Friday, March 30, 2012

Monthly Roundup - March 2012

March - another birthday come and gone and the first hint of Autumn in the air. The month began quietly and then last week Hubby had an accident and smashed up his left hand which meant the rest of the week in hospital . Home now recuperating but will be out of action for at least another 6 weeks so our normal routine has become a bit chaotic as we adjust.

Books Read in March = 15
Italics are from my bookshelf or on my Kindle

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
'have the men had enough' by Margaret Forster
Guard a Silver Sixpence by Felicity Davis (NF)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (Classics Challenge March Prompt)
The Third Miss Symons by F.M.Mayor
Fortune's Daughters by Elizabeth Kehoe (NF)
The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Year After by Martin Davies
The Roundabout Man by Clare Morrall
Mrs Milburn's Diaries
The Observations by Jane Harris
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young
Foal's Bread by Gillian Mears 

Clarissa in Marchprogress update for the year-long group read.

Fiction = 12
Non-Fiction = 3
Library Books = 12
E-books = 2
Off my Shelf = 1
Added to Shelf = 2 bought

Westwood by Stella Gibbons
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
DNF = 3
Perfect People by Peter James.....this is not one of his Roy Grace crime series books which I always enjoy but a standalone and for me too much scientific stuff about genetics prevented me from getting involved in the story.
The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates.......I give up on this author!!
Valley of the Dolls by Jaqueline Susann......I thought it would be fun to reread this but 30 pages in I was bored and gave up.

Kerrie @ Mysteries in Paradise has introduced a new meme for bloggers who post a monthly review to add a Crime Fiction Pick of the Month. 

I only read three crime fiction books this month and my pick from those is....  

New from Netgalley......two non-fiction

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale
Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison

The Classics Club is a wonderful idea from Jillian @ A Room of One's Own  and one I am really excited to be part of. Participants commit to reading a  number of classics in a certain time from a list chosen by themselves.
I've begun with a list of 60 titles to be read in 5 years which may change as I go along. The page under the header will chart my progress and I hope to make big inroads during...

 A Victorian Celebration - hosted by Ally @ A Literary Odyssey this event is being held during June and July . The goal is to read as many books as you like from the Victorian era (1837 - 1901). 

Looking ahead to April

With Easter next weekend followed by the school holidays and visiting grandchildren I'm not making any plans for April. I'll read when I have time and blog when I have time and just take things as they come.

I hope you all have a wonderful April!


  1. You had a decent month. Hope the hubby is recuperating well. My stats will be out tomorrow evening. Hope you'll stop by.
    Happy April reading!

    1. Thank you - it was a good month and hubby is on the mend although he doesn't like sitting around.

  2. Great month! I have My Dear I Wanted To Tell You on my tbr list. Enjoy!

    1. Hope you'll read and enjoy My Dear..very nice story.

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