Well didn’t March turn into a shit show!
I don’t really want to talk about out it right now since I was lucky in that March wasn’t totally awful for me but I will touch on it more in my Month Ahead post.
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│The June Boys│✅│
I made this TBR long, knowing I probably wouldn’t get to all of them but I was hopeful.
I think I did a pretty good job considering I ended up with an extra two ARCs that needed to be read before their release in April and I finished reading them.
Hopefully, I’ll knock Rules For Being a Girl out quickly before it’s release on the 12th!
Barbed Wire Heart really was wishful thinking. I swear I’ll get to it soon but my current ARCs have to be prioritised.
I’m participating in 4 wonderful readathons during the month of March. The first two are hosted by CW @ The Quiet Pond. The other two I joined late but am still counting books I’ve read this year so far since they don’t have any kind of points/reward system.
🌲 – Pondathon – finished March 7th
🏳️🌈 – Here & Queerathon
📤 – #ARCApocalypse
Click the star ratings to see my reviews.
│Vicious│Villains #1│V.E. Schwab│📖│🌈🌹✨│▶️🔄│🏳️🌈│
This was kind of forgotten. I just got so focused on the books I was reading on the bus that when I was reading at home I would pick up my tablet to continue reading them instead.
│The Raven Boys│The Raven Cycle│Maggie Stiefvater│🎧│🌈☀️💐🌹🌱✨│▶️🔄│🏳️🌈│
Yes, I did just finish reading this series!
I still haven’t reviewed the books though except for the review from 2017 when I first read only The Raven Boys…And it’s been over a year since I started this series again so I figured since I signed up for Scribd I might as well listen to the series again to refresh my memory before writing the reviews.
│The Wicked + The Divine Vol 9│Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie│🏛️│🌈☀️🌹✨│✅│🌲🏳️🌈│★★★★★│Mar 1│
This was a good ending to the series!
I just did not connect this one.
I really loved this! The twists, the turns, the discussion of neglect!
This was really calming to read and I can’t wait to put some of what I learned into action.
This was really fun and cute!
This was beautiful and hard to read.
Book of the Month
│Belle Révolte│Linsey Miller│📥💚📖│🌈🌹🔥🌱│✅│💫🏳️🌈📤│★★★★★│Mar 29│
This book was so so so lovely and funny and queer and important and I just really loved it. I didn’t have the highest of expectations to be honest but I was really intrigued. This deserves more hype!
I need a prequel about Laurence and Estrel PLEEEEEAAAAASSSSSE Linsey!
│Average Rating: ★★★★│▶️ 2│
Structured TBR Pass or Fail?
│Must Read: ✅ 7/5│📥 6/1│📖 6/2│🌏 5/3│
│Allowances: 🏛️ 1/1│
│Foul is Fair│Hannah Capin│– I actually got this last month but forgot to include it in my haul.
│Foul is Fair│📖│🌹🔥│📚│
I’m so hyped for this!
I rarely buy new releases by authors I haven’t read before because I’m often let down but I have a really good feeling about this one!
│The Grace Year│📖│🔥│📚│
Was super psyched when I found this in a thrift store.
│Strange the Dreamer│Laini Taylor│
│Muse of Nightmares│📖│🌈│📚│
│The Taming of the Shrew│📖│📚│
│Queer, There, and Everywhere│📖│🌈☀️│📗│
I read this in 2018 and I enjoyed it so much and new it needed to be on my wish-list. Finally I could afford it and I’m so happy to have it on my shelf now!
│Ghosted in L.A.│Sina Grace│
│Ghosted in L.A. Vol 1│📥💚│🌈│📚│
│Sweeney Boo + Lilian Klepakowsky│
│Eat, and Love Yourself│📥💚│🌹🌑│📚│
Film & TV
│The Bold Type│✅│
│On My Block│✅│
Look at that, I actually watched everything on my TBW list!
Though I was cutting it close with Grace and Frankie.
│Everything’s Gonna Be Okay│Season 1│📺│2020│💭 Josh Thomas│🌟 Kayla Cromer, Adam Faison, Maeve Press│★★★★★│
I can’t believe the first season is finished!
│The Bold Type│Season 4│📺│2017-│💭 Sarah Watson│🌟 Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy│★★★★★│
I was very very upset when I realised the last episode was in fact the last episode!
This season had me stressed.
│On My Block│Season 3│📺│2018-│💭 Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft, Lauren Iungerich│🌟 Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray│★★★★★│
Every time I think the cliff hangers couldn’t get more shocking and anxiety-inducing the writers say hold my beer.
│Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist│Season 1│📺│2020│💭 Austin Winsberg│🌟 Jane Levy, Stephanie Styles, Hiro Kanagawa│★★★★│
This is the silly, fun, and yet still emotional show that I need in my life . . . I say as if the last three shows I’ve listed didn’t also make me laugh hysterically and sob uncontrollably . . .
Also as soon as my mum and I finished watching episode 7 I told her that my feet were sweating from the stress of it being such a relationship heavy episode and my mum laughed and said I was such a Capricorn. (I got so excited when Zoey said she was a Capricorn too and mum was like, of course, she is.)
│Grace and Frankie│Season 6│📺│2015-│💭 Marta Kauffman, Howard J. Morris│🌟 Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston│★★★★│
Finally!!! I finished it.
This was not as funny as previous seasons so I really struggled. I think it’s just frustrating watching characters learn things only to do pretty much the same thing in the next episode.
I am tired.
Listen, I only really watch now to support the queens competing because I’m not a fan of Ru Paul but this season is a mess. Between the controversy and the very blatant favouring happening YET AGAIN, I’m constantly annoyed by each episode but I gotta give it to the non-predator queens for giving it their all and doing the best they can given the circumstances.
I am loving the judges though! I really loved Nicki and Leslie!
│Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters│🎥│2013│🎬 Thor Freudenthal│🌟 Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson│★★★│
Honestly, the best line from either movie, hands down!
This was . . . not good and now I see why everyone shits on the PJ adaptations. But I still think y’all are too harsh on the first one though.
│Knives Out│🎥│2019│🎬 Rian Johnson│🌟 Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas│★★★★★│
I do not have the capacity to explain how bloody brilliant this movie is. Hands down it is now one of my favourites.
THIS MOVIE IS ART.
Mostly I’ve just watched a lot of old, bad 2000’s movies.
But I also rewatched She’s The Man for like the 50th time in my life (it has been a while since my last watch though) and it’s just so good. I will never not love it and I will always have a thing for women dressing up as men so they can chase after what they want. Mulan, Viola from She’s the Man, Lila Bard from Shades of Magic are all icons and I will not tolerate slander.
If you have recs for other movies with this trope HIT ME UP!
│Krystin @ Here’s The Fucking Twist│Booknerd Wednesday: 19 Books From My Totally Inappropriate Quarantine Reading List!│
│Elise @ The Bookish Actress│Reasons to Read: Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe│
│May @ Forever And Everly│Upcoming Book Releases (March-June) to Support During This Pandemic!!│
│Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books│Book recs: favorite novellas│
│E. @ Local Bee Hunters Nook│BOOK RECS — audiobooks│
│Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books│A PEEK AT MY FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTERS’ INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS│MY TOP 5 TIPS TO INTERACT WITH THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY│
│Malka @ Paper Procrastinators│My Take on Trigger Warnings│
│Jen @ Novels And Notions│BOOKSTAGRAM PROPS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE!│
│CW @ The Quiet Pond│Book Recommendations – Books About The Magic of Food│
│May @ My 1st Chapter│Recreating my Favourite Book Covers: the lunar chronicles edition│
│Kat @ Novels and Waffles│I’LL MAKE A MAN OUT OF YOU: 5 YA BOOKS WHERE THE HEROINE DISGUISES HERSELF AS A BOY│
│Laura @ The Book Corps│WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: BOOKS BY BLACK WOMEN AUTHORS│
│Iris @ Hoard of Books│Book Review: Belle Révolte Linsey Miller, aka One of my New Favourite Books│
Month In Review
🍃 Continue to go for walks ❌
Listen, the world has turned to shit and I have zero motivation for anything.
🍃 Apply for 5 jobs a week ❓
I didn’t really do this but I did get an interview for one of the jobs I applied for and I am both hopeful and terrified of getting it.
🍃 Read every day – for real this time ❌
🍃 Maybe go to the Oxfam book shop $1 sale??? ✅
I did go, it wasn’t really a successful trip but the trips but one of the stores I went to while waiting to start work was a success so it was worth it.
Not a goal but… I interviewed for a job…and I don’t think I did well, at all.
I tried really hard not to let myself get anxious about it and I think it helped that the thought of getting a full-time job in the middle of a pandemic is legit terrifying. So I managed to at least contain my anxiety over it until I was actually in the interview and then I just rambled a lot and my brain wouldn’t work so I came out of not being totally sure how I did but the longer time there was between me and the interview the more I was able to see I really didn’t do well.
And that was how I closed out my month. My interview was on the 30th. I still haven’t heard anything back and it’s now the 6th and they said I would hear back in 2-3 days if I got the job. But I also applied for another position with the company which I was told they are going through this week. So I’m still very anxious.
(Also I was officially stood down this past week but that didn’t happen until April already started so I’ll go into that more in my Month Ahead post.)
March it’s been real but it’s time for you to go, thanks.
What did you do this month?
What did you read?
What did you watch?
What posts did you write that you’re super proud of?