Monthly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up March 2023

March feels like it went by quickly, and it was a hectic month. Since it was so busy, I didn’t get as much done reading-wise as I was hoping to, but I also had some fun celebrating Purim, a Jewish holiday. However, it also meant that Passover is right around the corner, so prep work for that has been underway this week, along with moving my entire room around to accommodate more book cases. But since I now have enough room for all of my books in the cases, plus a little extra to fit more books, so I can’t complain.

March was Women’s History Month, and while I didn’t read any nonfiction about women’s history, most of the books I read were written by female authors. However, I do make an effort to read books about women involved in history all year round, just like I do with diverse authors and subject matter. Here are some of my highlights from March:

  • My blog went from 732 followers to 750, and I’m thrilled about that! I’ve been trying to continue growing it and engage with other blogs more often.
  • I’m continuing to struggle with my physical ARCs, although my NG ARCs are under control.
  • Of the 33 books I read this month, 7 were nonfiction. This includes a cookbook, 1 about social sciences, 2 about true crime, 1 about menstruation (it was way more interesting than it sounds, I swear), a memoir, and 1 about incorporating therapy into tarot reading.
  • As far as diverse voices, I read 5 books by a Black author, 1 by a SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) author, 4 by an LGBTQIA+ author, 5 by an Asian author, 1 by a Latine author, and 1 by a Jewish author.
  • I committed to reading outside of my usual genres, so I read 2 horror, 1 science/nature book, 1 self-help/inspirational book, and 1 social science book.
  • I read the third and fourth of my 12 in 12 challenge books for the year, I’ve read 14 out of 18 books by Jewish authors for the challenge, and I’m 74% done with my 2023 PopSugar reading challenge.

Here’s my breakdown of monthly/cumulative totals for March:

March Totals:

  • Books read: 33
  • Books DNF’d: 0
  • Pages read: 5,609
  • Hours listened: 9 days, 18 hours, 1 minute
  • Average pages: 373.9
  • Average hours listened: 14 hours, 7 minutes

Cumulative Averages:

  • Days per book: 3.32
  • Pages read per day: 173.13
  • Books read per month: 35
  • DNF’d books per month: 1.67

Genres Read in March:

  • Biography/Memoir: 1
  • Fantasy: 10
  • General Fiction: 2
  • Historical Fiction: 2
  • Horror: 2
  • Mystery/Suspense: 3
  • Romance/Erotica: 7
  • Science/Nature: 1
  • Self-Help/Inspiration: 1
  • Social Science/Current Affairs/Politics: 1
  • Travel/Food: 1
  • True Crime: 2

Backlist vs. New Releases:

  • Backlist books: 16
  • 2023 releases: 17

Fiction Vs. Nonfiction:

  • Fiction: 26
  • Nonfiction: 7

Format Read:

  • Print: 7
  • Digital: 8
  • Audio: 18

Age Range:

  • Adult: 27
  • YA: 6

My favorite books of the month were The Rebel King by Gina L. Maxwell and The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart.

Here’s what I read in March:

  • The Dark King by Gina L. Maxwell (Deviant Kings #1) — reread
  • Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah (Beacon Bakeshop #1) — reread

How did March go for you? Drop your link below, so I can visit and check out your wrap up.

6 replies »

  1. Great list for March!
    For your average hours listened in March, was that 14 hours per book average?
    And I know it’s a much loved book, but I couldn’t finish Interview with the Vampire. I found it too slow and really dry. Is that representative of Rice’s other work or would The Witching Hour still be worth picking up? I see you rated them very differently and I guess I’m wondering what the difference was? 🙂

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    • Thank you! No, the average is just the total time divided by the number of days in the month, not per book.

      As for Interview with the Vampire, I just found Louis to be the world’s most boring vampire. It definitely isn’t representative of Rice’s style, at least in the books that I’ve read of hers. The Witching Hour is written very differently, and I highly suggest that one – it’s a cross between historical fiction that follows a family of witches for centuries (don’t worry there’s a lot of action and things going on), and then there’s another storyline in the present day that also has a lot going on. I’m curious to hear your thoughts if you do give it a read!

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  2. Ohhhh, I think I would like The Forever Witness. Love true crime! Curious why your last two book weren’t rated though? Is it because they were rereads?


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