Wrapping March 2018

Reading

March got off to a rough start. It took me a while get into a groove.

  • Books Finished: 5 (though two were novella length)
    • Highlights: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (review to come), though Frankenstein Dreams is a strong runner-up.
  • Books DNFed: 2
  • Short Stories Read: 37
    • Highlights: Rereads of “The Dancing Partner” by Jerome K. Jerome and “Moxon’s Master” by Ambrose Bierce
  • Challenge Updates:
    • FrankenSlam! – Oh, Hi! Plutarch. I didn’t see you there.
    • 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge – The Infamous Harry Hayward (ARC, review to come) wasn’t on my reading list, but it was this month’s nonfiction title. Still maintaining over 30% nonfiction for the year.
    • 2018 TBR Challenge – I ended up DNFing three books in a row from my from the TBR Challenge pile. In the end, I read one of the shorter titles Monster in the Mists by Andrew Mayne.
    • Wild West Reading Challenge – No progress. Still 1/6
    • Shelf Maintenance – I acquired a copy of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens for a read-a-long that is starting March 31st. It’s going to follow the pace of the novel’s original serialization. Interested? Join The Pickwick Club. I also nabbed Thirteen Chocolates, a cozy mystery by one Agatha Chocolats.

Other Things

Number of games of ultimate frisbee played: 12. Eric and I have been running and throwing on a pretty regular basis too. While it’s good for most of me, I’ve lately strained my right arm. I need to hold off on long forehands for a week or so.

Classes:
Just finished up a section on Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique in the edX classes I’ve been taking. It’s one of my favorite pieces of music and (other than movie scores) the first piece of classical music I really wanted to hear more than once. I had caught it as part of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween program of the radio in around 7th grade.

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