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March 2015 Book Report

April 5, 2015 | No comments


 

Continuing the trend started in the first two months of the year, March was pretty awesome reading wise (but then again, how can a month where you read Harry Potter not be awesome?).

THE SHORT VERSION: 17 books // 6229 pages

In March, I read 17 books by 11 different authors. I usually read more books by female authors, but this month, most of the authors were male. Most of them were authors I’ve read books by before. As usual, almost all of the books were part of series.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

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The best books I read during March are The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

The Fire Witness is the third book about Detective Inspector Joona Linna. This time he investigates two gruesome murders at a home for mentally ill girls, and as usual with this series, it is filled with twist and turns and it is completely impossible to figure out how all the details and events are connected until everything is revealed at the end. Lars Kepler is a pseudonym used by the couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. I think they are some of the best modern Swedish crime writers and I cannot wait to read the rest of their books.

The Harry Potter books is one of my all-time favourite series, and I’ve read the books multiple times, and in both English and Swedish. Now I’m rereading them again (or rather listening to the audiobooks). Jim Dale is an amazing narrator and I just want to curl up on my couch with a warm blanket and many large cups of tea, and listen to all the books.

THE READING CHALLENGES

I had planned to participate in King’s March (hosted by Rory and Wendy) but then I remembered how intimidating I find Stephen King’s books, and I was too busy all month to do other King-related things (like watching movies based on his books). Maybe if I start mentally preparing myself now, I will be ready to participate next year?

So far, I’ve finished another 8 (total 20) books for the Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge.

THE READING PLAN

I’ve read another 4 books by Nordic authors. I also finished Peter Pan for the Classics challenge but non-fiction is still very absent from the reading pile.

I’ve made progress on some old series, and started a few new ones. I listened to the first two books in the Books of Beginning series by John Stephens: The Emerald Atlas and The Fire Chronicle. They are kind of a mix of other series, like Narnia and Harry Potter, and definitely worth reading (if for nothing else because they are narrated by Jim Dale).

I also listened to the first two books in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife. I had read the first book before, and didn’t like it enough to continue with the series, but the audiobook was so much better.

THE BOOK HAULS

I’ve still managed to refrain from spending any money on books this year, but I’m itching to buy some new books. I got a lot of books from the library (of which a lot where audio books) and finished most of them but didn’t make any progress on the stacks of books filling my bookshelves.

Of the books I read in March, 10 were on my TBR list at the start of the year, 5 were new additions, and 2 were rereads.

 
How’s your reading year going so far?

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