MONTHLY WRAP UP – MARCH 2018

CURRENT HAPPENINGS

March went by quicker than I expected it to. I’m almost shamed to think that I’ve done pretty much nothing eventful this month. I mean, I did finish Criminal Minds season 12. Like wow, and I wonder why I don’t have a social life.

I’ve also become so much more creative on Instagram! I want to scream all about it. I’m so proud of myself for taking this teeny tiny step and it has been so rewarding! I’m not just talking about in terms of followers but since starting my little “experiment” I feel more confident and open with my work.

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Oh, and let’s have a little celebration because I’ve cut out one of medications! Woohoo! My doctor and I are working on getting me off my medication. Besides having a bit of trouble sleeping right away, I’m not having any symptons of a bad withdrawal .

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BOOKS

I’ve read six books this month! And I want to recommend my top three

 

 

I’m yet to post my review for Macbeth by Jo Nesbo but in all earnest, you need to read this book. This book is a part of the Hogarth Shakespeare Project and I couldn’t have imagined a more fitting author for the retelling of Macbeth. I’m honestly interested in knowing the reactions of those who haven’t read the Shakespeare play. Knowing how the play went did not ruin the book for me at all! The character’s backstories were all so deep making the morality of the book much more complex. Even as reader, I was so confused by who to trust!

But if crime fiction is not your thing and you want a lighter read I would recommend A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard. This is a book that tackles a social issue, embraces a minority community, and paints a bittersweet picture of first love and growing up. I loved this book so much! In terms of plot it was quite basic but the the characters livened it up. The book focuses on the relationship between a deaf boy and socially anxious girl. The relationships portrayed in this book are so refreshingly healthy and none of that teenage angst!

I already did a review for Small Island by Andrea Levy but let’s reiterate. Small Island is an eye-opening novel set in post-colonial England. It was quite a sad but almost hopeful tale of two Jamaican immigrants who hope to make a better life in England. It tackles themes of diaspora and racism through a deeply moving storytelling.


Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall

 

Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall is a YA historical fiction following the friendship of two girls, the daughter of lightkeepers, as they grow up on the Australian cape in the 1880s. While I was a bit dissatisfied with the novel, I loved the portrayal of the female friendship and its growth. I think many readers will find this novel moving.

 

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Phoenix Descending by Dorothy Dreyer is an NA Fantasy about a world plagued by the Phoenix Fever and The Undead, and a woman willing to do whatever to heal her family. The story was enjoyable & full of adventure, however, I found it lacking in world-building and character development.

 

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My second read from Murakami! A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami is far more adventurous and straightforward than Kafka On The Shore. It’s a fun read but not as hard hitting as Kafka was for me.

 


ARCs & BACKLOGGED READS

I believe my ARCs have gone down considerably since I did take off a few back-listed ones – requested during my newbie blogger years. Gosh, never am I repeating that mistake again!

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For March, I read three ARCs! Taking my review copies down to 20 review copies for 2018 and 14 backlogged copies!

 

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With regards to Beat the Backlist 2018, I thought I did pretty alright considering five of the read books are backlogged. Of course, for the next month, I plan on tackling as many backlogged ARCs and the upcoming April & May review copies I have.

This is a link up to Avalinahs Books State of the ARC meme and Novel Knight’s Beat The Backlist 2018 meme

 

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A MONTH IN PICTURES

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ON THE BLOG

Book Reviews: 

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FAVOURITE POSTS OF THE MONTH

This is a link up to Kristin Krave Books’ monthly meme

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How has March treated you? Any April releases you’re looking forward to?

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30 thoughts on “MONTHLY WRAP UP – MARCH 2018

  1. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    I also feel like March just.. disappeared. At least Feb WAS a short month… March has no such excuse 😀

    Your Instagram absolutely rocks, I am so enjoying your photos 🙂

    I’m glad you are going off your meds, should be better for the health in the long run. I’m glad it’s not affecting your daily rhythm either. I hope it all goes well 🙂

    Congrats on the three ARCs! Well done 🙂 and thank you so much for sharing my post 🙂 ❤

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  2. Thannya says:

    Time loves flying. How it it possible that just a few days ago it was January?! I can’t believe March is almost over and I still have so many things to do.

    You read some quite interesting books. A Quiet Kind of Thunder seems such a cute contemporary. Teenager angst can be very tiresome, so it’s refreshing to find something without it. Also, it deals with two important themes. I’m definitely adding to my wishlist. I’m also adding Small Island since diaspora is one of the themes I’m currently investigating.

    Your photos are so pretty. *.*

    Happy readings! 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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  3. Aj @ Read All The Things! says:

    I’m glad you’re having fun with Instagram. Your photos are so good! I need to get better at using that app, but I’m not creative at all. Even though March went fast, it looks like you read some good books. A Quiet Kind of Thunder sounds interesting. I hope you have a great April!

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  4. Marie says:

    I absolutely love your pictures and originality over on instagram 🙂
    I’m so glad to see you talking about A Quiet Kind of Thunder – I haven’t read it, but heard lovely things about this book so far, I might have to add it to my TBR 🙂
    I hope you’ll have a great April 🙂 x

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  5. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    You instagram slays me Cam! I LOVE it!! ❤ And I really loved A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard too… it was the characters that captured my heart too. Thank you so much for featuring my post!! And what a great way to have a link up post for all sorts of memes!! Happy April reading (and so happy to hear about your medication progress. Sleep trouble is something I've struggled with my entire life so good luck with that.)

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  6. JJ ☕️🐇 (@darkmaterialss) says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! I’m glad you enjoyed Macbeth—it was a total bust for me! I’ve enjoyed all the other Hogarth Shakespeare entries I’ve read, so I was a little surprised and disappointed that it had to be Macbeth that broke the streak. I’ll keep an eye out for your review though; I’m really curious to hear what did and didn’t work for you 🙂

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  7. Kristina says:

    you should be very proud of your pictures, they are all stunning one after the other and soo creative aswell !! I love them xx and im happy that the first step to no more medication ended up in a positive manner without any bad reaction 🙂

    A quiet kind of thunder has also been added to my virtual wanna read !!
    Also congrats ! It hasn’t been so bad, you did good for both of your challenge ^.^/

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  8. Andreea P. says:

    Criminal Minds sounds just as fun as a social life in my book – okay, maybe even more fun. and yaay for less medication and for the burst of creativity on Instagram (your pictures are great indeed).

    I like Murakami’s writing, but I haven’t read Kafka on the Shore yet, but I enjoyed A Wild Sheep Chase. I recommend Sputnik Sweetheart.

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  9. shesgoingbookcrazy says:

    Well hey there, fellow Story Sorcerer! I found your blog via the State of the ARC Meme. I’m glad I did! Also, your Instagram is so creative and an aesthetically wonderous thing! Congrats at all you are doing there, and for completing 3 ARCs this month!

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