Monthly wrap-up – March 2019

Hi friends, happy soon-to-be April! Some things have changed here on the blog, design-wise!! I am way too excited about it ahhh. You might have noticed it already or/and will notice it a little bit in this post, on the blog itself and more. Okay, more on this later on, let’s get started on what happened this March.

in real life

Once again, I was excited to be March and once again, it has been disappointing. I feel like I’ve been ranting a little bit in that part of my wrap-ups lately, but it’s been a stupidly, mental-health challenging last 8 months and I guess I’m allowed to rant a little bit, too. I had an exciting weekend away planned and fate decided for me to fall sick and ruin it, so that was fun.

Otherwise, it’s been the usual working – commuting – reading – blogging routine. On a more positive side, sunshine has decided to show up and it’s been a little spring-like lately where I live, which has done wonders for my mental health a little bit in these last weeks. I’m like a plant, really, I live with the sunshine okay.

And I like April. Let’s hope April will be nice and good.

on books

I seem to have read a little less this month, I’m not sure why, but I’m still ahead on my Goodreads challenge and… well, I’m enjoying the books I’m reading for the most part so that really matters more than a number, right? I can’t help but be anxious and want to read all the books all at once, at times.

πŸ“– Books I read

ONCE&FUTURE β˜‚οΈ This gender-bent Arthur retelling sounded incredibly promising and, if the diverse, badass cast of characters was indeed, great, I was a little disappointed overall. πŸ“– read my full review


THE NEAR WITCH β˜‚οΈ I have been loving everything Schwab writes and I was thrilled to read her debut. I loved the atmosphere, but ended up a little disappointed by the romance. πŸ“– read my full review

COLD DAY IN THE SUN β˜‚οΈ A sweet, adorable contemporary with a badass main character I grew to love and a soft, realistic romance, too. That was a lot of fun!

THE DEVOURING GRAY β˜‚οΈ This was SO atmospheric and strange and creepy and definitely a strong debut with squad goals. I loved the characters a lot, too.

IF I’M BEING HONEST β˜‚οΈ IT’S OFFICIAL, I am trash for everything these authors write okay. I adored Always, Never Yours, their debut, and loved this one even more. Amazing main character and growth and friendship and family and love and add this to your TBRs.


  • Goodreads Challenge: 20/60 books : Still ahead of my goodreads challenge πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯
  • Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 2/10 books: I guess I’m on track, but I still need to read more books. GOOD NEWS THOUGH FRIENDS. I’m going to buy Girls of Paper and Fire today. *insert high pitched scream here*


I’m… well, I’m done with my WIP. It feels strange, excting and stressful all at once to have written another draft of that story I’ve been working on for over 4 YEARS now.

Maybe I’ll try to send this draft to some beta readers soon, if I manage to find the guts to do it. I’m way too nervous, but also ready to get some feedback at the same time?!

I’m hoping to maybe try to get to another story or work on something else soon, too. I wanted to participate in Camp NaNo, maybe, but we’re March 31st and I have nothing ready for tomorrow, so that’s probably not a wise idea. Still, I’m definitely going to be working on something else soon, I’m itching to write more and write something different, too.

So… my WIP is done, well this draft is at 80K and in the past month I haven’t been tooooo bad at writing.

  • Words written: 5347.

on the blog

So you might have noticed it, or not at all, but some things have changed on the blog – and a little bit on this monthly wrap-up, too ! About over a month ago, I decided to change things up, inspired by my friend Kat’s series of blog posts about branding and… thanks to her talent and her brand new design shop, here we are! New graphics overall for the blog that you’ll see here and there thanks to her and I am so, so happy and grateful. I hope you like it as much as I do!

β˜‚οΈ Check out my friend Kat’s design shop and services!

Special mention to my sister that worked on brand new featured images for ALL of my upcoming posts, this monthly wrap-up image included! Some posts are going to have little changes here and there as they come next month, hope you’ll like them!

Other than that, it’s been an okay month overall on the blog with… A LOT OF BOOKS. I have never reviewed THAT many books in a month on the blog, I’m astonished as I’m doing this wrap-up to see that. I kind of did a lot of mini and bullet reviews, but still…. look at ALL THE BOOKS.

πŸ“– Book reviews

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Click on the book covers to be redirected to my reviews.

πŸ’» Book blogging

πŸ“š Book discussions

πŸ“ Book Tags & Awards

πŸ’¬ Author Features

I still have a lot of exciting author features planned out for next month, as well as a couple ideas of blog posts here and there that I hope I can get to write and that you will enjoy. Other than that, I’m still perpetually late on reviews, a little stressed out about interacting, but I’m hoping to just continue try to relax and enjoy it all.

I feel like I have been slacking a little bit when it comes to blog hopping and especially saving blog posts I loved this month, but between falling sick and trying to take more breaks for myself, too, well… I guess that’s just life. I still have posts for you, friends, don’t you worry, you can’t stop me for too long!

πŸ“š Books & Reading

πŸ’» Book Blogging

Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!

How was March for you? Anything exciting happened? Is spring/fall coming soon where you live?

What were your latest favorite books this month? Also, aerm, what do you think of my new graphics? Tell me everything in comments!





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131 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – March 2019

  1. I’m completely in love with your blog’s new design! I mean, I already loved it, but now it’s so cute and unique! It really is all about the tiny details!
    I’m sorry March was a disappointment for you. I was holding high expectations too, being my birthday month and all, but workload and general tiredness about everything around me ruined it sometimes. I completely relate to being a plant! haha I live for the sun, and I’ve been slightly happier since it decided to come out more!
    It’s so wonderful you’ve finished your WIP! I understand it might be scary to put it out there, but maybe taking that next step and talk to some beta readers might take you to a great path, who knows?
    I only managed to read two books this month, which is disheartening, since I thought I was going so well this year and reading so much, but I loved them both, so it’s alright! Same goes for you – quality over quantity πŸ™‚
    Happy April ❀

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    1. Oh Marta thank you so, so so so so much, this means a lot that you enjoy it! ❀
      and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! I'm so sorry March was a little bit of a disappointment for you as well, but I'm glad the sun is on your side, too. We all need a little sunshine to make us happier ❀
      Thank you so much! I hope it will, for now I'm too nervous to think about reaching out, but I'm definitely thinking about it. I'm scared it's terrible hahaha.
      I'm glad you enjoyed your reads, quality over quantity, you're so right! I hope you'll have a lovely April! Sending you love ❀

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  2. Marie your blog looks STUNNING! Everything about is just WOW. I love this design so much because you’re still on brand but everything looks 10* better. I read The Devouring Gray this month and 1 starred it which is like WHAT?! But i just felt so let down by it and bored? And it was one of my most anticipated!! I’m so glad that you’re starting Girls of Paper and Fire I HOPE YOU LOVE IT!!! and I’m so proud of you for finishing your WIP. And I know it’s so scary to share something you’ve worked so hard on but we’re here to support you!! My only 5 star of March was The Boy Who Steals Houses – which was somehow better than ATPN and just agh! It’s so rare for me to 5 star contemporaries but this was SO good. I’m still freaking out about your design!!

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    1. Oh oh oh thank you SO much ahhh I’m going to cry, you’re too sweet, I’m so happy you love it! ❀ ❀
      Oh damn, I'm so sad you were disappointed by The Devouring Gray, it's so frustrating when your most anticipated books don't deliver. I hope your next reads will be / have been better ❀
      I'm SO excited and so nervous to read Girls of Paper and Fire… I hope I'll enjoy it πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much, this means a lot! When I finally get the guts to do it, I might send it to some beta readers haha. πŸ™‚
      I'm so glad you liked The Boy Who Steals Houses, can't wait to read that one!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I hope you'll have an April as awesome as you are ❀

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  3. I’m so glad to hear you liked We Set the Dark on Fire! I haven’t been able to get to it yet but I really want to, f/f speculative fiction is always something I’m looking for. The Devouring Gray is another I hope to read soon (in April if I can), “atmospheric and strange and creepy” is exactly my thing and also the best kind of contemporary fantasy.
    And I love the new graphics, they’re so cute!!

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    1. I hope you’ll love We Set the Dark On Fire as much as I did, I adore it so much ahhh. ❀
      The devouring gray was quite great, too, I found it really intriguing from beginning to end. I hope you'll like it πŸ™‚
      Thank you ahh, so happy you enjoy them! Thank you so much and I hope you'll have a lovely April πŸ™‚

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  4. I enjoyed this round up! Great month, Marie! Can’t wait to see what you share next month–I really do love your author features! Also, it’s so cool that you share other book bloggers’ posts!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, it means a lot! πŸ™‚
      And of course, always happy to spread some love for the community!
      Thank you! I hope you’ll have a lovely month πŸ™‚


  5. Omg your icons are so cuuuute! I love the lady with the umbrella so much. And the one with the rain boots! You had such a great reading month! If I’m being honest sounds amazing, I think I’ll pick it up this summer. Also, amazing blog posts this month β€” your author features are my favorites 🌻

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    1. Awww thank you, so happy you like them, thank you so much πŸ˜€
      I can’t wait for you to read If I’m Being Honest, I loved it SO much, I hope you will too πŸ™‚
      Oh thank you, it means so much that you enjoy the author features, I’m having such a fun time with them ❀
      I hope April will be amazing for you!

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  6. OHHH I love the new designs !!
    Of course eh … omg that sucks – dad had a week off work as “vacation” and he was sick too (still is, influenza- can take like 2-3weeks still to heal.. try not to be sick with that *aherm*)

    Yay for spring weather though !! it’s supposed to be SIXTEEN DEGREES here today, but of course im working (3-9) AND my head is killing me. so merp. but i’m so glad it’s not as cold as usual and finger crossed no more snow now that ours is finally almost gone all the way.

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    1. Oh thank you Kristina, so happy you like it πŸ™‚
      Oh no, I hope you’ll feel better soon, sending you tons of healthy vibes x and fingers crossed the snow will go away soon for you, too! ❀

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  7. Happy almost April, Marie! I’m so sorry March wasn’t the best month for you, but I’m hoping this one is better, sending you all the love and hugs. ❀ Congrats on your writing successes this month! And yay for being ahead of your Goodreads challenge. πŸ™‚ I also LOVE all your new design, it looks so so so beautiful, ahhhh!! ❀

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  8. I’m totally with you! I needed the sunshine! My son started soccer, and the girls and I lounge on a picnic blanket while he practices. It’s at the end of the day, so the sun is still warm, but setting. There’s usually a cool breeze, too. I look forward to it! In the mornings, I try to get us out of the house for a walk, or to go to the playground. Being outside helps everything! Also, we live in Texas, so soon will jump into summer and it will be unbearable.

    I hate that One & Future was disappointing! I was really looking forward to that one. I’ll have to read your actual review in a little bit. I read The Near Witch ages ago and really enjoyed the concept! I don’t really remember a romance, haha. I guess that’s your point, huh? Cold Day in the Sun I loved! A hockey romance that delivered? Yes! She’s also super capable and relatable.

    I love your new images! They’re amazing! I’ve been thinking about redoing some stuff on my blog, but I also like the original look. It’s simple. I’ve tinkered with it over time, too. Hmm. Decisions! I hope you have a lovely week!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? πŸ’¬


    1. Oh thank you so much, so happy you like them! ❀
      I hope you'll get to enjoy spring as much as possible before the heat comes and takes over everything, that has to be so annoying :/
      I hope you'll enjoy Once & Future better than I did, it was an entertaining read, but overall didn't quite made that much of an impact, it makes me a little sad.
      Thank you so much for your sweet words! I hope you'll decide to give it a try if you feel inspired to re-do some things on your blog, it's so motivating and inspiring to change things up every now and then πŸ™‚
      I hope you'll have a lovely April πŸ™‚


  9. Congratulations on completing your WIP, Marie! I’m so happy for you!! πŸ’– I know that sometimes it can be hard to believe in your WIP when you have been writing it for so long, but I’m proud of you for never giving up!

    Also, I love the new graphics! Everything is so cute! I mean, your blog has always been cute, but now it looks so much better! πŸ’•

    And thank you so much for sharing my post! 😊 I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


    1. Thank you so, so, SO much Xandra, this means so much ❀ ❀
      I'm so happy you like the new graphics! and you're welcome, your post was so good. I hope you'll have a lovely April πŸ™‚

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  10. Congratulations on finishing your WIP!!! That is such a huge accomplishment and you deserve all of the cookies. Ii don’t think I would have the stamina to keep working on the same thing for four whole years – you should be so proud of yourself πŸ™‚ Also, I love the new graphics! Your new signature especially πŸ™‚ I’ll have to check out Kat’s new website! I’ve also been following her series on blog design and I’ve found myself seriously inspired. Now to find the time to finish my overhaul that’s been going on for months now.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura, you’re so sweet! ❀ ❀
      I hope you'll follow Kat and will get inspired for your own blog, too, I found her blog series so… well, motivating and inspiring, too. You can do this, you'll be proud and happy of your blog afterwards, too πŸ˜€
      Thank you, Laura, and have a wonderful month ❀

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  11. Rant, vent, do all you need to feel okay with your emotions, love! Months can drag, and be awful to us. Days we think might bring us some relief sometimes don’t and it’s so disheartening. I know what you mean and I’m with you ❀

    I LOVE the look of your blog! The little touches here and there, the overall atmosphere, it's all amazing! I wish mine looked half as good, haha! xx

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  12. I really love all of your new graphics – they are so cute. Those little umbrellas above your Welcome. ADORABLE! I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with a lot of mental health issues. Mine have been pretty good this past month, but I’m also finally seeing a therapist and that’s been helpful, I think. I’m sorry you got sick and that ruined your weekend away!! I hope you are feeling better, and here’s to an amazing April. I’m ready for warmer weather – now if only it would quit raining! Oh, and congrats on finishing your WIP. That’s awesome!!!


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    1. Oh thank you so much Lauren, so happy you like it! I love these umbrellas, they’re my favorites haha ❀
      I'm happy that therapy has been helpful for you and I hope that April will be great, too! ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, it means a lot ❀ Here's to a better month πŸ™‚


  13. I honestly love your new graphics! Did you make them or were they a commission?
    March was a pretty nice month for me, reading-wise. I read all the Shadow and Bone trilogy, including all the novellas, and those got me back into reading a lot. I even read a romance in one day!

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    1. The little additions to the sidebar, blog post and signatures are a commission, the featured image was made by my sister, I mentioned it in my post πŸ™‚
      I’m so glad you got back into reading last month, yay and a book in ONE DAY now that’s so great!
      I hope you’ll have a lovely April and thank you, Catarina! πŸ™‚

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  14. Spring has finally arrived where I live! We had an absolutely perfect day yesterday and took advantage by going for a long walk. I always feel better in the springtime! Have a wonderful April, Marie!

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  15. Wow I am in LOVE with these new graphics Marie ❀ ❀ That is amazing that you've finished your WIP!!! Congrats!!! You deserve a hug and a cup of tea and some nice relaxing time after your hard work πŸ™‚ Also…. let me know when you are ready to share your novel, since I would be so happy to beta-read it!

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    1. Ahhh thank you Sophie, so happy you like them! ❀
      Thank you, you're too sweet and you've been such a huge support, really, this means so much ❀ I'm definitely going to take you up on that soon if that's okay ❀

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  16. AHHH I LOVE THESE GRAPHICS SO MUCH!! It’s totally you, and it’s also so adorable and amazing and cute ❀ ❀ ❀ I'm so sorry that this has been a poor mental health month, especially with the winter weather. I'm glad to hear that it's starting to become Spring where you live. Plant Marie deserves some sunshine!!

    Big big congrats on finishing your WIP!! You should be so proud of yourself!! A story that you created in your own mind is now on paper and finished πŸ™‚ That's extremely exciting! I can't wait to see your author features for the next month and all the great books you read. Happy Reading!!

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    1. Ahhhh Tiffany thank you so much, you’re too sweet, I’m so happy you like them ❀ and thank you, I'm a plant haha I do need a lot of sunshine and I've missed it so much ❀
      Aww, thank you! It's far from being finished and still need to be edited, but I guess I'm done with that draft and it's already good ahah.
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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    1. Oh I hope you’ll like them a little better than I did, Jeann! ❀ and We Set The Dark On Fire was brilliant, I adore it SO much ❀
      Thank you! I wish you a beautiful April, Jeann, take care ❀


  17. The designs are absolutely stunning. So clean and crips. Gorgeous! I’m sorry that March was just an okay month. If it helps, mine was the same. The only remotely interesting thing that happened was my week off from work which basically turned into a catch up on all the other things I had to do. No rest for the wicked, right.

    I am ready to embrace Spring in its full glory. I keep saying I like my seasons in order, so while the snow I got was pitiful, I am ready to move past that and enjoy some sunshine and that fresh feel.

    If I’m Being Honest sounds like one of those addictive contemporary novels, perfect for this time of year.

    Hope you have a fabulous April. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Aww Lois thank you, so happy you like them!<3
      Oh I get that – days off work are just days that end up being as, or even busier than working days, this happens to me a lot, too haha.
      I hope you'll be able to read If I'm Being Honest, I love this book so, so much ❀
      Thank you! I hope April will be good to you, too ❀


  18. The new graphics look positively lovely! I hope April proves to be a much more positive month, mental health wise, and that you continue to find good books to read, and don’t stress out too much about everything else. πŸ™‚


  19. marie your graphics are just adorable!!! i’m so in love with them and theyre so perfectly YOU!! 😭😍

    “we set the dark on fire” sounds so good and i love the colour scheme, it just really grabs my attention. the devouring grey has squad goals?? that’s it, i’m Sold.

    i can’t wait to see what you have in store for us for april! i know it’s going to be amazing (bc all your content is) and i hope you’re having an amazing month ❀ ❀

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    1. Awwwww May thank you so much, I’m so happy you like them, thank you! 😭😍
      I hope you’ll read both we set the dark on fire and the devouring gray… well, especially we set the dark on fire I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH.
      You’re too sweet 😭 I hope you will have a lovely April as well ❀


  20. Aw I’m sorry to hear your mental health hasn’t been great recently, Marie. I hope the spring treats you better and things start looking up. Sending love and positive vibes your way. β™₯️

    I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed The Devouring Gray; that’s my next read, and I can’t wait to dive into it! And yessssss Girls of Paper & Fire is soooo good, I hope you love it as much as I did. I hope you have a good April!

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    1. Thank you so, so much, it means a lot Aimal, you’re so sweet ❀
      I hope you'll like The Devouring Gray, it has some pretty mixed reviews, but I really liked it πŸ™‚ and can't wait to read Girls of Paper and Fire, a little nervous about it, but also very excited πŸ™‚
      I hope you will have a lovely April as well πŸ™‚


  21. Hey, Marie! I’m so sorry to hear that March did not treat you well 😦 BUT OH MY GOSHHHHHH! THE DESIGNS LOOK SO, SO CUTE ALL PUT TOGETHER (if I do say so myself haha)! Plus, I am totally digging your new featured image style (great job, Nyx!) Gosh, I am just really, really glad that you love the final product as much as you do! Also, thank you so much for your lovely shout out πŸ™‚

    Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful April! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahhhh I’m glad you like it all together, YOU did such a fantastic job and I can’t thank you enough for everything 😍 and so happy you like the featured image style, I hope you’ll love them all! πŸ˜€
      I hope you’ll have a lovely April πŸ™‚

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  22. I’m sorry March wasn’t the best month— it’s horrible when you feel awful. And I think it is good to rant– it helps!! I hope April is a better month for you. Sending you books and your favourite sweet treat!!!

    I feel anxious about wanting to read all the books too but it is definitely quality over quantity. And the books will always be there when you are ready!!!
    I am glad you have some good read this month and well done for being on track for your goodreads challenge!!
    And big well done on finished your WIP!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I get super nervous about sharing my writing too but whenever I do it I enjoy getting feedback (even if it is scary– I just distract myself as soon as I have shared it so I can’t think about it) πŸ˜‚

    I absolute love your new blog design and graphics. I love Kat’s design and it looks wonderful!!! The colour theme and the wellies at the end 😍😍 it all looks BEAUTIFUL!!
    Wishing you a wonderful April again!!

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    1. Thank you so, SO much, you’re the sweetest ahh 😭

      I’m trying to think of it that way, yes, the books will still be there haha, but… there are just so many books, sometimes I want to read them all haha.
      That’s a great idea, I think I’ll do the same once I send it, try to distract myself not to think about it too much haha.

      Aww thank you! SO happy you like it 😍
      I hope April will be amazing to you! ❀

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      1. You’re very welcome!! ❀
        I definitely understand the feeling of wanting to read all the books— I need a timeturner haha!!
        Yes haha, if I didn't distract myself I think I would just constantly think about it!!
        It looks amazing!!
        Thank you!! ❀


  23. I love your blog’s new design! It’s SO PRETTY. ❀

    I'm sorry March wasn't that great for you – I hope your April is better! The weather makes such a difference. Now that it's warmer and sunnier, I'm feeling a lot better!

    I read a Cold Day in the Sun too. I really enjoyed it!

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    1. Ahh thank you Kyra! I’m so happy you like it πŸ™‚
      and yes, the sunshine and weather is making a little bit of a difference lately so… it’s getting better, I’m glad it’s the case for you, too ❀

      So glad you liked it! I thought it was such a great contemporary read πŸ™‚
      I hope you'll have a lovely April! ❀


  24. First time visitor on your blog. Came here from a WordPress recommendation when I saw the words blog redesign. I recently did a blog rehaul myself and was curious to see how yours looks.

    Your blog looks awesome. I love the images, and thanks for sharing that blog post on branding. Learning a lot from that one.

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  25. I love the new blog design!!! First of all, yellow is my favorite color (although I’m always afraid to wear/use it in any capacity) because it’s so fresh and sunny! I completely agree with you, too, I’m 100% plant – I need sunlight! I’m honestly so grateful Spring is here-ish. It’s my favorite season and always fills me with so much hope. I hope things get better for you mental-health-wise this month.

    Congrats on finishing your novel draft!! That’s such an accomplishment and I highly recommend you take a second and just…be proud of yourself for sticking to something. And again, if and when you’re ready to share, I’d love to read it!

    Hope you have an amazing April!! ❀

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    1. Ahhh thank you Christine, so happy you like it 😍
      I’m glad I’m not the only plant here haha, I need spring and sunshine and warmth and somehow, it makes me feel better overall, too. Thank you, I hope so, too ❀

      Thank you so much, you're too sweet ❀ I hope you will have a lovely April, too!

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  26. I absolutely LOVE your new graphics, they look amazing β™₯ And thank you so much for sharing my blog post, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! That was a post I was nervous about posting, so it’s a bit reassuring to see that, if that makes sense?
    Congratulations on finishing your WIP, it’s fantastic! I also wrote a little this month, I’m finally fighting my bad writing block πŸ™‚ I hope you have an amazing month Marie!

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    1. Aww thank you Noémie, so happy you like them!! ❀
      I get that, I am always so nervous about… well, every post to be honest, but some discussions make me more nervous than others. Yours was so good though,I loved it! ❀

      Ahhh, so happy you're getting back into writing πŸ™‚ it's always hard to get back into the rhythm after a long time, but you can do this ❀
      I hope you'll have a lovely April as well πŸ™‚


  27. Yay for spring and sunshine! The days are finally getting longer and brighter here too and it makes me so happy 🌞 I’m so glad you enjoyed The Devouring Gray and I’m Being a Honest, I’m so excited to get to both of those! Your blog looks so good, I love the new look. And thank you so much for sharing my post, you’re the best ❀️ I hope you have a wonderful April!

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  28. I really love your new deign elements Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀ I noticed them right away and they're so cute (I especially love all the little umbrellas on your welcome sign). You got through the same amount of books I didn this month, I think in the end as long as we're ahead on our GR Reading Challenge that's the main thing right? At least that's what I'm telling myself. I'm glad you enjoyed The Near Witch, though it sucks you were slightly disappointed by the romance aspect. :/
    God that sucks you were ill this month (there seems to be a lot going around, everyone I work with is falling ill) and oh congratulations on your WIP. I bet the sense of achievement you feel having it done is like nothing else right? Either way I'll certainly be interested to hear more about your next big project.
    Great post, it seems like you had a decent March but I hope you have an even better April. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Beth, I’m so happy you like them!! ❀
      I'm curious to hear your thoughts about The Near Witch, I hope you'll like it more than I did πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Beth! I hope you'll have a lovely April ❀

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    1. Oh no! I’m sorry you got sick and it ruined your travel plans. That stinks 😦

      I have noticed that you’ve been revamping your blog design! I’m loving it!

      “…sunshine has decided to show up and it’s been a little spring-like lately where I live, which has done wonders for my mental health.”

      Girl I relate so much! We went on vacation down south last week and I was soaking up the sunshine! Where I live, it is really cold for at least 5 months out of the year. The older I get, the more I come to realize that the weather effects my moods.

      Congrats on finishing your WIP!!! How exciting!

      Happy reading & blogging in April Marie πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you, Amanda, I’m so glad you like the design! ❀ ❀
        Ahhhh, it's so great that you got to soak up some sunshine, can't wait to do that haha. I feel like the weather affects my mood a whole lot and it's so frustrating, at times.
        Thank you! I hope you'll have a lovely april ❀

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  29. I LOVE the new graphics! Like, ADORE THEM! 😍 All the little touches with the twisters, and windswept hats, and umbrellas. It’s all so cute!!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed If I’m Being Honest. I sometimes get scared that I only liked that one book of an author, or I guess authors in this case, and that I won’t enjoy their future books. I’m also VERY impressed with the amount of reviews you managed to write. Reviews take extreme effort on my part and so every time I see someone post a whole bunch of them I immediately assume they have magic powers.

    I hope your mental health continues to improve as you soak up more and more sunshine!

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    1. Ahhh Malka THANK YOU SO MUCH 😭😍 I’m so happy you like them!

      If I’m Being Honest was amazing, I loved it so much! ❀ and… I'm kind of in shock just as well, even if most of these were short / bullet point reviews, they still were reviews and… I have a lot of books to talk about, I guess hahaha.
      Thank you so much! I hope you'll have a lovely April ❀

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  30. First of all, I’m loving all the little graphics! They’re super cute and fit your blog so well.

    I’m hoping that April is a better month for you and you don’t get sick! Should be better now that flu season is over and you can bask in the sunshine every now and then.

    Congratulations on finishing your WIP!!

    Have a great month, Marie!


  31. I love your new blog design! Your blog was already great before, so now it just feels sleeker & looks more professional 😊

    I feel like March (for the northern hemisphere, at least) is a bit of weird month as we transition from the coldness of winter to the start of spring. I’ve been seeing glimpses of the sun where I live, and I am so ready for warmer weather & being able to not wear two layers of jackets every time I go outside! β˜€οΈ Weather definitely plays a role in my mood, so all I can do is wait until the clouds & rain goes away, and summer kicks in again. I hope the weather gets warmers in France soon too!

    Congratulations on finishing your WIP! I can’t wait to hear where you take you story next, and I hope you have a wonderful April! ❀️

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    1. Oh, oh Zoie thank you SO much, you’re too sweet, it means a lot that you think that, thank you!! ❀
      I'm with you, I'm all ready for spring now, it's that moment when winter has lasted for way too long and I need sunshine haha. ❀
      Thank you so, so much! I hope you'll have a lovely April ❀


  32. Great wrap up! You’ve read some good reads this month! I can’t wait to read If I’m Being Honest! Recently, I’ve been hearing great things about it and I’m so glad you loved it! I like your new graphics! They’re kinda cute!
    Hope you have a wonderful April! πŸ™‚

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  33. I’m sorry to hear that you had a tough March. I was having a tough time with my mental health in march as well, even though the month itself wasn’t bad. I LOVE the new blog things you added. All the cute graphics, and I love the redesign on your sidebar! Did you do this yourself, because it came out beautifully! I will pray and hope that your April turns out better. Sending you love, strength, and positive vibes xxx

    Melina |

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    1. Oh I’m so sorry to hear that, know that I’m always here if you ever need to chat ❀ I hope that April will be better for you ❀
      Thank you! I'm so happy you like it! It was a blogging friend who did my new designs on the sidebar, if you're curious I linked to her design shop in my blog post! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Melina, you're too sweet ❀ Sending you tons of love ❀ ❀

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  34. I LOVE your new graphics 😍😍they’re super cute and your blog is endlessly gorgeous as always. Also so much congrats for finishing your writing project!! Camp NaNo kind of snuck up on us, though, right!? I definitely wasn’t ready and IDK what I’ll get done πŸ˜‚ but eep! I’m glad you got so many reviews done…and also hope your brain is a little nicer to you. Low mental health days/weeks can super suck. All it does is rain where I am, and I don’t think that helps me much either. 😭


    1. Ahhh Cait thank you so so much, I’m so happy you like it!! ❀
      I wasn't ready for camp NaNo either ahah, I think I will wait for the June edition to work on something maybe haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you! I hope April will be amazing to you and less rainy, too ❀


  35. Ahh I LOVE your blog design Marie, it is absolutely gorgeous and so adorable!!! I ADORE IT SO MUCH πŸ˜πŸ’žπŸ’ž
    And omg YES WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE!! What an absolute GEM, it is so incredibly written and sjshshsh I’m unable to be coherent about it as well 😍😍

    I’m so sorry this month didn’t go as great for you life-wise, that’s such a shame! 😭 It’s okay to rant, life is hard sometimes but I’m hoping for the best for you this coming month (and always)! πŸ’žπŸ’ž

    AND CONGRATS ON FINISHING YOUR WIP AHHHH!!!! *tackles you with hugs and confetti* that’s so amazing!! ❀️❀️

    Oh, and thank you so much for sharing my post!!
    I hope you have a lovely April! πŸ’—

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    1. Ahhh Aline you’re too sweet thank you so, so, SO much, I’m so happy you like it!!😍

      YES, ahh I’m glad you loved we set the dark on fire so I can scream about it with you ahhh, that ending just broke me and I need the next book and ahhh 😍

      Thank you, so so, much for your sweet words, this means a lot ❀ I hope you'll have a wonderful April, too! ❀

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  36. First of all, your new graphics are so so so cute!! I love them! I think they represent your authentic and sweet personality so well. πŸ’› Second of all, YAY YOU FINISHED YOUR WIP!!! I don’t want to rush you into sending it off to beta readers, but if you ever do, please sign me up! I’d love to read your work. Thirdly, I’m sorry you didn’t have the best month mental health wise. Keep doing what you love girl and hopefully things will start to feel better. Okay, sorry for the list format lol I just had a lot to say. πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’› Here’s to April being an awesome month!

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    1. Thank you so, so much, I’m so happy you like them ❀
      Oh, oh, oh wow thank you for saying this, I'm honored you'd be interested in reading my work, thank you! I adore all of your writing advice all the time and getting your advice on my work would be incredible. I'm definitely thinking of you… when I'm ready to send my work to some beta readers ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet words, this means so much ❀

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    1. AHHH yes yes this makes me so happy ❀ I hope you'll love them and please please come to me to talk about We Set The Dark On Fire because this book just ahhhhh the feelings.
      Thank you!! ❀


  37. I’m so sorry about your recent mental health. I hope you feel better soon πŸ–€ Your new graphics are so cute!! I love them. I literally am so boring because I just use WordPress headings and spacers :”) I want to make new graphics, but i have so many things going on right now. Also, I’m currently reading we set the dark on fire and I’m enjoying it so much!!


    1. Thank you so much Caitlin, you’re too sweet ❀ ❀
      I'm so happy you like these graphics! And you're not boring at all, I LOVE the font you always use in your blog header and all of your featured images, too. If you're not happy with it all you can always maybe try to create some more graphics for your blog once you have a little bit more time πŸ™‚
      AHHH this makes me so happy! I hope you'll keep on loving it, that ending had me screaming haha.
      Thank you!! ❀

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  38. I hope you like Girls of Paper and Fire! I really enjoyed it. I’m glad to hear you liked The Devouring Gray! Looks promising.

    P.S. Your blog design is amazing!!

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