March 2016 Reading Wrap Up

Courtney Milan Challenge: (30% completed; 1 of 2 series completed)

1. Proof by Seduction (Carhart Series #1) 3.5 stars

2. Trial by Desire (Carhart Series #2) 3 stars

 

Regency Box Set: (33% completed)

3. A Gentleman Never Tells (The Wetherby Brides #1) by Jerrica Knight-Catania 1 star

4. More Than a Governess (The Wetherby Brides #2) by Jerrica Knight-Catania 3 stars

5. Twice A Rake (Lord Rotheby's Influence #1) by Catherine Gayle .5 star

 

Sinatra at 100:

6. Sinatra: The Photographs by Andrew Howick and Barbara Sinatra 5 stars

 

Women in Military Challenge: (50% completed)

7. The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq  by Helen Benedict 1 star

 

Non-fiction Challenge: (8 out of 50 books; 16% completed)

8. Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers by Teri Agins 4 stars

9. I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai 4 stars

10. The Birth of The Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig DNF

11. March: Book One by Rep John Lewis (graphic novel) 5 stars

12. Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend - still working on

13. The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan - still working on

14. Desperate Networks by Bill Carter 4 stars

 

Great and Powerful TBR Pile:

15. The Major's Faux Fiancee (Dukes of War #3) by Erica Ridley 2 stars

16. Brotherhood in Death (...In Death #42) by JD Robb 2 stars

 

Reading Challenge update: 42 out of 150 (28% completed)

 

Stats:

# of books read: 13

# of fiction books: 7

# of non-fiction books: 6

total average star rating: 2.9 (0.2 higher than January and February)

fiction average rating: 2.14

non-fiction average rating: 3.83

 

Events:

24 Hour Take Control of TBR Pile Read-A-Thon created and hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 

 

Final Notes:

Welp, got the first DNF of the year this month. Still, my streak of no hate reads since the new year started is going strong.

 

I credit the Read-A-Thon for getting me over the hump in the Courtney Milan challenge. Unfortunately, I only got those two books done in the 24 hours. I hope to do better in the Dewey.

 

I don't like to continue reads into the next month, but these Irish history books are DENSE. I would rather take my time and fully take in all that information anyway. Those books will be a priority for April.

 

My best reads this month were picture-intense: the Civil Rights Movement memoir of Rep. John Lewis and the Sinatra coffee table book. Another highlight was finally reading I am Malala.

 

My worst read was the third Regency box set story (Twice A Rake). I think I lost brain cells reading that story, but the whole box set was 99 cents and some stories are just going to be better than others. I am hoping this is the lowest point.

 

My most disappointing read this month (and a nominee for disappointing book this year) is Brotherhood in Death. I am seriously thinking about getting off the ...In Death train after the rage and disgust I have for this book.

 

I am starting to get a bad feeling about the rest of the books in my Women in the Military reading list. The last few books were bad, both in terms of people profiled and writing-wise. I am hoping that April's choice will restore a little faith in the books on that list, or I may decide to stop reading those books altogether.

 

I am done with the Dukes of War series, as I had book four on my NOOK and when I went to open it, the first page of the first chapter was blank....as well as all the other pages in the book. I paid 99 cents for the front of the book information apparently and the promos in the back, but not the book itself (note the sarcasm). It is not worth it to me, in regards to time and money, to try B&N's customer service. I don't feel interested in continuing the series anyway.

 

I am creating a new reading challenge for myself starting in April. Author Beverly Cleary will celebrate her 100th birthday next month. She is one of the reasons I am such a book worm today. I read Ramona Quiby, Age 8 when I was a young kid (kindergarten or first grade) and loved it because I related to Ramona so hard. The base library has the series in its children's room, so I am taking the spring season and having a Cleary-poolza.

 

Happy Reading.