Only those with tenacity can march forward in March.Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Wow, the year is just whooshing right by, as are all my deadlines and work/reading/sleeping time. (That’s apparently an unintentional reference to the Douglas Adams quote, by the way!) I don’t know how we’re already a quarter of the way through the year, but honestly I’m not complaining since this semester has been one long struggle and I haven’t been feeling very tenacious.
I’m also not prepared for summer and finding work experience related to my major and starting actual pharmacy classes in the fall if all goes according to plan and I’ll stop here before I spiral too far.
That said, this month I did get through a decent amount of reading (almost entirely ARCs and #ReviewPit books!) and I managed to keep up with my blogging schedule, though I also had a week of spring break; we’ll have to see how April goes without that respite.
A confession: as I finish up this post [10:30-11pm Friday night, in case anyone is wondering since I mentioned it], I should really be sleeping or studying for my organic chemistry exam on Sunday evening. (But I will otherwise be mostly AFK until Monday morning so it’s no good yelling at me when you read this! 😜)
My Top March Posts
These Are a Few of My Favorite Reads: Wondrous Women (memoirs by female role models for women’s history month)
(Honorable mention: My first blog tour!)
I didn’t have as much time to bloghop as I wanted so I’m sure I missed a lot, but here are a few other Awesome March Posts!
Kal @ Reader Voracious: Stats Transparency Post & Lessons From One Year of Blogging + Should Stats Dictate Your Posts?
I’d decided that I wanted to take this month to get my pile of review copies under control before they flattened me into a slump-puddle, and I’m pleased to announce that I did pretty well! They made up the majority of what I read this month, and I got through 18 of them, which is over half of what I had left. (Of course, it also helps that I had spring break and the 6-hour flights to/from home to work my way through more books than usual.)
Clicking on the titles below will take you to the book’s Goodreads page; clicking on the flames (which indicate my rating out of 5) will take you to my review. Books marked as [ARC] were received as Advance Review Copies; [RC] indicates a post-release review copy.
13 total, 3.60 average rating
- The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project by Lenore Appelhans [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict edited by Max Brooks, John Amble, M.L. Cavanaugh & Jaym Gates [overdue ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥
- My Name Is Rose by Alexa Kingaard [ARC; Blog Tour] | 🔥🔥
- Anna Undreaming (Metiks Fade Trilogy #1) by Thomas Welsh [RC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- To Best the Boys by Mary Weber [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Paper Bag Mask by Brock Heasley [RC] | 🔥🔥🔥
- Forte by J.D. Spero [RC] | 🔥🔥
- Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Brilliance of Fireflies by Leslie Hauser [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Battlecry (Battlecry #1) by Emerald Dodge [RC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton | 🔥🔥🔥
- We Are the Catalyst (Psionics #2) by Tash McAdam | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 3/4
Top read of the month: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
April 2nd and 9th are apparently particularly good days for new releases, but there’s lots of exciting titles on the horizon throughout the month!
ARCs I Have
- April 2 – The Girl He Used to Know by Tracy Garvis-Graves | 🔥🔥🔥
- April 5 – Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton | 🔥🔥🔥
- April 9 – Descendant of the Crane by Joan He | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
- April 9 – Iron, Fire and Ice: The Real History that Inspired Game of Thrones by Ed West | [Currently Reading]
- April 9 – The Ash Family by Molly Dektar | [TBR]
TBR After Release
- April 2 – The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by The Try Guys (Ned Fulmer, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld & Eugene Lee Yang)
- April 2 – The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
- April 2 – We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
- April 4 – The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews
- April 16 – The Binding by Bridget Collins
- April 23 – The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
- April 30 – Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Aldi Alsaid
In case you missed it, Bookending Spring — from the brilliant minds and organizing capabilities of Sam & Clo — is happening next month! I’ll be participating for sure (posts have been scheduled and started, y’all, we’re serious about this okay), and you should absolutely sign up if you haven’t already 😉
April is also Camp NaNoWriMo, the younger and more lenient sibling of National Novel Writing Month: while the latter challenges you to write 50k words in 30 days, for Camp you can set your own goal and hang out in virtual cabins with friends! (And if you’re looking for bookish friends, the Writer’s Nest Discord has one already set up and open — you can grab the discord invite link from the page I linked then ping me in the NaNoWriMo channel, or shoot me a DM if you just want to join the cabin and not the server.) Since it’s been a very long time since I’ve really worked on my original fiction, I’m aiming to finally finish a years-old multichapter fanfiction WIP and/or write 25k … ideally both, but I’ll count whichever happens first as a win even if I don’t get to the second.
School-wise, it should be a lighter month; this will hopefully give me some extra time to work on the blog and related social media accounts, and to finish up the rest of my review copies. Summer vacation is also on the horizon (since my university lets out after finals in mid-May), at which point I will have to face the next stage of Adulting — but more on all that when we actually get there.
So basically, beyond the two exciting events mentioned above, April is kind of just an in-between month for me. But that’s totally okay too, because honestly I could use a bit of a breather to just reflect on my life habits/routines and goals.
What’s the best book you read in March? Did you read any of this month’s releases, or ARCs of April/May releases? Have you set any goals for April?