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[Monthly wrapup] March Stats Fever! All In All, I'm Pretty Happy With How March Has Turned Out

Oh, HOW I love the fact that it’s finally a Sunday that’s the last day of the month. I finally get to do a monthly wrapup that’s not 5 days later!! T. H. A. T. R. O. C. K. S. But anyway! It seems we always keep saying that, but I feel like even though March was longer than February, it still felt just as short? Or maybe it’s to do with the fact that the 31st of March is still actually the 59th of February..?

What have I accomplished in March? Well, a lot of things, it seems… While the blog traffic is slowly going down, I actually don’t mind it too much because I have finally caught up with posts and the comments! Other than that:

  • I have broken 1000 friends/followers on Goodreads, which is pretty exciting
  • I have also broken 2000 followers on Twitter, which just sort of goes up on its own now??
  • I have got on the mailing list!!! Am I ever so excited about that…
  • And I have finally got over the initial fear to email publishers, so that’s a whole new lay of land for me
  • I have hauled THE LEAST books a month in my whole blogging career, which is great!
  • And I read 11 books, which is actually more than I hauled, for once!

Other than that, I amΒ impatiently waiting for the Dewey’s 24h #readathonΒ which will take place on the 28th of April! I am a little puzzled about the fact that their blog says “sign up on the sidebar”, but there’s no signup, but hey, who cares – I read for myself, I don’t really need a signup, when you think about it. I am so excited about the readathon because last time it was so much fun! Who will be joining?

Anyway, aside from all of this exciting stuff, there are all the books that I read, so let’s see what was good and what was meh! One thing I must add: the actual star ratings that I gave these books might be different from what they appear on this list, because a 4 stars non-fiction is not always the same as a 4 stars fantasy. This is a global comparison by enjoyment, and the star ratings that I give are for the book in the context of other books in its genre. Makes sense? πŸ™‚

~ 5-Star Miracle Books Read ~

The Zanna Function width=Β The Sunday Lunch ClubΒ Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2)

You’ve already heard me rave enough aboutΒ The Zanna Function, but you will only hear aboutΒ The Sunday Lunch ClubΒ as of now – and it was SPECTACULAR. It was truly engrossing, it robbed me of HOURS of sleep, and I wrote a VERY excited review which comes out on April 18th! So keep your eyes peeled, and grab a review copy on NetGalley, if you still can. AndΒ Arm of the Sphinx was a buddy read with Trang @ Bookidote, which I enjoyed immensely – it was one hell of a book, with way more twists and excitement than I expected. Can’t wait for the third in the series!

~ 4-Star Steady Good Books Read ~

HappilyΒ Have Dog, Will TravelΒ The Lost Castle (The Lost Castle #1)Β Sugar Money

HappilyΒ comes out in just a couple of days and I’m excited! You will be seeing my review soon, it was a wonderful book. Meanwhile, most of you will have probably read the review forΒ Have Dog, Will Travel already – it’s truly a very touching and inspiring story about how guide dogs can transform a person’s life.Β The Lost Castle was also great, a pretty cozy and not cliche story about three women’s lives in several historical periods, all connected by a castle – review to come soon. AndΒ Sugar Money is a sad story based on real events on an attempted escape of slaves in Martinique in the 18th century. Review also coming up soon!

~ Okay Books Read ~

The Dragon QueenΒ Project Apollo: The Moon Landings, 1968-1972 (Raumfahrt-Bibliothek)Β The One Memory of Flora Banks

These were all still definitely wonderful books – just not something I know I will remember after a year or two.Β The Dragon Queen was nice as a fictionalized real story about the last Queen of Korea, but the way it was told was slightly odd – interspersed with mini-segments of present day, with the old story being like 90% of the whole book. I would have preferred 100%!Β Project Apollo was a great, informative nonfiction book with loads of photos, wonderful for the fan of space missions. And I likedΒ The One Memory of Flora Banks and what it was trying to say – but it was a tad repetitive, although I know as an amnesia book it was supposed to be. You can read my Goodreads reviews of these titles by clicking on their names.

~ Totally Meh Books Read ~

The Glitch

The Glitch wasn’t even aΒ totally meh book, it wasΒ JUST a meh book! So I feel like I had an exceptionally great reading month. This is still a 3 stars read, but it was incredibly dry and corporate, and I wasn’t sure where it was even going – and it proceeded to not go anywhere till the very end. Still, not one of my worst reads in general.

~ The Stats! ~

Onto the stats!Β It seems if I keep going like this, and factoring in Dewey’s next month, I should be done with my Goodreads yearly goal before May. WILD, HUH?? I don’t even know how that happened. I just quit it with the big goals and started reading MOAR and MOAR. Miracles, I tell you!Β #BeatTheBacklist seems to be going alright too, but the problem is that I have only scheduled a lot of those reviews, so I have not yet uploaded them or logged them on the team giveaway for points! I am sorry, Bards! I think I will be mostly on track during April cause a lot of those are scheduled for that time.

march stats fever 2018

~ On The Blog In March ~

This has been yet another great month forΒ #NewBloggers, thanks toΒ Nicole @ FYFA,Β Pam @ Reverie Society, Jen @ Starcrossed Bookblog, Ivyclad Ideas andΒ Sophie @ Beware of the Reader.Β Thanks for those awesome guest posts, everyone! Out of all these posts, probably the most popular one wasΒ Badass Book Smugglers, because of the unusual topic and history content. If you haven’t checked it out yet, go read about how brave intellectuals risked their lives to teach their country’s children to read!

Β linkupsΒ Β the sea beast takes a lover

no sad songsΒ Β Β bookstagram props

all systems redΒ  Β the feed

book smugglersΒ  Β have dog, will travel

zanna functionΒ  Β goodreads tutorial

arm of the sphinxΒ  Β intro to bookstagram

~ Books Hauled ~

Can you believe I only hauled this many!! In fact, one was a giveaway win even… Out of these, I am most excited forΒ Artificial Condition, which is a sequel ofΒ Murderbot #1, which I loved and loved and loved with all my heart, then the fullΒ Lantern collection – I have read the first part last year and loved it to bits as well, and of course,Β Vicious, my first V.E. Schwab book (that I’ve already started yesterday!) By the way, this month is GOLD for giveaways, which is so rare for an international reader – I have won two! Only one has arrived so far –Β Tribal Affairs – and I’ll be updating you about the next one in April. Excited!

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) SSarah & Katy and the Book of Blank Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) Lantern: The Complete Collection
Tribal Affairs The Million Vicious (The Villains #1) The Machine Stops

~ Next Week ~

Next week we will have a review ofΒ Happily that I just talked to you about and you should totall grab, also a review ofΒ Sugar Money. Both of these books are being released next week. And forΒ #NewBloggers 101, we will haveΒ A Quick Guide to Bloglovin’,Β courtesy ofΒ Aimee @ Aimee, Always whom we both know and love! I am excited, are you?

Β happily chauncey rogersΒ Β sugar money
quick guide to bloglovin

~ #New Bloggers 101 Content On Other Blogs! ~

This month I’m also sharing some posts on other people’s blogs that I’ve found that could be extra helpful for thoseΒ #NewBloggers out there. If you’ve got someΒ #NewBloggers content next month, throw me a link and I’ll be sure to include it!

Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf shares a wonderful guide to Twitter hashtags for #bookbloggers

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares a post on how to grow your blog

As usual, I’m linking up withΒ Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s ReviewsΒ andΒ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

And that’s it for my March! What about you? Share your links with me in the comments, I’ll be happy to look at your posts.

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3 years ago

March has been a great month and there has been a lot of great posts on your blog!
Here is a little on how my March has been ☺️

3 years ago

Sounds like a great bookish month. Well done for emailing publishers too, now you can request specific books. Good luck. I like the sound of the blog posts that you linked too, I’m going to have a look at Carrie and Marie’s posts now. Thank you and hope your April will be a great blogging bookish month too.

Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

Wow, great month! I long for the days I had time to read eleven books in one month. I’m curious to hear what you think of Vicious Hope your April is just as successful!

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

Well you had a fantastic month Evelina! I had to google what is LOL Now I’m wiser thanks to you. The things you make me do I swear πŸ˜‰

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

You’ve had a fab month and congratulations on your giveaway wins πŸ™‚
I blogged a promo for Tribal Affairs in February I think and it looked good so I’ll be interested to know what you think

3 years ago

Awesome month you had!!! I’ve been wanting to get on the TOR mailing list for ever! lucky you and congratulations!

Here’s to another month of happy reading and great accomplishments *holds up Rockstar Drink as a toast* πŸ˜€

3 years ago

I wouldn’t know who to ask πŸ™ I tried emailing a month ago but it got returned back to me.

3 years ago

that would be great!! thank you so much!! I LOVE TOR!

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

Awesome month indeed! Hopefully April will prove to be just as awesome too! I need to try Vicious too (waiting to try it out around Summer). Happy reading!

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

What a great month Evelina! More read books than hauled is excellent… I’d like to try emailing publishers but but am in the stage right before you… working up to it. Congratulations on all your numbers, talk about a stat frenzy! <3

3 years ago

You had an awesome month! Congratulations on 2000 Twitter followers and 1000 GRs connections. Wow! I am such a black sheep when it comes to Flora Banks. Though it was jarring at first, once I got used to being in Flora’s head, I thought the approach was brilliant. And then there was all that stuff with her brother and what not that just gave me feels.

Laura Thomas
3 years ago

Such a good month for you! The 59th of February. LOL It’s sunny and the AC is running here and I know I am very fortunate:) Have you done a post about emailing publishers yet? That would be a good one!

JJ @ This Dark Material

You had an excellent month Evelina! Congratulations again on your milestones and getting added to Tor’s list!! Honestly, I should feel much more chill about it because you’re more than deserving of all those achievements after all the work you put into your blog πŸ™‚

JJ @ This Dark Material

D’awwww Evelina!! β™₯

OMG CONGRATS!!!! That’s so exciting!!! Between your news and the buddy read I’m practically bouncing in my seat πŸ˜€

3 years ago

You had such an awesoome month, congratulations on everything you accomplished this month πŸ˜€ <3

3 years ago

Ok, you got me for The Sunday Lunch Club. Enjoy your latest πŸ˜‰

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

Yay! You had an amazing month it seems, even if numbers might be going down just a little. Easier to manage though, haha. I’m still, behind. Congrats on getting onto the Tor mailing list! I still, have a fear of emailing publishers honestly, so huge congrats and kudos to you! πŸ™‚

3 years ago

Ugh i still have to get to Vicious some day. I tried it once a few years ago and couldn’t get into it at all.
I haven’t done Dewey’s in a while. Doing a one day readathon with a toddler is a no go haha.

3 years ago

Wait, there’s a Tor mailing list? Do they like Australians? LOL Happily has such a promising and intriguing title, so I’ll be looking for your review!

Chloe @ Book Dragons
Chloe @ Book Dragons
3 years ago

Looks like you had a great month! Congrats πŸ™‚ I’m planning to also take part in Dewy’s readathon and I’m taking part in a month long readathon too. (I need to play catch up on my reading badly) Hope you have a good week

Astrid @ Vanilla & Spice Books
Astrid @ Vanilla & Spice Books
3 years ago

Great post!
I’m looking forward to the 101 of Bloglovin. I haven’t been very active over there and have basically no knowledge about the dynamics over there.

Nice haul, too. I hear VE Schwab is very good.
Congratulations on the milestones! Well done πŸ™‚

3 years ago

What a thoroughly successful month! I love the look of Arm of the Sphinx, which seems a huge amount of fun. Your blogging and book reviewing really seems to be taking off – congratulations on making the Tor mailing list, given what a great number of quality books they produce:)). I hope that April is every bit as good for you – in the meantime, have a lovely weekend, Evelina:)

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

What a great reading month. I have just two books and I will have completed my GR challenge. I was hoping to get in a few books for the TBRChallenge but it just never worked out. I hope you enjoy the new books and happy reading!

Mary my #SundayRoundup #12!

3 years ago

Good luck with emailing the publishers! Hope you have a great April.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

My wrap-ups are always several days late. I haven’t even started writing my March wrap-up yet, so you’re doing better than I am. Congrats on all the followers! I’m hopefully going to be doing Dewey’s, but my mom and my dog are both getting surgery this month, so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read. I hope you have a great April!

TΓ’nia @MyLovelySecret

March was such a great month for you. Congrats on reaching 1000 followers on Goodreads and 2000 followers on Twitter. Also, congrats on getting on Tor’s mailing list. I’m so happy for you! You deserve all the love from the bookish community since you’re one of the most supportive bloggers I’ve ever met.

I’m hoping to read Vicious soon. As I’m writing my dissertation on Victoria Schwab’s Monsters of Verity, I’m trying to read all of her books.

Happy readings! πŸ˜‰

Daniela Ark
3 years ago

yay for all these wonderful stats and accomplishments!!! I’ll have to check The Sunday Lunch Club! I’
think I need a break from speculative fiction again πŸ™‚

3 years ago

I always enjoy reading your stats! You got me excited about The Sunday Lunch Club, I look forward to your review and I’m adding it to my tbr! Have a wonderful week!

Jenea’s Book Obsession
Jenea’s Book Obsession
3 years ago

Wow, you have had a really fantastic month! Congrats! Hope you have a wonderful week and happy reading.

Lydia Tewkesbury
3 years ago

Such a good reading month! I am always so impressed by people who can read as many as eleven books in a month. I don’t dedicate that much time to it (because Netflix), but I like to think that I might one day. You read so widely too, which I appreciate. I like to do that too. My reviews of YA books tend to do the best because that’s what most people want to read about, but I love to branch out, even when my blog suffers for it.

Lydia Tewkesbury
3 years ago

You’re so right! I still like YA, but it’s not all I’m interested in reading any more. It’s been really nice actually, finding bloggers like yourself who don’t just write about YA. For a little while there I was worried I didn’t have a place in the community any more.

Maureen Bakker
3 years ago

Looks like March was pretty good for you. I totally agree with March feeling even shorter than February. I just can’t believe it’s already April. Crazy.
Have a great week and happy reading!

3 years ago

Wow, a 1000 on Goodreads? That’s pretty awesome. And glad to hear that The Sunday Lunch Club was good. It does look cute. πŸ™‚

Yay for Artificial Condition and Annihilation, which I just read. That one is definitely different!

Have a nice week. πŸ™‚

Barb (boxermommyreads)

Sounds like a great month overall and Tor. com rocks. I have 2 of their books up on my TBR in April. Seems like you’ve read some good books. I think I only had one 5-star read this month and it was an older book. I need to do my recap soon but that’s all I can remember giving 5. Hope you have a wonderful April as well.

3 years ago

seems like you had a great reading month and i absolutely loved the bookstagram post. I won three giveaways in march which was just crazy cause im also an international. I guess march was our month. Happy new month.

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Wow, you had such a great reading month that’s amazing – and congratulations on all the Goodreads friends, twitter followers and emails to publishers, you’re so famous haha πŸ˜‰
I have heard mixed things about Flora Banks, though I usually enjoy books dealing with amnesia, I’m not really sure I’ll lose my time with that one now…
Thank you so much for sharing my post! Hope you’ll have a wonderful April πŸ™‚ x

Aimee (Aimee, Always)
3 years ago

“Or maybe it’s to do with the fact that the 31st of March is still actually the 59th of February..?” OH NOW THIS CONCEPT WILL FOREVER BE STUCK IN MY HEAD!!! T_T

On the bright side, you’ve achieved so much this month and I’m so happy for you!!! All of those followers are totally well-deserved, and being on a blogger mailing list is one of the best feelings ever. β™₯

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

Impressive reading…and those stats! Very awesome. Enjoy April, and thanks for visiting my blog. Savor your books.

Jenn @ Bound to Writing

Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful month! Congratulations on taking the first step to reach out to publishers. I’m still afraid to do that. I hope you have a marvelous April! πŸ™‚
I just posted my wrap-up post here

Katisha @ Reel Literature

OMG I felt like March was the month that would never end. Maybe it’s because I live in an area that refuses to shake the cold weather. Congratulations on those Goodreads and Twitter milestones!!! Looks like your March was filled with good books, which is probably why the month went by so quickly! πŸ™‚ Here’s to warmer weather and more awesome books in April!

3 years ago

Great month for you. I hope April is a good one. Have a great week!

3 years ago

Looks like you had a busy month. I hope you enjoy all of your books and have a wonderful week.

Tracy @ Cornerfolds
3 years ago

Congrats on your follower stats! And that’s amazing about Tor’s mailing list! Teach me your ways!! I hope you love all your new reads! πŸ˜€

3 years ago

Wow you had a busy March, I have so many posts to read and catch up on! That’s so awesome though I’m glad you had so many 4 and 5 star reads!

I also picked up Annihilation, Vicious, and the Lantern collection in the past and am curious to see what you think of them, especially Annihilation since it seems very hit or miss with my favorite bloggers.

Hopefully you have a wonderful April as well! <3 And congrats on all the giveaway wins!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Sounds like a great month! I have been blogging for a while but I haven’t approached publishers yet. Of course, I really have more than enough to keep me busy. Congrats on the wins! It looks like you had some really great reads in March. I hope April is just as good for you.

3 years ago

An amazing month!! Congratulations on getting on the Tor mailing list! I’m so proud of you <3 <3

3 years ago

Congrats on the great month and on finally getting over that fear to email publishers – I don’t really track my stats, I deal too much with numbers at work so for my hobby I just ignore them.

My March ended quite abruptly with a cold and fever, but hopefully I will publish my wrap up tomorrow.

Have a great April too!

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Seems like you really had a great month. I am so happy for you πŸ™‚
Congrats on getting so many followers. You are well deserved. People are really recognising and loving you πŸ™‚
I am amazed with all those ARCs that you actually read in a month. I can’t read so many of those in a single month. After reading one book in Kindle, I crave for reading a physical book πŸ˜€

I am also happy that you are over your fear of mailing to publishers. Btw, what’s exactly?

I hope April is amazing for you too πŸ™‚

Bee (Quite The Novel Idea / Novel Ink)

OKAY so first off, congrats on hitting all the friends/followers goals! I just hit 1600 followers on Twitter and I got so excited ahaha xD Glad you had such a good reading month though! And NICE HAUL. Vicious is sooooo good and I need to re-read it when it’s time for Vengeful to come out.

Cahleen Hudson
Cahleen Hudson
3 years ago

Congrats on all the blog growth! Not only do I love your blog, but I also consider you to be one of the most friendly and welcoming bloggers out there. I’m glad more and more people are discovering you!

Cahleen Hudson
Cahleen Hudson
3 years ago

Why are YA books the most popular, anyway? I keep thinking I must be missing something, since I typically don’t like them. I’m going to try again with Children of Blood and Bone.

Cahleen Hudson
Cahleen Hudson
3 years ago

You hit the nail on the head! I know I must have the ability to appreciate YA, because I tore through The Hunger Games, but since then every single one I’ve tried has bored me. Every. Single. One. It’s like once I read The Hunger Games, all of the other ones just seemed full of tropes, like you said. And not nuanced enough. Plus everything is about that main character and what they’re going through – I like a bit of a larger scope. You’re right, YA didn’t really exist when we were teens. I just went from middle grade… Read more Β»

Cahleen Hudson
Cahleen Hudson
3 years ago

I’ll check out Illuminae!

herding cats
3 years ago

Sounds like a pretty good month πŸ™‚ And, gah, yes, it did feel incredibly short somehow. Happy April!

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

Yay for hauling less books than you read! That’s quite a victory! This month seriously rushed past and this year isn’t going any slower. I need to figure out how to slow down a bit! Hope you’re having a great week!

3 years ago

Hey 11 books is super awesome! And congrats on the blog and Twitter growth. And why didn’t I think of the 59th day of Feb concept? That would totally explain why it was so ‘meh’.

3 years ago

omg i am so proud of u for getitng on tors mailing list. like hell yea look at u go for INTL bloggers!!!

i hope u keep up with ur amazing reading throughout april, youre the best