The Bride looks back at March

So March turned out not to be the greatest reading month this year (so far) largely because I spent almost two weeks being sick – a head cold not Covid thankfully but it just would not shift – compounded by a bout of conjunctivitis which also lingered and made reading a bit uncomfortable.

So I didn’t. Read, that is.

The Stats:

  • Books read = 3
  • Pages read = 1,664
  • Goodreads challenge = 16 out of 72, or 22% of my target for the year

I’m also taking part in a TBR reduction challenge. This month that involved a main goal of starting a series and a stretch goal of completing that series during the upcoming year.

I started Habits of the House by Fay Weldon but didn’t get very far, not because I wasn’t enjoying it, I just lost momentum because of being sick. I’ve set it aside for now, along with the other stuff I was reading until I’m ready to pick it all up again when I no longer associate them with feeling yucky..

I covered two of the books I read this month in my last post (which you can find here); the third book I read is one that I have been working on for what feels like eons.

That book is Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century by Geoffrey Parker. It’s a huge book full of fantastic detail and many things to think deeply about, but although it’s incredibly readable it’s also very info heavy which is why it’s taken me so long to read.

Progress went as follows – I started reading it in November 2018, set it aside in September 2019, picked it up again in August 2021, let it drift for a bit, started reading it seriously again last November and finally finished it March 14th. I have eight pages of quotes in my reading journal so clearly got a lot out of it.

I bought a lot of new books this month but not sure if I’m going to do a book haul. I’d like to be consistent with my weekly posts where I can better cover what I’m currently reading (which I haven’t properly settled on for April yet) and what new bookish goodies come into my home.

Let me know what you think, and have a great reading week!

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