March Recap

I've been a terrible blogger this last month! There's been so much going on that I haven't posted, but my Instagram and Twitter are still alive, so fret not.

I suppose this will have to be a March recap as I didn’t manage to post in March other than my February recap – oops! Sorry guys. I managed to read 14 books in March! Granted some were short and many were audiobooks, they still count.

  1. No One Knows by J.T. Ellison - 4/5 
  2. Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han* - 3/5 
  3. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen* - 3/5 
  4. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling - 5/5 
  5. Morning Star by Pierce Brown - 5/5 
  6. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin* - 4/5 
  7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman*  - 5/5 
  8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore* - 2/5 
  9. The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield - 4/5 
  10. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins* - 3/5 
  11. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee* - 2/5 
  12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams* - 3/5 
  13. Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher - 3/5 
  14. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee - 2.5/5 
*audiobooks - part of my Audiobook 2016 challenge

Morning Star was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016 and it did not disappoint! I took so many pages of notes and quotes from Brown’s work and couldn’t get through it fast enough. It was a fantastic, yet bittersweet end to one of my favorite trilogies.

The Flood Girls was my suggestion for book club this month and I am so glad we went with this one. It was funny and real and stuck with me. The characters just got under my skin in a way that I was sad when it was over. The main character, Rachel, goes home to a small town in Montana to make amends as part of AA after being gone for 9 years. It really shows small town life in America in the 90’s and I’d even say now in some places. Jake, Rachel’s 12-year-old neighbor, just melted my heart.

The Queen of the Night – to be honest, I couldn’t finish this one. I made it half way and was so bored I couldn’t take it. Which isn’t to say it was a bad book, it just wasn’t for me.

Cover Reveals!

We finally got the cover reveal for The Fate of the Tearling *Squee*!! Just look at it! My most anticipated book of 2016! Well, I suppose technically second, right behind the special, collector’s edition of the Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – which I’m STILL waiting for Scholastic to put up for pre-order. Bloomsbury UK had the UK version up on their site the same day they revealed the cover. Get it together Scholastic! BUT since it’s not a new story/release, The Tearling is my most anticipated *new book*. Anyway, back to The Tearling. Have you started the series yet? You should, I’m telling you right now that you’re missing out if you haven’t.

Cross Stitch
I made some real progress on my Hogwarts Crest; I finally finished page 2 (of 12)! I’ve also started a small side project for my husband (it’s a secret, shhhh…) but haven’t posted any progress photos yet. Sorry, I know these aren't the greatest pics.

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March 23
I made my own grime guards for my scroll stand (the colorful, dotted cloths on the top and bottom). I used this tutorial, and the measurements were good for my stand but I'll make them thinner/not as fat, next time around. The tut used 5 inches, but I probably could have gotten away with 3 - I had to tuck them in the back.

I also discovered Outlander and holy, Jamie Fraser, Batman! Why did I not start watching this show sooner? Jamie is so adorable at times I just want to squeeze him! Have you watched it? So good.

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The dynamic between him and Claire is amazing and these actors pull it off so well. It's been a long time since a new show has pulled me in so thoroughly. It has time travel, 1700s Scotland, Scots, a brilliant, smart female lead with a fiery temper, and a strong male lead who can make you melt.  I need to know what happens next! I love it so much I picked up the first book in the series and plan to start it soon.

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What else happened in March… my husband and I got to be the cool aunt and uncle and take my niece to the zoo.


Being the cool aunt is exhausting by the way. I bought (and built) some new bookshelves, which I’m totally in love with.

I went to my library’s warehouse sale and snagged some great books that have been on my TBR forever, as well as some new (to me) ones.

All in all, I’d say March was good to me. How about you?



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