March Wrap-Up

Elf "reading" my Kindle for March in review
Elf “reading” my Kindle for March in review


I’ve decided to do a review of my month to see how I’m doing each month. I plan to link-up to a couple of blogs that host wrap-ups and reviews. the Month in Review is hosted at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction.



Books read in March

I had a great reading month! I liked most of the books I read a lot. And I read 11 books which helped me catch up with my reading goal and now I’m a bit ahead. Yay!

I took part in Take Control of Your TBR Challenge and all the books I read were TBR books. I have so many TBR books so it was great to focus on them for at least one month!

A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (ebook) — B+

Fire in the Blood by W.R. Gingell (ebook) — B+

Too Late to Die by Bill Crider (ebook) — B (new author)

The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths (audiobook) — B+

Shotgun Saturday by Bill Crider (ebook) — C

Artemis by Andy Weir (audiobook) — B+

The First Chill in Autumn by W.R. Gingell (ebook) — B+

Hive Mind: Telepath by Janet Edwards (ebook) — B+

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee (audiobook) — B+ (new author)

A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor (ebook) — B+

The Time Traders by Andre Norton (ebook) — B

Books reviewed

Three books reviewed in March may not seem like a lot, but for me it is. I’ve had trouble writing reviews for quite awhile and am slowly trying to change that. I’m very happy to have three books done this last month. Writing reviews is definitely a work in progress for me.

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (ebook) — A

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz (library ebook) — B

Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein (audiobook) — A-

March blog events

Take Control of Your TBR Challenge

I participated in this challenge hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

All 11 books I read during March were for this TBR Challenge so I feel I accomplished what I wanted to. Some of these books have been on my TBR list for quite a while and in some cases I had forgotten about them, but when I looked for TBR books I found some like The Time Traders by Andre Norton which I had purchased in 2013! I didn’t get to participate in the Twitter party. I also didn’t get all my books linked at Caffeinated Reviewer, but that’s alright with me since I mostly wanted to read books I’ve been meaning to read or have forgotten about. And I did get a lot read.

Spring Bloggiesta

I love the idea of Bloggiesta, but this wasn’t a very good Bloggiesta for me. I got a little done during Bloggiesta, but didn’t take part in any of the challenges or the twitter parties. I also didn’t comment on other Bloggiesta participant blogs. I ended up being much busier in my personal life than I had thought I would be.

However, I did work on a review plan which will hopefully help me write at least mini reviews for the books I read.

Personal life

Month of dogs!

I took care of one of my daughter’s dogs during much of March. Bailey was really sick during part of the month and needed meds every few hours. She has completely recovered now, but then my daughter’s other dog–Juneau–was spayed and bled a lot more than expected so had lots more sutures. She had to spend at least ten “quiet” days which was very difficult for Juneau since she’s a very active dog. I took care of Bailey during that time since when there was any noise Juneau wanted to investigate. Juneau got her stitches out at the end of the month. Both dogs are fine now and Bailey is very happy to be back home!

Cold weather, but the robins have returned so I know spring is coming!

We have lots of birds still coming to our feeders including a pair of cardinals. We’ve had a pair of cardinals here since we moved here a couple of years ago. I wish there were more cardinals, but I’m thankful for that pair. The goldfinches are also back and eating our thistle seed like mad! Lots of birds looking for places to build nests.

We had snow several times during March and lots of cold weather and wind. We did have a couple of days that the temps got to 60 degrees, but mostly they were in the 40’s or lower. However, the bulbs my husband and I planted last fall are starting to come up! (Only a couple of inches so far, but I’m excited anyway!)

Library sale

My local library had a book sale of books they’ve withdrawn from their collection. I don’t buy many physical books anymore, but I did find four children’s books and two gardening books–all for $1.75! It was fun to look through the books and I’m happy I resisted buying more books!

Lots of Miss Marple

Joan Hickson as Miss Marple
Joan Hickson as Miss Marple

We watched Miss Marple episodes (based on the books written by Agatha Christie) on Acorn TV this month. This is the newest Miss Marple series with Geraldine McEwan (2004-2008) and then Julia McKenzie (2009-2013) as Miss Marple. Some of the stories were changed quite a bit and nine of the books they used didn’t even have Miss Marple in them! My husband who hasn’t read the Miss Marple books didn’t have as many problems as I had with these dramatizations. However, some of these episodes have been very strange.

My favorite Miss Marple is Joan Hickson. The twelve Miss Marple books were dramatized, starred Joan Hickson and originally aired between 1984 to 1992. Joan Hickson “looks” like Miss Marple to me!

Easter Trip

My husband, younger daughter and I went to visit our older daughter for Easter weekend. She lives in central Illinois–about a five-hour car trip from us. It was a wonderful, fun trip. Lots of talking and laughing and food.

We went to see Ready Player One. I was the only one who had read the book, but we all liked the movie. The basic idea of the book was there. When I read the book I thought the Oasis was much more immersive than it showed in the movie. I have to admit that even though I’m not a gamer I did love the idea of the Oasis though our real life has to be more important. In a dystopian future it’s easy to see how living in the Oasis would become an escape from life.

What was March like for you?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

5 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up”

  1. You have had a really good reading month in March – just as well with the miserable weather! Though the cardinals sound a delight – I daren’t put food out for the birds as we have far too many cats prowling around our garden… I agree with you regarding Joan Hickson being the best Miss Marple, too!
    Let’s hope that April is warmer and a really good reading month.


  2. Congrats on your TBR Challenge, I am sure your pretty happy with getting some of those read!! A Trick of the Light looks interesting.


  3. Congrats on reading 11 books! That’s impressive. I did the Take Control challenge, too. I’m glad that both of the dogs are okay. Sick dogs are sad, and needy, and no fun. I hope you have a great April!


  4. Looks like a great reading month to me and to read all those TBR books would be very satisfying. Yay for three review posts because that means more focus on the TBR pile! Your trip to Illinois sounds really great.


  5. I’m excited to see that most people are saying Ready Player One is good. I’m glad they stuck to the spirit of the book (if not to all the details—which is pretty much impossible).


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