Hello friends! Another month has come to an end, and this one was a weird/terrible one for many of us. 😫 I’ve been panicking about covid-19 since I read the first article about it back in January, and things have progressively gotten worse since then. I hope you’re safe, friends – both health and job-wise. 🤎
You don’t need me to tell you how crappy this month really was, so I’m just going to tell you the good things!
The best thing to come out of this month by far is my little sister coming home early from college in America. It is such a relief to have her back here in Australia and to be able to see her in person after so many months of her being away. I think she is planning on staying here for good now too, so that is another weight lifted.
I’ve also been chatting online to some friends that I haven’t had a decent conversation with for quite a while. It’s been nice to catch up, even if it’s not in person, instead of waiting until we see each other again to share all our stories.
Finally – though my library has been closed, they have still called me personally twice to let me know books I had placed on hold had arrived. Since I’m in isolation, my dad has gone to pick up those books. He said it was a really weird experience, because he had to park in the carpark and then call the library on his mobile phone. Then, a staff member took my books out to his car. I was so pleased that the library cared enough to do that.
I’ve also been enjoying watching Australian Survivor: All Stars and a rewatch of Despicable Me and The Princess Bride.
So many things have changed and went south in March, I don’t even know where to start. The month started out alright; because Hungary only had two cases at the time, I was able to meet with a friend I hadn’t seen for a long time. Things took a turn for the worse after that, though. As more and more cases were registered in Hungary (and the rest of Europe) university was cancelled all over the country, and we switched to online classes.
Note that online classes and digital learning are not at all used in Hungary, so this was a huge change for us and our professors. The week of the 16th was deemed spring break – which originally was scheduled for Easter – and that was easily the worst week of my March. I felt pretty much aimless, and didn’t even have the inclination to read, which is when you know there’s something wrong with me. 😅
Thankfully, I got over it, and I’m currently working on a post about all the things that have kept me occupied and relaxed, because I hope they be of help to others, as well. As for online learning, it’s about as bad as you’d guess – my uni doesn’t have the resources needed for digital learning, and so it’s mostly emailing back-and-forth, or uploading materials to Canvas. One of the professors wants to have a video conference with the whole group once per week, starting on April 1, and I’m not looking forward to that. 😱
BOOKS WE READ
I read several really enjoyable books this month and even got a second (almost) 5-star read for the year. I am sadly experiencing a bit of a slump right now – I have picked up so many books but I am not getting through any of them, and I know it’s my fault, not theirs – but hopefully things will pick up again soon. Anyway, let me tell you about some of the books I read!
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI: You can catch me ignoring all the problems with this book because I was so taken in by the gorgeous writing and all the magic. I was whisked through the story so fast and I wish there had been some moments where everything slowed down more – especially when it came to the romance, because I feel as though I still know nothing about the love interest. But there was a magic night market and magic doors and magic glass gardens and magic tapestries so I can’t complain too much.
PLATFORM SEVEN BY LOUISE DOUGHTY: I wish I had known what I was getting into when I picked up this book, because I was expecting from the synopsis and genres that it was going to be a thrilling horror. It was a much slower and quieter book that takes a deep look into domestic abuse and the ways we touch the lives around us. I ultimately chose to give it three stars, because it was too slow and predictable for me.
DARK MATTER BY BLAKE CROUCH: This was my top read of the month, getting 4.5/5 stars from me only because of a small lagging part. It was overall thrilling and gripping. I felt very drawn into the story and felt as though I could truly see every happening around me. I don’t think this book was as trippy and twisty as everyone led me to believe, but it was still surprising and pretty unique. I will also leave you with a warning that there is a part of the book that may hit too close to home right now, so I wouldn’t recommend reading it at the moment unless you are prepared for that.
As mentioned, I struggled throughout the first half of March with my reading, but I managed to catch up – and actually became super-productive in other areas, too! So, in the end, I read 17 novels, which is more than I read in either January or February (15-15).
I think there’s enough negativity right now – and I’m working on some negative list posts, haha – so I’d rather concentrate on my three favorite novels of March.
MAUS: As the one and only five star read of my March (with the exception of my three rereads), Maus made a huge impression on me. I never considered myself a fan of graphic novels, but Maus is making me think that that was a big mistake.
THE KING OF CROWS: During March, I finally finished my reread of The Diviners series, and picked up the much-awaited conclusion, King of Crows. My excitement was off the charts, and maybe that is to blame for my disappointment – King of Crows is not bad, no, but it only received four stars from me because I adore these characters to the moon and back.
THIS ADVENTURE ENDS: Fittingly, my adventure through Emma Mills novels ended with This Adventure Ends, and while it’s not my favorite Mills novel, it was a cute, wholesome contemporary, i.e. exactly what I needed. Stay tuned for my post where I rank Mills’ novels!
MUSIC WE LISTENED TO
I must admit I am woefully bad at keeping up with new releases in music. I can’t tell you how many times I have realised a favourite band of mine has a new album months after it’s dropped. That said, Spotify has been helping me a bit with it. Silverstein released A Beautiful Place to Drown, which I am really enjoying, especially the songs Madness and Coming Down. All Time Low has also released some new songs this month too, and I am loving… all of them.
If for nothing else, March was an exciting month in terms of all the new music that was released. First and foremost, Dua Lipa released her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, at the end of the month, and y’all, I’m OBSESSED with this. It’s so upbeat and fun, i.e. exactly what I need right now. Other than this, Little Mix released their first single from their new era, and it’s such a good one. Finally, I’m looking forward to listen to The Weeknd’s After Hours, but I haven’t been in the mood for it so far. (It’s most likely dark, and I want fluffy bops right now.)
POSTS WE LOVED
🤎 Belle @ Belle Can Read shared her appreciation for author’s notes.
🤎 Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea recommended some books she rated 3 stars, and argued that that’s a good rating.
🤎 Claire @ Clairefy announced the Soshelf Distancing Book Club.
🤎 Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Reads shared her good and bad reading habits.
🤎 Roberta @ Offbeat YA shared what it’s like to be in Italy right now and discussed why she needs a break.
How are you doing? What’s a good thing that happened to you this month? What have you been reading/watching?