I literally didn’t realize that it was time to do a wrap up until I looked at my calendar. Like where in the world did March go? It feels like just yesterday that I started this blog which speaking of– HOLY COW ITS BEEN A MONTH SINCE THE BIRTH OF MY BLOG CHILD! My mind is blown. Ya’ll, I am so happy that I decided to take this journey and explore this new way of expressing my fangirl passion with storytelling with others who also love storytelling! You all have been so accepting and nice to me that honestly the book blogging community is the greatest.
But enough sappy moosh! Its time to get into what ya’ll came here to see–what I consumed this Month! Suffice to say, I didn’t read as much as I wanted to and I really didn’t make a dent in my overly ambitious TBR for the month (inevitable I know) but I am proud of all I got done this month!
MARCH BOOK WRAP UP
Fences #1-4 by C.S. Pacat | Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I actually really enjoyed this batch of books. The Fence graphic novel series was a really quick and charming read that easily captured and kept my intention and imagination. Pacat has a way with her story that by the time I didn’t realize I was caught up and finished with series until I reached the last page and was in desperate need for the next installment! Definitely will be picking up the next one in April!
The same can be said for Dear Martin by the amazing, Nic Stone. I stand in awe of this novel. I haven’t been so shook and thought-provoked since I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, last summer. The story grabs you from the first page, the plot is so relatable to this day and age in society that it gives you no other choice but to reflect on not only society but also the role you play in society. This was indeed a masterpiece and deserves more recognition and signal boosting than it has received.
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson | Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan | Commander in Chief by Katy Evans |
The With Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace | Misadventures with My Roommate by Elizabeth Hayley
This batch of books is a mixed bunch. Two of these five, I really loved and enjoyed and the others slowly descend into the one star category.
My only 5-star book for this month is The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace. THIS BOOK YALL. I literally stayed up and read this poetry collection on the floor of my bathroom at 2am, just being hit with emotion after emotion with each passing page. Lovelace’s way with words draws you in and hits you with depth and feeling that by the time you reach the end of a poem you are left either changed or reflective. Which is exactly what I strive to feel after reading poetry. Lovelace did not disappoint with this sequel and honestly I don’t think she ever could disappoint. This review is probably all over the place, but I REALLY REALLY LOVED THIS POETRY COLLECTION! OKAY? OKAY!
Now, let’s talk about Commander in Chief by Katy Evans. This book is actually a re-read for me this month, in which I originally read it back in January. However, the characters surprisingly stuck with me longer than I had anticipated. Originally I gave this series a solid 3.5 stars on Goodreads, but I found myself over the last few months resonating with things that the main characters said or did, and always day dreaming about a certain scene/scenes. So obviously I had to re-read it; and to be completely honest, I was just as smitten with the story as I was when I first read it. Yeah I have some issues with it and the writing isn’t the best in the world, but hot diggity damn was I happy camper while I read it–and that really is what a book is suppose to do, make you feel.
The same can be said for Ms. Marvel, this graphic novel had me giggling and snorting up a storm as I flew through it. Being a graphic novel it was a super short read and because of this alot of information needs to be given quickly and efficiently. That didn’t really happen. I spent half of the book re-reading pages because I was really confused for most of the novel. In hindsight, I think I am still confused at what exactly was going on. However, the diversity in this graphic novel was better than A1 steak sauce and I did have a good time reading it–confusion and all!
I rated Baby Daddy by Katy Evans a solid 3 stars. I’m not really going to go into detail about my thoughts on this novel, because I wrote a in depth review on it here. But to sum my reading time up in one sentence– super cute and fun, however there was issues.
Now unto the one I have been low key dreading talking about, just because I really don’t want to think about this book anymore. That book? Misadventures With My Roommate. I did not like this book at all, and that is all I am going to say about this book. If you want to see why I don’t want to relive the shit show, you can read my review here.
TV/FILM WRAP UP
This month I didn’t watch as much television as I usually do; and I like to blame it all on me continually going to go see the film Love, Simon every chance I could. Ya’ll I am serious trash. Like every other Becky Albertalli obsessed fan, when I heard they were making my child, Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, into a film, ya girl was jumping off of walls, watering her crops and preparing for the emotional downpour that was going to be this film. Let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed. This film stayed true to the core story that it was based off of, and was a great tribute to the novel. I say tribute, because I believe that book to film adaptations are like fraternal twins and can’t be seen as one person, but rather two distinct entities. With that said, I think that the story was beautifully done, the acting was great, the script was A1 FREAKING STEAK SAUCE! And this was a moment where I felt seen in ways that I never was before.
I did watch some TV though! If you have been following me on Twitter (@sammers65) you will know that I have recently gotten really obsessed with the singing competition
show The Voice, so that is probably the only TV show this month that I have consistently watched this week–I even have my fantasy team all built, like I’m invested in this. LOL.
Apart from that, I watched the premiere of Rise (NBC) and sadly was disappointed with the outcome of that. I felt like it was very predictable and like they mixed Parenthood with Friday Night Lights, which I don’t think should ever be mixed. If you want to see more of my thoughts on this bore fest, you can read my review here!
MUSIC WRAP UP
Musically, this month was lit. Like bop after bop after bop. I really got into a indie pop vibe, as well as basically stanning and obsessing over the Love, Simon Soundtrack because obviously I have to stay on brand at all times. Obviously. So here is a track/album list of the some of the songs I had on repeat this month.
- Love, Simon Soundtrack
- Everyday by Logic, Marshmello
- Alone by Halsey ft. Big Sean and Stefflon Don
- Look Alive by BlocBoy JB ft. Drake
- Delicate by Taylor Swift
- Sleeping on the Floor by The Lumineers
- Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae
- Curious by Hayley Kiyoko
- Feel it Still by Portugal. The Man
- Tiger Striped Sky by Roo Panes
- River by Bishop Briggs
- Follow Your Fire by Kodaline
- Mother (Don’t Cry) by Ella Vos
- Atic by Astrid S
- Be The Song by Foy Vance
- A Case of You by Joni Mitchell
- Hayley Kiyoko : Expectations
And that was March!! Like I said, this month was a really great month and I can’t wait to see what April holds for my storytelling heart!
Let me know if you consumed anything I mentioned or some of your favorite songs from the month of March!