March didn’t really go according to plan. Not that I had an actual plan, but, you know … I thought it would go by with a couple less hiccups. For the most part, I was in a massive reading slump and only rereading one of my favorites from last year got me back into the mood to pick up more stories. Here’s what I ultimately got to:
- The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (5 stars, reread)
While I’ve read the self-published version last year, I took it upon myself to annotate and highlight the traditionally published edition this past month to create a post telling YOU if the book is something you might enjoy. I hope you’ll find the post enlightening.
- All the Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie (2.5 stars)
As far as novellas go, I’ve read better. It’s historical with elements of magic, but it just felt so clinical and detached.
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (3.5 stars)
I’m going to review the book on here eventually, I just want to combine it with my thoughts on the movie, which will release on April 22.
As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! OR find me on Storygraph, where I’m more active this year. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above if there are posts for them.
For the most part of the last month, I was massively behind on all my reading goals, but I’m doing alright at the moment and have a mini-buffer even. I have not made much progress with The Ten Thousand Doors of January (still only about 24% into the story), but I’ve been flying through One True Loves (66%) and think I’ll finish it easily this weekend. After that I want to focus on a new reading experiment, which to the dismay of some, won’t be the Henry Cavill one just yet. You’ll see what I’ve chosen instead soon!
I’m exhausted! I’ve had the worst couple of weeks of insomnia and constant headaches and I have no idea why (I say that like there hasn’t been an onslaught of things going on in my private life that have stressed me out). All of *that* has contributed to me not being at my blogging best and I downgraded from 3-4 posts per week to just 2 for most of March. It might not seem like it to you, but for me, that’s almost a mini-hiatus. I legit did the bare minimum.
On a more pleasant note, after months of not doing anything, I actually picked up a brush again did a couple drawings! I did a couple things, which you can check out on my art insta, but here’s a little taste of me drawing Jonathan Bailey (yes, the very Bridgerton one).
I also went ahead and got myself an annual pass for the local zoo and I’ve only gone twice so far, but I’m loving it. Truly, it’s the perfect way to go outside and spend some time wandering around in the fresh air and seeing some great animals. As always, I’m drawn to the jellyfish in the aquarium, but I also love visiting “my” bird.
MOST POPULAR POSTS OF FEBRUARY 2022
I’ve done it these past couple of months and I will continue to do it to show the longevity of blog posts. It never ceases to amaze me which posts people are drawn to even after such a long time.
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Book Review)
(originally posted in December 2020)
Are Sebastian Stan and I compatible (readers)?
(originally posted August 2021)
The two posts actually have the exact same amount of views. I will never quite understand what draws people to that specific book review, but I know VERY well why the Sebastian Stan post has blown up once again. There’s the release of Fresh, but also him mentioning Alain de Botton in many an interview for the movie and me having picked that author for the reading experiment with him.
- Something Different: Duskwood (Game)
(originally posted June 2020)
I genuinely hope that the last chapter will release soon, because I can see how many people click on the episode tracker when they visit.
- Should YOU Read “The Atlas Six”? (What I learned from my reread!)
It’s the only new post and I’m glad it’s so well received. That book means a lot to me and I know it’s not for everyone, so I hope this post will help people figure out if it’s for them.
- Are Pedro Pascal and I compatible (readers)?
(originally posted December 2021)
Today his movie The Bubble released on Netflix, but I think the increase in popularity is due to the Nicholas Cage movie releasing this year. The trailers and interviews looked hilarious.
- The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (Book Review)
(originally posted September 2021)
The traditionally published version of the book released this past month, so I guess people were just curious. I think it’s funny that my book reviews are performing so well, when those are notoriously the posts that are supposed to be the least traction gaining ones.
MY FAVORITES OF THE MONTH
Obviously, my love for The Atlas Six was reawakened big time, but I think it’s fair to say that my mind was mostly occupied by the anticipation for the new Bridgerton season and then actually getting to watch it. Surprisingly, I was also delighted at the new season of Sanditon. I’m very attached to Mr. Colbourne and think it’s hilarious that Theo James was replaced by someone who was also in the Divergent franchise (although with a much smaller part). It’s a true win for my regency love story yearning heart!
ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE
I was not as active this past month and apologize for that, but here are some posts I loved.
- Maria shared some great resources for where to read books for free, cause we all know us bookworms are on a budget.
- You’re all aware that I’m a Marvel girl at heart, so I couldn’t help but share Lashaan’s mini reviews of Marvel hero stories.
- Marie gave us essential tips on how to write SEO optimized posts. Honestly, I shouldn’t neglect that as much as I do.
- Sophie once more provided great entertainment in her post about how to start writing a novel.
- Lay had the amazing idea to do Martian March (based on the novel The Martian) and had a series of amazing posts. My favorite was book recommendations for the characters.
MY OTHER POSTS
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