March 2022 Wrap Up

No offense to anyone whose birthday is in March or who just really likes March, but in my opinion, March is the worst month. Given the way my school system works, I have exactly zero breaks in March (other than weekends) so it’s just a generally exhausting month where we’re just doing school, school, school. Because of that, I also generally read less in March, so this month I only read 9 books which is a few less than usual. I did not finish a book in the last week and a half of the month which does not bode well for the upcoming weeks either. Let’s look at what I read.

  • Ophelia After All by Raquel Marie. I absolutely found a new favorite in this book. It was awesome, I mean I just loved the plot, the characters, the writing – everything about it! Oh my gosh you all need to read this book.
  • These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. Picked this one up on a whim because it had an audiobook and I was just looking for an audiobook to listen to. It was a pretty good book, definitely not a favorite but it still held my attention and was interesting.
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. This one’s been hyped since it came out, and I’m happy I finally got the chance to read it! I always love reading historical fiction and learning new things about the time period that it was based in, and the 1950s are definitely not a period I know much about (we were also learning about it in English class though…more on that later)
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. There are not many books about gender fluid characters out there so to have this one that was just so focused on that was interesting. However, I’m pretty sure that this was written by a cis guy, which made some of the events in the book a little weird.
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Read it for school. On the same week we started reading this, I was also reading These Witches Don’t Burn (a book set in Salem, about witches) and Last Night at the Telegraph Club (a book set in the 1950s, with mentions of McCarthyism and the Red Scare). A bit of a weird experience.
  • Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin. It’s a sports book, so I have to read it of course. I enjoyed the friendship and camaraderie among the girls. The other big thing in this book was the character development, which I really enjoyed reading through! (though Mara REALLY annoyed me at the beginning)
  • Loveless by Alice Oseman. Hi this book is now out and it is Very Exciting and it is Just as Good as Last Time. Seriously, I loved this one, which I’m very happy about because I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much a year later! The friend group in this one > any others.
  • The Poppy War by RF Kuang. I FINALLY READ IT. Thank you to Ashmita who buddy read it with me! I came into this one not knowing what to expect being scared and I came out of it being scared too. That last 100 or so pages is intense. Not what I expected, but enjoyable. Should I continue with the series because I’m debating whether I should or not.
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I didn’t expect to pick this one up so soon, but I’m very happy to have read it! TJR’s writing is, as always, amazing, and I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than Daisy Jones.
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March goals:

  • Keep up with posting schedule (yes I will just keep writing this goal)βœ…
  • Organize my goodreads shelves ❌
  • Do a little blog editing ❌

I only managed to complete one of my goals, due to the fact that March is such a slog with school, but I’m happy that I was able to continue posting! I think I’ll have to put off organizing my goodreads shelves and doing some blog editing until the summer, though.

  • Balance school and everything
  • Drink water
  • Only blog when you have time to.

Life is about to get very busy (more on that in a second) so I’m not sure I’ll have much time to blog, though I hope I’ll be able to keep up with posting! I’m really just looking for this to be a month where I can keep up with school and not put too much pressure on myself to blog and everything.

  • I got onto my school’s softball team! This is my #1 accomplishment this month, given that I love softball and I tried to get onto my team last year and didn’t’ make it, so actually getting on this time means a lot! It’s going to be a lot of work – practices every school day, with games two or three times a week – but I’m really excited to play for my school and play a lot more softball than usual!
  • the MLB lockout finally ended! Major League Baseball had been in a lockout since the beginning of December, and March is spring training month, so it was very exciting when the lockout was finally removed! The start of the season was pushed back a week so that players can get a good amount of spring training, but I’m just happy to have baseball back!
  • According to wordpress, I passed 10,000 all time views on my blog, which was not an achievement I’d been aiming for or even one that I knew that wordpress celebrated, but there you go.

How was your March? What books did you read? What posts did you enjoy?

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24 thoughts on “March 2022 Wrap Up

  1. I’m with you on March being a crazy month, so yes, let’s put it behind us! πŸ˜… And oooh, you read so many interesting books I’ve never even heard of!! Regarding The Poppy War, though – I absolutely loved book one, but felt book two was kind of mediocre in comparison… So I also still need to finish the series πŸ˜… But if you particularly enjoyed the action-packed, military ending of book one, I’d say go for it because book two has a lot more in that direction! πŸ˜‰ I just wanted more of the friendships and the school setting, I guess…

    Also, congrats on making the softball team! πŸ₯³βšΎοΈπŸ₯³ And thank you for sharing TWO of my posts; honestly, I’m so happy you loved them that much! πŸ˜­πŸ’™

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    1. Indeed, April is usually MUCH better. Aah, to be honest the friendships and school setting were the things that I liked most about the Poppy War as well, so I’m really starting to think that I won’t continue with the series. Thanks for the input!
      Thank you so much!!! I was very happy about that!!! And of course, your posts are always so funny and congrats on 500 followers again!

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  2. Ahh, I am not a fan of March either, that’s when most educational institutes keep exams in India! And all the books you read look amazing- I am especially excited to get to Malibu Rising!
    And congrats on getting into the softball team, that’s amazing!
    Thank you so much for mentioning my post, and I hope April is relatively free and better for you!
    Great post!

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    1. Aah, yikes. How’d your exams go? Good luck on all those! And yesss, Malibu Rising is super good! TJR is just an amazing writer it’s crazy.
      thank you so much!!!
      Of course, congrats on your second blogoversary (I still do not know how to spell that word, which isn’t even a word in the first place).
      Oh and also I forgot to mention but that April Fools joke you wrote yesterday definitely scared me at first! I always seem to forget that it’s April Fools when I see those kinds of things! Sorry I haven’t been commenting on your posts very much, due to my busier schedule, I’m usually reading posts on my phone and it’s harder for me to comment on there, but I have been reading and loving them!

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      1. They went good-ish, but my main exams are in May and June!

        Yeahh, I knoww- I’ve read just one book of hers, and I need to read more!

        Thank you! (lol, it’s okay- yep it ain’t a word, but petition to add it to the dictionary!)

        Ahh, I am sorry for the prank, it was mean, and I apologize for it!

        Ah, that’s okay, I understand! Thank you so much!

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      2. Well, I am happy that you think they went good-ish and definitely good luck on your main exams!!! I’ll be having a lot of exams at that time as well 😦
        Yeah, definitely! Which one have you read? I feel like Evelyn Hugo is the one that everyone starts with, but Daisy Jones is definitely a big one as well.
        Yessss, we should definitely petition to add it to the dictionary!!!
        Haha it’s okay, I mean it was April Fools, I’m just very gullible when it comes to pranks like that.

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      3. Thanks, and all the best to you too!
        I have just read Evelyn Hugo, but literally all of her other novels sound so good! Especially Daisy Jones and the Six!
        Yess!
        Ah, I see!

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  3. as someone whose birthday falls in march and also loves march in general I VERY MUCH TAKE OFFENSE OK? jk jk i can understand the exam pressure and all, i too had finals in the first half of the month.
    thank you for the shout out!!

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  4. I really want to read Ophelia after all, no one has anything bad to say about it! I’ve want to read the poppy war since forever, maybe this is my sign to finally start reading it!
    Hope you have a great month ahead!!!

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    1. Oh you DEFINITELY have to read Ophelia After All. It’s so well written and just an awesome contemporary, plus the aro and ace rep in the side characters is great too haha. The Poppy War is certainly something, it really depends on what kinds of things you like to read to know if you’ll enjoy it or not.
      You too!

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  5. congrats on getting into your softball team, that’s amazing!! it’s great that you’re excited, i hope you have a good time ❀ and i'm so happy you enjoyed ophelia after allβ€”it's truly such a lovely book. and yay for reading the poppy war! i feel like no matter what you expect, you'll be surprised anyway haha, but i'm glad you enjoyed it ❀ have a happy april!!

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    1. Thank you!!! Ophelia After All is such an amazing book, the rep and the story is just so awesome and heartwarming. Haha that’s true, The Poppy War is a book like no other, really. Should I continue with the second one? I’m extremely conflicted. Have a great April to you too!

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      1. Aah, ok. I’m not a HUGE fan of military strategy books (I really did not enjoy the An Ember in the Ashes series despite everyone’s love of it and actually did not read the last book) so I feel like if it’s the military stuff that makes the book so good I’m not sure I’ll read it…I guess we’ll see though!

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  6. I so agree with you about March being the worst month – I’m not even in school anymore so the lack of breaks doesn’t effect me, but it’s still a sucky month. I’m glad you had a pretty good reading month still, and congrats on getting on the softball team and surpassing 10k blog views!

    Wishing you a better April πŸ’–

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