chicafrom3: photo of the TARDIS (mus: fm: tomorrow comes a day too soon)
According to Goodreads, I read 51 books in March. Also according to Goodreads, I currently stand at 166 books for 2017.
According to my own record keeping, of those 51 books, 28 were books I was reading for the first time. My ratio remains pretty stable. Of those 29 first-reads, 3 were comics or graphic novels; 11 were Doctor Who related; 2 were The X-Files related; 5 were from The Dark Is Rising series.
Of the 23 rereads, 7 were Animorphs; 8 were The Baby-Sitters Club; 8 were The Saddle club.

According to my records, I watched 224 episodes of television in March, which is a jump from February's 186. 133 of those episodes were new to me. There were 5 new-to-me series, consisting of 47 episodes, an increase of more than 100% from February's 20. A little more than half of my TV consumption was new material, with about 20% being completely new.

I watched 5 new-to-me movies and rewatched 1.

According to last.fm's 30-day tracker, I listened to 477 tracks in March, an average of 15 tracks per day. In an upset, The Pogues didn't make top artist -- in fact, they didn't make top five, placing in ninth. (!!! I don't know what happened.) Top artist was The Tosses with 51 scrobbles, followed by Jennifer Damiano (42), Taylor Swift (41), Mandy Gonzalez (34), and Ed Sheeran, of all people, with 32. A total of 109 artists and 94 albums, with The Tossers' Smash The Windows being the most-played album (51 scrobbles), and the most-played track being The Pogues' Thousands Are Sailing.
Away from things that last.fm tracks, I continued to listen to an enormous amount of Hamilton. And I am still not even close to caught up on all the Hamilton audios I acquired in February. It's gonna take some time.

Individual thoughts:

Books:

The one-off comic The X-Files: Deviations has now launched a full series! The first issue came out in March. I enjoyed it slightly less than the original one-off, but that's still very enjoyable. I like Samantha Mulder and the different ways people interpret her a lot, what can I say.

My Animorphs reread has me now mid-David Trilogy. I would like to say a few things about my Animorphs reread: 1) The Departure is the best Animorphs book and an excellent book, period. 2) The David Trilogy is exhausting in the best possible way. 3) I still don't understand why people hate In The Time Of Dinosaurs.

My Doctor Who Target readthrough has now gotten me through Katarina's death and the acquisition of Sara Kingdom. Farewell, Katarina, we hardly knew ye. A couple weeks ago I posted some thoughts on the series through Barbara and Ian's departure; I will probably do the same when I reach the First Doctor's regeneration, so I'm not going to say too much here, except that they continue to be very hit or miss in regards to quality. And that I don't always agree with other Goodreads readers on which ones are successful and which ones aren't.

I read the Dark Is Rising series for the first time this month. It's one of those series people always assume I read as a child because I was/am a voracious fantasy reader and yet somehow I completely missed it when I was in the target age range. I...might have enjoyed it more if I'd read it back then; as it was I found it slow and mostly unengaging. It's probably me more than the books. I'm glad I read them, though, because at least now I know.

Two new X-Files books came out, Agent Of Chaos and Devil's Advocate, both prequels focused on Mulder and Scully respectively as teenagers getting mixed up in serial killer cases. There were a lot of choices made with these books that I found odd (Mulder's love interest is called Phoebe but clearly isn't his Oxford girlfriend Phoebe from canon, Scully's love interest is called Ethan but clearly isn't her boyfriend from the pilot episode's deleted scenes, why would you borrow love interest names from canon for different characters that's so weird and really threw me out) and the references to canon are sometimes cute nods for fans (it's probably not very likely given timelines but having Mulder's geeky best friend be a D&D fan who idolizes Lord Manhammer made me smile) and other times just really tripped me up (MONTY PROPPS ARE YOU KIDDING ME). The decision to give Mulder the run-of-the-mill serial killer case and Scully the one with supernatural elements was interesting, but ultimately not all that well executed, particularly in regards to Scully's story. I'd rate both books about 6/10.

In non-serial books I read this month, I have to say that I loved The Book Of Wonder, a set of short stories by Lord Dunsanay, with my personal favorite story being "The Quest of the Queen's Tears". Perfect ending, seriously.

TV:

I watch so much TV it's awful.

I finished Orphan Black! Amazon Prime considerately released season four free to subscribers a couple days after I finished season three, so that was nice. Season three dragged a little, but season four got right back on track, and I'm excited for to watch the final season first-run.

Also on Amazon Prime, I checked out Ronja The Robber's Daughter, narrated by Gillian Anderson. Really cute show, very sweet.

My 'new-to-me series' number is slightly misleading as two of them were off of Amazon's pilot season, and thus only had one episode each: Oasis and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Oasis I wanted to like a lot more than I did, but it completely failed to grab me in any way -- not the plot, not the characters, not even the cinematography. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was cute and I liked it but I have no idea how they'll stretch the premise out over a season. I still need to get around to watching the other pilot episodes they're offering.

Another 'new-to-me series' was also kind of pushing that definition . . . I watched Neverwhere using a free trial of BritBox. I've read the novel many, many times before -- it was my first Neil Gaiman book and is still one of my favorites -- and I've seen clips of the show before, but this was me sitting down and watching the whole thing beginnig to end. You can see why Neil was disappointed enough with the end result that he felt the need to turn it into a novel instead, but it's still a fun watch and I enjoyed it. Plus, Peter Capaldi as the angel Islington!

The last 'new-to-me series' was Julie's Greenroom on Netflix. SUPER adorable. Julie Andrews teaches a group of muppet kids about theater with the help of industry professionals (a bunch of insanely talented guest stars, including Idina Menzel, Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck, the cast of Stomp, Joshua Bell, Sara Bareilles, Carol Burnett...

Also on Netflix I finally got around to finishing Wizards Vs Aliens, which I started ages ago (cute but ultimately unmemorable and not something I'll ever rewatch, most likely), and the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (which just upped the amibvalence I feel about it as a show I don't really know why I watch it).

In first-run live TV:

Once Upon A Time frustrates me so much. I don't understand why the writers do what they do and I strongly suspect the writers don't understand, either.

Elementary continues to be excellent, I'm very pleased with it.

The Magicians is doing some interesting things and some frustrating things and as long as the interesting things outweigh the frustrating things I'll be happy with it. So far I like how they're balancing the Fillory and Brakebills plots, and the bank heist episode was GREAT.

This Is Us just kept making me Feel Things straight to the end, it's really astonishing how effective that show is at emotional manipulation.

Star Wars Rebels ended its third season and everything is happening and Obi-Wan in Twin Suns was fantastic and I'm so worried about Kanaan.

The DC shows are...largely frustrating me. It doesn't feel like anything is happening on Arrow even when things are objectively happening. Mon-El on Supergirl irritates me and then they saddled me with unexpected Kevin Sorbo (although at least they then killed him off onscreen, I do appreciate that). The crossover musical episode with The Flash was cute but underused its musical concept and badly underused Jeremy Jordan. (The dads' song was the best part.) I am enjoying the current plot arc on Legends Of Tomorrow, at least, and I may never get over Rip the cake designer in the most recent episode. Powerless is cute and I don't feel strongly about it at all.

And it doesn't really fit in this post, but I can't resist pointing out that Doctor Who comes back in two weeks and there are some excellent spoilers floating about...

Movies:

I watched five new-to-me movies this month: Moana, Tangled: Before Ever After, the 2016 remake of Pete's Dragon, the 2017 remake of Beauty And The Beast, and Máthair, an Irish-language short film available on YouTube. It was a Disney-heavy month.

I've wanted to see Moana since before it came out, but didn't have the chance to catch it in theaters. It's out on DVD/Blu-Ray now, which means I finally got to sit down and watch it, and it completely lived up to expectations; I loved it and will be rewatching it many, many times.

I already posted my thoughts about Beauty And The Beast.

I highly recommend watching Máthair; it's under four minutes long and incredibly moving. (And good Gaeilge practice.)

I rewatched Muppets From Space because it was airing on TV and I wasn't intending to watch anything else. It's far from the best Muppets movie, but Muppets > most non-Muppets, so.

Music:

The Tossers released a new album, Smash The Windows, which I enjoyed a lot; it's good, solid Celtic Punk which is exactly what I want from The Tossers. Although The Horses reminds me very much of The Pogues' Bottle Of Smoke, except Bottle Of Smoke is better.

Flogging Molly also (finally) announced the release date of their new album. Life Is Good will be released on June 2, which feels like a lifetime away (it's been six years since their last album was released!) but at least there's a date to look forward to now.
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