March Recap

March seemed to fly by even faster than February did. If you asked me what I did last month (and trying to write this recap post) I’m struggling to come up with anything other than work, sleep, with some reading in between.

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I got through six books this month, better than February, and I took part in my first ever Readathon, the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge. I didn’t do much blogging in March though; I felt a little bit burnt out after everything I went through at the end of last year and I needed some time to re-charge. Now though I’ve had that re-charge time and I’m ready to get back into blogging.

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  • In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire — Five stars
  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell (Editor) — Four stars
  • Heartstopper, Volume One by Alice Oseman — Four stars
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid — Five stars
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas — Five stars
  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson — Four stars

March Reading Update (1)

Favourite read; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid which isn’t my usual genre of choice but completely blew me away, it was such an emotional and moving read.

Least favourite read; Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson which wasn’t a bad book, it was actually a fun story with great characters but it was up against some tough competition this month.

March Reading Update (2)

I’m still holding steady ahead of my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I think going forwards my goal is going to be to stay at least two books ahead of schedule, but either way no matter how far ahead I get I’m not going to change my goal. I’m really enjoying this laid back approach to reading I’ve been able to take this year.

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While I didn’t manage to hit the 26k word goal I set myself at the beginning of March (honestly I came nowhere near) I did start writing again which honestly is an achievement in and of itself and one I’m proud of none the less.

March Writing Update

However I do want to be able to catch up on my current WIP, especially if I’m going to start my new WIP during NaNoWriMo 2019. My progressive word count should now be 26k, and by the end of the month it should be 34k so to help me reach that I am taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo and setting my goal for 34k words. Wish me luck.

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I was able to relax a fair bit in March which was really nice. There was a lot of time spent with my family in March; it was my dad’s birthday, my baby cousin’s christening, and of course Mother’s Day over here in the UK. Other than that though i became a cinema-going fiend.


  • First I saw How to train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World at the beginning of the month with my best friend, which was a really emotional end to the trilogy. I was nearly in tears by the time the credits were rolling.

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  • Then I saw Captain Marvel with my other friend in the middle of the month, which was amazing. Carol Danvers is now my new favourite Marvel superhero, and I am even more excited for Avengers: Endgame than I was before.

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  • Finally for Mother’s Day I saw Us with my mum and my sister, which was a brilliant film (and I’m saying that despite the fact that I am not a massive fan of the horror genre, so you know it was good).

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  • I’m still making good progress learning Dutch through the Duolingo app; currently I’ve maintained a 75 day streak and I’m on crown level 55.

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I may have a small backlog of books which I brought in February that I still need to get around to, but I’m really excited to get started on the books I got last month

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In April I’m going to try and catch up; I need to catch-up on blogging, I want to catch up on writing, and I going to try to catch up on the backlog of books I have sitting on my bookshelves. I still haven’t gotten around to either The Kingdom of Cooper or The Priory of the Orange Tree despite them both being highly anticipated releases of mine.

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I also have more than a few eARCs which I need to read sooner rather than later so I can actually review them.

March Looking Forwards (2)

I have some fun outings planned in April with my friends and my sister which I’m really excited about, but more about them in my next recap, and I have more TV I need to binge-watch. Hopefully though if I can catch up on reading, blogging and writing this month (a tall order for me I know) then I can move forwards onto something new in May.

How was your March?

Did you take part in the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge, how many of the prompts did you manage to cross off? How are you doing with your Goodreads Reading Challenge now we’re quarter of the way through 2019?

Have you seen Captain Marvel, and are you excited for Avengers: Endgame (not long to go now before it’s released)? Have you read either When the Sky Fell on Splendor or The Near Witch, what did you think of them if you have?

Happy reading.

28 thoughts on “March Recap

  1. 100% need to watch Us soon-ish! Probably going to make time for it next week because I’m so stoked after watching the trailer too many times lol. I just couldn’t go to the movies sooner because I was too busy with college and all around stress. Also need to read Evelyn Hugo asap! It sounds spectacular and emotional and I am readyyy. c:

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    1. It’s well worth watching. I haven’t seen Get Out yet but I’m definitely going to watch it because Jordan Peele is amazing! I’m sure you’ll love it, and it will be worth the wait because you’ll probably be able to enjoy it more knowing you’re no longer busier with college too. 🙂

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  2. I’m glad you had a great reading month! I’m currently reading Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and really enjoying it! I’m definitely looking forward to reading Heartstopper as well, as I feel like I’ll really love it.
    I’m surprisingly doing fine in my Goodreads goal. I feel like for the past couple weeks, school has been taking so much of my time and I haven’t been able to blog or comment at all. But I’ve still been able to get some reading done? Thank God for audiobooks, honestly, hahah.
    I watched Captain Marvel last month too and I thought it was pretty entertaining, though the soundtrack choice made me cringe a little bit. Nonetheless, it made me hyped for Endgame, and I’m looking forward to watching it, though I’ll probably wait until the crazy lines at the theatres have calme down, lol.
    How to train Your Dragon 3 is definitely in my to-watch list! I love this movie franchise, though I feel like it will make me to emotional as well, so that’s why I’ve been procrastinating it.
    Wishing you luck on Camp NaNo! I hope you have an amazing April! 💞

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    1. Thanks, and yeah I got through some great books that’s for sure. Oh I’m really glad you’re enjoying Evelyn Hugo, I’m sure by the time you’ve finished it you’ll love it as much as I did and Heartstopper was such a cute read. I’m so excited for the next volume to be released.
      That’s good to hear, I feel like when everything else gets too much reading is always the last thing to go. I guess we need some down time and reading is the perfect way to get that.
      There was a lot of 90’s in the film right? I dunno I kind of loved that, and oh hopefully you’ll get to see Endgame sooner rather than later either way. HTTYD3 is brilliant, but yeah it will definitely make you cry (just warning you so you’re prepared).
      Thanks so much. I hope you’re having a brilliant April too, and that you had a great March. 🙂 ❤️

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  3. I really want to read In An Absent Dream! I have loved all the other books in that series, so I see no reason why I wouldn’t enjoy that one. Now I just need to get my hands on it. I’m happy to see that you loved it! 😀
    I have heard so many wonderful things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I really want to read that book as well, though I must say that I’m a bit intimidated by all the hype that it has received. I’m happy to see that you loved it! 🙂 Hopefully I’ll read this book some time soon, but we shall see.
    Amazing post Beth! ❤ 🙂

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    1. Oh it’s brilliant Anna, honestly if you’ve loved all the other books in the series you’re pretty much guaranteed to love In An Absent Dream as well (I think at the moment it’s my favourite of the Wayward Children books).
      Definitely, definitely read Evelyn Hugo. I seriously cannot recommend it enough. I kind of went in not really hyped up for it (despite everything that was being said, I’m not a massive reader of adult novels) but I was blown away. It was amazing.
      I really hope so too, and I hope you enjoy it as well.
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤

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  4. It’s so good to see you around, Beth, I hope that work and life and everything else is treating you well ❤ You still managed to read a lot despite being quite busy, that's great! I'm glad you loved Evelyn Hugo, I still need to read this book someday, I am so nervous about it, but also excited to get to it 🙂
    Best of luck for your writing and everything ❤ I hope you will have a lovely April 🙂

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    1. Thanks Marie. 🙂 ❤ It's good to be back but at the same time I needed to take a little break. Still I'm back now and I'll actually be posting more regularly too so added bonus.
      Yep, keeping busy. I hope you've been doing good too. Oh I think you'll really enjoy Evelyn Hugo Marie, it's a great book. Every positive thing everyone has been saying about it is more than accurate in my opinion.
      Thanks, I feel like I'm going to need all the luck I can get but so far writing is going well.
      I hope you have a brilliant April as well. 🙂 ❤

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  5. February was fast, but I agree that March felt even faster! I don’t know whether it was because I was super busy and barely had time to breathe, but I feel like I blinked and then it’s April already. I love Captain Marvel too and I’m super excited for Endgame!

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    1. I feel like the further we get through the year the faster the months actually go. I mean I wasn’t even that busy throughout most of March but it still flew by.
      God Endgame is going to be incredible, I’m kind of counting down the days until I’m going to see it. 🙂


  6. Ahh, I’m so glad you enjoyed The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! I’ve heard so many good things, I’m excited to read it. 🙂 What did you think of On the Come Up? That one is high on my TBR after loving THUG so much.

    I hope you have an amazing April! ❤

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    1. It was about time I got around to it. I’d been meaning to for a while now. It’s a great book and I’d definitely recommend it. I was nearly heartbroken by the ending, Evelyn is an incredibly written character and my heart really ached for her at times.
      On the Come Up is also really good. It took me a while to really connect to Bri’s character, and granted it wasn’t as good as THUG (but what book is right?) but I ended up rating it five stars.
      Thanks so much, I hope you have a good April too. 🙂 ❤

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  7. I loved How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World! I saw that last month too and I loved the way they ended the trilogy, so good! I have yet to see Captain Marvel; I know I need to go soon! I’m glad to hear you loved Us that much! I still want to watch Get Out… I’m so behind on my movies! 😛

    I read In An Absent Dream last month too! I’m so happy I read that series, it was so good! 😀
    God luck with all your NaNoWriMo Camp writing in April! 🙂

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    1. It was emotional but definitely an amazing ending to the trilogy. I couldn’t see it ending other way to be honest. Oh Captain Marvel is great, I loved Carol Danvers and really can’t wait to see her again in Endgame. I’m sure you’ll love it Meghan.
      I haven’t sen Get Out, but after Us I’m feeling like I should definitely watch it.
      It’s amazing, with every book released it creeps higher and higher up my favourite series list. 🙂
      Thanks Meghan, I hope you have a good April too. 🙂 ❤

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      1. I’m going to see Captain Marvel this Thursday so I’m excited! 😀
        That’s good! I’ll definitely have to check out both!
        Yes! Every time I think oh that was a great book Seanan McGuire does it again! 🙂

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  8. I saw How to Train Your Dragon 3 and I actually was in tears at the end! 😂 I thought Us was absolutely amazing as well, I think it’ll be one of my favourite 2019 films!

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    1. God it was so emotional wasn’t it? I loved the ending but it was heartbreaking at the same time.
      Yes that twist at the ending really shocked me, I didn’t see it coming but looking back you could see the clues left in the film couldn’t you? 🙂

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  9. I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo too! And I can’t wait to read On The Come Up. I LOVED The Hate U Give.

    I’ve also heard so many good things about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, though I’ve never picked it up

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    1. Oh well good luck, how are you finding it so far? It’s a good second-novel from Angie Thomas. I mean I didn’t enjoy it as much as THUG, but it was still a great read.
      I’d definitely recommend that one. I didn’t think it would be for me because I’m not really an adult-genre reader, but I ended up blown away by the story. 🙂


    1. Oh it was amazing. I wasn’t sure it would be for me because I don’t really read adult books but I loved it.
      Thanks, I’m going to need all the luck I can get I think, I hope you have fun doing Camp NaNo as well, good luck to you too.
      Thanks. 🙂 ❤️


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