March Wrap-up

March Wrap-up

Hi my lovely bookworms! And thank you for clicking on this reading wrap-up for March. As always, time has flown by and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s felt that way. March has not been a great reading month for me, due to me falling ill twice and working a lot. I’ve been a little overwhelmed, so forgive me for the list not being as long as you’re used to. Quality-wise it was a pretty good reading month, though, so I’m not too disappointed. Let’s have a look at the books I read in March and then we’ll have a look at some stats and the books I’m currently reading!

March Books

March was an okay reading month for me, I guess. I would’ve loved to read a little more, especially since the Heartstopper novels are quite short, but I guess seven books is not too shabby. In April, I’m gonna go for 10. These are my March 2022 reads:

Get A Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was definitely the most disappointing book of the month. I had such high hopes for this, since it was hyped up a lot on Bookstagram, but I didn’t care for it much. I wrote an entire review on it which I’ll link below and in the title, but the explicit content was just way too graphic for my taste and it really got in the way of what would otherwise have been quite an enjoyable book.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Loved it. My second CoHo book and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I do need a therapist now, though. Any recommendations?

Heartstopper Volume three by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heartstopper Volume Four by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had to buy volume three and four in this series after finishing the first two in February. These two graphic novels were just as adorable and fun to read as the first two, though they were a little less lighthearted. Especially volume four, where mental health and mental illness are important themes throughout the story. This whole series is wonderful to read.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I finally gave in to reading the most popular fantasy series on Bookstagram. I have to say, I’m not disappointed. It is definitely living up to its expectations so far. I’ll keep you posted on the rest of the series 😉

Stressvrij Beleggen by Lieuwe Jan Eilander

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I won’t bore you with an elaborate explanation of this book. It’s a Dutch book about investing (literal translation of the title: Stress Free investing). I wanted to know more about investing, so I read it and it was quite boring, though informative.

Notes on A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The last book I finished in March. I became a big fan of Matt Haig’s after reading The Midnight Library last year. This is one of Haig’s nonfiction books about his own experiences with depression and anxiety and how to deal with mental illness in such a fast-paced society.

March Stats

I have read a total of 7 books this month, which brings my total for 2022 so far to 23 books, which is 31% of my Goodreads reading goal.

I have read a total of 2616 pages in March.

All of the books I’ve read in March were between 300 and 500 pages long.

Most of the books I’ve read in March were fiction. Only 2 of them were nonfiction; one was a self help book about mental health and the other was about investing. Am I slowly becoming the dullest person alive? Maybe.

Of the 7 books I read in March, 4 were physical copies and 3 were digital editions. Two of the digital editions were graphic novels and the other was just.. very graphic..

5 out of 7 books were romance novels. That means that every work of fiction I read in March was a romance novel.

My average rating in March was 3.93⭐️. That is slightly lower than my over all average of 4.06⭐️. We’ll do better in April.

Current reads

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

You’re probably going to see a Harry Potter book appear on every monthly wrap-up for the next couple of months, since I’m doing a Rereading Harry Potter series of posts (you may have seen it, if not, you can click on the link). I’m about two-thirds of the way through the Prisoner of Azkaban right now, so I’ll definitely finish that before my April wrap-up.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

I know, it’s weird to be reading a Christmas romance novel in spring, but I actually started reading this before Christmas and then I didn’t finish it in time. I put it down for like three months and then I figured it would either become a DNF (because I’m not going to wait a whole year to read the second half of a book) or I would continue right now, so I decided on the latter. I’m about 60% through the book right now, so hopefully it will appear on next month’s wrap-up.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Okay I’ve discovered that I am a sucker for Matt Haig books. This is my third book by Haig and I’m loving it. His honesty about his own experiences with depression and anxiety are just.. wow. Reasons to Stay Alive was actually written before Notes on a Nervous Planet, but they can both be read separately.

Favourite March Quotes

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”

All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover

“Apologies are good for admitting regret, but they do very little in removing the truth from the actions that caused the regret.”

All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover

“And besides, libraries aren’t just about books. They are one of the few public spaces we have left which don’t like our wallets more than us.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Remember no one really cares what you look like. They care what they look like. You are the only person in the world to have worried about your face.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Happiness is not good for the economy.

We are encouraged, continually, to be a little bit dissatisfied with ourselves.”

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

“Why, dear boy, we don’t send wizards to Azkaban just for blowing up their aunts.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

This Months Posts

February Reading Wrap-Up

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 9

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 10

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 11

Heartstopper Volume 1-4 by Alice Oseman

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 12

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

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14 Short Reads to get Ahead of Your Reading Goal

14 Short Reads to get Ahead of Your Reading Goal

Hello my lovely fellow bookworms! I don’t know about you, but I always love setting myself a reading goal for the year. I’m kind of an all or nothing kinda gal, so I have always struggled with forming habits, but I feel like having a reading goal helps me with that. The downside of having a reading goal, though, is that it can be a source of stress whenever I’m behind or on track. My favourite place to be is just a couple of books ahead. Right now I’m at 6 books out of 75 for 2022, which is 3 books ahead of schedule. My approach for this year was to start off with some short reads. This way, I would be ahead right away and I wouldn’t experience any stress. This also creates some space for a potential reading slump or to fit in some big books that take a little longer to get through (Stephen King is on my TBR this year). Here are 14 short reads to get ahead of your reading goal (or catch up if you’re already behind) and experience a stress-free year of reading!

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (226 pages)

My first read of the year for 2022 for this exact reason. I wasn’t blown away, but it was enjoyable enough to make this list.

2. We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (64 pages)

Short, but informative. You get ahead of your reading goal ánd you learn about feminism. What more could you possibly want? Plus, she has written many more books, so if you like this, there’s more where that came from.

3. For the Harry Potter fans:

If you haven’t read them yet, try reading Quidditch Through the Ages (105 pages), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (128 pages), The Tales of Beedle the Bard (109 pages) and the Pottermore Presents series (3 short ebooks with short stories from Hogwarts).

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (213 pages)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not actually one of my favourites. My guess is that I may have just been too young to understand the book, since I was about 13 or so and English is not my first language. Since everyone seems to love this book with all their hearts, I’ll probably give it another shot one of these days and I suppose that earns it a place on this list.

5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (155 pages)

Shakespeare is not the easiest writer to read, of course. Though the plus side of reading Shakespeare is that his plays are always between about 100 pages and 200 pages long. So if you’re into reading plays, poetry or classics like Jane Austen, this would make a pretty good read to get ahead of your reading goal. Since you probably already know the story of Romeo and Juliet, it will be easier to get through than most of Shakespeare’s other plays.

6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (96 pages)

This book is so cute and so educational at the same time. It was written by the French pilot Saint-Exupéry in 1943 as a kind of modern fairytale. The pilot died a year later after being shot down by a German pilot. The Little Prince was the last book he ever published. Most editions of The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) are illustrated and it’s a great read for both children and adults.

7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (201 pages)

This book absolutely broke my heart. The plot is so incredibly well thought of and beautifully executed. Definitely worth a read if you like getting your heart ripped out and stomped on. I would recommend this even if you’re not looking for a short read in particular.

8. Animal Farm by George Orwell (141 pages)

Easily one of my favourite classics. I say easily, because I haven’t read that many, so there are not a lot to choose from. Nevertheless, even if there were, this would probably still be one of my favourites. The fact that it’s relatively short probably has something to do with it. I love classics, but not for 600 pages straight. That’s just too much. This one is short and sweet and understandable. I would recommend doing a little bit of research on it before reading, though. That way you might better understand what Orwell is trying to say with his book.

9. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (211 pages)

I loved this one. It’s romantic poetry that is told through words from a dictionary. This way the story is not told chronologically, but through short entries, mixed up and put in alphabetical order.

10. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (172 pages)

I read this book a while ago on my Ipad. If you’re more into the nonfictional/self help books and/or you’ve set some New Year’s Resolutions for 2022, I would recommend this book. Even if you’re not planning on getting up at 5 A.M. every day like Hal Elrod, he still has some great tips and tricks to make the most of your day. And all that in just 172 pages.

11. The Millstone by Margaret Drabble (172 pages)

I remember reading this book when I was about 15 years old. The book was published in 1965 and it’s about a young (unmarried) academic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand. She considers an abortion at first, but in the end she decides to keep the baby and raise it by herself. Not exactly a light read, but definitely one that leaves an impression and it’s only 172 pages. (TW: Abortion)

12. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (206 pages)

What I wouldn’t give to be able to read the Narnia series again for the first time. This book is absolutely magical. If you haven’t read it yet, this is your sign. We named our family cat Aslan because of this book. You could choose to watch the movies of course, but there are only three movies and the series contains of 7 books, so.. You’d be missing out.

13. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (226 pages)

A true tearjerker. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll love the book. I know this is a cliché, but the book is actually better than the movie. Just rip my heart out, why don’t you.

14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (200 pages)

One of the classics that appears on every list, so naturally this one can’t be an exception. It’s relatively short, the story is amazing and it’s a classic to scratch off your list.

That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this list of short reads to get ahead of your reading goal. If you have any additions to this list, let me know.