Hi everybody, and welcome to my March wrap up!
Yes, it’s finally spring everybody! Well, the weather here hasn’t been very springlike yet, but I’m sure we’re getting there soon. We already have longer days which is already doing wonders for the mood.
As you can see I’m not doing a Top Ten Tuesday today, but instead posting my monthly wrap up. March has been a bit hectic and I’m behind on posts so I thought I’d skip this TTT in favor of posting my wrap up #trying 🙂 So let’s just dive right in!
The Maid by Nita Prose
The Maid was a fun mystery that shined because of the unique, fresh and thoughtful POV of main character Molly. I loved reading this story through her POV so much. Only downside to me was that I thought the eventual reveal of the killer was a bit of a letdown. Luckily, the mystery aspect wasn’t the main thing about this book, but rather the characters were and that’s were the book really shined.
Rating: 4 stars
Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross (Stay a Spell #2)
I’ve been really enjoying this paranormal romance series about a family of witch sisters and their supernatural love stories. The second one is about introverted sister Isadora and Bollywood vampire Devraj. Though I have to admit it took me a while to warm up to these two characters, I ended up really enjoying the story and the romance.
Rating: 3,5 stars
A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley
This was one of my most highly anticipated debuts of 2023 and it did not disappoint! It was a great balance of entertaining, funny, swoony, steamy and emotional. It was so addictive I sped through it in a couple of days.
Rating: 4 stars
Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score (Knockemout #1)
This is a hugely popular book and now that the second installment in this series released, I wanted to see what it was about. And I got HOOKED! This is romance gold – I love the small town setting, the sunshine/grump dynamic and the found family vibes. I loved it so much that I immediately dived into the second book ‘Things We Hide From the Light’ right after and now I’m enjoying that one.
Rating: 4,5 stars
Faking It With The Grump by Kate O’Keeffe
Faking It With The Grump was a quick and enjoyable rom-com that featured two of my favorite tropes: fake dating and small town romance. Sadly though, there was no grump in sight.
Rating: 3 stars | Read full review
Top Ten Tuesday
Can’t Wait Wednesday
Quote It Wednesday
March’s playlist was full of a certain fictional band, as well as comebacks of some old favorites and some solo releases.
Daisy Jones & The Six – Look At Us Now (Honeycomb)
Yes, I binged Daisy Jones & the Six this month, both the show and the Aurora album, and I have no regrets. When I read this book, I wished desperately the album was real so I could listen to it, and now that wish has come true and it is AMAZING.
Fall Out Boy – Hold Me Like A Grudge
Mike Shinoda & Kailee Morgue – In My Head
Jimin – Set Me Free Pt 2
I watched one kdrama and two highly anticipated book-to-screen adaptations this month:
Semantic Error is a 2022 kdrama based on a web cartoon. Computer science major Chu Sang-woo is the embodiment of an inflexible and strict rule-abiding person. While working on a liberal arts group project with freeloaders who don’t put in any effort, Sang-woo decides to remove their names from the final presentation. One of those “freeloaders” is popular Design Student Jang Jae-young. He decides to find Sang-Woo and wants to make him pay, but ends up falling for him instead. But with their two clashing personalities, how will it ever work out? This as a super short show (only 8 episodes) and I LOVED it. The chemistry between the two leads was amazing, and overall it was just a fun, addictive show. I can imagine myself rewatching this one many times in the future.
Teen Wolf: The Movie
I watched this together with my BFF, as we’ve both been huge fans of the Teen Wolf TV Show, so of course we were highly anticipating the release of the movie. Was it a great movie? No. it was very confusing and had a convoluted plotline and disappointing ending. BUT it was fun and nostalgic to see all our beloved characters again (well, most of them, still missed Stiles and Kira).
Daisy Jones & the Six
I think a lot of people who read the book by Taylor Jenkins Reid have been (im)patiently awaiting the release of this TV adaptation and I was one of them. Ever since I read the book, I fell in love with this fictional 70’s rock band and wished I could listen to their songs for real. And now that wish came true! I ADORED this show. Though it’s been a few years since I read the book, I don’t remember everything 100% so I can’t say exactly how accurate the adaptation was exactly, but I feel like the overall vibes and storylines were SPOT ON. The characters from the book really came to life and I once again became so invested in their lives. I laughed, I cried, I sang along. I think this will be one of my favorite adaptations of the year and maybe ever.
March honestly was a bit of a ‘bleh’ month. Work was super busy and then I got sick, but like an idiot (I do this every time and never learn) I kept thinking it was just a cold that would be over after a day and just kept on going, and working, and even working extra hours, but then I kept feeling more and more like shit, but still kept on working. Eventually I was a mess for two whole weeks before I got better, and I suffered the consequences for not taking a rest by being exhausted all month long. Then, by the time I was almost recovered, the hour changed and I was exhausted all over again. So yeah, next time I’ll just go to a doctor when I start feeling sick and take some actual time off and then hopefully get better after less time.
That said, it’s a new month now, spring is here (well, the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet, but I have hope) and there were still things to be happy about!
Things that made me happy this month:
- I had a movie date with my BFF! We watched Teen Wolf: The Movie and though the movie wasn’t great, some quality time with my BFF was amazing.
- I babysat my godchild one Saturday evening and she is growing up so fast!
- We booked a long weekend away in April, so I’m looking forward to some chill time.
- My grandfather turned 90, woop woop, and we celebrated his birthday with a family dinner.
THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
- Two long weekends because it’s Easter, and one of those weekend we’re going on a trip so I’m looking forward to that.
- So many anticipated bookish releases: The Do-Over, Spell Bound, Stolen Sorcery & Other Misadventures, The Nanny, Between Us, In the Lives of Puppets and Happy Place <3
- A Stray Kids comeback is rumored, but not yet confirmed, and I’m excited anyway.