March Wrap-Up

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March felt like such a long month??? And look at how much I’ve read!!! I don’t think I’ve had such a productive reading month in ages but to be honest it’s only because I audiobooked A Lot of books and I found out that I can listen to them at 1.5 speed and it’s awesome and totally faster than I would ever read on my own!

Anyway, if you didn’t know, this month I participated in Laura’s mARCh madness challenge, which means I couldn’t read any ARCs (even though I did request/receive more than a few). You guys probably know I don’t usually make monthly TBRs (not on the blog at least), but I did write a guideline list with both March releases that I wanted to read as soon as they came out AND backlist titles. I didn’t end up reading all of the ones that I planned, and I also read some stuff I hadn’t even thought I would get to in March, but in any case this was a great, if a little weird, reading month.

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NEW RELEASES:

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: I honestly hadn’t thought about the original trilogy much in the one and a half year since I’d read it, but I really wanted to continue it and I’m glad I did. This book was so entertaining and I was never bored, plus I loved seeing my favorites again. Read my review here.

All Out: the no-longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by various authors: this was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and it didn’t disappoint. There’s 17 stories total and I still need to write my review but in any case I think the average of all the stories would be something around 4 stars or more. Some stories didn’t draw my attention or were sort of forgettable, but some were simply amazing. And anyway, even if not all stories are for you, there’s gotta be something for every person in this anthology, so I totally recommend reading it.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff: this was also among my most anticipated releases and I loved it so much. I cried and screamed but it was such a satisfying ending to a series that I adore so much.

 

BACKLIST:

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: this was a buddy read with Laura and I’m so glad I finally managed to read it. It was simply amazing and the kind of perfect contemporary that’s both epic and relatable because it keeps up with modern times (like fandom stuff).

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: I listened to this book for ten days straight and I wasn’t sure what to think about it at the beginning, but then I slowly started to fall in love with it. This is a book about the many shapes of love, loss and guilt, and I highly recommend it.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: I was promised a feminist masterpiece by Elise and it totally delivered. It’s kind of slow because you get to glimpse into the lives of three different women and learn all about how their relationships intersect, and at first it starts out kind of mundane but each page uncovers secrets. There’s also a mystery theme going on so you’re kept on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (books #1-#5) by Rick Riordan: it was my first time reading this series and how I wish I had read it when I was a teen. It was just so fun and listening to the audiobooks probably made everything better. I know I’m the last person on this planet to have read this series but please read it.

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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan: well what else was I supposed to read after finishing PJO? I’m in the middle of this and I love how different it feels from PJO because of the different POVs, while keeping the overall feel of PJO the same.

Circle of Ashes by Elise Kova: this is an ARC and I’m enjoying it much more than book one in the series. I basically read most of it during my trip yesterday and I couldn’t believe that I’d read so much in just a handful of hours (I’m a slow reader y’all).

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I watched Everything Sucks! (I even attempted to review it here) and I loved it. It has great representation and diversity, but it’s not just that. The plot is fun and the dialogue hilarious. Not one character is nonredeemable and I can’t recommend it enough.

 

 

 

ODAATIME3-700x400I also started One Day at a Time and it’s just so amazing. I’m waiting to actually finish it (I’m almost done) before I even try to write a review, but honestly everyone should watch it. It’s hilarious but each episode focuses on a real life issue (immigration, misogyny, metal health, coming out, and many more) and it has its own five minutes of seriousness that sets it apart from other humorous shows. It follows a Cuban family living in America and my favorite characters are Abuelita and Elena.

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I posted more #QueerLitStories and I’m super proud of everyone who participated! All the posts are so interesting and relevant, and they focus on different aspects of representation.

Melanie talks about Black Iris and how it helped her come to terms with her pansexuality;

Alexis talks about what it meant to her to see a character struggling with his sexuality like she was, and the general lack of pansexual representation in books;

Annie talks about labels and a book where she felt represented;

Syd talks about how sometimes even a side character can help us feel represented and seen;

Sasha talks about various books and media where she saw herself represented, not only as bisexual but also as Russian;

Find out how you can send me your own guest post here.

Another post I wrote and that I like is my reasons for not being on bookstagram. I’d love for you to check it out whether you’re on bookstagram or not, and tell me what you think!

I also took a little semi hiatus on the second half of the month and I guess I’m still on it. I was posting four times a week before but now I’m probably going to keep it at one or two for a little while. I’m just not in a good place right now and I need to really focus on myself for a while.

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How was your March? Have you done anything fun? I need to hear something positive so I’d love to hear about your highlights of the month!

10 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up

  1. Hey, I love you. And this is such a good wrap up! Friendly reminder – I’m always here and always willing to shower you with all the love in the world! Wishing you all the happiness this April and forever, love! ❤ xx

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  2. Hey! I’ll give you the sun is my all-time favourite book and helped me so much personally. The only book I read was The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and I highly recommend it. Its different but it really changes your perspective on things.

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  3. Lovely wrap up! All Out sounds so good, I really want to read it. Anthologies are such a great way to discover new writers and theme for this one is amazing. I’m glad you loved Radio Silence, it’s one of my absolute favorites 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I usually have a hard time reading anthologies because I prefer longer stories where I can get fully invested, but this was just so great! I hope you can read it soon 🙂

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  4. Lovely wrap-up, it seems like you had a good reading month overall and I am so happy to see Radio Silence on here, I loved that book so, SO much! ❤ ❤
    I haven't had a chance to get Obsidio and Restore Me just yet, but I can't wait to read both 🙂
    I hope you will have a lovely April – sorry to hear that you haven't been in a good place, I'm sending you all the love and positive vibes ❤ ❤

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  5. Omg did you see Everything Sucks has been cancelled after one season 😦 I don’t know why Netflix do this to us!! Obsidio WAS SO FREAKING GOOD!!! My biggest mistake with that one however was that I didn’t re-read the first 2, so I had forgotten a lot of what had happened. I am going to re-read them all again soon. I would really love to read the Percy Jackson books one day, everyone seems to love them!! It looks like you had a really good month for reading!!!

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