Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in March 🌷 Semester Break with Complications

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Hello fellow bookworms 🌷 March was an unexpected month for me (sadly not in a good way), but sometimes it’s just like that. I’ll go into this more in my Life Stuff section of the wrapup, so I’m keeping this intro a bit shorter than usual. Definitely check out what books I read, what shows I watched, and what I’m planning for April though πŸ‘€

Important Resources

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πŸ” = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books βŒ› = Digital Arc

πŸ“š = #TackleYourTBR πŸ“– = #DevourYourTBR 😊 = Buddy Read πŸ’• = 12 Book Recs by Friends

I read 14 books in March and I’m happy with that number! I finished my exam in the first week of March and read a lot for the (week-long) Mini Magical Readathon, it was a fun reading week πŸ’• I read pretty widely this month which kept me engaged and made me discover many great new books! I especially enjoyed listening to nonfiction and poetry audiobooks, both of these work really well for me when they are read to me vs. reading them visually πŸ˜„ I never know how to read poetry and with nonfiction, I’m not as intimidated by them in audio form. Nonfiction is a genre I still often don’t get to (especially books that aren’t memoirs), so I’m glad that I could finally tackle some books that have been sitting on my TBR for 2+ years!

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I read 10 books out of my comfort zone this month! I have been doing very well with my own reading challenge this year, which makes me proud πŸ₯° I also added another category this month: poetry! I don’t usually reach for books written in verse, so I thought I could include them here as well. Apart from Poetry (Turtle Under Ice, Forget Me Not, Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You, Punching the Air), I also read some Nonfiction (So You Want to Talk About Race, Stamped), Romance (A Girl Like Her & Damaged Goods), Sci-Fi (Heart of Iron) and Mystery (Greenglass House)!

March1

  • So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§
  • A Girl Like Her (Talia Hibbert) β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸ“–
  • Damaged Goods (Talia Hibbert) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–
  • Greenglass House (Kate Milford) β­β­β­β­πŸ“š
  • Turtle Under Ice (Juleah Del Rosario) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

March2

  • Forget Me Not (Ellie Terry) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸŽ§
  • Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You (Misha Collins) ⭐⭐⭐.5πŸ’Œ
  • Punching the Air (Ibi Zoboi, Yusuf Salaam) β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism & You (Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi) β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§
  • Heart of Iron (Ashley Poston) β­β­πŸ“š

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Orilium Gear Up

1. Amari and the Night Brothers (B.B. Alston) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

2. Damaged Goods (Talia Hibbert) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

3. Greenglass House (Kate Milford) β­β­β­β­πŸ“š

4. Heart of Iron (Ashley Poston) β­β­πŸ“š

Other Books

5. So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

6. A Girl Like Her (Talia Hibbert) β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸ“–

7. The Darkest Minds (Alexandra Bracken) β­β­β­β­πŸ“š

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8. Six Crimson Cranes (Elizabeth Lim) β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸ“– {Recommended by Pauliina}

9. The Promised Neverland Vol 3. (Kaiu Shirai) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

10. Turtle Under Ice (Juleah Del Rosario) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

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11. Forget Me Not (Ellie Terry) πŸ’ŒπŸŽ§

12. Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You (Misha Collins) ⭐⭐⭐.5πŸ’Œ

13. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism & You (Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi) β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

14. Punching the Air (Ibi Zoboi, Yusuf Salaam) β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

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Favorite Books πŸ’•

Pondathon Garden & Achievement Update 🌷

Round 3 Pondathon Garden

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Achievements & Badges

  • Side Quest (Vegetable Garden with Cuddle) ➽ Read a book by a black author or a woman of color (Vege Buddies badge)
  • Side Quest (Planting Trees with Sprout) ➽ Read 2 books by disabled authors (Treemendous LoveΒ badge)
  • Companion Quest (Judy Lin – Author of A Magic Steeped in Poison) ➽ Tell us about your favorite beverage to drink while reading

Pondathon Character

For more Infos about the Pondathon visit thequietpond 🌷

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whatiposted

Β What I’ve been up to in February πŸ’• Lots of Studying AND Lots of Books 😱 ~Β Magical Readathon ~ Orilium ✨ Mini-Readathon TBR & Character ChangesΒ 

Review: Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney πŸ“ … In BUZZWORDS πŸ’• ~Β Middle Grade Books I Want to Read ❀️ MG MarchΒ 

The Longest Books on my TBR πŸ“š now with #tometopple TBR! ~Magical Readathon ~ Orilium ✨ Spring Equinox TBR

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For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month! πŸ’—

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life stuff

A Semester Break with Complications. I had my exam on the 7th and directly went home afterward to spend the semester break with my family! I still haven’t gotten a result, but the exam went well, so I’m not really worried. A couple days after I came back my grandmother got COVID though (luckily, she’s fine) and week after that I got it as well from a family friend. UPDATE: I tested negative again yesterday, so luckily I’m out of isolation and hoping to use the next two weeks to recover before my internship πŸ™πŸ»Β [HIGHLIGHT for more info & slight ranting if you want to. CW’s: COVID, politics]My parents luckily didn’t get sick, so I isolated in my room. For me, it started with a mild cold (scratchy throat & a runny nose; but unlike with a cold I kept feeling like there was phlegm in my nose/throat) and I kept testing, but it only showed up as positive 8 days after I last had contact with the person. Luckily my symptoms weren’t so bad (our family friends had fever, cough, and fatigue) but it was still a physical/mental burden. Being sick got me feeling even more hopeless about the current situation (German government planning on lifting restrictions despite cases at an all-time high. Almost everyone I know who got sick, myself included was boostered yet politicians act like the virus isn’t an issue anymore now that we have the vaccine) and angry at the selfishness of some people (People hoping to go out despite having COVID, just so they don’t have to cancel their travel plans. People I had contact with refusing to test themselves because they had an event they wanted to attend. )[/OVER]

πŸ’« Highlights πŸ’«

➽ What I Watched in March ❀ 

The Witcher Season 2 gets release date, teaser trailer ...Β  Is It Cake - Netflix Show Poster.jpg

  • The Witcher (S1+2) ~ I’m FINALLY caught up with The Witcher! I stopped after 01×06 and then the second season was released πŸ™ˆ Luckily I was able to watch it with my friend, getting to the last two episodes of S1 and watching S2! This is such a well-made show and I had much fun, even though I hadn’t engaged with any other Witcher content before πŸ˜„
  • Blood & Water (S1) ~ This is a South-African Netflix Original, that sounded interesting, as it’s about the character finding her missing sister who was possibly abducted as a baby and trafficked to another family πŸ‘€ I love a dramatic mystery and the first season was only 6 episodes!
  • Is It Cake? (S1) ~ I binged this because I needed something mindless and fun. I had seen this new show around and since it’s not your typical baking show, I was intrigued. The idea is interesting but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the host and his humor. The contestants and judges were cool though!

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looking ahead

Not sure how to feel about April yet.Β  There will be a lot going on and I’ll be busy. I still have two weeks of my Semester Break that I end to use to prewrite some posts, read for the Magical Readathon, and relax! It’s also my Birthday on the 16th and I’m fortunate that I get to spend it with my family πŸ₯³ I have to drive back to my University town the next day though as my internship starts on the 19th. I’m still very nervous about it because I’m no longer used to being out of the house all day (I still don’t know what my working week will look like) and my anxiety always acts up as well πŸ™ˆ Would appreciate all the well-wishes πŸ™πŸ»

🌷 It’s Magical Readathon Time! Check out my TBR below 🌷

Magical Readathon Spring Equinox

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What were you up to in March? What was your favorite book? What’s your favorite historical fiction book? 🌷

35 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in March 🌷 Semester Break with Complications

  1. Oh, Caro, I’m really sorry you had to go through that! I really don’t like how my government has lifted up restrictions at the beginning of the month… I’m kind of the odd one still wearing my mask in shops. I don’t know why, because I hear everywhere that there are a lot of sick people still (even though it’s spring, the weather is still cold, and people tend to be sicker this time, so it would be common sense to keep the restrictions). I’m glad you’re better, but I know how it can take a toll on your mental health.
    Is it cake popped up on my Netflix too, but even from the trailer, I didn’t find the host really sympathetic for some reason, so it’s good to know that I’m not the only one. πŸ˜… I wish Netflix had The Great British Bake-off!
    Wishing you good luck with your internship, I hope everything will turn out well and you’ll learn a lot of new things! πŸ’œ
    Also, thank you so much for sharing my posts. πŸ₯Ί

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    1. It was just so dishearting to get sick and then see the government deciding to lift all the restrictions despite the cases being at an all-time high πŸ˜” For once I’m glad that it’s summer soon as this means being outside more and not in cramped rooms!

      I actually abandoned Is It Cake after half the season, because it got tedious and annoying real fast πŸ™ˆ The concept just wasn’t exciting anymore and the host was too over-the-top. I wish I could watch The Great British Bake-off as well! I think Netflix only has it in certain countries πŸ₯Ί

      You’re welcome! I hope you’re doing well ❀️

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  2. I never thought about listening to audiobooks of poetry, it makes complete sense! I am definitely going to look into poetry audiobooks now.

    Glad you feel better! In my area, basically no one is wearing masks anymore and I’m usually the only one in a place wearing mine. I still have yet to get sick, and I really don’t want to. It’s interesting to see how different the case is in other countries with mandates.
    Hope your internship goes well!

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    1. I’m just not good at reading poetry books by myself, so listening to audiobooks has increased my enjoyment so much! I find it much easier when it’s read to you, so I highly recommend poetry audiobooks πŸ₯°

      Oh no, that sounds horrible! Lots of people are still wearing masks here, but since the mandate was restricted, so many are going without masks and it’s making me so anxious πŸ˜”
      Thank you! I hope you’re doing well ❀️

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  3. I’m sorry to hear that the virus caught up with you. I had it last year and not a super severe case, but also not an entirely mild one. I am constantly mad when people don’t take it seriously anymore, because I keep not doing social activities to protect myself and others and so many act like it’s just not a thing anymore. It’s exhausting.
    I do hope you won’t have any long covid effects though and that you’ll get to spend a great birthday and start of the internship this month. Wishing you all the best!!!
    (p.s. thank you for sharing my posts!!!)

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    1. I’m also sorry we had to go through all that! The government lifting restrictions is definitely contributing to people not taking it seriously anymore here :/ I still limit my social activities as well! With the summer coming, I can at least meet up with some friends outside β˜€οΈ

      Thank you so much, Kat! ❀️ I hope you’re doing well πŸ₯°

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  4. happy early birthday!! i hope you have a good time with your family ❀ and ahh i'm so sorry to hear that you caught covid 😞 wishing you a speedy recovery! (and i relate to the frustration over politics, i feel like so few governments are taking it seriously anymore even though it's clearly not over yet.) i'm so glad to see that you enjoyed greenglass house! and it's so wonderful that you were able to read a lot of poetry & nonfic too, i love reading nonfic as audiobooks ❀

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    1. Thank you, May! ❀️ I’m feeling much better now (though still angry with how the government is treating the issues, sadly this is common for so many countries now πŸ˜”). Greenglass House was lots of fun and would make the perfect winter read πŸ˜„ Nonfiction audiobooks are truly the best!

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  5. Caro I am so sorry to hear you got Covid. I’m glad your symptoms weren’t too severe but the mental burden of having it must have been exhausting. The politics are definitely frustrating… People are acting like it is over (including people in charge). It is very tired and disheartening. I’m sending you lots of well wishes and positive thoughts. Best of luck with your internship, I really hope it goes well and you enjoy it!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
    It looks like you read lots of great books!! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed Six Crimson Cranes, Turtle Under Ice and So You Want To Talk About Race as those are all on my TBR! Congrats on reading so many outside your comfort zone as well. πŸ₯³
    Thank you soooo much for sharing my posts πŸ’žπŸ₯Ί
    Wishing you a better April and a wonderful birthday β€οΈπŸ’œβ€οΈ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Sophie! ❀️ Politics are so frustrating, so I’m limiting the times I watch the news, as it can be so dishearting to have it on all the time!

      Six Crimson Cranes, Turtle Under Ice and So You Want To Talk About Race were great! I hope you get to read them soon πŸ’• I’m happy that I read so much outside of my comfort zone!! I hope you had a great April as well! Sending lots of love πŸ₯°πŸŒ·

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  6. i’m glad to see you enjoyed talia hibbert’s books so much! i read the roommate risk by her this march and i was surprised by how much i enjoyed it! i’d definitely consider checking out more of her backlist.

    also your garden looks so cute! a part of me really wants to join pondathon, but the other feels like it’s too late for me to do so lol.

    i am really sorry to hear about the situation with covid in your country. at the moment, restrictions are also being lifted around here, but at least the cases are not super high or anything. i’m glad you’re feeling okay and didn’t have any major symptoms!

    i hope you get to enjoy your birthday and have a great april!

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    1. Talia Hibbert is one of my most read authors this year so far because her books are just so much fun! I’ll definitely check out The Roommate Risk as I make my way through the backlist ❀️ Thank you! It’s not too late to join! The Readathon ends a bit early, but is still so much fun 😊

      I’m luckily feeling much better now! Restrictions were lifted here while the cases were higher than ever, so that was disheartening πŸ˜” I hope better times are ahead someday!

      Thank you! I had a much better April & I hope you did too ❀️

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  7. I hope your April will be better than your March! Also YAY for testing negative!! I hope I test negative soon as well so I can go see my family πŸ™‚
    Don’t get me started on German politicans & covid πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ve been angry constantly for weeks, nay, months now πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Buuuuut I’m glad you liked Six Crimson Cranes, it was one of my favourite books last year! ❀ may you read many books you enjoy in April ❀

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    1. Thank you, Kat! My April was so much better compared to March 😊 This is quite late, but I hope that your test was negative and that you’re recovered now ❀️ Politics still annoy me so much, so I limit the time I spend watching the news because it always puts me down!

      Six Crimson Cranes was amazing, I cannot wait for the next book to come out this year! πŸ’• I hope you’re doing well!

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  8. Caro, I’m SO sorry about the Covid stuff, I had it myself earlier this year and it was horrible, everything hurt, so it really makes me happy that you and your grandmother are doing well. ❀️❀️❀️ On the other hand, it’s great that you had a good reading month and don’t push yourself too hard in April, take it easy especially if it’s going to be a busy month! I hope everything is going more than well and thank you so much for mentioning my posts, it’s always an honor πŸ₯Ίβœ¨πŸ₯°

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    1. It wasn’t fun but my grandma and I are recovered now! I hope you are as well ❀️ April was busy but much better than March for me! I hope you’re also doing well and reading great books! πŸ₯°

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  9. I’m so sorry you had COVID! So glad to hear you’re negative now, but geez, I’m sorry Caro. And the political stuff – I feel you. Here in the US, everyone wants to act as though nothing ever happened, much less that anything is STILL happening, and it’s exhausting and infuriating. I’m sending you lots of love. β™₯ I hope you’re all back to 100% soon, that your birthday is amazing, and that your internship starts off beautifully and doesn’t bring too much anxiety with it. You’ve got this, lovely! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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    1. It just sucks so much, especially with how the government and everyone else is acting πŸ˜” I really hope there are better times in the future! Sending lots of love right back ❀️
      April was just a much better month for me and I’m having a good time at my internship, which is great! Thank you for your kind words!! πŸ₯°

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  10. It looks like you had a good reading month! I’m glad you enjoyed so many books ❀️

    I really need to catch up with The Witcher, I was so excited for S2 to come out, and somehow I still haven’t watched it all? I’m overdue a Netflix binge.

    All the best wishes for your internship, I hope it goes well for you πŸ₯°

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    1. My reading month was good!! This year has been good for reading in general ❀️ I was so behind on The Witcher as well and I’m glad that I caught up, because the second season was lots of fun! Thank you, my internship is going great so far πŸ₯°

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  11. Congratulations on such a good reading month! I’m so sorry you got covid! And I totally agree, dropping all the regulations when cases are still at such high numbers is just ridiculous! I watched a few episodes of Is It Cake as well because I was looking for something to distract me from studying. But mostly, I ended up falling back into my habit of binging a random crime TV show and watched almost two seasons of Person of Interest recently πŸ˜‚

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    1. Thank you!! I’m feeling much better now ❀️ I kind of quit watching Is It Cake after writing this post because it got a bit tedious, but it’s great if you want a show that isn’t complicated and doesn’t require much attention! Ohh that sounds fun though! πŸ˜„

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  12. I am the same way with nonfiction. I find listening to audiobooks to be so much easier than reading them. I hope your grandma and you both have a quick recovery. And yes, it feels like the world just wants to move on from Covid and our governments are just so inept. Incredibly frustrating. I hope your April goes well and that you have a wonderful birthday!

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    1. Nonfiction audiobooks are just the best and so much less daunting than reading them physically! Thank you, my grandma and I are doing much better! ❀️ I had a good April/birthday. I hope you’re also doing well πŸ₯°

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  13. Sorry that you had a rough month and I hope that April is being kinder to you! I have been side eyeing Is It Cake? on netflix and it looks like it’d be annoying rather than fun kind of mindless. I hope you had an amazing birthday and thanks for linking to my post!

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    1. April was luckily a lot better than March for me!! πŸ’• I actually stopped watching Is It Cake? on Netflix shortly after writing this post πŸ˜‚ I was only halfway through it and after the first episodes it sadly got a bit annoying πŸ™ˆ Thank you! I hope you’re doing well πŸ₯°

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  14. I’m so sorry it’s been a tough month and that you got sick, I’m glad you’re all better now ❀ and I get your frustration so, very much. Truly hate it here ahah. I hope that you had a wonderful birthday and April overall! ❀ ❀

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