Well it might not have been a massively successful month in terms of blogging, but I definitely read a lot more than I managed to in February. There aren’t going to be any pictures for this update because I’m feeling exceptionally lazy today, so instead I’ll just list everything I managed to get through. In terms of whole books that I read, and which I therefore managed to add to my Goodreads challenge, I completed Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, The Girl Who Circumnagivated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks, and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente. I also finished reading the first two stories, Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Comes Back, in The Complete Collection of Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, and I’m partway through reading the third. I nearly finished reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, in fact I finished it earlier today, but as I’m reading it in a bind up of all of Jane Austen’s novels I can’t quite tick it off my Goodreads list yet because the ‘book’ is still unfinished (with six novels left to read, yikes!). I also read an ancient novel, Chaerus and Callirhoe by Chariton, which I’m reading in a volume called Collected Ancient Greek Novels, edited by B.P. Reardon. All in all I’m really pleased with everything I read in March (especially as I hadn’t read any of them before), although it’s a bit annoying that I’m apparently a book behind my Goodreads target when I’m actually not because I’ve read more separate novels than I can accurately depict.
I only bought three new books in March (although it’s three more than I should have done): The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente (which I finished the other day), Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. I’ve come up with a new rule which should hopefully limit my book buying, where I now have to have read my new purchases by the end of the following month. These two are definitely on my pile of books to read in April.
Alongside them, I definitely need to read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton for my book club. I’m also reading Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd so I can go and see the film when it comes out at the start of May. I’m actually reading this online via Project Gutenberg, so I don’t really have any comprehension of how much I still have left to read, although I feel like I’m whizzing through it fairly quickly. I haven’t made any more progress in the other books I was already reading so I’d really like to wrap a few of them up this month, and whittle down my currently reading pile to as few books as possible (for me).
I know I listed a lot of things to look out for in my February Update, know that they’re still very much in the works and a number of them are already underway and will be posted soon.