2021: March wrap-up

March 2021 WRAP-UP

I introduced my February recap saying we were getting closer to a Covid vaccine. I didn’t think things would suddenly accelerate, at least in some areas. So I just got my first vaccine yesterday!

March has been an interesting reading month, with the highest number of books read per month I believe, and possibly also for the first time more audiobooks than books in print!!
I have discovered that listening to audiobooks and doing jigsaw puzzles (checked out at my awesome public library) was indeed a great way to relax.

The focus these past 3 months has been on Japanese literature, for the Japanese Reading Challenge 14, and I managed to read 12 books, so actually 3 more than originally planned. This is also the most I have read for this challenge.
I’m actually going to read more Japanese fiction, even if the challenge is technically over.

I have also restarted posting notes from my Orthodox reads.

BUT, I am again way behind in my reviews, as I haven’t had time to participate in the Sunday Post, where I usually do short reviews.

📚 So here is what I read in March:

16 books:
7 in print 
with 1,859 pages, a daily average of 59 pages/day
9 in audio
= 39H17
, a daily average of 1H16

6 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of the Song of Songs
  2. The Book of Wisdom
  3. The Book of Sirach
  4. The Book of Hosea
  5. The Book of Amos – these first 5 books were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge
  6. Less Than Fully Catholic, by Trisha Day – written by a friend

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Kusamakura, by Natsume Soseki
  2. Le Mineur, by Natsume Soseki – French ebook
  3. To the Spring Equinox and Beyond, by Natsume Soseki – this one and all the above were ebooks for The Classics Club,  the Japanese Reading Challenge 14, and the Books in Translation Challenge
  4. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro – for the Japanese Reading Challenge 14
  5. Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi – for the Japanese Reading Challenge 14. And Buddy read

5 in mystery:

  1. Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot #15), by Agatha Christie
  2. Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot #16), by Agatha Christie
  3. Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17), by Agatha Christie – these 3 were audiobooks for The Classics Club
  4. The Black Lizard/Beast in the Shadows, by Edogawa Rampo – ebook for The Classics Club,  the Japanese Reading Challenge 14, and the Books in Translation Challenge
  5. Rien ne t’efface, by Michel Bussi – French audiobook


This is too hard, I have to pick four this time!!

 The Miner The Black Lizard

 Klara and the Sun Rien ne t'efface


Classics Club: 32/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books 

Total of books read in 2021 = 42/120
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 10



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26 thoughts on “2021: March wrap-up

  1. Wow, you did a lot of heavy reading in March! My first half was all of a slump, and in the second half I watched shows more than I read. I hope April will turn out to be better. Kudos again for managing to read such interesting Japanese Lit pieces, I have a lot of recs thanks to you. ~Lex


  2. Great that you got your first vaccination – hopefully you don’t feel any side effects. It seems that Klara and the Sun is dividing opinions. I thought it was ok, but still a disappointment compared to Ishiguro’s other novels.


  3. So glad you were able to get your first vaccination, Emma. My daughter-in-law in Chicago got hers last week, too. It gives me a feeling of relief.

    Great reading month. Audiobooks plus jigsaw puzzles seems to work well for you.


  4. The Bible, Japanese literature, and Agatha Christie — interesting combination of book clusters there! But I would not expect anything less from you. 🙂 Hope you’re going to be finding more time to do reviews. I also feel short of time these days, so I’m going to take a break to catch up.


    • The trick is to get it on the arm you use the most, because you use more the muscles, so less pain. I experienced just slight soreness the day after the vaccine, that’s it, not even need of ibuprofen or the like


  5. Hi Emma, that’s an impressive total! I’m glad you liked Klara and the Sun. I’ve read a lot of Ishiguro over the years but nothing recently, so I’d like to give it a try. I’ll look out for your review!


  6. It looks like you had a great month in reading! I’m definitely interested in a lot of the translated works you’ve read this month. I haven’t thought of doing puzzles while listening to audiobooks, I need to try that! Congratulations on getting your first vaccine as well!


    • Let me know about your new experience of audiobook+puzzle! They should sell packages with one of each!
      Any particular country literature you like reading in translation? By the way, I forgot, can you read Italian novels?


      • I think that would be a great idea for a bookish box!
        It’s been a few years since I’ve read Italian books, but it’s something that I’ve been wanting to return to (and brushing up on my Italian in general!) But other than that, my reading is very general when it comes to translated books. I’ve read quite a few from Central and South America, but would like to keep reading more from more countries and regions!


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