wrap up

March 2021 wrap up

Hello bookworms!! It’s time for the March 2021 wrap up. Which was basically forever ago because April has been a TIME. Is it just me, or is 2021 shaping up to be somehow worse than 2020??

Just like in February, I can’t seem to stay on top of things. Except where I was failing at everything except two things before, I now feel like I’m just a lost cause across the board. What even is time management and a work/life balance??

So, let’s look at what I did in March. (I’m already working on the April post, so it’s fine if you get two in one week, yes??)

March 2021 wrap up

what i read

My read book numbers are still trending up (YAY!!) for March. In February I read 8 books, but in March I read TEN!! Admittedly, I basically just read paranormal and romance books… so, LOL. But three of them were over 600 pages each. So, I’m not really complaining!!

SYMBOLS
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
โš”๏ธ fantasy โ›ฑ contemporary ๐Ÿš€ sci-fi
๐Ÿฐ historical fiction โค๏ธ romance ๐Ÿ” crime / mystery
๐Ÿคก thriller ๐ŸŽ€ classic ๐ŸŽ“ dark academia
๐Ÿบ paranormal ๐Ÿ„ urban fantasy ๐Ÿ† smut
๐Ÿชด non-fiction ๐Ÿฅธ humour ๐ŸŽ™ biography / memoir
๐Ÿ–ค BIPOC author ๐Ÿ—ฃ own voices ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ queer rep
๐Ÿง  mental health rep โ™ฟ๏ธ disability rep ๐Ÿž body positivity
๐ŸŒ‘ dark themes ๐ŸŽฎ nerd references ๐Ÿˆ sport references
๐Ÿงธ middle grade ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ young adult ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ new adult / adult
๐Ÿ“” hardcover ๐Ÿ—’ paperback ๐Ÿ“ฑ ebook
๐Ÿ’ฅ graphic novel ๐ŸŽง audiobook ๐ŸŽ gift
๐Ÿฅฐ friend pick โฐ ARC / review copy ๐Ÿจ Aussie author / #loveozya
๐Ÿšซ DNF ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ buddy read ๐ŸŒ€ reread
๐Ÿ“š Beat the Backlist ๐Ÿญ PopSugar

Emoji table for reference

the books

Not sure if anyone remembers, but in March I was planning to do Middle Grade March. I even wrote a whole TBR post on it. You know what I read in March? Basically only smut. The OPPOSITE of middle grade books.

If someone could please explain to me how putting things on a TBR means my brain runs in the opposite direction and I become a mood reader extraordinaire, that would be great!! HAHAHAHA, please help me…

Book
Author
Series / Year of publication
Symbols / Year of publication
Rating
Cover
The Score Elle Kennedy Off-Campus #3 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2016

4 The Score by Elle Kennedy
An Echo in the Sorrow Hailey Turner Soulbound #6 ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2021

4 An Echo in the Sorrow by Hailey Turner
Covet Tracy Wolff Crave #3 โค๏ธ ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’

2021

4 Covet by Tracy Wolff
From Blood and Ash Jennifer L. Armentrout Blood and Ash #1 โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ

2020

2 From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Jennifer L. Armentrout Blood and Ash #2 โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ

2020

2 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Act Your Age, Eve Brown Talia Hibbert The Brown Sisters #3 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ–ค โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’

2021

4 Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
The Prince and the Troll Rainbow Rowell Faraway #1 โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2021

1 The Prince and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell
I Bet You Ilsa Madden-Mills Waylon University #1 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2018

4 I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
I Dare You Ilsa Madden-Mills Waylon University #2 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ

2018

4 I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
I Hate You Ilsa Madden-Mills Waylon University #3 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐ŸŒ€

2019

4 I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

the faves

I have to be honest, March’s books were such a random pile of things that I read. There were no 5 stars, and of the ones that were 4 stars, most of them should probably be downgraded to 3?! It’s at this point in time that I wish I still gave half star ratings so I could change them to 3.5!! The below are the ones I would keep as 4 stars though.

Trigger warning: The Score deals with death of a friend. But, I really liked how this concept played out in a romance novel about a super entitled football player. You don’t need to have read the rest of the series for this one, but I was going through the list. As I do.

The Crave series is fast becoming this wholesome little pile of trash to me. Yes, it’s a bit dramatic, and when people ask me about it I tell them it’s like a better executed crossover between Twilight and ACOTAR. But the thing that I’m really enjoying about it is that there is NO SMUT. This series is genuinely wholesome, despite Tracy Wolff being known as a romance author. And I like it?? So, Covet was a fave of March.

My third book for March is going to be Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. I have to say, I didn’t like it as much as Chloe and Dani’s stories. But I think that’s because I just didn’t connect to Eve as much as I did the other two. Eve is what I would consider a chaotic good character, and it’s done well โ€“ so I would recommend this one!!

what i did

gaming

I think I spent maybe 4 hours on the Sims all month. No Animal Crossing. No Stardew Valley. There wasn’t really any gaming at all…

However, we did play a decent amount of D&D. My group is playing two campaigns simultaneously as DM burnout is a real thing. So, we have the:

  • The Undermountain โ€“ where I play a Kobold rogue, Tikki, who is obsessed with anything shiny, but is also the most optimistic character you’ve ever met. Tikke will super happily grin while she’s lodging arrows in your back.
  • Into the Big Blue โ€“ where I play a Tiefling cleric, Karou, who was raised in a monastery with little outside contact. Karou is on the ship to spend time with her grandfather, but she’s so naรฏvely clueless about everything that I’m having a hard time trying to not come across as vague. I don’t know that it’s working…

tv and movies

Things I watched in March were:

  • Endgame (rewatch)
  • Wandavision episode 9
  • Derry Girls season 1
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • American Gods season 2
  • Falcon and the Winter Soldier episodes 1-2
  • Zach Snyderโ€™s Justice League
  • Community season 3 episodes 13-22, season 4 episodes 1-15

Can we talk about Zach Snyder’s Justice League for a moment?? If you have only seen the Joss Whedon one, then you really have to watch this. It’s almost like watching a totally different film. The same characters are there physically (except for Henry’s digital lip), but they are WORLDS apart in terms of motivation and personality. Whedon essentially tried to turn the gritty darkness of the DC movies into the more lighter, funny MCU films. And it doesn’t work.

If you haven’t seen the Whedon version, don’t do it. I know the Snyder cut is 4 hours long (and honestly, I’m so glad it was streaming because we needed an intermission), but it’s actually worth it. If you like superhero films!

A meme to show the difference between the Joss Whedon cut of Justice League vs the Zach Snyder cut of Justice League. The two images are Wyatt Russell dressed as Captain America vs Chris Evans as Captain America.

Caption: If you know, you know. No spoilers for everyone else please!!

music

I am nothing without Taylor Swift. This is all I listen to now. Bet you can’t figure what I listened to in April?!! Maybe I should just retire this topic…

Gif of Taylor Swift smiling and scrunching her nose

on my blog

Top 5 Tuesday for March was based on me planning to do Middle Grade March. LOL. March was a time. March topics were:

If you ever feel like joining in late (sometimes we are busy people on Tuesdays) please just drop me a comment or a pingback, and I will happily add you to the list.

I also wrote my first book review (kind of โ€“ more like a series review) for the … year. Ouch. I am a bad book blogger… ๐Ÿ˜ญ

on your blogs

I seem to have lost my long list of posts that I truly loved in March, and I am so sorry. One of the cats was sleeping on my iPad a few weeks ago and just deleted half of my notes that I had. And I don’t know how to get them back. However, I still have three March posts of yours that I loved… And this is them:

This is definitely a shorter list than I normally give, and it makes me so sad. But, these three are super stellar posts!!

How was your March 2021 wrap up?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

11 Comments

    • meeghan

      It’s definitely an ‘at-home’ movie to stream!! Even if they could just pause it for a pee-break in the middle if you see it at the cinemas would be good!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • dbsguidetothegalaxy

    Meeghan, I am cackling over how you read the complete OPPOSITE of middle grade in March ๐Ÿ˜‚ I looked at my books… I read like 4 in March – so not as much as I would like, but still a little!
    WANDIVSION, just !!! I was watching with a friend and we both just SOBBED over the call ๐Ÿ˜‚ Also my dad’s like – so I want to watch these new Marvel series… and I’m like ‘ok, so you have to watch this and this and this before – just do an entire franchise watch, ok?!

    I love Derry Girls! Sister Michael is just the best!

    I still need to watch the Snyder cut. I’ll divide it into 2 parts, maybe. Or even 3 ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • meeghan

      Hahahahaha, yes… Middle Grade March definitely did not happen… ๐Ÿ‘€ ๐Ÿ˜‚ I donโ€™t know whatโ€™s going on with my TBRs at the moment!! Also, Iโ€™ve requested the audio for PJ and the Sea of Monsters so hopefully will get that soon!!

      I saw a reel or a TikTok the other day with someone asking what they needed to see before watching Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and it was like โ€œ23 movies, 1 miniseries and 2 tv showsโ€ and I was like โ€œyep!!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚ I almost feel sorry for people starting the MCU now!!

      And please watch the Snyder cut!! Itโ€™s so good!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

  • Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical

    It’s always sad when a month go by without any five star reads, but I’m glad you had so many four stars. I was so interested in JLA’s adult fantasy but after hating her third Origin book recently and hearing so many bad things about this series I think I’ll give it a pass. Glad you still enjoyed Act Your Age, Eve Brown even if you liked it less than the previous books. I’m excited to read it too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for highlighting my post, and I hope you’ll have a fantastic May! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • meeghan

      Thanks Veronika!! I think Iโ€™m actually an anomaly for not liking the Blood and Ash books. So many people love them and are giving them 5 stars, but I just canโ€™t. Iโ€™m intrigued by the story, but the execution is really bad. Like watching a train wreck… ๐Ÿ˜“

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