March 2020 Wrap Up

March Wrap Up

Does anyone else feel like March was really like three months smushed together? Because it definitely was. This was an interesting month, reading-wise. January and February were a mix of everything from five- to two-star books. In March, everything a read was three or four stars. Nothing terrible, but also nothing amazing. But I read read more than I have any other month this year, so there’s that.

What I Read:

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee – ★★★★☆. If you are looking for science books, I highly recommend checking out Bill Gates’s book recommendations – I’ve been flying through them (there is literally another one on this list). I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was well written, and I learned a lot about how genes work.

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel – ★★★★☆. If you’re familiar with the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard, that’s basically what this book is. Only the mother wasn’t murdered, and her grown up daughter has a surprise waiting for her when she gets out of prison. Now that I’m looking back on this, it’s more like a 3/3.5-star read, but I did give it four stars after reading it. The ending wasn’t my favorite, but it was an entertaining read.

Nine Pints by Rose George – ★★★☆☆. Another science nonfiction book off Bill Gates’s list, this one, all about blood. I now know more than I probably need to about leaches, but you never know: maybe it’ll be a trivia question one day. (Seriously, I only know the most obscure facts that will never, ever be asked.) Anyway, not my favorite, but I did like it.

Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony – ★★★☆☆. This is about a (maybe gay) republican senator who one day receives a package containing a giant, taxidermied aardvark. And it is definitely the weirdest book on this list. I had a hard time getting invested in the story, but I did enjoy the writing a lot.

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore – ★★★★☆. I loved this one! It’s hard for me to give romances five stars, just because they’re so predictable (it has actually happened only once), but this one is definitely one of the best I’ve read in a long time. So good, it’s hard to believe this is her debut. Will definitely be reading book two.

The Last Human by Zack Jordan – ★★★☆☆. This is exactly what it sounds like: a book about the last human in the universe. Who is being raised by an alien who is pretty much a giant spider. It’s basically a story about being strong in the face of discrimination (the diversity in this story felt really great, even though they were all just different alien species), but in space.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – ★★★★☆. I’ve been meaning to read this for maybe six years, and I finally did it! I really enjoyed this one. I’m so happy that this book exists and that Henrietta’s story was told.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle – ★★★☆☆. Another predictable, but fun, romance novel. This one is about an engaged couple who hates each other and is basically trying to make the other call it quits first. So kind of an enemies to lovers, but they’re already engaged. Which is fun. I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, so that was a little disappointing, but other than that, it wasn’t bad.

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo – ★★★☆☆. Yangzee Choo’s The Night Tiger was one of my favorite books of last year, and I immediately turned around and bought this. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it quite as much, but it was still a good book. I’m excited to watch the Netflix series now.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Yes, I’m still reading this one. It’s going to take me all year to get through this because, while it’s really good, it also makes me pretty angry. It’s not easy to read about history’s greatest presidents at this period in history. Because, as a history nerd, I will forever be upset that all of this dumpster fire is part of our country’s history. And also, it’s a little bit depressing to read about all these great men who, I don’t know, gave a shit about human beings. And not just the rich white ones (insane, I know!).

What I Watched:

I’ve been stuck at home all month, so the list is VERY long (and most of it consists of 90s movies – I went through a phase). Here’s a few highlights:

Knives Out. This was pretty fun. I’m not normally into murder mysteries (I figure it out more often than not and then it’s boring), but I liked this one. Also, it has Chris Evans, and Daniel Craig has a southern accent, so it’s worth watching just for that. If you haven’t seen it yet, I feel like I should warn you: there is A LOT of vomit.

Zombieland: Double Tap. I am also not a zombie tv/movie/book fan. However, I do love Zombieland. The cast is phenomenal, the story is so clever, and it’s just fun all around. The sequel was no exception. If you haven’t seen them, and you’re looking something fun (albeit bloody) to watch, I would definitely recommend these.

Tiger King (Netflix). Who hasn’t seen Tiger King? I’ll admit, I was hesitant at first. Because, although I love true crime, I absolutely cannot handle anything involving animal abuse. But this didn’t bother me as much as I expected (it still made me pretty uncomfortable, so if you haven’t seen it yet, just be aware of that). It’s definitely a good segway into true crime for anyone who loves reality shows, though. Because this shit is crazy.

What I Did

Pretty much nothing. I came back from Prague a little over a month ago and was very sick (urgent care wasn’t testing anyone for COVID at the time, so I may or may not have had it) and then as soon as I came back to work, they sent everyone home. So I’ve been stuck home for a month, which is very very NOT good for my anxiety and mental health. I’ve been struggling most days (like I’m sure a lot of you are as well), so I’m trying to take it easy on myself and take more time to relax and stop stressing about things I can’t fix. Which I’m terrible at, but I’m working on it.

Non-Book Favorites:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Since I’ve been working from home (which is about 50% me sitting in front of my computer doing nothing for long periods of time), I decided to treat myself to a Nintendo Switch. I got the Lite version, which I’m enjoying so far. And, obviously I needed Animal Crossing. You guys are right: this is an addition. But it’s so much fun!

Blog Highlights:

Great Books You Probably Shouldn’t Read Right Now. This month, I shared some books I loved that would make very bad reading choices if you’re looking for a distraction from the current news. So go check it out, and use the commends to add to the list!


That’s it for this month! I hope you’re all staying safe and sane and healthy.

What was one piece of good news you enjoyed this month?

18 thoughts on “March 2020 Wrap Up

  1. I am so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling! I have really had to stop watching the news and be online all the time, because it was spiking my own anxiety. A month is also a long time, but by the looks of it, we aren’t near the end yet. I hope you stay safe and strong! (If you ever want to rant, don’t hesitate to find me on Twitter and DM me!)
    You really read quite a lot!! I also got back into reading some more this past month, but not to your level. And I get it … it sucks when there isn’t a stand out book, but at least with the mediocre-to-good ones you are better off than with just outright bad ones haha

    1. That is very true. Okay books are better than bad ones, and, all in all, it was a pretty good reading month.

      Unfortunately, my anxiety is not at all related to the news. It’s the noise. Which is just about constant with everyone yelling to each other (both inside the house and out) and my neighbors choosing now to do construction. So it’s not really something I can avoid. (I have weirdly good hearing, so even expensive noise-cancelling headphones are not enough.)

      1. Oh, I am so sorry! Does it help if it’s a noise of your own making? Like music you choose to listen to? I am not in any way trying to give suggestions here, because you are the one who is living with that particular anxiety. I was just curious!

        1. Thanks! It usually does, but only for a certain amount of time. After a while, I need a break from the sound. And when I have to turn up my own noise to cover the sound of people being extra loud, that makes it worse, because it’s just a lot. It also depends on how bad my anxiety is that day. Some days are better than others.

    1. Thanks! I actually just subscribed to Starz (I needed more things to watch) and it’s being added there soon! So if you have access to Starz, you can wait a few days and watch for free 🙂

    1. So far, I kind of love it. Animal Crossing is addicting, and I like that I can play some of the games I had on N64 as a kid. I got the Lite, which is $100 cheaper (you just can’t play on a TV, which I probably wouldn’t do anyway). It’s nice to have a distraction that is a little different than the things I normally do.

  2. I also love Bill Gates’s reading recommendations! He and Obama are by far my favorite celebrity readers. I’d highly recommend checking out Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies, which I thought was even more insightful and moving than The Gene.

    I was so excited about Zombieland 2, but I didn’t expect it to be as good as the first one. I was pleasantly surprised and loved it just as much as the first! I still want to watch Knives Out. I’ve only heard good things about it.

    1. Agreed! They recommend A LOT of the same books, and they’re all amazing. Definitely the two I go to for recommendations the most (and I MAY be working on a secret blog project around exactly that 😉). The Emperor of All Maladies is definitely on my TBR. I might try to get to it this year.

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