I’ve read many good books so far this year, but I think March has been my favorite reading month in 2019. I was on spring break for the first week of the month, in which I devoured 5 books while crying over school assignments and binge-watching two seasons of a Netflix show. While I have been reading for fun during the semester, I just felt so much like my reading self during the break, devouring books left and right! I read a total of 10 books in March and did get to some “meaning to watch” TV and movies this month.
Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill (ARC) | 4/5
I’m always ready for a World War II historical fiction read, including Stephanie Morrill’s Within These Lines. This book is really unique in the genre, as one of the main protagonist is sent away to a Japanese internment camp in the 1940s US.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne (ARC) | 5/5
The Wrong Side of Right was a recent TBR addition that I’m so glad is now part of my recently read shelf. I consider myself a connoisseur of my local library’s YA section, so I don’t know how I haven’t read this 2015 release before!
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale (ARC) | 5/5
Small Town Hearts is 100% the summer contemporary everyone needs in their bookish lives. This book still has me craving beach days with an iced coffee in tow.
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (ARC) | 5/5
My most anticipated book of 2019, Serious Moonlight completely delivered in all the right feels. Jenn Bennett is seriously the queen of contemporary romance. I still find myself thinking about Birdie and Daniel’s story.
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy | 4/5
After rereading Dumplin’ in January, it was time to move on to its companion novel, Puddin’. I actually didn’t mind the dual perspective narrative, although I did prefer Mille to Callie (I just didn’t understand some of Callie’s actions). I really liked the focus on friendship in this one and Millie’s positive attitude was just so contagious. I found myself rooting for her throughout.
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young (ARC) | 4/5
Suzanne Young’s latest release, Girls With Sharp Sticks, was another addicting read this month for me! This book about girls who are trained to be proper women (for men) was quite an eerie and thrilling read, but also in ways, felt similar to own world.
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves (ARC) | 4/5
I love a good adult contemporary read, including Tracey Garvis Graves’ upcoming The Girl He Used to Know. This book felt like a mix between Taylor Jenkins Reid and Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary romance, this one is for you.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | 3.5/5
I had a long weekend home this month, and after a stressful few weeks at school, I knew I needed some light contemporary to help relax. 99 Percent Mine was a fun and swoon-worthy read, but I felt that the story could have gone a tad more in-depth and the dialogue was hard to follow at times.
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West | 4/5
Feeding my need for light contemporary, I picked up Kasie West’s first 2019 release, Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss. While it had some predictable storylines, this book was just really fun, as Lacey stars in her first movie and deals with sabotage and on a much sweeter note, first love. I also liked its role as the companion novel to Love, Life, and the List. Overall, this book made me even more excited for Kasie West’s next 2019 release, Maybe This Time!
Catwoman:Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas | 5/5
I wanted to end this month with a book that wasn’t contemporary, which led me to the only book I haven’t read by one of my favorite authors: SJM’s Catwoman: Soulstealer! I completely loved SJM’s take on Catwoman and Gotham City, including the appearances from Batwing, Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn!
Last Chance U S2 and S3 (Netflix) – Blame it on my Friday Night Lights addiction, but I’ve been more interested in football. This Netflix docuseries following junior college football is just so good! It provides such great insight into college and professional football and sports. You’ll also find yourself cheering for so any of the people involved.
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines (Amazon Prime) – If you couldn’t tell, football-inspired TV seems to be my new thing. I flew through All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines over one weekend (and yes, I made sure most of my homework was done first).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine S6 (NBC) – I love giving my mini Brooklyn Nine-Nine S6 updates in each wrap-up. “The Golden Child,” featuring the one and only Lin Manuel-Miranda, was so hilarious, but I think my favorite episode this month was “The Therapist!” It made me want to go back and rewatch the season.
Period. End of Sentence. (Netflix) – This short documentary about the stigma surrounding menstruation in India was so insightful and really makes you think about such stigmatization around the world. I’m so happy it won the Oscar!
One Day– Maybe it’s because it’s a book-to-movie adaptation, but I’ve seen so much love for One Day in the book blog community. BUT THE ENDING JUST RUINED IT FOR ME!
The Notebook– Okay, okay, yes even I can’t believe I haven’t watched this classic before (shoutout to Netflix for adding more 2000s movies!). I really didn’t understand what the hype was about, until the last 15 minutes! Highly recommend having the Kleenex prepared.
Amy Schumer’s Growing (Netflix)- I’ve really enjoyed Netflix’s female comedian specials. Growing was the perfect laugh I needed after a long two days of school and homework.
Selling Sunset (Netflix)– This fangirl loves her reality TV binges, including Netflix’s first docusoap series. I found myself especially invested in the last four episodes and I am already more than ready for a hopefully S2.
Favorite Movie rewatches: Mona Lisa Smile and Legally Blonde (Netflix)- If you’re in need of some motivation to get through the rest of the semester or your current work life, look no further than these two favorite movies of mine.
What did you read or watch in March? Share in the comments!