March wrap-up

I feel like February has just ended but we’ve already arrived at the end of March. It’s been three months since Christmas. That’s a quarter of a year. How is life moving so quickly?

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In any case, March was a really good reading month for me. I finished two books on the last day of the month, so that extra day really does matter compared to 30-day months!

 

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I read a total of seven books in March, and some of them have already made it on to my 2018 favourites list.

march - relative strangers

I received this book for review via NetGalley and I was so pleased I did because I absolutely loved it. I gave this book 5 stars. It’s one of the best ARCs I’ve ever reviewed and I will absolutely buy it when it comes out (April 10th!)

You can read my review of this book here.

march - scythe

This book I picked up on a whim. I hadn’t heard of it, didn’t know anything about it, but I liked the cover, liked the description so I bought it. This book is everything I look for in a YA dystopian.

Read my review here!

march - the one memory

I received this book as a gift and decided to read it right away. It was a really fun read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a cute, YA contemporary.

My review can be found here.

march - the belles

If you read my review you’d know that The Belles is one of my favourite reads of this year so far, and I’m sure it will make it on to the top of 2018 list. I loved everything about this book so I urge everyone who hasn’t read it to definitely put it on your TBR for April!

march - the hate u give

I was a little bit late to the party, reading this book in March 2018, but better late than never! I gave this book four stars, and my review will be up soon!

march - friend request

I purchased this book on my Kindle when I was stranded in a hotel in London because there were no trains home and I wanted something good to read to take my mind off things. This book was advertised as ‘the most addictive thriller you’ll read this year’ but it really, really wasn’t. Friend Request was by far the most disappointing book I read this month, or even this year. My full review is coming soon!

march - milk and honey

The last book I read in March was the poetry collection Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I read so many reviews of this, both good and bad, and wanted to see for myself what this was all about.

Let’s just say I won’t be buying Rupi Kaur’s second collection of poems.

writing

March was not the best month for me in terms of writing, but also not the worst. I finished writing chapter fourteen and fifteen of my novel, which totals approximately 6,000 words.

Obviously I didn’t quite reach my goal of 1,000 words per day (not even close), but I’ve had months where I didn’t write a single sentence so anything is better than nothing. My goal for April is to write at least 10,000 words. My mind is so set on finishing this novel in 2018, and the more I write, the more excited I get about completing it. So hopefully this goal should be easy to achieve.

on the blog

I set a new goal of publishing a new blog post three times per week, and I smashed that goal.

This month I posted several discussion posts, a few reviews and some book tags. I write my posts in advance, and schedule them throughout the week.

I have found some great new blogs to follow as well, and read some excellent blog posts. It’s not always easy to find time to read other people’s blog posts but I’m so glad I made time for it this month!

Discussion posts:

Book tags:

my life

Outside of the blogging I have been doing really well. I started weight training at the gym at the beginning of February, something I had wanted to do for so long, and I’m really proud that I am still keeping up with it! I go to the gym four times per week and the results have been incredible. I know that the gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I won’t post about it too often, but for me it’s been such a positive change in my life. I feel healthier, but most importantly, I feel so much better emotionally.

My work has been stressful, but reading and blogging has been a good distraction this month. I’m trying to get out more and make new friends, but it’s difficult when you have a full-time job and a secret online life, ha ha!

let's chat

How has your March been?

Read any good books? Anything you want to recommend?

How is life outside of the blogging? Anything interesting or out of the ordinary to report?

What’s your TBR for April? Looking for someone to buddy read with? Or buddy write with? Let me know!

 

8 thoughts on “March wrap-up

  1. I still haven’t read THUG! I’m so ashamed.
    I love knowing about other people’s workouts. I’m nosy like that. I’ve been terrible about working out recently, but I always feel more energized after a good workout.

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    1. I hate working out while I’m doing it, but love the feeling the rest of the day afterwards. Reading about other people’s workouts is what motivated me to get really into it!

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  2. Agh, it may be late to read THUG in March 2018, but I still haven’t read it… And I don’t know when I will- but it will happen! Soon 😀 I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like Milk and Honey 😦 What was it about the collection that you didn’t like? I’m just wondering.
    Great post! I hope you have an amazing April and meet your writing goal ❤

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    1. I guess I was NOT the last person on earth to read THUG! Haha. The poetry in Milk and Honey was just too in-your-face and lacked any kind of subtlety. It didn’t make me feel anything!

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      1. You totally weren’t 😀 I understand what you mean about Milk and Honey. In that case, I wouldn’t recommend The Sun And Her Flowers because the style is similar. Sorry to hear it wasn’t your thing 😦

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  3. I still haven’t read THUG, but I really need to! I’m always so late to the party!
    I did read Friend Request back in January though, and I can understand why you were disappointed. I thought it was OK, but not overly memorable, which wasn’t exactly how it was advertised on the cover!
    And congrats on smashing your blog posting goals and keeping up with weight training! It sounds like you’ve had a very productive month 🙂
    And I always have huge respect for people who show such dedication to going to the gym. I’ve been a member of one for over a year, and was really dedicated for a few months, and then it kind of tailed off. I enjoy it when I get there, I’m just too lazy to actually go! 🙂
    Have a great April! 🙂

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