March is a lovely time for most college students here in the US because we get to embark on this lovely concept that is spring break. While some of my friends traveled to warmer climates, I had the best time staying home reading, eating food that didn’t come from my school’s dining hall, and catching up on some TV and movies. Yes, I did read 5 books over my spring break and yes I did quite a lot of reading for classes this month, but I still can’t wrap my head around how I read 14 books this month!?!
I have reviews already posted or coming to the blog (RTC) for many of the books below.
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | 3.5/5 Stars
All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor (ARC) |4.5/5 Stars | RTC
the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace | 4/5 Stars
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | 4.5/5 Stars
American Panda by Gloria Chao | 4/5 Stars
I Hate Everyone But You by Allison Raskin & Gaby Dunn| 3.5/5 Stars
A Pslam for Lost Girls by Katie Bateryl | 3/5 Stars
Irmina by Barbara Yelin | 4/5 Stars
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang | 5/5 Stars | RTC
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen | 5/5 Stars | RTC
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4) | 5/5 Stars | RTC
The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos | 4/5 Stars
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout | 4.5/5 Stars
The Little French Bistro by Nina George | 2.5/5 Stars | RTC
TV & Movies
Mona Lisa Smile and Mystic Pizza– Post spring break, I took advantage of the fact that it was not yet April (aka I wasn’t drowning in papers just yet) and found myself watching a few movies during the week. I’ve been in the mood to watch “older”/more classic films lately, so I watched Mona Lisa Smile and Mystic Pizza, both featuring Julia Roberts & both included on Amazon Prime. I adored Mystic Pizza for its relationships and humor (I may or many not be trying to plan a summer trip to Mystic, Connecticut), and I loved basically everything about Mona Lisa Smile, especially its message. I’ll definitely be revisiting both films in the future.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Seasons 1 & 2)– My Parks & Recreation heart had me craving a similar style of show, so I decided to start the much loved Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I have a discussion about the first season, linked above in the previous section, but just know that I am in love with this show and Jake Peralta, and I cant wait to continue on this summer.
Love, Simon– Love, Simon met my expectations and more! The film based on Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of the best YA book-to-film adaptations out there, and I’m even more excited for Becky Albertalli’s latest book, Leaf on the Offbeat, to come out in April. I have a Love, Simon review post also linked above if you want more of my non-spoilery thoughts, including my fascination over Simon’s bedroom! MINI PSA TO ALSO CHECK OUT THE LOVE, SIMON SOUNDTRACK, YOUR EARS WILL THANK YOU!
Amanda Lovelace & Cyrus Parker Event- During my spring break, my best friends and I attend a launch event for Amanda Lovelace’s the witch doesn’t burn in this one and Cyrus Parker’s DROPKICKromance. The event included Amanda and Cyrus reading from their latest collections, a Q& A where the married couple talked about their love for Leigh Bardugo, and a signing. I also have a post about this event and my princess saves herself in this one review in that lovely What I Wrote section above.
Working on my bookstagram game- One of my blogging goals for 2018 is to create better quality photos and an overall aesthetic for my blog’s Instagram. My mom and I went to our local craft stores, where I picked up some props, like flowers and chalkboards. Taking bookstagram photo definitely isn’t easy as it seems and setting up photos does take some time, but I’m really enjoying it so far. I’ve been fortunate enough to be using a Canon from my school’s art department lately and I will soon be transitioning back to my iPhone for photos. Follow me on Instagram here!
Since I didn’t attend too many bookish events this month, I figured that I’d list some amazing bookish news that came out in March:
- Grab your favorite pajamas and a plate of chocolate chip cookies! The film adaptation of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is coming to Netflix this summer!
- The sequel to Marie Lu’s Warcross has a title and release date! Wildcard will be the second book in the Warcross duology, coming out on September 18th.
- Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses is making its way to the big screen.
- Little, Brown for Young Readers is publishing a YA novel based on Dear Evan Hansen, coming out on October 9.
What did you read or watch in March? Did you do anything bookish?? Share in the comments!