Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Month in Review: March 2020

So...anyone else still struggling to find a new normal? I think what is most frustrating is the not knowing how long this is going to last. I normally work from home, so that wasn't an adjustment, but what is an adjustment is being able to head out when I want to - head to a bookstore to just wander aimlessly or head out to Starbucks just to grab a drink and sit there and enjoy my drink while I read. Or most importantly, go visit my nieces and nephews! I know things will get better and I am trying to keep a positive outlook, but some days it is hard. 

Thank goodness for books, right? While I did read my usual amount, I thought I might have read more, but I was a little distracted with the news. I'm hoping April is a little better - I really am trying to stay off social media a little more just to keep my sanity...and hopefully the weather will get warmer soon so I can read outside more!
Reading Stats:
  • Read this month: 22
  • Year to date: 68

Books Read:
  1. Hide Away -- Jason Pinter (audio book)
  2. Girl Can't Help It -- Max Allan Collins (audio book)
  3. The Sea of Lost Girls -- Carol Goodman
  4. The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant -- Kayte Nunn
  5. What It Seems -- Emily Bleeker
  6. Little Lovely Things -- Maureen Joyce Connelly (audio book)
  7. Lying in Wait -- Liz Nugent
  8. The Operator -- Gretchen Berg
  9. No Bad Deed -- Heather Chavez
  10. In Five Years -- Rebecca Serle (audio book)
  11. A Good Neighborhood -- Therese Anne Fowler
  12. Eight Perfect Murders -- Peter Swanson
  13. Problem Child --Victoria Helen Stone
  14. Darling Rose Gold -- Stephanie Wrobel
  15. The Familiar Dark -- Amy Engel
  16. Please See Us -- Caitlin Mullen (e-book)
  17. Summer of '79: A Summer of '69 Story -- Elin Hilderbrand (e-book)
  18. Target Alex Cross -- James Patterson
  19. Miss Austen -- Gill Hornby (e-book)
  20. Watching From the Dark -- Gytha Lodge
  21. The Eighth Girl -- Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
  22. The Missing Sister -- Elle Marr (audio book)
Favorite Books of March: 
  • A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
  • The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel
  • The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung


Once again I am participating in #TheUnreadShelfProject2020, hosted by @theunreadshelf. I will be posting monthly updates both here and over on Instagram.


*These numbers only refer to books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while or that I have recently purchased. It does not include any review books.

  • Total # unread books on shelf at beginning of March: 164
  • Books read this month (that count): 2
  • Books bought/received as gift this month: 8
  • Books cleaned off shelf/donated: 0
  • Total unread books on shelf at end of March: 170
 YTD Stats:
  • Total # unread books on shelf at beginning of January: 158
  • Total Books read from shelves (that count): 7
  • Total Books bought/received as gift: 19
  • Total Books cleaned off shelf/donated: 0
  • Total unread books on shelf at end of March: 170



  1. I dont think normal will a global description for a few more months at least.
    Congrats on your March totals.

  2. Wow you did great! My reading has been about the same as usual. Really when it comes down to it I don't have any extra free time but I'm hoping to squeeze some in because I'm really enjoying the books I'm reading right now!

  3. That's pretty impressive given everything that is going on. I think we will settle in is a new normal whatever that might look like.


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