March 2016 Wrap-Up

March 31, 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up, Wrap-Ups 6

March Wrap-Up

 

This month lots of things got in the way of me reading. Mostly it was being short-staffed at work. With less people there, it made for less down-time. As well as me picking up an extra shift here and there.

Which also meant that when I got home from work, I couldn’t quite settle on any one thing I wanted to do. I’d read a while, then decide I wanted to crochet instead. So I’d do that for an hour or so, then I needed to do things on my computer, and it was an endless round of “stop one thing, pick up another, rinse repeat.”

I fell horribly behind on visiting other people’s discussion posts again this month. Hopefully now that we’ve hired more people at my job, I’ll have time to start the visiting rounds again.

A few days ago I was doing laundry, and heard strange noises from the laundry room. I finally stood in the middle of the room and waited (they’d stop when I walked in!). Tracked the noises down to the back of the dryer. You know that hose thing that leads from the dryer to outside your house? Yeah. It was bouncing up and down like crazy and I could hear scrabbling and chirping noises. There were birds building a nest in it!

Told Dad, he decided I was talking about outside the house. Nope. Inside the house. Why there wasn’t a cap/screen/something on the end? No idea. All fixed now, and before the nest was completed so I don’t have to feel bad about killing eggs/chicks. But oi!

 

Books Received/Purchased:

The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood (eARC)
The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (eARC)
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (finished copy, Ace)
Murder She Wrote: Design For Murder by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain & Renee Paley-Bain (finished copy, Berkley)
Blood Orange by Susan Wittig Albert (finished copy, Berkley)
Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert (finished copy, Berkley)
Vanilla Beaned by Jenn McKinley (finished copy, Berkley)
Moss Hysteria by Kate Collins (finished copy, Berkley)
A Clue In The Stew by Connie Archer (finished copy, Berkley)
Rest In Peach by Susan Furlong (finished copy, Berkley)
Fat Cat Takes The Cake by Janet Cantrell (finished copy, Berkley)
Killer Takeout by Lucy Burdette (finished copy, Berkley)
Breach of Crust by Ellery Adams (finished copy, Berkley)
Needle and Dread by Elizabeth Lynn Casey (finished copy, Berkley)
An Unhappy Medium by Dawn Eastman (finished copy, Berkley)
Crime And Poetry by Amanda Flower (finished copy, Berkley)
Braking for Bodies by Duffy Brown (finished copy, Berkley)
Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates (finished copy, Berkley)
My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh (finished copy, Putnam)

 

Most Popular Post:

Who Wants to be The Prince of Darkness? by Michael Boatman (1,387 views!)

Closely followed by:

Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop (228 views)

 

There were 803 unique visitors this month, and 72 comments made!

 

March Reviews:

The Beauty’s Beast by E.D. Walker (eARC) (4 Stars)
Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1) by Aileen Erin (4 Stars)
A Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1) by Diane Vallere (finished copy for review) (4 Stars)
Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop (eARC) (5 Stars)
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (eARC) (4 Stars)
Who Wants to be The Prince of Darkness? by Michael Boatman (eARC) (DNF)
Ming Tea Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery #16) by Laura Childs (finished copy for review) (4 Stars)
The Reburialists by J.C. Nelson (eARC) (4 Stars)
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs (finished copy for review) (4 Stars)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (4 Stars)
The Searcher by Christopher Morgan Jones (finished copy for review) (DNF)
The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder (eARC) (5 Stars)
The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule (eARC) (2 Stars)
Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (finished copy for review) (5 Stars)
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard (4 Stars)
The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima (4 Stars)

Such a horrible month for reviews! I can’t believe I had two DNF books and a 2-Star! Hopefully next month will be better! I think my favorite book this month was Marked in Flesh, followed closely by The Girl In The Tower. Both were really good books!

 

March Discussion Posts:

How Many Reviews Do You Post Per Week?
What Do You Do With Unsolicited Review Books?

Again, only 2 discussions this month! I don’t know where my brain has been. But! I’m already doing better for April, I have 2 scheduled already for the first week. So I should be able to get in at least 4 for the month, right??

So that was my March, how was yours?

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6 Responses to “March 2016 Wrap-Up”

    • SilvaraWilde

      I’ve gotten a lot better about DNFing a book when I can tell I’m going to end up either hating it, or taking 3 weeks to read one book. When I usually can read 3-5 books a week! I just hate that I had to do it twice in the same month, and both times they were ARCs! I was so sad because both books sounded so good when I requested them!

  1. Karen Blue

    I gave The Hidden Twin 2 stars as well. I also had 4 DNFs, so don’t feel too bad. I guess I would be a little surprised to find birds building a nest in my dryer vent too. We do laundry almost daily here, so I doubt any would try it. What a surprise for you though!
    You got so many books this month. I hope you enjoy them all and have a great April!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I mostly feel bad that I had two DNF’s in the same month. And the fact they were both ARC’s. Along with a 2 Star book. It’s like, okay… am I getting that bad at picking out books to read, or are the people in charge of book blurbs not actually reading what the book is about before describing it? *laughs*

      There’s only 2 of us in the house, so we do laundry a few times a week. It just so happened that the bird started building on a day I was doing laundry! Luckily Dad got it all sorted and there is now a vent on the outside part so the bird can’t come back in.

      I hope your April is good as well!

  2. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    That kind of month would drive me crazy! I get annoyed when I can’t finish a task and move on to the next. I like to have things completed all in one go. I can’t believe there wasn’t a vent cover on your dryer! That could have ended really badly. Glad it’s all been fixed and taken care of!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I like to finish one thing before moving on to the next as well. But it also depends on what I’m working on. I’m making a throw right now for my sick niece, I have to keep taking breaks to rest my back and hands, and so I’ll go work on blog stuff or read in between. But when I’m changing tasks just because I think I want to work on x-project only to find out I’d rather do y-project instead, that’s annoying! *laughs*

      I have no idea why there wasn’t a vent cover on the dryer either! I’m honestly surprised we didn’t have issues from that earlier. We’ve had that dryer installed for a year and a half/two years and this is the first bird who’s tried to make a home in there.

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