Monthly wrap-up – March 2018

Hello friends, happy Wednesday! Again a couple days’ late, but still here for my monthly wrap-up.

in real life

March was a little bit of a rollercoaster month, with its ups and downs, funks and happy moments.

I started the month great with the people I love, then the routine of working came back around, then I got some thrilling moments getting away with my sister to Paris and meeting some of my favorite authors of all times (In case you missed it, you can read my recap here). Then I got the routine back and I ended the month with a long and needed weekend away to a city I know well.

I wish I had more things to share here, but…. I don’t know, nothing too exciting to share, I guess?

It’s been a little while since I shared -let’s be honest, I kind of forgot, oops – my instagram pictures of the month, so… here they are!

So, from left to right, Paris, Paris, Paris again, some delicious nordic food and my easter weekend getaway.

on books

I am STILL ahead on my Goodreads challenge and I couldn’t be happier – but I think what matters the most is that I read some pretty fabulous books, too.

Books I read

Well, that one was quite the unexpected, AWESOME RIDE. You can already read my full review here.

An adorable and entertaining YA-set-in-college, but characters could have used more…depth?. Full review coming soon!

THIS BOOK was so much fun to read – seriously it made me laugh and melted my heart. Add it to your TBRs. Full review coming soon!

This book was so addictive and compelling and just read it . You can read my full review here!

 

 

Hello, very adorable and very popular 2018 debut, I really liked you, like, really. Full review coming soon!

Buddy-read this book with the amazing Marta @ The Cursed Books and WE BOTH LOVED IT SO MUCH. 5 STARS AND ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR RIGHT NOOOOOW.

 

 

 

in-real-life

I wanted to edit my WIP, I wanted to go on with my story and I wanted to be proud of myself. Nothing happened here and I’m in a very Miranda Priesly mood about it.

In March, I wrote 0 lines, I did 0 research and I opened my documents and files with everything WIP-related 0 times. So I’m mad, yes. I’m also sad. I hope that the NaNoWriMo frenzy coming this April will make me want to try and start editing.

on the blog

I have been trying to relax about blogging and everything else. I tried, so… I guess I get bonus points for that?

Book reviews

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Discussions

Book Blogging

Bookish tags

Nyx’s Corner

Travel & personal

I love blog hopping, but I have to admit that sometimes, it’s complicated. Sometimes I just can’t do it and I can’t keep up. I took blog hopping breaks and I tried to take my time a little more this week. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it.

But you know me, I’m still spending an awful lot of time bothering you with my comments and I still have a couple blog posts to share for you to read.

 

How was March for you? Did you have a great month? Anything positive happened to you? Is SPRING HERE and can you bring me some?!

What was your favorite book this month?

Are you planning on writing or participating in Camp NaNo this month? Let’s chat in comments!

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91 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – March 2018

  1. College-aged main protagonists you say? Huh, guess I’ll have to check out The Big F once more and see if it is something that I might enjoy! But it sucks that the characters weren’t all that for you! Also, American Panda looks like the CUTEST CONTEMPORARY with that cover! I can’t wait to read more of your thoughts on it in your review!

    AND YES TO I WAS BORN FOR THIS. So far, everyone seems to have loved it A LOT and after hearing Alice Oseman read the first two chapters of the book I am even more convinced that I am going to absolutely love it! Angel as a character reminded me so much of myself a couple of years ago during my heigh of a One Direction fan! I can’t wait to read the book!

    Blog hopping is 100% something I really, really need to work on this month! I’ve been SO BAD lately. It’s getting out of hand, really! I feel like I haven’t even read the blogs I usually ALWAYS read and try to comment on. It might be time to set up some sort of schedule/routine when it comes to blog hopping!

    March was a really great month for me, actually! I got a good amount of reading done but I also felt like I finally was FEELING stuff again. Like, I laughed and cried (while reading, watching shows, etc) and I almost don’t remember the last time that happened – mainly for the reading and watching stuff related laughing and crying. My highlight may just have been watching my nephews search for easter eggs in my parents’ garden this past weekend! They got so excited about it – it was the cutest!

    If you find spring, would you mind pointing me in its direction? Because I am 100% ready for more sunshine and warmer weather! But apparently, this weekend is supposed to be really warm (19Β°C on both Saturday and Sunday!!!) so there’s that to look forward to at least!

    Oh, that’s actually an easy decision: Ace Of Shades! I had been looking forward to it for so long and to finally read it was so awesome! And I’m already weirdly protective of all the characters and don’t want Amanda to hurt them in the sequel. xD The waiting is going to be BRUTAL.

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    1. I really love that there are more college-aged protagonists in YA, we need more of them! American Panda was adorable and fun, I really hope you will read it πŸ™‚

      I Was Born For This was AMAZING, I loved it and it also reminded me of my fangirling and fan of a certain boy band as well, not One Direction, before them haha. I really liked ittttt SO MUCH and it was very, very relatable. ❀

      I hope you will find a blog hopping schedule or something that will work out for you – finding the right rhythm is a never-ending process haha.

      I am SO HAPPY to hear that you had such a lovely March, I really hope that April will be just as great… and hopefully sunnier and warmer, WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WINTER haha πŸ™‚

      So glad you loved Ace of Shades so much, everyone has been loving that one and talking about it SO much πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! ❀

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  2. Paris looks so amazing! I’m hoping I’ll be able to visit one day πŸ™‚

    I’m at the same point with my WIP. I think I’m going to start fresh with a new piece this April for NaNoWriMo and see if it jogs my writing brain again. (except I haven’t been able to write anything yet and we’re already 4 days in so that’s lovely) You can do this, Marie!!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Oh I really hope you will be able to visit Paris one day, it is a lovely city πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your sweet words and your support, I hope that this new project will work out well for you this April! πŸ˜€ x

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  3. March for me was mixed up but the highlight was on my birthday! 13th March. My students made sure it was awesome.

    I read different books but I think I’m more in love with Arese Ugwu’s The Smart Money Woman. It’s not a fiction but something I rraly need at this point in my life.

    As per blogging, I’m still trying to find my way around it. So!

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    1. Oh yay, happy belated birthday!! So glad that you had a lovely time πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll find your way around blogging and, most importantly, that you will have tons of fun! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and have a lovely April πŸ™‚ x

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  4. Congrats on being ahead on your Goodreads challenge! I am one or two books behind, but I decided not to stress about it!
    As for you editing. Letting your work sit for a bit is nothing bad, don’t be mad at yourself!! And we already said we’d schedule some editing/writing sessions πŸ˜‰ it will be fine!
    Also, thanks for sharing the link to the Royals!! We need to get as many people obsessed as possible hahaha

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    1. Thank you, Kat! ❀ I am ahead but, my challenge is the same as last year, so… I'm not challenging myself too much here hahaha.
      I really hope so – I want to do something and I feel like it's sitting here for so long already and I'm mad that I am not doing anything, even if I know I shouldn't be haha.
      You're welcome, YES WE DO, this show is amazing, I love it soooo much. I AM OBSESSED. It's all because of you hahaha. πŸ™‚

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      1. My challenge has been the same for three years now hahaha I always aim for 60 books, but I am still behind now.
        The longer you wait, the fresher your eyes will be for it. If the story is too familiar, I can guarantee you that you won’t be able to make too many changes.

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      2. Well… you can catch up, we’re only in April πŸ˜›
        Yeah I guess you’re right, I’m just frustrated because I’m not doing a single thing, not even trying to write something else, and I feel like I’m wasting my time or something. It really is a stupid feeling, but I can’t help it haha.

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  5. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had our ups and downs last March. But yeah, I’m definitely happy you seem to have had a great reading month. I’m most excited to read American Panda, and I’m glad to know that you loved it too! Great post as always! πŸ™‚

    See you online,
    JM

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    1. Oh I’m sorry that March was a bit of a rollercoaster month for you as well. I hope that April will be amazing though ❀
      I would love to hear your thoughts on American Panda once you've read it, it was such a lovely read πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, JM! πŸ˜€

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  6. Hi Marie I also took some break this month as in “not following my feed so closely”. I’m a bad bad girl but with work I couldn’t keep up or I would have burned out. Now my best reads were Restore Me by Tahere Mafi and Love My Way by Kate Sterritt. I hope you have a fantastic April!

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    1. I get that. I am often close to burning out, but I also want to follow my feed, what if I miss something important??? It’s crazy ahah. Taking little breaks helps, for sure πŸ™‚
      I can’t WAIT to read Restore Me πŸ˜€ Thank you so much! I hope you’ll have an amazing month as well πŸ™‚

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      1. Hahaha. Right now I do need those excuses because I’m preparing for an author meet in.. TWO WEEKS. *insert curse* And I don’t even know how many books I have yet to read at this point. TOO MANY.
        [So I’m using YALC as my excuse to get my book buying fix, you know.. πŸ˜› ]

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  7. Anyway looks like your month has been good! And Paris! And authors! I’m happy for you.

    I’ve literally messed up all my glorius plans during those first three months…. I feel onm the WIP. I had a super plan to get back to writing in June and now I feel like I will take a year hatus from writing, or even more. Unlesse I master myu reading skills during summer and I do all the research I need. Zero researchs for me too. And that’s all.

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    1. Aw thank you so much Camilla, you are so sweet ❀ ❀
      I'm so sorry to hear that 😦 I feel like sometimes, we just need a break from writing – we can't always be on top of things, even if… well, I know I wish I could be more productive, I just somehow, can't?! Who knows, maybe it's just a bad period and we both will get back to it before we know it? Maybe we just need to give it time, do other things and our love and need to continue with our WIPs will come. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚
      I hope you'll have a lovely April! ❀ ❀

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      1. Ohhh I really hope this will help – switching to English really helped me getting inspired for my writing a little while ago, hopefully this will do the trick πŸ™‚ x

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  8. omg, so you made me add even more books to my wish list (what else is new?), sadly there’s one that’s not on amazon, “I was born for this”, so hopefully it comes out for me! I’ve been getting through loads of my ibooks and kindle books recently, and have not read so many hard copies of books. Great post Marie πŸ™‚ xxx

    Melina | melinaelisa.com

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    1. AHHH this makes me so happy, Melina, I hope you’ll read all of them and will enjoy them! I Was Born For This is supposed to be releasing in May, but it should be available for pre-order… maybe because it releases in the UK, it might not be available for the US just yet? There is still Book Depository to order internationally πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, you never fail at making my day better with these ❀ ❀

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  9. Happy April, Marie! I hope your month goes amazingly as far as reading, writing and blogging and everything else too. πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to reading your review of American Panda- I recently read it and I really enjoyed it! I’m excited to hear your thoughts on it too. And thank you for linking to my post!❀️❀️

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    1. Oh well you won’t have to wait too long, the review should be up tomorrow, but spoiler alert, it really was adorable! ❀ ❀
      You're so welcome, thank you for your sweet comment, Olivia! ❀ ❀

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  10. I didn’t write anything for my WIP for months so I feel you πŸ˜… But now with Camp NaNo in full swing I was actually able to pick up where I left things, so I can finally finish this draft for good 😍 You are participating as well? If so, good luck with your writing and feel free to tell me all about it if you want to 😍

    Everyone is screaming about I Was Born for This, must I read it now? 😜 I haven’t read anything by Alice Oseman yet, so it might be time to change that πŸ˜€

    My fave book was Scarlet, you were right – this book is amazing β™₯

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    1. Oh yay, best of luck, you can do this, I will be rooting for you!! πŸ˜€
      I’m already 5 days late, so…. no I’m not going to do it hahaha. Maybe I will manage to get back to it, writing, editing, DO SOMETHING before I punch myself. Here’s to hoping hahaha πŸ™‚

      OH YES you should! Alice Oseman is such an amazing writer, I loved her previous books and I was Born For This was incredible. While you wait, you can always read Radio Silence, it’s my second favorite by her, too πŸ˜€ x

      YAY this makes me so happy. Now, go read the rest of the series πŸ˜› ❀

      Thank you so much, Caro!! ❀ ❀

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      1. Thank you!! β™₯ β™₯
        You can still do something writing related, any progress is good! I definitely believe that you can get back to writing! πŸ™‚

        I’m really intrigued so I might check out some of her books. I’ll check out Radio Silence on Goodreads asap!

        On my way to do that πŸ˜€ Next week I’ll raid my library for Cress :DπŸ’“

        πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

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      2. Thank you for your support, that means SO much, I will do my best ahah ❀
        I can't wait, I really hope you will be able to read Radio Silence soon, it was brilliant ❀ ❀

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  11. Paris looks so lovely. Your photographs are absolutely magnificent! I feel like if I were to visit I would be incredibly overwhelmed by how historically significant the city is. It’s awesome that you got to visit with your sister!

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  12. Great wrap up Marie! I love clicking through all the blog posts you add! Some of them are quite interesting and I’m always looking for new blogs and content to explore! Also the books you read look very intriguing… I’ll have to add some of them to my TBR! Happy reading!!

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    1. Oh you’re so welcome, so glad you’re enjoying these posts, I love spreading the love whenever I can πŸ™‚ ❀
      I hope you'll have a wonderful month and happy reading to you too! πŸ˜€ x

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  13. Ahhhh, I didn’t know you’ve read The Big F this month as well??? What is this? I’ve been spying this book for so long, I need to hear your thoughts soon. It’s kind of funny that since we’ve started talking a lot more on Twitter, I feel like I know most of the books you’re reading (you surprised me with this one though)
    Your photos are beautiful as ever and I’m so happy that you took the trip, sometimes it’s so good to get out of our routines and do something fun in a while! Also, you’re being so hard on yourself, bby! I just want to hug you and protect you from the world (and from yourself sometimes), it’s okay to not want to write sometimes, I trust in you that you’ll do better next month, when you’ll feel like editing and researching, you’ll start to do it and you’ll also do a great job! Don’t force it. ❀

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    1. Hahaha well, I still manage to surprise you, even if we talk a whole lot… that’s a good thing, I guess? πŸ˜› You won’t have to wait too long for my thoughts on The Big F, I promise, it’s coming up tomorrow πŸ˜€
      Thank you, you’re so, so sweet, I know I’m being way too hard on myself, but… welcome to my life haha that’s just the way I am at all times. Here’s to hoping I manage to do something this month haha ❀ Thank you, you're the sweetest ❀ ❀

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  14. OMG how did you get I Was Born For This??? I’m so jealous!!! I really really want to read it! Also I think Always Never Yours and The Big F look really good, I’m going to look them up. AND The Loneliest Girl is just adjkl;laksdf I’m so glad you read it!!

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    1. Alice Oseman tweeted a little while ago about receiving her ARCs and gave the email addresses we could try out to ask for some… I tried… and somehow it worked out?? I am still so amazed that it did.??! It was really AMAZING, like 5-stars amazing and I can’t wait for you to read it! (also, if you want, maybe it’s not too late and you could email them as well. I could give you the emails Alice tweeted, if you want! via email, I don’t want to share it in a comment haha it seems weird).
      Always Never Yours was SO adorable and The Big F was really fun as well. The Loneliest Girl was CRAAAAAAAZY, really, I’m not over it hahaha.
      Thank you so much, Shar!! ❀ ❀

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  15. Looks like the books you read this month were mostly adorable reads!
    Don’t beat yourself up about your WIP, some months are better than mothers in terms of getting things done, you’ll get to it! πŸ™‚ have a great April!

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    1. OH yes, definitely haha that was the month of the cute reads πŸ˜› maybe this month will be more fantasy-crazy-reads?! Who knows hahaha.
      Thank you for your sweet words of support, that means a lot ❀ ❀ I hope you'll have a wonderful month as well ❀

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  16. Great review! Im ahead on my goodreads too!
    I saw NaNo Camp was up which makes me more exited for November 2018. November is more my type of writing month and I can only do NaNo once a year.
    My favourite book of the month was An Unkindness of Ghost by Rivers Solomon. I did a review of it and everything. It’s absolutely amazing! It’s sci-fi with the added issues of slavery, colour, gender rights, gender in general (non-binary), sexual orientation, romantic orientation and a female character who does not want to have children. And all these issues are written about in a non stereotypical and respectful way! It’s great! Highly recommend it if you are interested.

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    1. YAY for being ahead, that’s great! πŸ˜€
      Doing NaNo all the time is exhausting haha, I get it, it’s great that you can do it at least once a year though πŸ˜€
      Oh that sounds VERY interesting indeed, thank you so much for putting this on my radar, I’ll have to check it out πŸ™‚
      Thank you! Hope you’ll have an amazing month πŸ™‚ x

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  17. Oh great recap Marie, and it seems like you had a brilliant March as well. πŸ™‚ Sometimes you really need a break from everything and a weekend away is the perfect solution. I love your pictures and I’m definitely living vicariously through your adventures! πŸ˜€
    Congrats on still being ahead of your GR Reading Challenge, and you got through some brilliant books as well. I’m glad you enjoyed The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and oh good luck with your WIP too.
    I hope you have a brilliant April Marie, again great post. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! Yes, sometimes a weekend away is just all we need and … I kind of want to go away again hahaha πŸ™‚
      Thank you, hope you’re having a lovely April so far ❀ ❀

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  18. I had a pretty good month. Uni wasn’t that busy, but I did somehow have lots to do anyway so I managed to read lots. I did a teeny tiny bit of writing but not really anything. I did some article writing for my university magazine though which was fun. I didn’t read any standout books though but oh well.

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you had a good month overall, Shanti and YAY for that article in your university magazine, that’s SO cool and exciting!! πŸ˜€
      I hope you’ll have an amazing April πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Aww I really hope you will get to go back there someday, it is beautiful πŸ™‚ haha I get it, I wish we could travel everywhere for free, that would be the dream πŸ™‚ ❀
      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  19. Aaahhh Marie, I’m so sorry I didn’t comment much on your posts this month!! I’m super happy that you got to meet Victoria and Marissa, though πŸ’ž And omg I’m so happy that you enjoyed I Was Born For This so much!! Did you get a physical ARC? (I know that a lot of INTL people did!) And I’m sorry that you didn’t get the writing done you wanted to in March, but there’s always April right? And even if it doesn’t get edited in April, you still have loads of months left in the year. πŸ’˜ Happy April, fav!!

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    1. Oh don’t worry about it, you’re so sweet! I hope you are doing well, May, miss chatting with you a lot ❀ ❀
      I Was Born For This was INCREDIBLE I loved it soooooooo much – and yes, I got a physical ARC, I still can't believe it happened??!
      You're right, I am just trying to… well, not to feel too bad about myself since I'm not doing anything haha.
      Hope you'll have a wonderful April ❀ ❀

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  20. Hi Marie!! What an exciting trip! I had to read all about it!! I’m so knee deep in everything and sick all the time, hahaha. So it was lovely to get away and see all your beautiful experiences!! ❀

    I have to say that every single one of your book reviews interests me!! The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is one I've seen around and seems to be popular… I keep getting it mixed up with a book with a similar name… So I keep forgetting about it. Thanks for reminding me! Happy reading in April!!

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    1. Oh no, I hope that April will be a bit better for you, Dani! ❀ ❀
      I'm glad if I could get you interested in these books and I hope you'll want to read them at some point, they were great πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

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  21. Relax about blogging. That is something I need to do. I’ve accepted the fact that I can’t be as active as I was, but I still feel so guilty for not blog hopping as much! It’s like a never-ending cycle of acceptance, guilt, motivation, defeat, and then back to acceptance haha. Your Parisian adventure sounded like such a wonderful dream. So happy you got to meet Schwab. Hope April gets to feel a bit more like spring.

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    1. That’s exactly how I feel. Moments where I feel okay about it overall, then the guilt takes over and I just don’t, anymore. I guess it takes time, but at some point we will manage to relax? Hopefully, haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! It really felt like Spring today, I hope this will last ahah πŸ™‚ Thank you! ❀ ❀

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  22. I can’t believe I haven’t commented on this post yet, though I remember reading it? *sighs* Maybe I read it in the reader when your notification popped-up and then forget to comment 😦
    Anyhow, it seems like you had a great month. Your Paris pics were wonderful and I can see how you had a great time there and that book fair. I could only wish to meet some authors IRL.

    All the books that you read seem pretty good. I am glad you enjoyed American Panda. Can’t wait to read it. And I haven’t heard about I was Born for This. I can’t believe how I missed it. Now I’ll have to wait till it’s release 😦

    And guess what, I won the copy of “No Sad Songs” in a giveaway last week. I am yet to receive it but I am so excited to read it πŸ™‚

    My month was pretty good too. I read 4 full books (which were little big for me πŸ˜› ) and two poetry books. All the four ones were too good. All 4-5 stars.

    I hope April is even better for you πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw that’s okay, you’re so sweet thank you so much ❀ ❀
      I really hope you will read I Was Born For This once it releases, it was BRILLIANT and I loved it so much! And yay for No Sad Songs, so glad you won a giveaway, I hope you will enjoy the book πŸ™‚
      So glad you had such a great reading month! I hope April will be awesome as well πŸ˜€

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