Friday, April 14, 2017

Month in Review for March 2017: Back Into Books Again

Month in Review For March 2017: Back Into Books Again
Now that it's mid-April, I can properly begin to review March, apparently. Since my last health update was a bit of a cliffhanger, they saw just my syrinx with the CT myelogram and my EMG was normal, so I get to see a neuromuscular specialist in May (the same who did my EMG). Basically because although the syrinx could be the cause of my issues, they don't want to do exploratory surgery on my spine unless they really have to (and I really don't like the idea of surgery unless it's a more or less sure thing in terms of improving my symptoms).

I read more books in March than I managed in February (which was all of 2) and also more posts, so I think I'm recovering a bit of my previous energy for bookish things. I blame it on less inclement weather and also, my internet is working well now.

 Total Posts: 5
  Total Critiques: 2
    Sci-fi: 1
    Historical Fiction: 1
    Part of a Series: 0!

Most Popular Posts of March:
Fortnightly Update #30: Renewing the Minion Army
Month in Review for February 2016: Looking Forward to Spring

Flashback Post (From March of a Previous Year):
Release Day Review: "Rebel Queen" by Michelle Moran

Pageviews for the Month: 871
Comments: 11!

Reading Stats:

Books Read: 6

Book Stats:
Has a Diverse Main Character: 1
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 5
Female Main Character: 5
Male Main Character: 1
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 0
 Sci-fi: 2
 Historical Romance: 2
 Historical Fiction: 1
 Paranormal Romance/UF: 1
Published in 2017: 0
Published in 2000-2016: 4
Published in 1980s: 1
Published in 1970s: 1
Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 1
Traditionally Published: 5
Series Books: 4
Standalones: 2
Ebook Version: 5
Paper Version: 1
First Time Reading: 5
Reread: 1
Favorite of the Month: Tie between Windhaven by GRRM and Lisa Tuttle and The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul by Douglas Adams- the latter was hilarious and random in the way I needed it to be, and the first had me dreaming of having my own wings.
Least Favorite of the Month: Definitely The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (The Dukes of War #2) by Erica Ridley, which had me liking the beginning and furious at the glib ending.
Most Interesting of the Month (or Book I Learned the Most From): China Dolls by Lisa See- she has a knack for immersing the reader in history in a way they don't often think about.
From the-pile: 2
From the-invisible-pile: 3
Recently acquired: 1
Added to the-invisible-pile: 14
Books bought: 0
Pages Read in 2017 Thus Far (according to Goodreads): 4476 pages

5 Stars: 0
4-4.5 Stars: 3
3-3.5 Stars: 1
2-2.5 Stars: 2

Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 1
Female: 3
Male/Female Team: 2
Diverse: 1
Not-so-Diverse: 5
Living: 5
Deceased: 1

Planning to Read in April:

So far, I've been rereading the Night Prince series (which is a spin off of Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series) because I finally got Into the Fire (Night Prince #4). Spoiler alert: all the covers for this and her other series are pretty much the same. Night Prince has Vlad posing shirtless, Night Huntress has Cat posing in some sort of ultra sexy outfit in an uncomfortable position in heels. I prefer the Night Prince series in terms of enjoyability- but these two series are pretty similar because they're set in the same universe.

I also read Way Station by Clifford D. Simak- it was really good but not like I expected it to be. I hope to write a review for it soon, but we'll see. For vintage sci-fi it was far ahead of its time, but there were some things I did find problematic.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the month!


  1. I hope the May visit goes well. I wouldn't be looking forward to the surgery option either unless it meant a better outcome for you. Sounds like we both had a good March when it came to reading. :-) My April is going much slower, I'm afraid.

    1. I do too. I was nervous about being rushed into a surgery initially, so I'm kind of glad they're waiting. I hope you have a good rest of your April!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Wendy!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. I have the first two Dirk Gently books and I need to set aside some time for them. I am glad you were feeling like reading more. I had been reading a lot more because of annihilating my new Kindle and not wanting to blog or do social media on my laptop after working on it all day, but I bought my sister's old Fire and that will slow me down again. Ha ha. Here's to May on the horizon. May she be kind to us all.:)

    1. Your poor Kindle! I'm noticing the HDXs of 2014/15 were of much better quality than the more recent Fire tablets, but I like having tons of storage on my new tablet. I'm glad you're reading a lot! I think I've been slower in both reading and blogging this year, but I'm still around! I hope May is kind to us as well. :)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle


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