Hi, friends! Hopefully, you’ve had an excellent weekend. I wanted to post a quick wrap-up for March and announce that this blog (readrantrockandroll) hit its fifth anniversary! It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years. Over that time, I’ve come close to quitting, but it looks like I’m not going anywhere. I can’t get enough of you guys. ❤ The idea to switch to Instagram was not a good one. It won’t work for me, so I’ll be staying here in the book blogiverse indefinitely because it seems like the best place for me.
Unfortunately, in March, we lost our 14-year-old cat, Rambo. His brother passed last fall, and we had a feeling Rambo might not make it through the winter. Rambo was a cat who loved his outdoor life in the country and would never attempt to come in the house unless you had food. He did fine over the coldest months, and in late February, he just started wasting away quickly. Rambo began coming into the house, and we knew there wasn’t much time left. He stayed in the house with us for four days until he passed away. I was with him every minute, and either my son or I slept in the dining room so he wouldn’t be alone. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It’s not like we haven’t lost pets in the past, but Rambo was my best bud. Rambo was our escort because he and his brother, Ishmael, would be with you the moment you walked out the door, and Rambo specifically would stay with you until you went back in. It’s like a ghost town outside without them. It’ll take some getting used to this summer without them in the greenhouse and the gardens with us. I contemplated sharing a post about Rambo because he has such a neat story, but I don’t want to bring depression to anyone. We’ve all been dealing with a hefty amount of that over the past few years.
March was a decent month for reading. I managed to post five regular book reviews, not including Shabby Sundays. None of these were ARCs, even though there are a few on my backlist. 🤭
Shabby Sunday posts were up in March. I managed to post three of our old, favorite books. The only downside with Shabby Sundays is that they seem to be–statistically speaking–my least-favored posts. I’m not sure if that’s because it’s Sunday or people don’t really like old books. Regardless, I love Shabby Sunday so much that I won’t stop doing it. It holds me accountable because it forces me to revisit some of our older books that might otherwise get a little dusty. Since sharing The Book of a Thousand Poems, we’ve been opening that book every morning and reading four or five poems a day.
There were four Music Mondays in March. It’s one of my favorite memes created by Drew@thetattoedbookgeek, who I believe is on hiatus. Since I began sharing favorites for Music Monday, I’ve posted nearly two hundred songs. Maybe you would like to join?
I managed to share three book hauls last month. Book hauls will likely slow down now so that I can catch up with the books I purchased before buying more. I’m horrible about that. I still have new books on the shelf from Christmas to finish. You know how it goes. 😉
I did one tag this month: The Bookaholics Anonymous Book Tag. It was fun! Maybe I’ll incorporate more tags in April. When I’m not reviewing as much, it’s nice to have some content to share.
Goodreads has managed to turn things upside down for me, so I ranted about it. It wasn’t completely worthless because it did make me feel better, and it was nice to see that others were having some issues too. That seems silly to say; I definitely don’t want others to have issues. Sadly, it doesn’t look like anything is going to change over there.
There were only two reading updates for March: March 11th and 22nd. I like to share reading updates weekly, but it doesn’t always work out when books are carried over into the next week.
So that’s it for March. There were a total of 19 posts, which I’m very happy with. Stats, however, are very disturbing pieces of information that I wish would just go away. It’s probably bad to compare, but comparing with previous years, my currant stats are lower than ever. For now, I’m pushing forward and will try to stay as active as I can.