My Bookish Month of March 2024

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

I ended January on a bit of a low note, feeling tired and under the weather, and February turned out even worse, so I started March hoping that things would pick up and fortunately, they did! Nothing exciting to report but I did have more energy in March and I hope that will continue in April cos there’ll be quite a lot of socialising this month 😬

I prepped this post beforehand, mercifully oblivious to the fact we’d end March on a major low… On Easter, a fox got our two bantam Wyandotte chickens and our cockerel, and hubby and I are heart-broken. We also feel terribly guilty, cos we’d forgotten to close the door to the hen house. I woke up around 4 AM, the sound of our cockerel ringing in my ears. I went to check it out and found only two chickens in the hen house, instead of five. Camera footage shows that the fox hopped over the fence and into the hen house, stealing first one bantam, then the other, then poor Dieudonné tried to fight him, ran off and got caught too, alerting me and saving the lives of his two other hens, cos we have no doubt the fox would have come back for them as well if I hadn’t disturbed him by going outside. It was a devastating end to a good month and I spent most of Easter crying, to be honest.

Up until Easter, I had a fabulous bookish month. I don’t know if I’ve ever had this many 4.5 and 5-star reads! The few duds I had were easily forgotten among the fantastic books I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve officially become a Kim Stone fan and I love that I’ve found a series to enjoy in Spanish.
At the end of February, Audible.com (which I hadn’t used in years) offered me a free three-month trial period and I’ve been enjoying the Audible Plus catalogue (with thanks to Jonetta for the recommendations, do check out her Blue Mood Café book blog for all the best (audio)book recs!). I decided to listen to an Edgar Allan Poe collection, which was a daunting thirty-something hours, but after watching The Fall of the House of Usher last year, I thought that audio might be the best way for me to enjoy Poe, and I was right, the poems especially are wonderful in this collection: I loved The Raven so much more on audio than when I read it a few years ago, I’ve listened to it twice already, and I’ve listened to Annabel Lee four times so far. I didn’t enjoy every story in the collection, but I’m really happy I decided to try it, I’ve been wanting to read more Poe for ages.
Meanwhile, Audible UK offered me a three-month subscription for 99p, Audible must really love me, and of course I graciously accepted 😂 The only problem is there aren’t enough hours in the day to listen to all the books I want to listen to!

Honourable mentions to The Redemption of Morgan Bright, What Cats Want, The Life We Bury, The Gentleman Vanishes, The Egg and Other Stories and A Streetcar Named Desire but these were my favourite reads of the month:

In figures March looks like this:

March
Novels: 5433 pages across 16 books and one short story
Audiobooks: 78 hours across 11 books

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

What I read:

A Botanical Daughter, Noah Medlock
The Fortunes of Olivia Richmond, Louise Davidson
The Clinic, Cate Quinn
The Redemption of Morgan Bright, Chris Panatier (review to follow)
You Have Arrived at Your Destination, Amor Towles
Curfew, Jayne Cowie
The Trial, Jo Spain (review to follow)
No. 23 Burlington Square, Jenni Keer
What Cats Want, Yuki Hattori
Juegos del mal (Evil Games), Ángela Marsons
The Kitchen, Simone Buchholz (review to follow)
Birds of Prey, Tom Jackson (review to follow)
The Knowing, Emma Hinds
Hidden Places, Claudia Martin (review to follow)
Killing Jericho, William Hussey
The Family Experiment, John Marrs (review to follow)
Toxic, Helga Flatland (review to follow)

What I listened to:

The Roommate, Dervla McTiernan
The Life We Bury, Allen Eskens
One of Us is Dead, Jeneva Rose
The Woman on the Ledge, Ruth Mancini
The Women, Kristin Hannah
Edgar Allan Poe: The Complete Audio Collection, Vol. 1, Edgar Allan Poe
West Virginia, Joe Halstead
The Gentleman Vanishes, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
The Egg and Other Stories, Andy Weir
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

What I read earlier but reviewed in March:

Lie or Die, A.J. Clack
The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder, C.L. Miller
The Escape Room, L.D. Smithson

I also shared an extract from The Collapsing Wave by Doug Johnstone and Crow Moon by Suzy Aspley.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in March:

Two paperbacks I loved when I read the digital review copies and just had to have on my shelves, and yes, cover love was part of that:

Two audiobooks (one included in the Audible.com trial and one for 99p on Audible UK):

One eBook that had been on the wishlist for a while, five 99p deals, four NetGalley DRCs and three DCRs from Orenda Books:

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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