March was an even worse reading month over January compared to February. There are several reasons for this. For one, I’ve been decluttering my things since January. I was determined to finish as much as possible by the end of March. That meant I had much less time left for reading. I’m also back to training three times a week for the upcoming season and other competitions. This will only increase in the coming months as I look to put in extra hours by myself as well. At least I can listen to audiobooks while running.
And then, there’s just been a general bout of listlessness. Occasionally when I did have time to read, I just found myself doing nothing, except maybe scroll through Twitter and get sucked into my Facebook feed. So yeah, social media’s another thing I want to “declutter” more in my life.
Anyway, looking into my reading stats, this is how March went for me: I finished seven books. My average rating wasn’t all to exciting but still a good 3.622 out of 5. Altogether, I read three paperbacks, two ebooks, and two audiobooks. I read 1,783 pages and listened to 18:43 hours on audio (equalling 528 pages). Converting the listening hours to pages, that sums up to 2,311 pages.
- Outline by Rachel Cusk | Rating: 3.278*
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō | Rating: 3.688
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab | Rating: 4.688
- Spark Joy by Marie Kondō | Rating: 2.625
- The House of Mountfathom by Neil McDowell | Rating: 1.750
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandra Menon | Rating: 4.813
- My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | Rating: 4.556
*Note on ratings: I rate books on a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being the worst and 5 being the best. I first rate various aspects such as prose, characterisation, plot, originality, etc. Then I average these out for my overall ratings. To obtain my star ratings, I round to the nearest 0.5.
I’m really happy with my March book haul. At four books, it’s a manageable pile — two I bought, and two I received for review. Although, I once again managed to read less books from my own bookshelf than I acquired. The ebooks and audiobooks I read this month were all borrowed, leaving my with the three paperbacks to count towards my TBR reduction. Since I unhauled 16 books though, my tally finally went down, bringing my 2017 TBR reduction status to -9.