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March Recap // books, life, and blogging! ðŸŒ»

I really love writing wrap-up posts. It makes me feel so ready for the next month and starting fresh… So today I’m bringing you a little slice of my life and (of course) giving you a rundown of all the eight (!!!!) books I read! Hop on!

b o o k s

I’m actually very proud of myself for reading a total of eight books in April! That might not sound like much, but I had one of the longest work months I have ever had, and somehow I managed to stay on top of my reading! Yay me!

The average rating I gave books this month was 4.357 stars, which honestly surprises me a lot. I used to be a Grinch when it came down to rating books, but now I’m much nicer. Is that a good thing??? I don’t know…

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr 🌻 This fascinating book gave me a whole new perspective on American foreign policies and colonialism. It’s so enthralling that I couldn’t put it down for a second. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, well-researched, thought-provoking nonfiction book about 20th century American history, do yourself a favor and pick up this gem!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // my review!

Master American History in 1 Minute a Day by Dan Roberts 🌻 Then, I picked up yet another nonfiction book about American history (can you tell how much I love this subject?) which I, unfortunately, didn’t fall in love with. It was just okay… I thought it was a little too superficial, which is unfortunate. But I kind of set myself up for failure with this one, since it says that it’s history in bite-sized pieces on the title…
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ // my review!

Educating Rita by Willy Russell 🌻 For my English, Academic Writing module at university I had to read this play so I could write the in-class essay for my midterm. While the essay didn’t go that well, I absolutely loved this play! It had been a while since I read a play I actually enjoyed, so this was a breath of fresh air. If you ever have the chance to pick this one up and you’re interested in education, do it!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ // my review!

Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen 🌻 What a sweet, sweet middle grade graphic novel! I adored every single thing about this story. The plot was adorable and very relatable for children, the illustrations are gorgeous, the characters are loveable, and the flow is incredible. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but oh boy! I’m so glad I got a review copy of it and that I read it when I did — I was really needing a pick-me-up.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal 🌻 A book I loved that I picked up next was this one, written by the author of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. I hadn’t read the author’s debut novel, but now I know that I most certainly will! This one follows the story of three somewhat estranged British-born Indian sisters who go on a trip to India to fulfill their mother’s last wish before she passed. What a beautiful book about complicated relationships! I had a lot of fun writing this review, so keep your eyes peeled eheh.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim 🌻 This was my favorite book of the month, I think. It’s a whole mystery about who set off an explosion that ended up killing a child and an adult woman. Set during the trial of Elizabeth, the little kid’s mother, this novel is full of twists and turns and it’s OH SO GOOD! Each chapter brings a new perspective and sheds light on the messy case, so it’s really hard to stop reading even if for just a minute. If you like courtroom dramas, I’m sure you’ll love this one!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia 🌻 Set in 20th century Mexico right at the end of WWII, this whimsical novel took me on a long long ride. It’s really long (almost 600 pages long) and it shifts so many times that I wasn’t sure what was coming next. It tells the story of Simonopio, a young child who has some physical deformities, found under an abandoned bridge by an old lady. Simonopio isn’t a normal child: he has the ability to see things and sense things other people can’t. I really liked this book, but ultimately I had to give it a lower rating because I think it dragged on and it went to places I didn’t agree with. But still a great magical story!
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis 🌻 What. A. Fucking. Crazy. Story. I just finished this a few mornings ago and there is so much to unpack here. It’s a fucked up story about a fucked up man in a fucked up society. Despite having to jump ahead a few pages here and there because of all the descriptions of violence, I loved this book. It must be one of the best I’ve read this year so far. I highly recommend it if you’re in a good place mentally (seriously, this book will mess you up) and if you’re prepared for a story with a lot of murders, torture scenes, misogyny, and rape.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

b l o g g i n g (posts & achievements)

March was also a great month for blogging! Here are the posts I had on the blog this months, click on the picture to read the full text:

I posted my customary 12 posts — three posts a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and didn’t miss a single post!!!

Last month I mentioned that I had hit 300 followers last month, and now I am so happy to say that that number is on 360 followers! I don’t really pay attention to stats and numbers, and that really is not the reason why I started to blog, but it warms my heart to see so many of you still sticking by 😭

I also started using the “new” WordPress editor (the Gutenberg one) and I really, really like it!!! A few months ago I had so much trouble getting even the shortest, simplest post set up, but not it’s so much easier!

l i f e

It’s been a really long and hard month for me. I have not been in a good place mentally mainly because of work and workplace stress. So I’m afraid this monthly life recap won’t be solely about the highlights…

🌻 I got amazing news from CW @ The Quiet Pond about a blog tour! I’m so excited to be one of the stops on the Not Your Backup tour. Watch this space on June 1st, I’ll be posting a review + mood board + interactive quiz on the day of the book release! I’M SO EXCITED!!!!

☔️ I thought about quitting my (main) job at least ten times this month. Can you see how stressed and anxious it makes me?

🌻 I only have a month and a half more of classes before my summer break!!! I’m so excited to be done with university and finally enjoy my time reading and working and traveling…

🌻 My mom went away for three weeks on vacation so I temporarily moved to her home and took care of the cats! It was a lot of fun and broke up the routine, which was refreshing and very much needed.

☔️ I couldn’t work on my other freelancing projects as much as I wanted, simply because what quickly became my main project sucked up way too much time…

🌻 I finally got a Fjallraven Kanken bag! It is beautiful (and a knock-off, but that is not important, shhhh) and I can’t stop staring at it.

🌻 I finally bought jeans that fit me! My body weight went up a lot ever since I started dating my boyfriend, and so none of my jeans (the ones I really loved) no longer fit me… It’s been rough on my mental health and body image, but now that I have a gorgeous pair of jeans I bought, I am much happier (and maybe more determined to start losing weight…)

How was your March? Are you excited for the month of April? Tell me all the things, I want to know!

16 thoughts on “March Recap // books, life, and blogging! ðŸŒ»

  1. An INCREDIBLE month in terms of readings! That’s great 👏🏻💛✨. And I’m so sorry you’re stressed by your work, sometimes it just becomes too much, I understand it. I hope April is amazing for you and feel better honey 😊✨✨✨

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  2. Ahh you’ve had such a great reading month, that’s fantastic! I don’t read a lot of middle grade books, but Pilu in the woods sounds so good! 🙂
    I’m right there with you about the job situation and I hope your anxiety will ease up soon, I’m sending you tons of love and positive vibes, here if you ever need to rant about it all.
    I hope you’ll have a wonderful April 🙂

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  3. You had an amazing month of reading! Life stress can absolutely smash one’s reading life, so what you accomplished is fantastic. I really hope things calm down for you in April and you’re able to relax more.

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  4. Rita, I’m glad to hear you’ve had a great reading month! Perhaps a reason as to why your average rating has gone up so much is because you’re making better choices and reading more books you know you’ll enjoy? I felt like I was better at it too, but I’m still learning and going through some disappointing ones too, hahah.
    I’ve just read a post today from another blogger who was also struggling with body image, and it’s quite sad just how many of us are struggling with it everyday. I don’t know if it makes you feel any better knowing that you’re not alone at it, but I still think you may want to hear this today: you look fine, just the way you are now. 💛
    Wishing you a fantastic April!

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