March has been a strange month, in the sense I went from having zero motivation to blog, or do anything creative really. To doing a 360 and suddenly I’m all systems are go so I am very excited for April because I have so much planned! Before that though, let’s have a cuppa and rewind this past month.
If I DNFed the book then I’ll include it in brackets and the page number I DNFed at..providing I remember!
On The Fence by Kasie West
Resisting Gravity by Vera Calloway
Strays by Eliza Marsh
She’s With Me by Jessica Cunsolo
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (currently reading)
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (currently reading)
I’ll put in brackets whether the book was bought, pre-ordered, won or gifted to me. If it happens to be a review copy/arc then that’ll also be in the brackets!
The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (bought)
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne (bought)
How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne (bought)
What I’ve Watched This Month
Whether it be TV shows, movies or a YouTube video I really loved and wanted to share with y’all. You can find it all in this section! Along with a lil ramble of how I felt about what I watched!
Sweet Combat: Ep 1-24
Dark Angel Season 1: Ep 3-9
The Hunger Games
March has been really strange, mostly because COVID19 has caused a load of change in all our lives, for me it’s not a huge change thankfully. Since my family’s normal life is usually spent in the house ahem BUT I have stopped going to work (I’m thankful that I’m in a position to not have to go to work) as the schools are closed and the UK went into lockdown part way through March. I know it’s a scary time for so many of us but you probably won’t see me talking much about it online (unless you catch me in a Discord server, I sometimes chat about it there) as I’d rather talk/create content that allows us some escape instead. One thing the virus has done is given me perspective on how lucky I am.
The other thing that happened near the start of the month, was I got an online course for being a Teaching Assistant! It was something I’d been mulling over and I really enjoy working with kids, helping them grow and flourish. I finally bit the bullet and got a course so I have a year to complete that and it does require work placement/voluntarily hours, which I won’t be able to do until the schools reopen again here. So out of the 11 units I have…I can only complete 4 fully at the moment since the others need me in placement.
March was definitely a month of doing some soul searching, realising that I can actually empty mind and be present in the moment and it was also a month of me panicking over my blog. Again. As you may be able to tell the colours have changed around here, we’re going purple and grey loves
with blue thrown in because it’s calming and I don’t want to have too much purple. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging, it’s that I can fall out of love with my blog simply because I don’t like the colours. I’ve been wanting to go purple and grey with my blog, for the longest of times I just didn’t…I can’t remember why now. Anyway I’ve also switched up the design of the featured images (they nearly gave me a meltdown because I felt they were too simple) I love how the featured images look now.
Oh also I’m very excited to revive my bookstagram next month! If you don’t already follow me over there, then you’re more than welcome to! I’ve been taking photos using Bookending Spring prompts as inspiration and I’m in love with how they look.
Around The Blogosphere
As I go about my blog hopping ways, I save some posts I loved, to share with you here. Ranging from reviews to tags to recommendations to discussions and if I stumble across any announcement posts from others in the community…yep you guessed it they’ll be going here.
Announcements can be from a blogging event (e.g something like Bookending Spring) to readathons to a bloggers new features.
Every now and then I’ll tweet a call to action for book bloggers to drop a link to their a post they’d like some love on, earlier in the month I decided to include bookstagrammers as well as I want to get more involved in that community.
you don’t need to be following me on twitter either to drop your link, just find the tweet and self promo away
That’s partly why I have more posts to share this rewind, as I’ve been dutifully hopping to people’s posts from that tweet.
E @ Local Bee Hunters Nook talks about Ships: What Makes A Good Romance
Sian @ Library of a Ginger discusses Why They Don’t Set TBRs
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction discusses Should We Be Creating Content During A Pandemic Or Not?
Kerys @ The Everlasting Library shares 20 Fun Bookish Things To Do When You’re Bored
Cait @ Paper Fury talks about her Reading Habits in 2010 vs 2020
Reviews & Recommendations
Anna @ The Bursting Bookshelf reviews The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Lucy @ Lucy Turns Pages reviews Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea posts Recommending Books I Gave 3 Stars
Ruby @ Ruby’s Books reviews This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Katie @ ThatBookGal Blogs reviews The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
Beth @ BooksNest shares 4 Years Of Being A Creator On Bookstagram, What I’ve Learnt, My Struggles and Successes
Bookending Spring 2020
Bookending Spring 2020 starts tomorrow! Sam and I are so incredibly grateful to be able to put this event together once more, which wouldn’t be possible with all our wonderful hosts or the book bloggers who sign up! So thank you. I will also be attempting to post each day on my bookstagram with a photo inspired by that days prompt…which should be interesting hehe. You can sign up for BEspring20 until Sunday 12th April which is when we’ll be closing sign ups.
Just a reminder that you’re welcome to join this discord server! It’s a place for all book lovers, whether you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or booktuber. Hell if you’re just a reader you’re welcome to join, you will need either a twitter or goodreads which can verify you are indeed a reader. (just because we don’t want trolls ruining our bookish fun!)
The whole idea of the server, is to bring the bookish community together. We can also support everyone better, across the platforms which is great, spreading love is so important in this community. Particularly across platforms I feel, you can also make friends too.
At the moment we’re still a smol server, but we truly hope you’ll swing on by and join in the fun. ❤
In case anyone wants to snoop on what I’ve been listening during the months, this section will break it down for you! I’ll list the songs and artists and at the end leave the link to the YouTube playlist!
March was a month of K-Pop…a lot of Monsta X was played and a fair amount of EXO. And Ateez but I feel like that’s just a given which is why I’m not writing down as many Ateez songs because I listen to them A LOT and that’d just be repetitive.
March 2020 Tracklist
Boss by NCT U
District 9 by Stray Kids
Shoot Me by Day6
Middle of the Night by Monsta X
Hero by Monsta X
Queen by Monsta X
Latata by Monsta X
View by SHINee
Destroyer by Monsta X
Boombayah by Blackpink
Old Me by 5SOS
If You Don’t by GOT7
My Pace by Stray Kids
Hann (Alone) by (G) I-DLE
Never Ever by GOT7
Not Today by BTS
Purple Rain cover by Hongjoong of Ateez (original by Prince)
Dreaming Alone by Against The Current ft Taka
Shoot Out by Monsta X
Universe by EXO
Timeless by NCT U
She’s Dreaming by EXO
Peter Pan by EXO-K
Red by The Rose
Shine by Pentagon
Thank U by Ateez
XOXO by EXO-M
Peter Pan by EXO-M
Got My Number by Monsta X
Hellevator by Stray Kids
Rewind The Posts
I hope your March has been a good one and that you’re staying safe ❤ Sending you all the love and good energy, here’s to April being a better month for us and the world.