March Wrap Up // i am become a reading machine

(no the title is not a grammatical mistake, shadow&bone anyone?)

Hullo inhabitants of the mortal realm, how are we doing today?

Ok here’s a joke. The guy who invented the umbrella was going to name it the brella. But he hesitated.

Wait why aren’t you laughing? *dramatic widening of eyes* Ohh I get it. You must be an agelast, which means a person who doesn’t laugh!

Believe it or not that was the weird word fact of the day. Oh well. It seems I’ve lost my touch since I haven’t written a wrap up since two months. Oops.

A quick note before we start this section- I might have gone full ballistic with my reading this month because I haven’t had free time like this since what, a whole year? Plus March is my birthday month so I decided to sort of treat myself by going on a reading spree especially during the last two weeks. I haven’t read these many books in a month like ever so that’s something to remember this March by right? Anyway another amazing thing is that I loved (like, loved loved) most of the books I read this month?? It seems the bookish gods have been showering me with blessings hehe.

Down Comes The Night by Allison Saft An immersive atmospheric read perfect for a dark wintry night! Brr I shiver just thinking about it. ★★★★

When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord The characters? Love. The plot? Love. The writing? Love. Literally everything about this contemporary is quirky and witty and it shall forever hold a place in my happily-ever-after loving heart. ★★★★★

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz What a letdown. Here be dragons, but apparently here be disappointment as well. ★★

Heartstopper Volume 1-4 by Alice Oseman I’ll be honest, I went in expecting lots of fluffy gay adorableness and was unprepared for the many heavy themes that were handled, BUT I’m so glad I read this. Also the art was unparalleled. Also also yes I finally picked this up because I wanted to read the books before the Netflix show (!!) came out.

Fable & Namesake by Adrienne Young It’s a testament to how obsessed I was with this duology that I read it completely in two days—which unexpected because I’ve never read full length novels that fast. A gripping pirate-y adventure if I ever saw one! ★★★★★

Geekerella by Ashley Poston I don’t know if it’s just my inexperience in the world of contemporary novels speaking, but Geekerella was very different from any other ya romance i’ve read. I believe it was also my first ever Cinderella retelling and OH. MY GOSH. The way the elements from the original story were given a twist (scratch that, they were turned 180 degrees) had me squealing into my pillow. ★★★★½

Tahira In Bloom by Farah Heron Technically not counting this as a read because it was a DNF. *gasps from audience* i know i know, i dont think I’ve ever dnf’ed a book in the past few years but idk something just felt wrong about this which is sad because I had HIGH hopes.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord Another Emma Lord book! Not surprising in the least, because I’ve made it my personal mission to devour everything this genius of a woman writes. With family rivalry, anonymous texting and DESSERTS (ok i swear i dont know how that found its way in this sentence) it was a fun, totally adorable contemporary. ★★★★½

I posted quite frequently this month, especially compared to February when I was writing part of a different post every day and finishing none of them. Click on the featured images to be taken to that post!

Part 2 of the iconic (if I do say so myself) Book Recommendations Based On Disney Movies is here! There are book quotes and movie dialogues and whatnot.

Someone evoke my mood reader license please because TBRs? But atleast seasonal tbrs are easier to follow than monthly ones right? Right?? Anyway, I present my TBR for Spring & Summer!

New blog series alert! Maddie from Inking & Thinking and I collaboratively started a series called March Madness But In Books where we pit two books against each other every week and choose a winner!!

You know I’ve gone full bad when I put together my own crew of fictional characters for a heist! Anyway its a lot of fun assembling characters according to heist archetypes, go check it out!!

March was my birthday month (which you couldn’t POSSIBLY have missed, given that I mention it a million times in my posts) and I decided to do a bookshelf reveal!!

Ash @Ink & Ash talks about the found family trope and gives recommendations!

Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner recommends books based on weird Duolingo sentences!

Kaya @The Fictional Bookworm recommends books for fantasy beginners!

Emily @Frappes And Fiction talks about why book blogging is dying!

Suhani @Random Reader’s Rambles lists things she does not like about her favourite books!

Zainab @Dead Bookish Society recommends poc-poc romance books by bipoc authors!

Phoenix @Books With Wings lists things she has used as bookmarks!

🪄Ok I’m actually regretting calling this section EXCITING because my life isn’t always that. But anyway. Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. *wards off evil* So there was this extremely bad family situation for most of March and while I do not wish to bombard you with details, I can tell you that I was miserable. But atleast it’s settling down now (i think)

🪄Yeah back to the actual exciting things! *drumroll* I started learning Spanish! Yes this was actually back in February but I did not do a february wrap-up so shh. Spanish has always been one of my dream languages but somehow it felt out of reach sorta? But after I’d assured myself that my German skills won’t go anywhere even if I learn Spanish, I felt invincible. Even more so by the fact that i now have a 24 day streak on duolingo and am constantly trying to beat my neighbour’s daily xp (he’s also learning spanish hehe)

🪄It’s hot here. Spring is not supposed to be this hot ok? I swear I’ll melt in the heat one of these days.

🪄School is starting offline from April after two whole years of online classes! Yeah I’d gone to school physically last year for exams but its the first time regular classes will take place offline. (also, despite what the exclamation mark led you to believe, I have mixed feelings about this whole thing)

🪄I ordered new books! Like for my birthday sort of? One of them was Tweet Cute, A Far Wilder Magic is on its way and there are a couple more.

🪄Surprisingly, I’ve still not given up on my fantasy wip, like I initially predicted I would. Instead now I’ve decided to go on full outlining mode and drafting now and then. I’ve befriended other writers on twitter and it’s all very encouraging.

🪄There’s a Heartstopper show coming on Netflix in April! Pretty sure you already know this (otherwise i hate to inform you that you’ve been living under a rock dear friend) but its an update fit for this section so i can’t just leave it out.

How was your March? Have you read any of these? Thoughts?? Any “exciting” things happening in your life? Let me know in the comments!!

~ Rachel


24 thoughts on “March Wrap Up // i am become a reading machine

  1. Hmmm, Rachel, bist du sicher, dass dein Spanischlernen deine Deutschkenntnisse nicht verschlechtert hat? 🤔 Ich dachte, ich stelle das hiermit gleich mal auf die Probe 😜 Aber natürlich bin ich sehr begeistert, dass du ebenfalls fleißig Duolingo nutzt! 🤗

    **cackles evilly but decides an evil comment is very justified in light of that horrible umbrella joke that puts even my dad’s worst dad jokes to shame**

    But anyway, I’m sorry to hear your month wasn’t the greatest, but glad you had so many amazing books to make up for it! Seriously, Rachel, tell us your secret! 🤩 (Also, I guess this means Fable is your March Madness winner and I WAS RIGHT ABOUT SOMETHING?! 🤗🤗🤗)

    And thank you so much for sharing my post; I’m thrilled you loved it! 🥰

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    1. HA i refuse to fall in the pit of doubt you dug I AM SURE (99%?? ohno your evil plan is working)
      ooof can we call it the DAD of all dad jokes?
      thank you thank you (you KNOW i can’t reveal that now can i?)
      you’re welcome!!

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  2. glad you had a great reading month! Tweet Cute was SO adorable- i agree! which other books have you read by emma lord?

    thanks for the mention ❤ ❤ and best of luck for offline school!

    ooh wow, you're learning spanish! that's super cool!

    delighted to meet a fellow writer -a fantasy one that too!- we *really* need to shriek about the ups and downs of writing someday, lol.

    btw, have you read heartstopper?

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  3. congrats on becoming reading machine I is very happy for you(teach me your ways pls) 👏🏻👏🏻
    Okay I am currently rereading heartstopper now because of all the excited screaming we do AND I FORGOT SO MUCH??? WHY DID I FORGET SO MUCH?? It’s just so wonderful aksksksk. ALSO WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVOURITE VOLUME??!
    i am going to run and read fable and namesake now too because I want to become a reading machine as well 🏃‍♀️
    Anndd aww thank you so much for mentioning my post!!💖🥺
    YAYY congrats on starting to learn Spanish!! i think you’d be happy to know that I started to learn French because I apparently get bored very easily in holidays AND I’M NOT TOO PATHETIC AT THE LANGUAGE!
    hope you have an amazing April!!💖

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    1. thank you thank you (HA i wish i knew my ways… i’m currently in the middle of a terrible reading month)
      oooo it’s always a joy to reread because i always somehow remember so little?? and it’s a delight to feel all the feelings again?? HEY ASKING MY FAVOURITE VOLUME IS NOT ALLOWED i will not have it. (what’s yours???)
      yes yes go do that fantastic duology that one.
      OH YES I’M IN but only if you make me vice president (you’ll be president ofc)
      OMG YAY i see my language geekiness is finally rubbing off on you lol (and i MIGHT have learnt a tiny bit french too back in the day?? but i hardly remember anything?? oops)

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      1. MWAHAH SORRY RACHEL BUT I DEMAND AN ANSWER PLEASE ( also my favourite is probably the fourth or third one AHHH! Third one because Paris gang supremacy and the fourth one delved into so many important topics ❤️)

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  4. omg i’m so glad you had a good month! DCTN and WYGTC are both SO SO SO good!! And the Fable duology is just *chef’s kiss*. Namesake made me cry ahhh. And Geekerella is so good too! congrats on starting to learn Spanish, that’s amazing!! I’m currently attempting both Korean and Italian (which makes zero sense i know LOL). hope you have an amazing april rachel!💜

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    1. i mean it’s march so no question about having a good month haha. YES such gems!
      idk i think i’d gone entirely numb while reading the duology, like a… machine! reading machine!
      omgg kaya that requires serious skills!! just thinking about learning a language with a different script than english and hindi(my mother tongue) intimidates me so you’re doing an amazing job!!

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  5. Congrats on being able to read so much and enjoying most of your reads as well! I wish you all the best in April, especially with offline school which can be both amazing and stressful! I’m also so excited for the Heartstopper show and it couldn’t come out any faster ahahaha

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