Making Headway in March

What did I get up to in March? Actually, I did a fair bit of reading during my holiday (more pics soon) but I was quite lazy when it came to completing reviews. I blame it on the weather – it’s still over 30C everyday, the hottest March ever!

First, the challenges:

2011 Aussie Author Challenge

My challenge: Tourist level (3 books by 3 different authors)

I’ve already completed this challenge, but I read Preincarnate by Shaun Micallef, so that’s another extra. Lian Hearn also moved to Australia as an adult, but I won’t include that one.

Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2011

My challenge: Hajime (one book)

I’ve bought The Elephant Vanishes (click on link for picture proof) and I’ve ordered Sputnik Sweetheart which is somewhere enroute from the UK. (Yes, I know it’s naughty not to buy locally but I have been to about ten bookstores in Perth looking for this book). So the wheels are in motion to complete this challenge!

The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011

My challenge: Neophyte (read the original)

Still haven’t read it. I think I’ll try it as a commute read in the winter (when there are hopefully less people on the train, therefore increased concentration possible).

Historical Fiction Challenge 2011

My challenge: Struggling the Addiction (10 books).

This month, I read:

  • Blossoms and Shadows by Lian Hearn
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • 80% complete! I think I should pass this target.

     2011 Reading From My Shelves Project

    My challenge: 20 paper books (am excluding ebooks).

    Now up to 16…can I count the massive cleanout I had too?

    I only managed to review five books this month, but the standout had to be The Pillars of the Earth. What a fantastic, detailed book. A must read! The “Please Avoid” award went to Blossoms and Shadows by Lian Hearn – such a good idea for a plot (Japan in the 1800s) but so incredibly boring. Despite this, it was my most popular post in March, while others had the travel bug for Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole. I also read my first ebook for the year, Preincarnate.

    How did people find their way here? Most were looking for ‘mad men paperdolls’. In fact, paperdolls were a recurring theme this month! Some other oddities include:

    • ‘anh do dressed like girl’ (It was his brother dressed as a girl).
    • ‘a peace of michael palin’s writing’
    • ‘3 top book jackets from era f. scott fitzgerald’
    • ‘travel 21/3/11’ (I was actually at the dentist that day if that counts).
    • ‘японские школьницы’ (That’s ‘Japanese schoolgirls’ in Russian).
    • ‘ken follett email’

    Hope your March reads were enjoyable! What were your favourites?

    4 thoughts on “Making Headway in March

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    1. Seems like you are moving right along with all your challenges 🙂
      I’m not much of a science girl, so can you tell me exactly how hot 30C is…how that translates to Farenheit, which is what I know, lol.

      I see from your mailbox monday post that you have House Rules and Shanghai Girls…I read House rules recently and thought it was good…the voicing of the boy with Asperger’s is amazing…and I simply loved Shanghai Girls; so anxious to read the sequel, Dreams of Joy.

      1. It’s over 86F according to the online translator 🙂 I enjoyed House Rules, very naughty and haven’t got to Shanghai Girls yet…need another 10 hours in the day!

    2. I can’t wait to make headway with the books calling my name! Although I dearly love my challenge of reading only the Bible for Lent, I do miss my literature, and especially Murakami! I own The Elephant Vanishes, too, and I can’t wait to open it. You’re making fine progress, compared to me!

      1. I’m sure my progress will slow down dramatically in the next few months as my studies increase and you’ll overtake me! Sometimes a lot of the pleasure is just from thinking about which book you’ll read next!

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