monthly wrap up

March Wrap-Up & April Goals!

Hey everyone!

Wow, is it already April?! (I think I’ve been saying this every single month ever since I’ve started blogging and… I don’t think I will stop hahaha. Time always flies.)

March was a rollercoaster for me. It was definitely much more hectic than expected. I went on a trip to Australia (YAY!!!!) but then afterwards…… life promptly happened. But that’s how it is sometimes, right?

All in all, I am alive and well and happy and SO excited about everything again (yup, back to my normal self.) So all good πŸ™‚

Reading

March was a wonderful reading month for me! Thanks to having lots of plane time (yes I love plane rides… is that weird??! hahaha), I was able to catch up on some books that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. Some of these books I really ended up enjoying, which is awesome!!

I finally got to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!! It was a bit nerve-racking since I’ve heard SO much GOOD things about this book all over the blogosphere, but the book still managed to impress me!!! This is my favourite read of 2019 so far! Check out my review here! (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) was awesome!!! I really loved the strong female characters in this novel who are SO inspiring. To be honest I wasn’t too big of a fan of The Gentleman’s Guide BUT this was SO MUCH BETTER. Check out my review here!! (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

I was so excited about Not Your Villain (The Sidekick Squad #2) after reading Not Your Sidekick which I really enjoyed, but……… this was a bit of a letdown. Although I loved the LGBT+ rep, not much happens in this second book. It felt like a long and drawn-out set-up for book #3. Review coming up! (β˜…β˜…/5)

Flowers for Algernon had been on my TBR for a while. It talked about an interesting concept: Does becoming more intelligent mean becoming more happy? Although this book wasn’t without its problems, I enjoyed the story in general and it brought tears to my eyes πŸ™‚ Review coming up! (β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

Let’s Be Legends was a short-story about a girl who murdered her boyfriend. It was an interesting and haunting read, reminding me a bit of We Were Liars. I wished that this was a longer story with time for development of the characters and their relationships. Review coming up! (β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

I just started reading Girls of Paper and Fire (as in, literally JUST started haha) and I already feel like I will love this book hahaha…

A History of Magic and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep are unfortunately my DNFs for this month. I don’t dislike them, but I am just not in the mood for them at this time unfortunately.

Current YARC Progress: 3 books out of 10 (I am a “Philippine Tarsier” right now but maybe by the end of the year I will be a “Indian Cobra?!” Who knows!!)

Writing

I am getting ready to rewrite Children of the Sun, so this past month I went back to the drawing board. Right now I finished creating character sheets for each of the MCs and supporting characters. The plot will essentially stay the same however I will be changing most of the scenes (why oh why do I have to make each draft an almost complete rewrite?! If anyone knows the answer to this please tell me) By the time you read this at the end of the month, hopefully I will have finished an updated list of scenes and lots of world building haha.

GUESS WHAT APRIL IS!??! YES!!! It is CAMP NANOWRIMO AGAIN!! Do I get to jump up and down and scream?!?!?

(Yes I do hahaha.)

For those who don’t know, Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge for writers that takes place each year in April and July. You can set your own writing goal (whether it is word count or minutes.) The best part is that you can join “cabins” in which cabin-mates can cheer each other on! (For those who are interested in Camp NaNoWriMo and looking to join a cabin, give me a shout! Our cabin is looking to recruit a few new members πŸ™‚ )

Blogging

It’s been a quiet blogging month for me. First of all, because of my vacation I was on hiatus for the first 2 weeks. I was hoping to reply to some comments and blog-hop a bit during the down-times, but….. Internet access was a problem hahahaha. (Good intentions :’) )

Here are some blog posts that caught my attention this month. Be sure to check out these awesome bloggers πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Dominique @ 3C Style shows off her Upcycled Army Coat! Being a big fan of sustainable fashion and DIY, I was amazed by this classy yet edgy creation!

Caro @ Bookcheshirecat talks about characters that have big Hufflepuff energy! I am 100% Hufflepuff hahahah and I ADORE Hufflepuffs in books and movies. Needless to say I loved this post so much!

Nyx @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about what her ideal reading nook looks like! This post made me daydream about what I want for my own reading nook haha πŸ™‚

As you can see, unfortunately not too much blog-hopping this month, however I am really hoping to amp up the energy for April because it will be my blogiversary in May (WHAT ALREADY!??! yes it’s true hahaha :’) )

Current Discussion Post Challenge Progress: 4 out 12 (which is not bad I’d say!!!)

Life

So I went on vacation to Australia and it was super AWESOME and FUN and RELAXING and everything I needed it to be. I should make a post about this soon hahaha πŸ™‚

However then LIFE hit me smack on the face. And it had to do with my dog Charles (yes he is doing fine but he got into big trouble with my dog sitter while we were away, *sideway slit-eye glance at dog*) Because of this I had a tough 1-2 weeks getting stuff sorted out. #Adulting #Notfun

Thankfully, now things are back to normal. Phew. And the weather is warmer and sunnier and so it is all good πŸ™‚

We did a teeny little bit wedding planning and booked our getaway after the wedding (yay!!!!!)

What’s Happening in April

  • Lots and LOTS of writing because of CAMP NANOWRIMO (YAY)
  • 2 YARC reads!
  • 1 Discussion post!
  • More wedding planning madness haha πŸ™‚

How was your month of March? What were your favourite reads? Are you participating in Camp Nanowrimo?! (Let me know if you are looking for a cabin to join!!!)

30 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up & April Goals!

  1. I realized that I also start each wrap-up going “how is it [next month] already??” πŸ˜‚
    I’m so glad you were able to read some amazing books this month, including my faves Evelyn Hugo and Lady’s Guide! πŸ˜€ And I’m also planning on joining in for Camp NaNoWriMo! Your vacation to Australia sounds so amazing, though I’m sorry to hear about your dog 😦 Good to hear that he’s doing fine! Good luck with April reading and writing! ❀

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    1. Hey Margaret!
      Hahaha yeah each month seems to pass by so fast. Glad to hear that you are doing Camp Nano as well! Will you be starting a new project? My cabin is still looking for members so let me know if you wanna join πŸ˜€

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    1. Yeah! That’s exactly why I like plane rides haha. No distractions πŸ™‚
      Not Your Villain is an interesting book! I thought that it might be something you are interested in since it features a trans MC πŸ™‚ As much as I liked Bells and the other LGBT+ characters however, I did feel that the plot was slow-moving. There’s a bit of the second-book syndrome in there haha which was the reason for the low rating.

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  2. I’m glad you had a nice time in Australia and that it was relaxing (which is a holiday must haha)!!
    And it sounds like you had a great reading month– I am just about to start ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ and I am glad you enjoyed it!! I have high expectation after all the hype around it haha!!
    It’s a shame ‘Not Your Villain’ didn’t live up to expectation, second book syndrome is a thing unfortunately — I do love the cover though (I always want more green books)!!
    Best of luck for Camp NaNoWriMo!! And I hope you have a fabulous April (I am with you, how can it be April already) πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m so excited that you’re about to start Evelyn Hugo!! Let me know how you like it πŸ™‚
      Yeah Not Your Villain definitely suffered from the second book syndrome unfortunately 😦 However I might still give the third book a chance. Yes I really liked the cover as well πŸ™‚
      Thank you Sophie!! Wishing you a wonderful April as well!!

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  3. Looks like you had a mostly great month! 😊 So great to hear that you made a trip to Australia, that is amazing!! I really want to go there someday 😍 Also: thank you so much for sharing my post, I’m so happy that you liked it! πŸ’› I’m so glad that I was able to join your cabin, hopefully Camp NaNo will be great for the both of us πŸ˜„

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    1. Yeah Australia was a beautiful place and I was so fortunate that I got to go! I really loved your post about Hufflepuffs. I think Hufflepuffs are often overlooked and not given the credit they deserve so it was awesome to see a post about them!!
      Yes I am super excited for Camp too πŸ˜€

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  4. Ahhh I hope you had an amazing time in Australia, Sophie and I hope you’ll write about it, I’m too curious haha. I dream of going there someday ❀
    I'm glad to see you're reading Girls of Paper and Fire, I really want to read that one and I've heard incredible things about it. I hope you will love it πŸ™‚
    Best of luck for your writing and for camp NaNo! ❀ ❀
    Thank you so much for sharing Nyx's reading nook blog post! πŸ˜€ ❀
    I hope you'll have a great April! x

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    1. Thank you Marie ❀ I have plenty of photos from Australia and now it’s just about getting them into one place hahaha πŸ™‚
      I am really loving Girls of Paper and Fire (about halfway through). I am hopeful that it will be one of my fav YA reads so far πŸ™‚
      I really love Nyx’s post (and I will have to change it to her name hahaha. I feel like I always confuse her for you, it is kind of embarrassing- sorry!!!!!)
      Wishing you a wonderful April too!!

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  5. Looks like April will be another busy month. Yes, please, do write a post about your trip to AU. I would love to see a few pics as well. So glad that Charles is alright. Thank you for mentioning my upcycled Army Coat. You have always been so supportive. Wishing you the best for your writing and for camp NaNo. 😊

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      1. Yes, things are fine on my side of the pond. Very busy at work though and unfortunately there is only little time left for blogging. I just wish I didn’t had to sleep so I could use this time for creative projects. Lol! Keep well. By the way, I used Charles’s picture in a recent DIY. Just published the post. He is so cute. Thank you so much for letting us used a pic of your dog. πŸ™‚

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      2. Sounds like it’s been hectic for you. It is similar for me. Life and work has been busy so less time for blogging haha πŸ™‚
        I just saw your post! Wow those plates are gorgeous and I loved seeing Charles’s face on them haha πŸ™‚

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  6. You should defo make a post about your trip! πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you had an amazing time!

    Flowers for Algernon is one of the most depressing books i’ve ever read. It’s right up there with A Little Life… 😦

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    1. Yeah! I can see what you mean about Flowers for Algernon being depressing haha. I do like that it ended on a hopeful note, since the main character was able to find happiness again although he wasn’t as intelligent as he was at the peak of the experiment πŸ™‚

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