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

March Wrap-Up

Hello there, and welcome to my monthly wrap-up! March has always been my favourite month of the year, because a) my birthday falls in march and b) I love the spring season. This time I spent most of my March studying, since I had my annual school exams from 2nd March to the 18th. During that period I took a hiatus from blogging, and found very less time for reading (only 2 books in 20 days😱). But after that, I tried posting regularly on my blog, and amped up my reading too. Here’s my entire month of March in terms of reading and blogging.

Books read : 5 (and half, actually)

Pages read : 2059

I prioritized books which I had predicted to be 5 stars this month, because, you know, favourite month and stuff. I actually started reading all my five-star predictions from February itself (and what a disappointment all those books turned out to be, but eh, that might have been because I was feeling kinda slump-ey). Luckily, I was able to discover some new favorites this month, and that is a relief, because I don’t want March to be the month I gave all the books I read a low rating. Onto what exactly I read and their star rating, in the order I read them.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer [ Rating-⭐⭐⭐⭐]

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare [ Rating-⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff [Rating- ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2] [MY REVIEW]

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The Miracle On Ebenezer Street [Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff [Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] [Review to come! Hopefully😂]

So yeah, all the books I read this month got 4 stars and above, so that is pretty good I guess!

Since I was on hiatus for more than half the month, I did not write many posts. But I have to say, the few posts that I did write in these last few days, I was at my creative best (atleast I think so😅, do you?). Anyway, click on the featured images below to visit my posts, in case you missed them!

I talk about my (very specific) favourite trope!
I write SoC fanfiction!
A look into how I rate some books!
I review one of my new favourites!
I share the books I bought for my bday!

I tried to read as many posts by you all as I could, even during my hiatus. I also discovered some amazing new bloggers. Here is a list of posts I enjoyed reading this month.

Madeline @The Bookish Mutant Rambles a little about the Aurora Cycle, which is on its way to becoming one of my new favourite series!

One Book More wrote some swoon-worthy quotes from the Crooked Kingdom!

Sofii @A book. A thought has created a book blogger list, which you should all check out!

Ashmita @The Fictional Journal created the Aesthete Blogger Award!

Beck @Ghost with no cares wrote Six Of Crows fanfiction (just like me!), titled Poor Unfortunate Kruge

Laura @The Corner Of Laura wrote a very relatable post about 6 awkward social situations we bookworms face !


How did you like my new graphics? Which is your favourite month of the year? How was your reading in March? Let’s chat in the comments!!