April 2018 Reads

I thought that February and March were slow reading months, but April was ridiculous.

I don't consider myself an extremely fast reader (not at all!), but I feel like three books in thirty days is an insanely small amount.  I know that's either a lot or a normal/average amount for some people ... But, for me, it's pretty abnormal.

Today I'm linking up with Steph and Jana to talk about my measly three books and to (hopefully!) get some reading inspiration from some of the other bookworm bloggers sharing their April reads.  

Amazing Books I Highly Recommend

April was the third month in a row that I didn't read any five star worthy books.  I'm starting to wonder when I'll finally pick another book that I absolutely love.

Very Good Books That Are Worth A Read

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Completed: 04/10/18
My Rating: ****
Challenge Category: N/A

Sometimes I Lie was listed as one of my top picks for future reads in the thriller genre, and it didn't disappoint! 

I really love when something within a story shifts and makes me question everything I thought I knew ... And that was definitely the case here.  I read a lot of thrillers, so I can often guess the twists (and am often disappointed as a result), but I didn't see any of the twists coming in this book. 

This is a difficult book to review because I think it's important to go in knowing as little as possible.  When an author manages to blow my mind with interesting twists that keep me furiously turning the pages, I want others who read the book to experience the same thing.  Obviously that won't happen if I give too much away in my review.

I will say that it took me a little while to really get into this book, which is the main reason for the four star rating.  I thought the writing was good (especially considering it was the author's debut novel!), but it didn't immediately suck me in the way I thought it would.  Once it picked up, though, it grabbed me and wouldn't let go.

Decent Books That May Work For You

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Completed: 04/28/18
My Rating: ***
Challenge Category: N/A

This was very much a "right book at the right time" kind of situation.  I read the majority of it on the plane ride to visit my family in West Virginia, and I specifically chose it because I thought it would be a pretty easy, good for vacation kind of read.  (And it definitely was.)

If I'd read The Leaving at a different time, I doubt I would have liked it as much as I did.  It was very much a "young" YA book, and that's generally something I don't enjoy.  Because I really wanted something I didn't have to think about much while I was traveling, though, it worked.

The mystery part of the story kept me intrigued, but, as I said, the writing wasn't the best.  I think the author had a really interesting idea, but her execution was just a little ... Off.  Characters who should have played a major role in the story barely made an appearance, some of the subplots were kind of out there (and slightly annoying), and the ending felt rushed.  The author had 400+ pages to build suspense and share pieces of the puzzle -- and it still felt like a ton of information was frantically shoved into the final few pages.

While this definitely wasn't an amazing book, it served its purpose and entertained me while I was traveling.  I'm not sorry I read it, but I also know I probably would have written a very different review if I'd read it at a different time.  I think some people would enjoy it regardless, but if you're not a fan of "young" YA and/or you're not looking for an easy read that doesn't require much thought, it probably won't be the right book for you.

Mostly Awful Books I Wouldn't Recommend

Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski
Completed: 04/24/18
My Rating: **
Challenge Category: A book that was originally published in a different language than your own for Book Challenge by Erin 8.0

I originally had the two other books in this series on my "To Read" list, but decided to start with Entanglement since it's the first book.  I'm giving this background information because I think it's only fair to admit that it was never a book that I was dying to read.  To be perfectly honest, I thought the other books in the series sounded more interesting.  But I read it anyway.

This book has a lot of really high ratings on Goodreads, but it clearly didn't work for me.  It wasn't that it was awful ... It actually was one of the "better" two star books I've read this year.  (If I can call anything about any of them "good.")  The story itself was interesting, and the big reveal in the end was something I didn't see coming at all.  (Which is always a good thing!)

My biggest issue was the writing.  It was dry as fuck.  I understand that the author wanted to set the scene (and, for all I know, this is how writers do that in Poland), but I felt like he was practically laying out a map of the city of Warsaw.  I didn't need to know which streets a character took to get to a park or cafe. 

The author was just as dry when it came to his characters.  Nothing about the main character really stood out or made me interested in his personal or professional life.  And, for the most part, the other characters just felt like props to help move the story forward.  I like characters who seem like real people, and that was certainly not the case here.

One reason I didn't read as much in April was because I was busy with other things and couldn't find as much time to read.  The other reason was this book.  It took me two fucking weeks to slog through it.  I'd go for a day or two without reading it at all because it was just so dull.  I'm glad I finished it because, as I mentioned before, the ending was a surprise ... But I hope that I can avoid such dry, boring books in the future.  (And, if you couldn't tell from this review, I'm no longer planning to read the other two books in the series.)

Books That Should Never Have Been Published

While I haven't been picking five star books lately, I (thankfully!) haven't been picking one star books either.

My challenge tallies for the month of April:

Book Challenge by Erin 8.0:
1 book completed
30/200 total points
Total books completed (January-April): 10 books
Total points (January-April): 200/200 points
Challenge Completed!

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge:
0 books completed
Total books completed (January-April): 3 books

Just a Quick Update

I think I'm going to start referring to April 2018 as "the lost month."  I didn't really mean to just abruptly stop blogging, responding to comments, commenting on other blogs, etc.  But that clearly happened.  (And I swear I will eventually get caught up on responding to comments -- so don't be too surprised if you get a reply to a comment you left a long time ago in the near future!)

In addition to checking out of all things blog-related, I sort of checked out of a lot of things at home as well.  Again, it wasn't intentional ... It just happened.

I didn't make and post meal plans for the majority of the month.  It sounds like a small thing, but it drove Eric crazy!  He's not even a big planner -- he just really likes having a meal plan posted so we're not tempted to just say, "Fuck it, let's just get takeout."  (And trust me ... We did that a lot last month!)

I also didn't use my planner much during the month of April.  Again, this sounds like a small thing, but I think anyone who uses a planner to keep track of all the things they need to do will understand that "hot mess" feeling that washes over you when you haven't been writing down obligations and generally keeping up with things.

We also went out of town to visit my family in West Virginia at the end of the month.  Obviously this was a good thing (and Eric and I had a lot of fun!), but it was just one more thing that added to my lack of structure in the month of April.  I generally don't stay on any type of schedule when I'm on vacation, and this was no exception.

I'd like to try to get back into my usual groove this month, but we'll see how things go.  For now, I just wanted to give a quick update.  I doubt anyone really noticed that I kind of checked out for a while, but you never know.  I didn't want anyone to think something was wrong.  I'm fine (really good, actually!).  I've just had other things on my mind, and, to be honest, I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed with everything I wanted (and needed!) to do ... So I backed off from some of the things I felt were less important (like blogging and social media).

I'll be back tomorrow with some book talk.  (Though don't expect much ... I only read a whopping three books during the month of April!)

10 Books I Enjoyed But Will (Probably) Never Reread

In February, I shared 10 books worthy of multiple reads.  Today I'm approaching the idea of rereading in a different way by sharing 10 books I enjoyed reading but (probably) don't ever plan to revisit.

I like to add in the "probably" because I don't actually know that I'll never reread these books.  I could join a book club that happens to choose one of these for discussion and I might want to refresh my memory.  Or I could just decide that I'm in the mood for that particular book ... Stranger things have happened.

As of right now, though, I don't really have any desire to read any of these books again.

1.) House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

It took me about six months to get through this book when I read it ten years ago.  It was an extremely challenging book on many levels, and I don't know that I have the patience to read it again in the future.  That being said, it's still one of the most unique and interesting things I've ever read, and I plan to keep my copy (so there's always a chance I'll change my mind one day and read it again).

2.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath

I've been a fan of Sylvia Plath's work since I first read one of her poems back in college, so it's not too surprising that I enjoyed reading this collection of her personal journals.  This was another book that took me months to get through, mostly due to the intensely personal way so much of it touched me.  It was emotionally exhausting.  There's a lot to be said about reading the right book at the right time, and this was very much one of those "right time" books.  I'm not sure it would have the same emotional impact if I read it now, and that's the main reason I may never reread it.

3.) Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi 

I enjoy reading the occasional true crime book, and Helter Skelter is my absolute favorite in this genre.  It was written by the prosecuting attorney in the Charles Manson murder trials, so the research is extremely thorough and allows the reader a very in-depth look at everything that happened.  While it was fascinating, it was still true crime -- and I just don't really feel the need to reread books that fall under that category.  I've learned what I could, so it's time to move on.

4.) American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

I've watched the movie version many times (probably too many since I tend to quote it sometimes), but I don't know that I could stomach the book a second time.  There are plenty of things in the book that never made it into the movie (for good reason) that I still cannot get out of my head.  (I read this book twelve or so years ago, by the way.)  When words on a page are that powerful, that's damn good writing ... But I still don't have any desire to pick it up again any time soon (if ever).

5.) The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

This book almost made it onto my list of 10 books that surprised me (in a good way), but was edged out by some of the others.  Even though it didn't officially make that list, it was still a book from outside my reading comfort zone that pleasantly surprised me.  But, although I really enjoyed it, it's not a book I could imagine ever wanting to read again.  Sometimes a book is pretty much ruined once you know what happens -- for me, this is one of those books.  (I'd still be willing to watch the movie, though, just to see how it compares.)

6.) Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon

Although I hated the ending, I gave this book a five star rating when I read it three years ago.  The story was so captivating that I just couldn't put it down -- I had to know what was real and what wasn't.  It surprised me that I enjoyed it so much since there are a lot of magical/supernatural elements (and I usually hate that).  It's a book I still think about from time to time.  Unfortunately, this is another book that's not really worth reading multiple times ... Once you know what happens, it won't have the same effect.

7.) The Martian by Andy Weir

Like most people, I really enjoyed The Martian.  I flew through it in a couple of days and quickly began recommending it to others.  The thing is, I don't think I'd enjoy it as much the second time around.  It's not necessarily a suspenseful book, but there's enough uncertainty that any subsequent reads would be spoiled by the knowledge of what happens in the end.  I still haven't seen the movie (and I'm not opposed to seeing it in the future), but I really have no interest in reading the book again.

8.) I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

This book made it onto a list I shared of some of my favorite thrillers.  But, as much as I enjoyed reading it, the thing that made it worthy of that list was the fact that it offered some great twists I never saw coming.  There have been very few books that have managed to take me so completely by surprise, and reading this book again would mean losing what made it so amazing the first time.

9.) The Pact by Jodi Picoult

I remember really liking this book when I read it a few years ago (though it's still the only Jodi Picoult book I've read).  One of the main reasons I enjoyed it was the storytelling: pieces of the puzzle were revealed throughout the book until the reader could finally see the whole picture and understand exactly what happened.  Because of this, I think reading it multiple times would be disappointing -- there would be no mystery left.

10.) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I absolutely loved this book, and it stuck with me long after I'd finished the last page.  Very few books have made me cry as much and for as long as The Nightingale -- and that's exactly why I'll probably never read it again.  I love books that make me feel real emotion, but those books are also tricky to reread because they almost never produce the same feelings.

Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday!

March 2018 Reads

I began last month's book review post by complaining that February was a slow reading month for me.  Unfortunately, March was much of the same.

I actually feel like it's kind of crazy that I read the same number of books in both February and March.  I mean, five books wasn't that terrible for a short month ... But March feels so much longer (even though it's really just three more days), so I feel like I should have been able to squeeze in more than five books.

In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter how many books I read in a month.  But, since I'd like to hit my overall goal this year (and delete a decent amount of books from my out of control "To Read" list that just keeps growing), I know I need to pick up the pace.  I'm also sick of having to return books to the library without reading them and then hopping back onto the huge waiting list.  (This has happened twice in the last two months.)

I know that most people probably don't want to read my complaints about my slow ass reading issues, though, so I'll move on to the reviews.  I'll be linking up with Steph and Jana tomorrow for this month's Show Us Your Books link-up (and adding about a million more books to the aforementioned "To Read" list).  I'm looking forward to checking out what everyone else has been reading lately!

Amazing Books I Highly Recommend

This is the second month in a row that I haven't read any amazing, five star worthy books.  This could definitely be part of my reading rut issue.

Very Good Books That Are Worth A Read

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory
Completed: 03/09/18
My Rating: ****
Challenge Category: N/A

This is a very short book (a novella, really), but I think I would have sped through it in a couple of days even if it was considerably longer -- it captured my attention from the start, and didn't loosen its grip on me.  This book had been on my "To Read" list for a really long time, and I'm glad that it didn't disappoint.

I was actually kind of surprised I enjoyed We Are All Completely Fine as much as I did because it contains several supernatural/fantasy elements, and that's just really not my thing at all.  (I usually hate or at least dislike most books that rely on fantasy and the supernatural to tell the story.)  In this case, though, it worked -- the story is told in such a way that I was easily able to suspend my disbelief and imagine that these characters were real people who had experienced some very traumatizing things.

I really liked all of the characters, and found each of their stories fascinating.  My only major complaint about the book was that it was too short -- I would have liked more time with these characters to learn even more about them and their pasts.  That being said, I think the author did a great job delving into each character's story in such a small amount of space -- I didn't expect to learn as much as I did about each of them.

This is a very weird book, so I don't think it's something I'd recommend to just anyone.  But if, like me, you're a fan of really strange, dark entertainment, this book is probably for you.

Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
Completed: 03/13/18
My Rating: ****
Challenge Category: N/A

I added this book to my "To Read" list a while ago after Jana gave it a glowing review, and, after reading it, I can understand why she enjoyed it so much.

Sweetgirl almost seemed cinematic in its delivery: I could definitely imagine all of the action taking place on a screen.  The story sucked me in immediately, and it held my interest throughout.  Most of the events take place within a couple of days, and the author did an excellent job maintaining a fast pace to allow the reader to feel at least some of the pressure and intensity the characters were experiencing.

The main reason this wasn't a five star read for me was the fact that I never truly connected with any of the characters.  I really wanted to fall in love with the main character, Percy, since she had so many great qualities that usually make a character a "favorite" for me ... But I just didn't.  I also didn't feel overly moved by the story, which was really surprising given the subject matter.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.  I liked the dark humor throughout the book, and that it offered an interesting look at a way of life I've (thankfully!) never experienced.  If you like fast-paced, gritty stories, Sweetgirl is worth checking out.

Decent Books That May Work For You

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Completed: 03/07/18
My Rating: ***
Challenge Category: A true crime book for the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge

I really liked that the author created a true crime/memoir hybrid with this book -- it was a unique twist on two nonfiction genres, and I appreciated that it was unlike anything else I've ever read.

That being said, while I understand the reasoning behind intertwining her own experiences with a murder committed by someone else whom she had no contact with prior to learning about the crime, at times it felt a little weird ... Especially considering that she reconstructed many of the events related to the murder using her imagination.  (This is something she freely admits throughout the book.)  It made the true crime portions ring less "true" for me.

The book itself was well-written -- the author definitely took the "creative nonfiction" approach to make it feel more like a story.  Unfortunately, some parts of the book felt a little repetitive.  I understand emphasizing certain things to make a point, but sometimes I felt like I was being beaten over the head and I didn't like that.

In general, I have a hard time rating nonfiction (memoirs in particular) higher than three stars.  I usually enjoy reading about another person's life, but it's not something I'm overly eager to pick up or something I really think about a lot once it's over.  While I think this book is probably worth reading if you're a fan of true crime and/or memoir, it's not something I'd recommend pushing to the top of your reading list.

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott
Completed: 03/20/18
My Rating: ***
Challenge Category: N/A

I didn't really have any expectations going into this book, and I think that allowed me to appreciate it a little more than I might have otherwise.  (Maybe ... As you'll see, I really can't figure out why I felt this book was worthy of a three star rating.)

When it comes to thrillers, I can enjoy them regardless of whether the story is incredibly fast-paced or more of a slow burn ... But I also know that some people dislike slower moving thrillers, and are quick to quit the book if it's not keeping them on the edge of their seat.  If you're one of those people, you will not like this book.

I was actually surprised that I liked the book enough to give it a three star rating.  There was nothing overly special about it, but it held my interest and entertained me.  I knew I'd have a hard time writing a review for this book because I could never really pinpoint what it was that made me like it and want to continue finding out more.  As far as thrillers go, it wasn't overly suspenseful and it didn't deliver any major surprises or shocking twists.  I feel like this would normally make me go off on a crazy rant about how shitty and horrible the book was ... But, for whatever reason, The French Girl did just enough to work for me.

This book is most definitely not for everyone.  (I'm not even sure why it was for me.)  If you add a lot of books to the "DNF" pile, don't even bother -- I can almost guarantee you won't be finishing this one.  I found it entertaining enough, but it's nothing special.  If you're dying to read it, you should give it a shot.  Otherwise, use your best judgment: if it sounds like something you might enjoy, read it.  If the synopsis doesn't intrigue you, you're probably better off skipping it.

Mostly Awful Books I Wouldn't Recommend

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Completed: 03/31/18
My Rating: **
Challenge Category: N/A

I struggled with this book on so many levels, from simply getting through it to finding the right rating and words to express how I felt about it.

On the surface, this book seemed perfect for me: it's a psychological thriller, there's a missing person involved, the two main characters are writers (for some reason I love reading books and watching TV shows/movies about writers), the narrators are pretty unreliable, and there are a ton of surprising twists throughout the book.  Unfortunately, having all the right elements just wasn't enough.

There were several things about this book that literally made me angry.  I initially gave it a three star rating because I knew that some people would probably enjoy it, but I changed my rating the next day after realizing just how pissed off I was about this book.

Because I always avoid spoilers in my reviews, I can't share several of the things that pissed me off ... But I'll talk about what I can.

The first section of this book felt like a Gone Girl rip-off.  You know how a ton of book summaries annoyingly tout them as "the next Gone Girl?"  Well, Lie to Me actually tried to be the next Gone Girl ... And let me just say, Gillian Flynn's book is far superior.

After I slogged through the first section, I just kept getting more and more annoyed with the story.  The characters were supposed to be intelligent, but they kept making idiotic, unrealistic decisions.  And the twists?  It basically felt like the author was like, "Let's see how many crazy ass things I can throw into this book."  It didn't matter if they made sense in the grand scheme of the story (or if they made sense at all, for that matter).

I haven't felt this angry about a book in a while.  I've read a couple of lackluster books this year that I wished I hadn't wasted my time on, but I feel like Lie to Me is an entirely different animal.  The only reason this book managed to get two stars out of me is the same reason I gave it a higher rating to begin with: I think it could appeal to some people.  (I mean, that's pretty clear given the number of three, four, and five star ratings on Goodreads.)  For me, though, this book was a shit show that wasn't worth the paper it was printed on.

Books That Should Never Have Been Published

If Lie to Me didn't have such mass appeal, it would have landed here.  Thankfully I didn't read anything else last month that would deserve a spot under this category.

My challenge tallies for the month of March:

Book Challenge by Erin 8.0:
0 books completed
0/200 total points
Total books completed (January-March): 9 books
Total points (January-March): 170/200 points

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge:
1 book completed
Total books completed (January-March): 3 books

A Month in Review: March 2018 Edition

It's time once again to link up with Kristen and Gretchen (and a bunch of other bloggers, of course!) and share what's been going on with me during the past month.  (And just to be completely transparent: it may take me a little while to get around to commenting on a lot of the blogs and responding to comments.  I'm already incredibly behind with reading blogs and responding to comments, and we're doing a lot of family stuff this weekend ... So I won't be around as much until Monday.)

Like February, March wasn't overly eventful.  I spent most of my time relaxing at home with Eric, and I was very much okay with that.  I've been pretty busy at work, so it's been nice to just be able to come home and chill out.  Our weekend schedules were pretty open as well, which was nice.  While it's definitely fun to get out and do things, it's also nice to enjoy stress free weekends with no real plans.

Basically what I'm saying is that I'm old and boring and I like to stay at home.  (Okay, maybe not exactly that ... But it's not that far from the truth.)

March's "highlights" are actually going to be a mixture of random things since there really weren't a lot of major things to highlight:

- I know I mentioned this already in this post, but Eric and I got tickets to see Radiohead in Chicago this July!  It's worthy of mentioning here because it was one of the more exciting moments of the month, and because I've been dying to see them live for 21 years now.

- I was doing a great job of sticking with working out at least three times each week until last week, when I finally fell off the workout wagon.  I worked out last Monday, and then I just ... Stopped.  I'm a little frustrated with myself over this, but I'm trying not to get too hung up on it.  We all have bad weeks/months.  Last week was one of mine.  (I also haven't been spending as much time on my workouts in general, but that's another issue.)

- We made a lot of new recipes at home, and I took some pictures specifically so I would have something to put in this post.  (Sad, isn't it?  These are actually the majority of the pictures I took during the month of March.)  We made vegetarian roasted chickpea and cauliflower tacos, Persian sausage and potato skillet, chicken fajita stuffed baked potatoes with this cilantro lime sauce (this is actually a picture of Eric's plate since his looked prettier than mine ... I didn't use cheese), skillet enchilada meatballs, cajun salmon with red beans and rice, chicken panang curry noodle bowls, Italian sausage and brussels sprouts pasta, vegetarian enchilada casserole (I made quite a few changes to this), and crockpot shredded beef tacos (I've made shredded beef in the crockpot plenty of times, but I'd never used this recipe).  As you can probably tell, I've been on kind of a spicy kick lately.

- Eric and I didn't go out for a date night at all last month.  I don't think either of us really even thought about it ... It just didn't happen.  (I actually didn't even realize it until I sat down to write this post.)  We'll be going out more this month when we visit my family, though, so maybe it's a good thing we cut back a little last month.

- I've still been sticking with my savings goals, and I'm pretty proud of myself for that.  It's not that hard for me to just set the money aside in a savings account instead of spending it, but sometimes I do just want to go a little crazy and buy all the things -- so it's good that I've managed to fight those urges so far.

Now I'll share my goals for March.  I'm just going to go ahead and tell you that I failed every single one.  It's fine, I know ... But it's still a little disheartening/embarrassing to post my results when they're basically just a sea of red fails.

March Goals:

- Read 7 books.

Fail - I set a reading goal for myself each month in order to try to keep myself on track for hitting my bigger yearly goal.  (This year my goal is 70.)  I thought it would be pretty easy to get through 7 books since March is a long month (and I didn't really have a lot going on), but I kept getting distracted with other things or just picking books that didn't really work for me ... So I finished the month with a mere 5 books read.  I'm currently one book behind schedule (according to Goodreads), so hopefully I can pick up the pace.

- Try a new exercise class at the gym.

Fail - This one is kind of laughable considering it was a struggle to even make it to the classes I was already taking on a regular basis.  I walked outside on a few nicer days and did some yoga videos at home (in addition to attending some of my yoga classes), but I definitely didn't venture outside my workout comfort zone last month.

- Organize/purge my portion of our master bedroom closet.

Fail - I can't say I'm surprised I didn't bother to do this, but it really does need to be done.  It's going to just keep making my list of monthly goals until I do it.

- Finish Erin's reading challenge.

Fail - I literally only have one book left (and have only had one book left since the middle of February), and I even have it checked out from the library.  The problem is that I keep getting other books from the library that I have to prioritize because they have long waiting lists and/or I just feel like reading other books I have checked out instead.  (I haven't been doing a great job with prioritizing books either ... I've already had to return one without reading it, and may find myself returning yet another unread book next week if I don't get my reading shit together.)  I have until the end of this month to complete the challenge, so I should be able to do it.  Hopefully.

- Finish all lessons and the final exam for my creative writing online course.  (Deadline to finish is 04/06/18.)

Fail - I didn't think I'd have trouble keeping up with this, but I did.  Between being super busy at work almost every day (i.e. staying late most days), getting distracted with other things like blogging and reading and watching TV, and general life stuff, I just fell really far behind.  I thought I could catch up, but I honestly didn't have the motivation to do so after a certain point.  The class was free, so I'm not too upset about it ... But it's annoying because it's unlike me to just say, "Oh well, I'll just give up on this and maybe I'll try again later."  It sucks, but at this point I'm too far behind to finish by Friday.  It wasn't really what I was expecting, and I think that was also part of the problem.  Maybe if I try taking it again (and there's no reason I couldn't), I'll do a better job with it because I'll be more prepared.

And, as always, here are a few statistics from last month:

In March:

- I read 1432 pages.
- I completed 5 books.
- I earned 4007 Swagbucks (including earnings from referrals).
- I drank 94 glasses of water.
- I worked out for a total of 7 hours and 58 minutes.

... And that was March.