March 2017: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

March was pretty low key for the most part. I did celebrate my third anniversary with my boyfriend, Sung. I honestly cannot believe it’s been so long; I’m not sure how he’s put up with me, but I’m grateful. Here we are on date night!

Blogging:

I read 40 books in March, so I continue to kick my previous best reading year ever’s ass. Of course, Jessie’s officially kicking mine. Thankfully she’s too pretty and funny and nice to hate. All hail queen Jessie.

Friendly competition does have me reading more than ever, though at the expense of tv. So far, I don’t mind it too much, and I DO love signing into GR and seeing that I’m 28 books ahead of a book-a-day challenge. That. Is. Epic. I could stop reading completely for almost a month and be on track still. HOT. DAMN.

I’ve been a failure at Bookstagram, but I did take this one photo of one of my fave reads of the month.

Music:

I’ve been too mentally exhausted, whether from the political situation or all the reading I can’t really say, to look for much new music. I’ve been taking comfort in songs I already know and love.

Movies & TV:

Uhhhhh, Sung and I have been hate-watching the most recent season of The Bachelor (his idea, if you’ll believe that). We also watched ULTIMATE BEASTMASTER, which I can only say in a yell bc I mean obviously. It was super fun. I’m also forcing him to watch Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries with me, and we’re continuing a very slow churn through Broad City. (He’s a very moody TV-watcher; he can’t just binge through one thing the way that I do.)

I also got caught up on The 100. I’m not wild about where that’s been going. *sighs*

Reviews Posted:

Trying a new thing and doing a little mini-award ceremony with my reviewed reads of the month. Yes or no?

Favorite March book, Favorite Ship, and Book That Left Me With the Biggest Grin on My Face: The Upside of Unrequited

Book that made me cry the most: Second Chance Summer

Biggest Surprise: that I enjoyed the Christian historical romance trilogy by Sandra Byrd

Ending That Left My Jaw on the Floor: These Ruthless Deeds

Best Audiobook Performance: See You in the Cosmos

Worst book of the month: The Lonely Hearts Hotel *gags*

DNFs:

16 DNFs this month, bringing me to 47 for the year (compared to a total of 120 read). The most notable DNF obviously is Strange the Dreamer, which I read 250 pages of, before skimming the last fifty pages or so, and, frankly, it consistently bored me. I’m sad about it, but I had to do it and I do not regret that choice. I was ahead on ARCs before that, and now I’m two weeks behind again. Also DNFed for boring me to tears: Norse Mythology and The Confessions of Young Nero.

M*A*S*H, The Best We Could Do, Dead Little Mean Girl, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and An Improper Proposal all had content/narrative voices that were very much not for me. As an example, M*A*S*H was horribly written and talked about “gooks” a lot and The Best We Could Do opened with graphic illustrations of childbirth.

The rest I either failed to get invested in or felt like they would be meh reads at best.

 

7 responses to “March 2017: Month in Review”

  1. Erin in Iowa says:

    I tried to listen to Geek Girl a few weeks ago and just could not. It was just … boring and awkward. And somehow there are several more books?

    Ultimate Beastmaster was such a hit in my house. Well, with a certain set in my house. The small people were super disappointed that there was only 1 season. I picked my kindergartener up from school one afternoon to see him earnestly describing the beast to his teacher. It was hilarious.

  2. Lenore says:

    I was a fan of HOW IT ENDS…
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  3. Happy Anniversaryyyyyy 🙂 I’ve never been good at finding new music on my own but I agree with you in any case. This is the time for comfort music and favorite songs. Still so impressed with your reading speed!! I think I’ve been doing a good job of balancing tv and reading this year, which feels nice. Ooh I like the new award system!! Kind of wish I DNFed Confessions of Nero too but I agreed to the blog tour and slogged through it the weekend before my post haha. I’m still not sure why she felt the need to split his story into two books!
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  4. Heather says:

    ON THE WINGS OF LOVE! ALI!

    That is all 🙂

    Oh wait, happy three years to you and Sung! That went by so fast.

  5. Jessie says:

    Hey please know I feel like I am barely edging you off all the time. I go to bed 8 books ahead. I wake up and whamo! now the lead is 4? You must be a witch 😉

    I figured out that I could not read for like 3 weeks and still be on hit my 275 goal. I guess it’s time to up that, huh? Maybe 300? :p

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    I’m neeever going to try the MASH book. I love the show but I HATED the movie. And now thanks to you, I know I don’t need to try XD

    SUPER CONGRATS to you and Sung. You’re so lovely and he’s very lucky 🙂 That went fast. I hope you continue to make each other happy for a long time.

    Love the idea of the mini awards. Most of these I’ve read or want to but [adds See You in the Cosmos]
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  6. Awww… Happy Anniversary! You two look adorable… and I can’t believe it’s been 3 years either. How time flies.

    Damn that’s a chunk of DNFs! But you are also a queen of books. 40 is insanely impressive. I love your little awards! Cosmos ended up on my wishlist because of your review. 🙂 Sad to see Norse Mythology on there though.. I was excited to let Neil read me stories but maybe not.
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