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.
- Rachel @A Bookworm’s Paradise and Maddie @Inking and Thinking introduced March Madness but with books which I thought was a super cool idea!
- Saniya reviewed Song of Achilles and this one’s a total classic in the book community so I loved reading her thoughts!
- Maria @The Character Study gave a list of 10 new to her book bloggers and I think it’s a great idea to spread book blogs around and share the love!
- Naemi shared books based off of weird Duolingo sentences and because Duolingo is absolutely ridiculous, of course this post turned out great!
- Maddi @Inking and Thinking celebrated her first blogoversary, Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner celebrated 500 followers and Riddhi @Whispering Stories celebrated her second blogoversary
- Keep up with posting schedule (yes I will just keep writing this goal)✅
- 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?