My Bookish Month of March 2021

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

March has flown by, it was ridiculous! Work was busy and with Spring in the air there was so much to do in the garden (and dirty windows to clean 😬) I hardly noticed the days go by.

I had an equally busy month in terms of reading, quite a few proofs to read and reviews to write, making March my best bookish month so far this year in terms of pages read and hours listened. There were a few duds among the books I read but I also read a few fantastic books: I loved the latest novels by Belinda Bauer, Laura Purcell and especially Louise Beech, I adored the finale to the Koli trilogy, I had the best time in New Orleans with Mina and the Undead and I had the most fun with my Spanish challenge I ever had: the Spanish translation of King’s The Eyes of the Dragon is nothing short of brilliant. All highly recommended.

In figures March looks like this:

Novels: 5948 pages across 18 novels and 1 novella
Audiobooks: 65 hours across 7 audiobooks

And here’s what I did in March, and some of what I’ll be posting in April:

What I read:

Facets of Death, Michael Stanley (review to follow)
Shiver, Allie Reynolds
The Thirteen Problems, Agatha Christie
Your Turn to Suffer, Tim Waggoner
Exit, Belinda Bauer
A Vow So Bold and Deadly, Brigid Kemmerer
The Shape of Darkness, Laura Purcell
Abberton House, Debbie Ioanna (review to follow)
The Assistant, Kjell Ola Dahl
Los Ojos del Dragón (The Eyes of the Dragon), Stephen King
The Fall of Koli, M.R. Carey
The Wrong Man, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
I 💜 Happy Cats, Anneleen Bru
Stranger in the Lake, Kimberly Belle
Mina and the Undead, Amy McCaw
This Is How We Are Human, Louise Beech (review to follow)
The Cat and The City, Nick Bradley
The Wife Upstairs, Rachel Hawkins
Mirrorland, Carole Johnstone

What I listened to:

Sovereign, C.J. Sansom
The Shadow Man, Helen Fields
Blackberry & Wild Rose, Sonia Velton
In the Company of Strangers, Awais Khan
The Long, Long Afternoon, Inga Vesper
Snowblind, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Daughters of Night, Laura Shepherd-Robinson

What I read earlier but reviewed in March:

The Lamplighters, Emma Stonex
The Islanders, S.V. Leonard
This Nowhere Place, Natasha Bell

I also shared an excerpt from Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz and Bound by Vanda Symon, and an update of my 2021 Bookish Challenges & Goals.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in March (grab yourself a cuppa, you’re gonna need it):

I was spoiled by Orbit Books, look at this stunning mix of proofs and finished books:

And I was spoiled by Orenda Books as well, look at these beautiful proofs (and bookmarks and candy!):

I also received a finished paperback for review from uclan publishing, a proof from MacLehose Press and a blog tour proof from Flame Tree Press:

Then there’s a FairyLoot hardcover, a proof that Eva kindly forwarded to me (thank you!!) and the latest Mydworth Mysteries I couldn’t help but treat myself to:

Two NetGalley eARCs I was sent a widget for, two blog tour eARCs, a pre-order, five bargains and four Orenda Books eBooks I got to choose for my birthday (thank you, Vanessa!!):

An audio-ARC, an Audible credit buy, four bargains and two presents (thank you, Eva!!):

Is this getting out of hand or is this normal bookworm behaviour? 🤔

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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