March started out pretty slowly. I was reading a fair bit, but not really finishing anything. By mid-March I had to switch to focusing on a single book at a time in order to actually complete a book.
I did spent a considerable amount of time working on my bullet journals and digital planners during that time though, so I’ll have a couple posts about those in April if you’re interested.
Other than that I’ve been cooking a lot, and I watched a ton of trashy tv. I’ve also started Hydrotherapy for my Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia, and I’m really enjoying it, so March was a pretty decent month overall.
Books I read
This Swan Lake/ Snow White & Rose Red retelling features Latinx sisters facing a family curse which results in one sister in every pair being turned into a swan. The writing is beautiful, the atmosphere is magical, and there is sensitive transgender and LGBT representation.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I DNF’d this book last year, and I’m really glad that I have it another chance. Tea accidentally resurrects her brother, and discovers she is a Bone Witch. The world building is absolutely fascinating and very detailed. The plot was good, but somewhat slow paced. I loved the magic system, and the exploration of gender roles.
Set in 19th century France during the Universal Exposition, this novel centres around a magical heist and features a diverse cast. It was a fun novel that explored a few darker themes, such as colonialism/imperialism.
Slated as a Medusa retelling, this book takes inspiration from the myth, but tells a completely different story. It is about cursed girls and an affinity for snakes. It read very much like a fairytale, and speaks to all the girls out there who are told to be good, and quiet, and obedient.
In terms of enjoyment, I would give this book 4 stars. Set primarily in Prague, it follows the story of Karou, her human friends, her demon/monster/chimaera family, and a mysterious winged man. Laini Taylor’s writing has this amazing ability to suck me in, and I powered through this. I liked the characters, and even though the plot was a bit predictable I enjoyed it a lot. The magic system was also cool, but disturbing.
An alternative magical history set in 18th century France, this reimagines The Affair of Poisons, in which a palm-reader and her followers attempted to poison the Sun King, asking what would have happened had she succeeded.
This non-fiction book charts the life of Nur Jahan, the twentieth and favourite wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, who co-ruled with him in the 17th century. She was intelligent, politically savvy, brave, and completely badass.
Set in Ancient Egypt, this historical novel blends fact and fiction, taking inspiration from the oldest variation of Cinderella, blending it with the life of the hetaera Rhodopis, a contemporary of Aesop and Sappho.
New Amsterdam ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is probably the best medical drama I’ve watched in years. It has heartache, it has humour, and it has hope.
Isn’t It Romantic? ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine & Liam Hemsworth star in this satirical romantic comedy that had me in stitches.
Captain Marvel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
WOW. I didn’t think I was going to like this movie, but dad wanted to go, so mom and I went with him. There’s so much to love in Marvel’s latest release. The characters: Veres, Fury, Goose. The action and humour and drama. The coolest, most epic fight scene in ages. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth it.
Call the Midwife (Season 8) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The latest season of Call the Midwife is just as amazing as the previous seven. I’m crying by the end of every episode. Happy tears. Sad tears. Doesn’t matter. Every. Single. Time.
Catch up on my blog
YouTube Videos I Liked
Plan With Me | Bullet Journal – Simply Sweet by Jann @ Jannplansthings
Plan With Me | March Bullet Journal Setup by Jann @ Jannplansthings
Plan With Me | Bujo Weekly – Space Cat Gets a Friend by Jann @ Jannplansthings
PLAN WITH ME APRIL- Bullet Journal Suomi 2019 by Roosa @ Roosa Mononen
I’m SICK of Black Trauma Porn – Blackathon Discussion by Jesse @ Bowties & Books
WHY ARE FEMALE CHARACTERS WRITTEN TERRIBLY? by __ @ The Book Pusher
What NOT To Comment on a Negative Book Review | Discussion by Theresa @Ivymuse
This book will wreck me: Opening Sentences That Had Me Hooked!!! by Noria @ Noria Reads
More Popular Books I’ll *NEVER* Read by Theresa @ Ivymuse
10 Non-Western Fantasy Book Recommendations | Fantasy Recommendations # 2 by Bethany @ Beautifully Bookish Bethany
Dark Fantasy & Morally Grey Characters: 11 Book Recommendations | Fantasy Recommendations # 3 by Bethany @ Beautifully Bookish Bethany
Blog Posts I Liked
#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Busting some Indian myths and Stereotypes by Prags on Fadwa’s blog @Word Wonders
Discussion & Rambles // What makes a great plot twist? by Xandra @ Starry Sky Books
Understanding and handling your bookworm: A guide by Shruti @ This is Lit
How-To Do A Character Study (i.e. Loving on Characters!) by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
review: a shiver of snow and sky by Jolien @ The Fictional Reader
Descendant of the Crane, Joan He – Book Review by Judith @ Chain Interaction
Review: The Fever King by Victoria Lee by Acqua @ Acquadimore Books
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon | Review by Ruby @ Rubysbookblog
Blog Tour Review | The Shadow Glass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco by Melanie @ Mel To The Any
[Reading Recs] #AroAceApril: A-spec Reading Recommendations by faerieontheshelf
Recommendation Time: A List Inspired by Shadow and Bone by Acqua @ Acquadimore
Hot Off The Press: April 2019 by Jen @ Pop Goes the Reader
Who Stokes the Fire: Talking About The Bone Witch and World-Building With Rin Chupeco by Rain @ BookDragonism
Going Undercover // An Interview With Book Cover Illustrator, gg by __ @ Novels and Waffles
Most Anticipated April Releases
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Murder mystery, forbidden magic, and court politics all come together in this Chinese- inspired world.
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
This is a story about a rebel assassin and soldier prince, drawing on Indian history and Hindu mythology.
Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker
Inspired by the Maharabhata, this has political intrigue, a royal test to determine the future ruler, and rebellion.
TV and Movies
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2: Premiers April 5 on Netflix
Her Private Life (Korean Drama): Premiers April 10
What were the highlights of your month? Let me know in the comments below!