March Wrap Up – Kind of a Mixed Bag

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March was a decent reading month for me. While I didn’t read quite as often as I would have liked, I did manage to read a decent number of books (thanks Audible!), finished quite a few of the books I needed to read for review, and even found a new favorite. All in all, it was a pretty great month!

What I Read:

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves – ★★☆☆☆. I read this book on a whim, and it ended up being the wrong book for me. I didn’t hate it, but it did remind me why I’ve become wary of reading young adult books, particularly those int he fantasy genre. If you enjoy books like Red Queen and Caraval, I think you might like this one. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. (Review)

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – ★★★★☆. I did really enjoy this young adult book about a young Mexican-American boy and his gay adoptive father. If you’ve read any books by this author – Aristotle and Dante, for example – you probably already know how heartbreaking and wonderful this book is.

All That’s Left to Tell by Daniel Lowe – ★★★☆☆. I didn’t love this book, but I did think it was an interesting read. I liked the writing, even though I had trouble connecting with the characters and story. Overall, it was an okay read. (Review)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – ★★★★★. This book is AMAZING. Just beautiful. Impactful and relevant and timeless. You should go read it.

My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl – ★★★★☆. I was in the mood for something fun, and ended up picking up this book which I bought on a whim from Book Outlet. I am really into memoirs this year, and this was definitely one of my favorites. And even though this is nonfiction, it reads like a contemporary young adult book. So it’s a great choice if you’re looking to dive into nonfiction. (And yes, I do plan on watching the TV adaptation soon.)

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins – ★★★☆☆. I did like this book, but I also feel like I wasn’t the target audience. It’s a book full of (great) life lessons, but I’m the same age as Lily Collins, so they weren’t exactly relevant. I think this is a great book for younger readers, but I didn’t gain much from it. Though I did like getting to know more about Collins and her life, because I really like her as an actress.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel – ★★★★☆. This was a great sequel to one of my favorite debuts last year – Sleeping Giants. I thought it was a great continuation of the story, and as it’s own book. I liked that it was set ten years after the first story, because it allowed for a lot more action and new storylines. It heartbreaking and wonderful. And I can’t wait for book three! (Review)

I Hate Fairyland Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young – ★★★★☆. This is one of my favorite comics, and I really enjoyed this installment of it. I think the first one was maybe a bit better, but I still had a ton of fun reading this volume and definitely plan on continuing the series!

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. I loved Elizabeth Kostova’s first two novels, and was so excited to see that she is releasing a new book this year (April 11). I’m not very far into this book, but I am determined to finish it soon so I can review it for you.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. This is another April 11th release that I’m really excited about. Also not that far into it, but I like what I’ve read so far. It’s a sort of Shakespearean-inspired mystery, and I can tell I’m really going to like it.

What I Watched:

A Man Called Ove. After reading the book, I knew I had to watch the adaptation, which was actually nominated for a Best Foreign Film Academy Award this year. And let me just say, that is totally deserved! This movie is amazing, and I loved it just as much as the book.

Beauty and the Beast. I may or may not have seen this twice in the span of a week. Which is how many times I usually make it to the movies in a year. It’s just such a fun movie, and I really enjoyed watching it. (Though I’m still upset they chose to write three new songs instead of including “Home”, “If I Can’t Love Her”, and “A Change in Me”.)

Imposters. I think this is my favorite new show (though it may be tied with The Mick.) It’s dark and funny and the characters are amazing. It’s definitely a show I look forward to every week, and it never disappoints.

What I Did:

Started a Bullet Journal for Reading and Blogging. Right now, it’s still a learning process, but I am planning on doing some sort of post (maybe even a video?) about it in the next month or two when I’m happier with layouts and such. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and love having all of my reading and blogging information in one place and my work and life stuff in another.

Non-Book Favorites:

Dragon Age II. I. Am. Addicted. To this game. It’s probably a good thing the rest of the series isn’t available for Mac, because it could become a major problem for me. I love the characters, and killing fictional creatures is strangely relaxing. Don’t judge me.

Switched at Birth. There are only two episodes left in the season, but this show is killing it! They recently did an episode inspired by Black Lives Matter, and it was incredible. If you haven’t watched it yet, now’s the perfect time to start binge-watching it.

Blog Highlights:

How to Read Like a Rebel. This is one of my favorite posts I’ve ever written! I am so glad you guys liked it so much, because I actually worked pretty hard on it. It took me about three months to get it to where I wanted it to be. And it’s more along the lines of what I want to be doing with this blog. Hopefully, I can plan more like it soon.

I hope you all had a great month! What was the best book you read in March?

21 thoughts on “March Wrap Up – Kind of a Mixed Bag

  1. “Switched at Birth” has been my guilty pleasure for years! I haven’t started this season yet — I’m letting all the episodes pile up on the DVR for a binge-watch.

    I didn’t realize there was a film adaptation of “A Man Called Ove”! I’d been planning to read it this year anyway, and then I just snagged a copy from the free paperback swap cart at work. Good to know I can look forward to a movie afterwards!

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    1. The movie and book are both excellent! I loved watching the movie soon after reading the book. And I’ve been watching Switched at Birth for years, too! They definitely stepped it up this season. I’m excited to see how it ends.


  2. You had a great month! I purchased the Lily Collins Unfiltered book which I’ve not read yet but I’m kind of disappointed with the way it looks because the pictures inside are just printed on the same paper, I prefer when biographies print them on the glossy white paper so you can actually see them. Is your copy the same?

    I would love for you to do a video on your bullet journal! I’m so uncreative and I don’t really know what they are properly so I would love to learn more about them.

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    1. I actually listened to the audiobook (which was great), so I didn’t even get the pictures. But I generally like the glossy paper, too. I’m going to take some time and figure out how I want to do my bullet journal, but I will definitely do a post on it soon! I’m by no means an expert, and mine doesn’t exactly look the best, but I’m having fun with it.

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  3. Oh my God I literally bought Dragon Age: Inquisition today! 😂 I’ve only played a few hours but it’s amazing so far! I was torn between that and Dragon Age II but ultimately decided to go with Inquisition based on reviews.

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    1. I want to play it so bad! Not gonna lie, I’m seriously considering buying a PC computer just so I can play the games that aren’t available for Mac. Including Inquisition. I’m on my third play through of DA II, because it’s the only game I really love that’s available for Mac. Let me know what you think of Inquisition!

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      1. I have it for the PS3 so no problem there! 😅
        So far it’s really amazing, I love how personal and real the character interaction feels! Also everyone is really attractive. 😂

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        1. I feel the same about DA2. I actually just looked up the characters, because I know they’re different, and they look amazing! Varric is one of my favorites from DA2 (though he looks totally different), so it might be fun to continue with him. I need to get some way to play this lol

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          1. My favourites from Inquisition so far are Cassandra, Josephine, and Vivienne. I also just met Sera who’s really weird 😂 And I ship my own character with Cullen!

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            1. Cassandra is in DA2 a bit, but she’s just questioning Varric about what happens in the story. The first time I played, I totally shipped my character with one of the companions, and he ended up basically blowing up the city and killing tons of people (can’t be stopped), so I’ve moved on lol

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    1. I read The Hiding Place maybe fifteen years ago (wow, that makes me sound old) and remember really loving it! Maybe I need to reread it at some point. Exit West is amazing. I think if you appreciate The Hiding Place, you might like that one as well.

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