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Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Wrap-up

Spring has sprung! It's hard to believe that winter is over (doesn't look like it just yet, with that white stuff still on the ground!), and soon the warmer weather will be on the way!

Last month, I had an all-time high of 13 books read which is way up from 9 in 2017.

I finished 12 books this month, which is way up from 7 books in 2017. I'm super happy with that!!


3 stars
Fear Nothing
by Dean Koontz
(Moonlight Bay, Book #1)

4 stars
The Bat
by Jo Nesbo
(Harry Hole, Book #1)

5 stars
Forest of Secrets
by Erin Hunter
(Warriors, Book #3)

5 stars
Before I Wake
by Robert J. Wiersema

4 stars
Into the Light
by Aleatha Romig
(The Light, Book #1)


5 stars
by R.J. Palacio
(Wonder, Book #1)

4 stars
Sins & Needles
by Karina Halle
(The Artists Trilogy, Book #1)

4 stars
by Amy Plum
(Dreamfall, Book #1)


3 stars
Burn Bright
by Patricia Briggs
(Alpha & Omega, Book #5)

4 stars
The Night Child
by Anna Quinn

4 stars
The Liar's Girl
by Catherine Ryan Howard

4 stars
The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey
(The 5th Wave, Book #1)

There were a few stand-out favourites this month: 

  • Forest of Secrets by Erin Hunter: I am still loving the Warriors series, which I'm reading aloud to my daughter. She actually finished this one ahead of me, taking it to school to read it on her own during class-time silent reading. 

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio: This was another that I read aloud to my daughter. It should be required reading for every man, woman, and child! What a great message and reminder to all humans to always choose kindness.

  • Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema: This one was the dark horse, and bonus that it turned out to be a debut from a Canadian author. I devoured it. It broke my heart multiple times over but still managed to have a feel-good element to it.

I didn't read any books that were less than 3 stars, but I would have to say that Burn Bright was the most disappointing simply because the Alpha & Omega series has always been a favourite of mine and for me are usually 4 or 5 star reads. This one didn't quite live up to my expectations, but it was still enjoyable.

I discovered seven new authors (including two Canadians: Wiersema and Halle), I started six new series (Koontz's Moonlight Bay, Palacio's Wonder, Nesbo's Harry Hole, Yancey's The 5th Wave, Halle's The Artists Trilogy, and Romig's The Light), I caught up on one series (Briggs' Alpha & Omega), and I continued on in one series (Hunter's Warriors).

I read eight backlist books compared to three new releases, which is why the number of review books was higher than usual. My Goodreads goal of breaking 100 this year tells me that I'm currently eight books ahead of schedule and should exceed my goal!

January Wrap-up: 7 books
[3 shelf-love, 1 library, 3 review]

February Wrap-up: 13 books
[10 shelf-love, 2 library, 1 review]

March Wrap-up: 12 books
[5 shelf-love, 3 library, 4 review]

Year To Date Total: 32 books
[18 shelf-love, 6 library, 8 review]

So, how was your March? What was your favourite book? Least favourite? Please let me know in the comments! I'd love to add your favourites to my TBR :)


  1. Luckily we don't have snow anymore, but they keep threatening for it to make a comeback. Let's hope not.
    You did great. 12 books is a lot. Happy Easter and happy April!

    1. Thanks, Freda! We were supposed to get more snow this week as well, but it missed us (thankfully!). Happy Easter to you as well!

  2. Darlene what a wonderful reading month, you really did read quantity and quality. We can never have enough to remind us about kindness and Wonder sure did that.

  3. Congrats on your reading-that's terrific!! You have some nice looking books,I haven't seen that Koontz book before-I haven't read him in awhile. I hope your April is just as good!!


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