Books, Real Life

March Wrap-Up: A Tiny Energy Boost

Another big energy drop this month!

I started feeling really down around Daylight Savings Time.

Talking to friends and family helped and I was able to finish a decent number of books.

I also went TikTok viral accidentally, so uh…that happened.

School is going well.

Not too many updates aside from that.

Let’s do some stats.

March Stats

In March, I completed 19 books and DNFed 3 books.

Of the books I read,

  • 73% were fiction
  • 18% were nonfiction
  • 9% were graphic novels
  • 73% were physical books
  • 23% were audiobooks
  • 4% were ebooks
  • 27% were Young Adult
  • 73% were Adult
  • 73% were new books
  • 27% were rereads

I snagged some additional stats this month courtesy of Storygraph!

In fact, starting next month, I might start using their genre breakdown instead of my own.

Since I already made my genre stats for the month, here’s that graph:

Genre Breakdown pie chart

Fantasy: 31.8%
Contemporary: 13.6%
Horror: 13.6%
History: 4.5%
Romance: 13.6%
Memoir: 9.1.%
Magical realism: 4.5%
Science: 9.1%

Average rating? I’ve got that!

Bar graph titled "Star Ratings: 22 reviews"

Average rating: 3.92

3.0 stars: 4
3.5 stars: 4
3.75 stars: 1
4.0 stars: 7
4.5 stars: 3
5.0 stars: 3

A pie chart of the many moods of the books I read?? YEP.

Pie Chart titled "Moods"

Adventurous: Value 8
Lighthearted: Value 6
Funny: Value 6
Emotional: Value 6
Informative: Value 5
Dark: Value 5
Reflective: Value 3
Mysterious: Value 3
Challenging: Value 3
Hopeful: Value 2

Boy howdy, do I love graphs.

I’m excited to keep using these in the coming months!

Notable Books

I did something a bit different this month.

I made a playlist of songs that reminded me of the books I read this month.

I’ll talk about each song/book combo, then share the playlist at the end.

Track 1: Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur / “Animal Spirits” by Vulfpeck

Written in the Stars: A Novel by Alexandria Bellefleur

Both the book and the song concern unlikely soulmates.

This line in “Animal Spirits” really sold it for me:

Now I know she reads astrology

And he can’t stand astrology

But he’s quick with an apology

When he wisecracks the zodiac

Elle is an astrologer and Darcy is an actuary.


Track 2: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut / “So It Goes…” by Taylor Swift

Slaughterhouse Five: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut

A friend talked me into reading Vonnegut’s three most famous novels for a Vonnegut tournament.

I got about a third of the way through Slaughterhouse Five.

The phrase “So it goes” appears on almost every page.

I laughed my lil head off when I remembered this Taylor track.

Track 3: Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller / “God Made Man” by Young the Giant

Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller

I didn’t expect to be distraught over fish.

This book showed me how little I understand the universe.

A song that has long inspired that same feeling in me is Young the Giant’s “God Made Man.” I cry every time I listen to it.

I listened to Fish on audiobook and absolutely bawled at the end.

Please read it.

Track 4: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix / “Night Crawling (feat. Billy Idol)” by Miley Cyrus

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel by Grady Hendrix

Golly, this book was not what I expected.

So many parts were unsettling and at the end I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.

Still, when thinking of songs that matched the gritty ’80s horror of it all, this Miley Cyrus track fit perfectly.

Just listen. It’s a perfect song.

Track 5: Burning Roses by S. L. Huang / “cellophane” by FKA twigs

Burning Roses by S. L. Huang

Burning Roses scooped out my insides and left me raw inside.

I tried to think of an equally devastating song and “cellophane” was it.

Both the book and the track are so delicate and yet so powerful.

Track 6: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers / “20 Something” by SZA

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

So far, Honey Girl captures the seeming aimlessness of the 20-something experience.

Thus, SZA’s “20 Something.”

Track 7: Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier / “Where is My Mind?” by Pixies

Pizza Girl: A Novel by Jean Kyoung Frazier

This book had strong Sad in Los Angeles vibes, not unlike Fight Club.

So, obviously, I went with “Where is My Mind?”

Tell me it doesn’t fit.

Track 8: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell / “Touch the Sky” by Kanye West

Fangirl: the much loved bestseller by Rainbow Rowell

In honor of the Emergency Dance Parties.

Track 9: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut / “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut

Now I’m just being silly.

Track 10: Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto / “I Got 5 On It – Tethered Mix from Us” by Michael Abels

Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Tales of Horror with new stories from Samantha Hunt, Jac Jemic, Stephen Graham Jones, Rion Amilcar Scott, and more; Edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto

A lot of these stories weren’t outright scary. Most of them employed creeping dread.

The “I Got 5 On It” remix from Us played on loop would make a perfect soundtrack to this reading experience.

Happy April! We made it!

Best of luck reading and hopefully getting vaccinated?? Washington opens vaccinations in two weeks.

I can’t wait.

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