March 2020 Month-in-Review

How is it that I read so few books in March when it was at least five months long?  March was . . . wild.  No, that isn’t the right word for sitting at home on lockdown.  But it certainly hasn’t been boring.  We preemptively pulled no-angel out of daycare (now shutdown), all my class transitioned to online, and my wife certainly won’t be taking any business trips anytime soon.  So I am spending early mornings and nights working and taking care of a toddler all day.  It doesn’t leave much time for reading or writing (or ’rithmetic).

My stats look better than they are because I decided to DNF two books—Bleak House and Red State Blues—that I didn’t touch all month.  At least I was good about acquiring new books, although I did order three more to support my favorite local bookstore.  I just don’t have them yet.

I actually managed more blog posts—six—in March than I did in February.  But one of those was my February month-in-review and one announced a temporary, quasi-hiatus at Hillbilly Highways.  (I published four posts at my blog on hiatus and two posts at my blog not on hiatus ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.)  Not bad, considering, I think.  I do want to post more at Every Day Should Be Tuesday this month, but the blogs aren’t a priority at the moment.  I do have a super special surprise cooking.

 

Wheel of Time Reread

  • No posts 😦

 

March Reviews

  • Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies, translated by Lucy Van Cleef
  • The Son by Philipp Meyer (Hillbilly Highways)

 

Books acquired

  • The Dark Continent by Scott Reardon (review copy)
  • Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case & Angus Deaton

 

Books started

  • The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case & Angus Deaton
  • The Dark Continent by Scott Reardon (review copy)

 

Books finished

  • The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream by Yuval Levin
  • The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens (DNF)
  • Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States by Matt Grossman (DNF)
  • The Dark Continent by Scott Reardon (review copy)

 

Mount TBR Counter

  • March: -3
  • Year-to-date: +4

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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10 Responses to March 2020 Month-in-Review

  1. Matthew says:

    How did you like Bleak House? I read it years ago.

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    • H.P. says:

      Well, I didn’t finish it…

      It is the sort of doorstopper that really requires a major investment of time. It isn’t the sort you can pick up, read a short bit, and put down. The pace is too slow and the learning curve upfront too high. Things might have gone better had I had more time to read.

      The legal subject matter interested me, and that helped. A little context helps with Dickens, I think. He has his moments of brilliance, but mostly I find his work pretty pedestrian.

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    WHAT!?!? You dnf’d Bleakhouse?

    Oh, my heart, it hurts! Well, I guess we can still be friends. But I’m keeping my eye on you buster!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. bormgans says:

    Yeah, small children & lockdown are a funny combination. I have to say I’m loving every minute of it.

    Liked by 1 person

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