March Wrap Up

Reading Slumps are real.
This month I have been marked by the black spot…AKA a really big reading slump–which was super inconvenient because March was a month where I was inundated with ARCs to read/review. A time truly these passed 31 days have been.
Apart from the great reading slump of 2019, March was a great bookish month, simply because I got to go to my cities annual Teen Book Convention (Teenbookcon)! I got to meet so many different authors–new-to-me and beloved ones–as well learning more from those I aspire to be like. From Angie Thomas to debut author Mimi Yu, I got to meet a plethora of amazing and talented people that took time to give us nuggets of wisdom and advice from their writing journeys.
Color me super inspired.
I may write a separate post about my time at TeenBookCon, but if you are super impatient and love instant gratification (like me), you can check out my bookstagram account (@fictionallysam) to see my highlight reel of my time there as well as some photos that I will be posting throughout the remainder of the week! So be sure to follow me on the Gram to not miss my “funny and hot take” on books in the picture format!
On that super high note, here is my wrap-up of the drought called March!


† denotes an ARC received in exchange for my honest review.

5-4 Stars

  • Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project by Lenore Appelhans – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Advice From a Jilted Bride by Piper Rayne – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

2-3.5 Stars

  • Diary Of A Bad Boy by Meghan Quinn – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐
  • Hissy Fit by Lani Lynn Vale – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐.5

1 Star



  • Accidental Groom by Dana Mason – DNF REVIEW

March is as colorful as previous months, I’ve noticed I love to listen to Country music while driving around on the weekends running errands, but during the week while I’m at work I absolutely am smitten with listening to my Indie/Folk gems. As always here is a snapshot playlist of songs that were on repeat this month!

  • The Lion The Beast The Beat – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  • Soldier of Hope – Roo Panes
  • Girl Like You – Jason Aldean
  • Ceasefire – for KING & COUNTRY
  • Duet – Penny and Sparrow, Stephanie Briggs
  • Sucker – Jonas Brothers
  • Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy
  • Imagine – Ariana Grande
  • The Dark Sentencer – Coheed and Cambria



  • Captain Marvel – REVIEW – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • Day After Tomorrow – RE-WATCH – 🍿🍿🍿
  • London Has Fallen – RE-WATCH – 🍿🍿🍿
  • Triple Frontier (Netflix) – REVIEW – 🍿🍿
  • Aquaman – 🍿


  • Chicago: Fire (NBC) – Season 7: Ep. 17
  • The Bachelor (ABC)
  • New Amsterdam (NBC) – Season 1: Ep. 15-16
  • The Voice (NBC)
  • World of Dance (NBC)
  • Chicago: Med (NBC) – Season 4: Ep. 17
  • NCIS (the re-runs on USA)
  • Death in Paradise (the re-runs on PBS)
  • Queer Eye (Netflix) – Season 3 – REVIEW – 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
  • Love, Death, and Robots – Season 1: Ep. 1-3

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How was your March? Let me know!



  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    April 2, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Despite have a reading slump, you still have a great month Sam!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      April 2, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      <3 it didn't feel like it but you are right! haha thanks love!

      1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

        April 8, 2019 at 10:08 am

        Always look on the brightside! 💕

  2. Victoria @ The Contented Reader

    April 2, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Great month, despite the reading slump! I just saw Captain Marvel this past week and loved it! SO good! 💖

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      April 2, 2019 at 4:17 pm


      1. Victoria @ The Contented Reader

        April 3, 2019 at 4:41 pm

        It was soo soo good!! I just want to see it again haha!

        1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

          April 4, 2019 at 9:17 am

          DO IT! Hahahaha! I would not object to a repeat viewing! 😛

          1. Victoria @ The Contented Reader

            April 4, 2019 at 11:58 am

            Hehe, I think I just might! 😃

  3. jess @ crowing about books

    April 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Reading slumps are rough, but it’s really cool you got to go to TeenBookCon and meet authors. I hope next month is better!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      April 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      much rough! And thank you!

  4. Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders

    April 2, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    You may not have read as much but you still had some good times 🙂 it happens to us all!

  5. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    April 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    I’m sorry you had a slump-y month! 🙁 I feel like I’ve been falling in and out of slumps all year and it’s such a pain in the ass. I hope April is better for you <3 The convention sounds amazing!! Lowkey jealous that you got to meet Queen Thomas, she's amazing~!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      April 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      slumps are literally the worst. big oof energy in the reading department.
      LMAO, I’m jealous of myself haha, she was a saint and so sweet, I seriously wish I could be like ant-man and just jump into her pocket and listen to her everyday. 10/10

  6. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    April 2, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    ngl, my first reaction to your opening was “out, damned spot!” but anyway … *sprays your space with slump-begone* Teenbookcon sounds like a time indeed and I’m so glad you had that opportunity!! (and yes, you should definitely write the post.) also yay for getting through ARCs and for 3+ star reads, besides that DNF of course.
    I think your April has to be better by default just because of BE Spring, but sending good bookish vibes your way just in case 💕

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      April 3, 2019 at 8:35 am

      😂😂😂thank you *fans the spray so it goes everywhere* <3
      I concur about April! A TIME SHALL BE HAD!

  7. Jayati

    April 3, 2019 at 8:20 am

    oof to that book slump.
    I hate when book slumps happen but I hope you’re soon able to get out of it.
    And it’s good to hear about the book event you went to! Glad to hear you had fun! Also, yes, please write a post about it because I definitely want to know more!!!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      April 3, 2019 at 8:39 am

      book slumps are major oof energy lmao! And I think I will! I just gotta figure out where I’m gonna shove it 😂🤔😂

      1. Jayati

        April 3, 2019 at 8:59 am

        Haha, maybe you can shove into a deep, dark corner from where it can never return?

  8. TheCaffeinatedReader

    April 3, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I think you did great this month! <3 Also, I just saw Captain Marvel which means I get to read your review now! I loved it so even more excited. Also, I feel like the books you read sound like pretty good reads for you! I must now go slither on over to your genre in depth because it's thrillers lol

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