Hello Lovelies! As you can probably tell by the SUPER long title, this is going to be my March Wrap Up mixed with a discussion. So, let me start off by saying that I read 10 books this month. That is the smallest amount that I have read since December 2016. And you know what? I am happier with my reading than I have been for a really long time. Here’s why:
For those that don’t know, I have a lot of free time on my hands and read for the majority of it. I ended up reading 283 books in 2017 and, because I am competitive as hell, I wanted to break that record and read 300 in 2018. I was able to accomplish my goal and ended up reading 313 books last year.
Again, because I am competitive and a borderline perfectionist, I wanted to push myself even farther this year and go for 365 (or one book a day).
In January and February, I worked tirelessly toward that goal and it became a constant fixture in my life. It dictated what I read, how I read, and I blew off a lot of other stuff I wanted to do in order to read. I started reading more for work than for my personal enjoyment. I started putting off books that I really wanted to read because they had higher page counts. I also started reading a lot of short stories just to meet my quota for the day.
March started off in a similar fashion. I pushed myself and then started stressing when I got a day or two behind. I soon realized that this was turning unhealthy and sat down and had a talk with myself one night. An intervention of sorts. I decided that I was going to take a step back from reading for a few days and just stop caring what my final tally of books read was.
This proved less hard than one might think. Once I made up my mind, it was like this weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I spent days dedicating myself to improving my website and just having fun. I played Skyrim (one of my favorite games that I hadn’t played in months) and got caught up on all of the Booktube videos that I hadn’t watched.
Yes, it hurt the perfectionist part of me to read so little this month. But, the reader part of me is happier than I have been in a long time.
Eventually I craved reading a book again, so I decided to pick up a series that I had been wanting to read for months but put off because of its length. And you know what? I had more fun reading those three books than I have reading the last fifty.
My point of all of this is to not let your Reading Challenge/Reading Goals get in the way of your life and happiness like I did. Strive to meet your goals, but don’t beat yourself up if you come up short every once in a while. And, sometimes, you just need a break from something (even if it is what you love to do the most). You might find that you love it more than you ever did after you take some time away. I certainly did.
Something that I also learned this month was to be thankful. I have more spare time to read than most and I didn’t value that. I didn’t make the most out of it when I should have. I have learned from that mistake and I won’t be making it again. Time is too precious and there are too many books out there to waste my time on ones that I know are just going to be “okay” for me when I finish them. So, I have made a promise to myself that, going forward, I am only going to read books that I am genuinely interested in and believe that I will enjoy.
Okay… Now that the heavy part of this post is out of the way, let’s get into my March Wrap Up:
Next, I read a lot of short contemporary romances. I decided to link them all together because, honestly, this was still when I was striving for my 365 goal and all of them were were unremarkable. I have all of my reviews for them listed down below though:
- His Little Bad Girl (Innocence Claimed #1) by Madison Faye
- Beast Brothers (Beast Brothers #1) by Stephanie Brother
- Reclaiming His Wife by Madison Faye
- Get Lucky by Madison Faye
- Mr and Mrs (Alexa Riley Promises #1) by Alexa Riley
- Thick by Alexa Riley
The last few books I read for March were all a part of the Lords of the Underworld series. I had been wanting to come back to this series for months and I was so happy that I sat down and did it. It felt so good to re-immerse myself in this world and to follow these characters again. My reviews for each book is listed below:
- The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld #9) by Gena Showalter
- The Darkest Craving (Lords of the Underworld #10) by Gena Showalter
- The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld #11) by Gena Showalter
March in Review:
Ultimately, I am really happy with how March turned out for me. I talked a lot about this above so I don’t feel the need to say any more.
A Sneak Peak Into April:
April is a month that I have been waiting for for a LONG time and I am SOOO excited for it to get here!
- Cassandra Clare’s new book The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) is coming out. I am getting a signed copy of this through Good Choice Reading.
- Some RH books from different series are being released.
- MANY changes to the autumnbookreads website are coming: WWW posts, Book Quote of the Day posts, & more unique posts.
- GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 IS COMING OUT!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!
Thank you for joining me today. I hope you learned something from this post or found something positive in it. If you have made it this far, I really thank you. See you in my next post! ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃