayal, revenge and family secrets 3/11 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Princess Diaries 3/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Peter Pan 3/9 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Love & War 3/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
All For One 3/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Alex and Eliza 3/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Murderous Relation 3/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Perilous Undertaking 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Treacherous Curse 3/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Dangerous Collaboration 3/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An Unexpected Peril 3/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Curious Beginning 3/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Prodigal Son 3/3 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The List 3/2 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Into the Fire 3/2 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Out of the Dark 3/1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Intern 3/1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sacajawea 2/18-3/1🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


February 
Monthly # pages: 13,010
Books read this month: 40

                                       

Her Dark Lies 2/26 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Danger in Numbers 2/24 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Are We There Yet? 2/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ice Creams at Emerald Cove 2/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What the Heart Wants 2/20 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
To Catch a Dream 2/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Earl's Lady Geologist 2/18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Fragile Ones 2/18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II 2/17 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Nightingale 2/17 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Big Kahuna 2/16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Lake House 2/16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
One Perfect Grave 2/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Girls in the Snow 2/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Girl from Silent Lake 2/14 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Close My Eyes 2/13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
After the Crash 2/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mystery by the Sea 2/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Broken Ones 2/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Vineyard at Painted Moon 2/10 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Stranger in Town 2/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Pursuit 2/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Jigsaw Man 2/8 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Because of Miss Bridgerton 2/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Girl at the Back of the Bus: An absolutely heart-wrenching historical novel 2/7 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Scam 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Job 2/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Chase 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Heist 2/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hard Eight 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Shell Game 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pros and Cons 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Lost Apothecary 2/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Audrey's Inn 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Truth About Melody Browne 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Grease Babe 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Deep Down 2/3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dead Secret 2/3 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Silent Voices 2/2 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

January
Monthly # pages:  10,550
Books read this month: 39

                                     

The Cowgirl's Surprise Match 1/31 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Her Sweet Temptation 1/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Cowboy's Claim 1/29 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Invisible Woman 1/28 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Murder in the Belltower 1/28 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Reunited on Dragonfly Lane 1/27 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Meant to Be 1/26 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Haven for Christmas 1/25 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Cold Cruel Kiss 1/24 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Song for a Cowboy 1/24 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Blink of an Eye 1/23 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Someone to Trust 1/22 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Girl from the Channel Islands 1/21 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Lethal Protector 1/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Wife Upstairs 1/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Before She Wakes 1/19 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Other Mothers 1/18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting 1/17 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Perfect Guests 1/16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
No Holding Back 1/15 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After 1/13 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
On the Way to the Wedding 1/13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It's in His Kiss 1/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It's in His Kiss: The 2nd Epilogue 1/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When He Was Wicked 1/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When He Was Wicked: The 2nd Epilogue 1/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
To Sir Phillip, With Love 1/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Special Ops Seduction 1/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
To Sir Phillip, With Love: The 2nd Epilogue 1/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Romancing Mr Bridgerton 1/9 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Romancing Mister Bridgerton: The 2nd Epilogue 1/9 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
An Offer From A Gentleman: The 2nd Epilogue 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/9
An Offer From a Gentleman 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/9
The Viscount Who Loved Me: The 2nd Epilogue 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/6
The Viscount Who Loved Me 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/6
Find Me in Havana ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/5
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/5
Single Mother ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4
The Duke and I: The Epilogue II 1/3 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Here is my projected TBR for April. I call it a fluid TBR because it will likely change over and over again as the month progresses. However, it is a nice framework for me. As above, each book cover is clickable to Goodreads.

TBR


So, that is it for this first quarter. Now onto the next three months!


7 comments:

  1. Is there anything else to say other than WOW!? And you also completed paintings while doing all this ......
    You inspire and amaze me

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  2. I love your diamond paintings. Hope April will as good or better for you.

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  3. So glad reading is picking up for you. I know the months you “fall behind” are still heartily impressive for folks like me, but I want you to meet your reading goals like the superstar you are!

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  4. You are amazing as usual. I'd love to be able to read as many books as you do and fab ones too. Here's to a great April too. X

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  5. This is phenomenal - you need to be studied for a superpower

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  6. All your hard work is much appreciated. Nobody can stop to admire you. Lots of appreciation. cosplay shop

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