It’s time for a March wrap-up!
And also time for me to wail about what I’ve been doing this month, while simultaneously dousing you with photos, and tears of authorhood, and (as usual) flailing about new books. I really like doing recaps.
It’s also been like the hottest March ever. We’ve had scorching days and melting nights, which is very unseasonal. It’s not that I want to freeze my follicles off with winter but…some cooler weather would be nice.
Onwards, shall we?!
What a demure little stack. I’m proud of me.
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: This was a complete surprise from Walker Books Aus (thank you!!) and even though I’ve already read this I AM PRETTY FREAKING EXCITED TO OWN IT.
- What If by Rebecca Donovan: Unsolicited from Penguin (thanks!) and I already read it and reminded myself why I don’t like NA romances.
- Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen: I won this from Faye @ The Social Potato which makes me squeal quite happily. MUSIC.
- Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins: Because how can I call myself a Suzanne Collins fan and not read this?!
- Skulduggery Pleasant #6: Death Bringer by Derek Landy: Okay, so I actually planned to take a small break from Skulduggery because, you know, pain. But this was sitting on the library shelf and I could not stop myself. I HAD TO GET IT. I’m going to regret it. I love this series.
- Rags and Bones by Melissa Marr & Co: I was googling my library for Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindleand…this came up! It’s a collection of creepy short fairy tale retellings. Awesome, right?! It’s got Holly Black, Neil Gaiman (duh), Rick Yancey, and Garth Nix (amongst others).
I AM QUITE EXCITED AT THIS POINT AND MIGHT SCREAM.
PROBABLY NOT, BUT LET’S CONTINUE ON, SHALL WE? We have an entire month to recap, I cannot lose it with flail juust yet.
IN MARCH, I READ 32 BOOKS
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OKAY JUST WAIT. Yes, I read a lot of books this month, but a) I’m a really fast reader, and b) I haven’t had a great month health wise, which equals, lots of reading, and c) I wanted to clear my TBR for an April-writing-month, and d) I read a lot of small/short books, and e) why am I making excuses for reading?! Gosh. I read. I like it. The end.
BEST BOOK?? Oh The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl sticks out the most! It was just so poignant and perfect and contains my newest OTP. The Helpand Every Breath also scored 5-stars!
WISH I’D NEVER READ?? Um, definitely Sekret 20. I wanted to read it because it was about the Cold War and set in Germany. The writing was drier than burnt cornflake. ALSO. I would like to burn Before The Fire (har, har, pun intended) from my brain. It was disgusting.
DID I LAUGH?? Between my tears, I laughed at the sassy wit in Mortal Coil. Mostly, though, I cried.
COVER LOVE!! DEFINITELY THE WINNER’S CRIME. It is so beautiful to behold. I also quite like Everything, Everything.
CHALLENGES?? Only one book for the Fairy Tale Challenge: As White As Snow and it was boring. LE SIGH. But for my personal challenges, I finished the Stephanie Perkins Trilogy with Isla and the Happily Ever After (only 2-stars unfortunately) and Ruins which finished up the Partials sequence. Also 2-stars. SAD ENDINGS. (And my TBR is now down to, like, 10 books, so that’s phenomenal.)
RATINGS?? This has been my leanest 5-stars month! Usually I have upwards of four 5-stars, but I ONLY READ 3 THIS MONTH?! Clearly I’m getting hard to please. 4-stars still wins out, so overall it’s a good reading month!
MOST EATEN GENRE?? Woah. I think we should take a moment to give me ACTUAL pie because of the sheer diversity I read. Contemporary wins, but Epic Fantasy (!!) which I usually avoid because they’re huge and scary, comes a close second. Peoples, I am addicted to epic fantasy right now.
WHAT YOU LOVED ON THE BLOG
WHAT YOU CLICKED ON THE MOST:
- 10 Books Your Inner Con Artist Wants You To Read – clearly you are all as villainous as I am
- 10 Types of Writers – I successfully made my first Playbuzz quiz and I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it!
- Read These Extraordinary Books Right Now! – you love it when I boss you around.
THE TIME I DID NOT READ…
Ha, are you kidding? I basically just read this entire month. The ultimate aim was to finish as many books as humanely possible so I’d have April free for Camp NaNoWriMo.
But then I got writer’s block.
I basically put The Dead Boy and the Paper Cut in the drawer for now. It’s edited but will probably need a plot overhaul which is…disappointing. Added onto that I’ve had a few setbacks with my writing from all angles and I just — I’m a little down. BUT! I’m sure this will pass once I settle on a project. I don’t like starting half-baked books, though, so I’m still plotting.
OH. And my puppy won first place as “Pet of the Week” in the local newspaper! Consider me endlessly pleased.
ELSEWHERE, ON THE INTERNET
It’s pretty much old news but…THE PAPER TOWNS TRAILER IS HERE. FAILING STATIONS!!!!
- Laura @ Laura Plus Books asks why we read.
- Jeann @ Happy Indulgence asks if epic endings change your mind about bad beginnings.
- Aimee @ To The Barricade talks about character change and why it’s important.
- Nikki @ Bibliophibian Inc reviewed my bookish necklaces and swears they’re awesome, which they totally are. (Thank you so much, Nikki!!)
- Amanda @ Of Spectacles and Books gives books warning labels!
- Robyn @ Spiral-Bound talks about her editing process!
- Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight talks about ARC-ing and crazy publishing months.
NEW, ON THE ETSY STORE
I’ve always felt very weird and awkward about self-advertising, but, WELL, shouting out now and then isn’t a bad idea! As you might now, I have an etsy store and facebook page (aptly titled Paper Fury Ink as a play of Inc. because I’m a genius like that). I mostly sell origami, but also mini bookish necklaces! And you should totally check them out because they’re awesome.