March Wrap Up

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

Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

Currently Reading

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal

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.

White Lotus by Libbie Hawker

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.

TV/ Movies

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

February Wrap Up

Stain|| A. G. Howard

Fairytale Retellings|| Recommendations

February Bullet Journal & Digital Planner Flip-Through

Winterglass|| Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Crimson Bound|| Rosamund Hodge

Series I Won’t Continue (Even Though I Liked the First Book)

2019 Retellings reading Challenge || Quarterly Wrap Up

The Bone Witch|| Rin Chupeco

March Book Haul

First Lines That Had Me Hooked

YouTube Videos I Liked

Planning

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

Discussions

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

Recommendations

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

Discussions

#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

Reviews

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

Recommendations

[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

Interviews

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

Books

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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

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2: Premiers April 5 on Netflix

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Her Private Life (Korean Drama):  Premiers April 10

Let’s Chat!

What were the highlights of your month? Let me know in the comments below!

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Author: Black Goddess Reviews

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6 thoughts on “March Wrap Up”

  1. Ohh Blanca & Roja was one of my favorite books of last year! And I struggled with the Bone Witch at first too, but I’m glad I stuck with it, it’s a really interesting story.
    And thank you for linking my posts!

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    1. I really enjoy your blog, so I’m happy to link to you. 😊 I’m glad I gave The Bone Witch another chance, and I really hope I enjoy the rest of the series because my expectations are so high now! If I really like a first book I’m always a bit scared to see how a series ends because I don’t want to be disappointed.

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