Reading Recap – March 2013

In 2013, I’m going to post a recap each month, talking about all of the books I read in that month. My goal is to read 60 books this year, which means five books a month. In March, my plan was to read the following 5 books: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis, Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi, Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – plus one book I quickly read before I posted that TBR post: Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans. In addition, I’ve been listening to the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson on audio, in my car, whenever I have the opportunity.

Did I really think I was going to make my way through all of those books? Heck no. Did I make it through all of those books? Uhm, yes, and then some?!

What I read in March

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans Raven (a Delirium story) by Lauren Oliver Shades of Earth by Beth Revis The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan The Ash-Born Boy by Victoria Schwab

East of Eden by John Steinbeck Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes and Michelle Rowen Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi The Shattered Mountain by Rae Carson

Requiem, by Lauren Oliver Crewel by Gennifer Albin Naive Super by Erlend Loe

Okayyyy, holy crap. Even though a few of these are novellas, I still think this might be a record month for me. How the heck did I do it?! I honestly don’t know. But I like it, all the same. And I did post full reviews for some of these, so my mini-reviews post shouldn’t be TOO overwhelming. I hope.

Reading Challenge Updates

Here’s the progress I’ve made so far on my  reading challenges for 2013.

Book Bingo

This month I didn’t get any BINGOs but I did make a lot of progress. (See all my progress here.)

  • Level 2, Shades of Earth, and Through the Ever Night help me cross of square N4.
  • East of Eden and The Lover’s Dictionary help me cross of square B3.
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities, Falling Kingdoms, and Requiem help me cross of square I3.
  • Crewel starts my first progress toward square I4.

Debut Author Challenge

It did make a little progress this month, with Level 2. At least I’m on target for the year, with 3 read by March. (See all my progress here.)

Seriously Series

I got to cross of a few series this month! I love crossing things off of lists! In March, I got to cross off the Across the Universe, Under the Never Sky, and Delirium series! Of course, I also started a couple of new series this month, so maybe I’ll get around to adding them — and then crossing them off — my Seriously Series Challenge list for this year. (See all my progress here.)

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14 thoughts on “Reading Recap – March 2013

  1. Wow, great job! That’s WAY more than the 5 you were aiming for, lol. And so many challenges! I don’t know how you do it. The mere thought of starting one challenge scares me. Too much commitment! :P

    • LOL! Yet, you’ll force yourself to read all kinds of books that you don’t like, just because you can’t abandon them? There’s a challenge I’d rather not face. ;)

  2. I love wrap-up posts like this, but I always forget to make them! maybe I will make one for Wednesday since I don’t have anything scheduled for it yet. I’m nosy and like to see what everyone else has read. And a bit competitive!

    All I’ve read out of all of those is East of Eden, which I was not happy about the ending of. It kind of fell flat for me and the whole book seemed anticlimactic.

    • Yeah, I really didn’t enjoy much about East of Eden at all. Pretty sure I’m going to stay away from Steinback after that.

      As for being competitive… I just can’t do it when it comes to quantities read. I’ve seen a few other monthly wrap-ups where they reported reading like 30+ books in March! I mean, how do people have the time?! I’m amazed I was able to read as much as I did. I mean, you can see, my goal was 5 books a month, and I thought that was almost unattainable for me, lol.

  3. Wow that’s a lot of books! I’m only aiming to read 20 books this year, about 1.5 a month, and I’m struggling because I have so many other things to do! But I am consistently reading, which I think is an improvement over most years of my life.

    • Yeah, I say just read when you can. Sometimes I get more free time for reading (like today, for example: I’m home sick), but yeah. Not much. I have no idea how people can read over 100 books in a year!

  4. That’s an insane amount of books! I only read four this month (one less than I usually do), because of school. I can’t wait until the summer where I can read for hours and hours :D

  5. You’ve definitely read a LOT of books this month. Great job, Kelley! Honestly, I think I only read, like, 8 books this month. What a failure. Then again, reading should be enjoyed, right? ;) Ah, I’m super jealous you got to read REQUIEM, THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY, and KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES. I hope you enjoyed them all, even though REQUIEM’s been getting pretty mixed reviews so far…

    Good job this month, girl. :)

    • Well, a lot of those are shorts, so it’s probably a total of about 10 whole books in my list for March – not too much more than 8. Yes, Requiem was… interesting? I’ll be posting a review, or at least some thoughts, on it soon. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on it too, whenever you get a chance to read it.

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