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.
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:
Average rating? I’ve got that!
A pie chart of the many moods of the books I read?? YEP.
Boy howdy, do I love graphs.
I’m excited to keep using these in the coming months!
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
In honor of the Emergency Dance Parties.
Track 9: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut / “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
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
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.