March Monthly Recap // the hectic month when I got nothing done 😔

Another month has passed and here I am with another monthly recap. March was not a very good month either. I think I can blame it on my exams, honestly. They took up so much of my time and as you will see ahead, I read almost nothing. Nada. Zilch. I think I only read three? Four? I don’t even remember. Anyways, let’s dive right into it!

Books I read

The second book in The Aurora Cycle completely shattered me. It left me staring at my ceiling for at least fifteen minutes. I hate it so much when authors end their book like that. Who relates?

I don’t think I will ever get over that ending. I need the third book…like, yesterday. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Aurora Burning broke my heart, stomped on it…thrice, and walked away with a smug smile.

AND OMG DID Y’ALL SEE THE THIRD BOOK’S COVER????!!!!! I’M SO EXCITED AAHHHH!! But in all seriousness though, the title scares me. A lot. Aurora’s End. That can literally mean so many things. The more important thing is THAT FINIAN IS ON THE COVER AND I’M SO HERE FOR IT. HE DESERVES IT 😌

I re-read this book to prepare myself for the Netflix show. I’m planning to finish this series before April 23rd, and so far, it’s mediocre. I’m hoping it gets better as it progresses. I might even read King of Scars too if I end up liking it, because it has Six of Crows characters too and I need to read about them again. I miss them too much 😭 

You can read my review for this book here.

These Feathered Flames is one of the two ARCs I’ve read this month. I have a lot of thoughts about this one, most are positive ones. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. The queer representation was the sweetest thing ever. I also think I have a strange obsession with heartbreaking endings because this one ended me.

Do ever feel broken inside but don’t shed a single tear? That’s exactly what this did to me.

I will be posting my review here soon so stay tuned for that if you want to read my thoughts!

The second ARC I read this month was Unwritten by Alicia J. Novo. Firstly, can we just take a minute to admire this magnificent cover? I mean, look at it. Just look at it. I can’t get enough of it.

And the plot? It revolves around a place where all the fictional characters from the stories we’ve read, live. HOW COOL IS THAT?? You can meet all your favourite characters! That’s every reader’s dream, honestly.

My review of Unwritten will be posted soon too, so look out for that! (I also have a very special post planned for this book, which I’m so excited for!)

This month’s posts

Posts by other bloggers I enjoyed

  • Are you a fellow Aquarius? Then make sure to check out this amazing list of books Alex @ The Scribe Owl came up with, that an Aquarius would love!
  • Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt delivers a heart-wrenching poem clapping back at all the bullies, and it’s definitely something everyone needs to read!
  • Phoenix @ Books with Wings enlightens us with her thoughts on teens in YA, and I was nodding my head all the way.
  • Abby @ Beyond the Read provides us with resources to #StopAsianHate and shares a few 2021 YA releases by AAPI authors!
  • Katie @ Whispering Pages indulges us in her rating system, and what she thinks makes an amazing book!

Quote of the Month

This month I decided to add a little section in my monthly recaps called ‘Quote of the Month’ where I pick a single quote from all the books I’ve read in that month that was either my favourite, or I related to the most.

This month’s quote is-

“…home doesn’t have to be where you were born. You can create yours wherever you choose.”

Unwritten by Alicia J. Novo

Life Updates!

  • After my exams ended, I desperately wanted to watch something on Netflix. So I was surfing, and I came across ‘The Umbrella Academy’, and I’m like. “ooh let’s watch this!”, and basically, I ended up loving it! Has anyone here watched it? If you have, please let me know in the comments! So I can spam you with a billion questions.
  • Bullet journaling is something I’ve been wanting to do since I was eleven years old, but I never ended up maintaining it 😂 I want to try again, so if anyone has any tips please let me know! I would really appreciate it!
  • Okay, so technically this is not an update, neither is it related to my life, but just for my knowledge, what are some branches of mythology you really enjoy reading? For example, Greek, Roman, Norse, anything at all. Make sure to let me know! Thanks!

Anyway, that’s all for today! I might post my April TBR too in a few days, depending on my mood. What are some books you want to read in April?

51 thoughts on “March Monthly Recap // the hectic month when I got nothing done 😔

  1. Oh My God, I’d been busy with exams in March too, so I had like a lot of the same struggles as you in March!!
    I loved umbrella Academy, and I can’t believe the coincidence, but I just read a blog post on bullet journalling not half an hour back:
    Even though I have no intention of starting a bullet journal at present, I did enjoy reading it! Hope you can find something useful!
    And I will read any book with some kind of mythology, but my fvourites are greek, roman, egyptian, indian, and norse! (so literally all books by rick riordan 😉 )
    Hope you have a better April!!

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  2. Lovely wrap up, Rania! Ah I have been hearing so much about the Aurora Cycle, so glad to see you enjoyed it… and oh no I’ve been really hesitant to read Shadow and Bone because everyone says how much better Six of Crows is in comparison, but I’ll get to it for the show and same, so I can read king of scars for SoC characters! Hope that the rest of the series gets better for you and wishing you a wonderful April! 💖

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  3. Don’t feel bad, I also feel like this month was kind of a fail, unfortunately 😅
    A book I’m really excited to read in April is Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales – I was supposed to read this month but I wasn’t able to get to it.
    I hope you have a great April! (is that even a thing you say? I don’t know, but I mean it regardless! 🙂 )

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  4. I love this wrap-up Rania!! I can definitely relate to all the school-related stress — hopefully things ease up for you soon! And omg Unwritten sounds SO GOOD. I’m so excited to read your review!! Also, your thoughts on Aurora Burning just reminded me I really need to get my life together and pick up that series. Literally everybody seems to love it, so I have high hopes! 🤩 And I love reading about Greek and Roman mythology!

    Thank you so much for sharing my post, by the way ❤️🥺

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    1. Thank you so much Abby! It’s definitely getting better! I hope you’re doing well too! Ahh yes it is!! I can’t wait for you to read it!!
      Haha omg you really need to read that series! IT IS AMAZING. Ahh that’s awesome! Thank you!

      You’re so welcome! I loved your post a lot! 💕

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  5. Okay, so you NEED to read King of Scars.
    Shadow and Bone is such a mediocre series, it was definitely the beginning of Bardugo’s writing career and not her best work, but King of Scars is just AMAZING. I read it this month and it’s TOTALLY WORTH ITTTTT. Yes, there are Crows in it…well, it’s mostly Nina. Actually, it’s all Nina. Nina is one of the main characters in KoS and she’s TOTALLY AMAZING, but it does mention the other Crows as well. I’ve been told the crows will be in book two, which I’m currently reading, and I’m more than halfway through with 0 crows (other than Nina) having made an appearance buuuuut Nikolai might make a trip to Ketterdam soooooooon.
    Also, I’ve read both the Aurora Cycle books that are out already and I can’t wait for the third either! Honestly, I sorta forget what happened in book two whoops but oh well.
    Awesome wrap up and I’m so glad that you enjoyed my post!

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    1. OMG I KNOW. I’ve been hearing so many things about it ahhh.
      Yes I agree. Her writing has definitely improved since Shadow and Bone. Ahhh you make me want to read it so bad! Yeah I know Nina is kinda the only one but she’s one of my favourite characters so I don’t mind. Oohhh I’ll definitely be reading the series soon!
      Haha I guess you’ll have to do a re-read and break your heart all over again before the third book comes out!
      Thank you so much! Your post was amazing!

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      1. NEEEEEEEEEEED haha.
        Yeah, totally. You can even see it within the Shadow and Bone series. You totally need to read it!!! Yeah, honestly I didn’t like Nina much in SoC (because Matthias) but she gets WAY better in KoS (also she miiiiiiight get a new cruuush and it’s not proven but I totally ship them so much).
        The thing is, I hate rereads haha. So I may just demand that someone I know summarize book two for me lol.

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  6. Our months are so similar haha! I’m even more worried to read the Aurora Cycle now- I have a love hate relationship with cliffhangers. I am really liking Greek mythology! I’m reading Lore, which is INCREDIBLLY confusing to jump headfirst into the Greek Gods world. It’s still fun, but I should know a little more about them. There are two very handy guides in my copy so that helps as well. I need to read more mythology books if you have any recs! (I totally plan on binge-buying the whole Percy Jackson series 🙂

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    1. Haha that’s so awesome! Oh my god I cannot emphasise enough on how much you NEED to read that series! I know, I do too! But personally, I love feeling that pain! Ooh I’ve heard of that book and read a lot of conflicting reviews about it. I think it’s one of the books which is very hard to get a hang of if you don’t read a lot of mythology. Ah that’s amazing! I’ve not read a lot of mythology myself but you should definitely check out Song of Achilles or Circe if you haven’t already! (Yessss Percy Jackson is amazing! I can’t wait for you to read it and FALL IN LOVE!!)

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      1. Yes the only good kind of pain! I definitely should have known a little more about mythology but at least I’m learning aha! I will have to prepare myself to SOB before reading Song of Achilles. I’ll definitely look into Circe!!

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      2. I’m not ready for the pain either *joins the pre-read sobbing* Lore is causing me so much pain ahhh one page I’ll be so happy but I’ll be torn apart the next. I actually know what the last sentence is and I’m thinking I’ll be ok.

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      1. (WARNING. People who haven’t read the books, avert your eyes. Spoilers ahead.)
        OH MY GOD I was thinking the same thing!! That scares me sooo much!! I don’t want the same thing that happened to Cat to happen to anyone else too😭
        Okay so first I HATED Cat. Like, she was really annoying. But THE ENDING. THAT DAMNED ENDING. It made me respect her so much more. For me, that ending redeemed Cat and now I’m just crying my way through the rest of the books. And every time Tyler or Scarlett thought of her…and whenever the squad saw her stuffed dragon (I forgot the name) oh my god it made me sooo sad. What about you?

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      2. AHH IK!! I didn’t really hate Cat, but I never loved her until that ending and I was like NOOOOOOO. YEAH I WAS SOO SAD WHEN THEY THOUGHT OF HER 😭😭. But . . . is she alive? Will she come back? Because Tyler said that she was still in there so what if she comes back?? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. But I think, if she comes back, then she’s just gonna die, like actually die. Which I DO NOT WANT. And also, when Tyler said something like, “My Cat’s gone. She’s really gone. And they took her from me”, I was like dying like NOOOO TYLER I’M GONNA CRYYYY and holy crap that book made me feel things 😭. WHY did the authors have to do this??? Sorry about this long comment, I just have so many feelings.

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      3. I KNOWWWW. I never really thought of that…she’s alive but she’s not exactly dead either. It’s like…a parasite has taken over her body. So it’s not really her. And I really want her to be in there. I can’t take more of Tyler’s emotional lines 😭😭😭
        Even if she comes back, I have a feeling that someone is definitely going to die. And I’m not ready for that 😭😭 because it’s very rare in fantasy or sci fi series for all the main characters to be alive till the end. I don’t want it to happen but I can’t help but thinking how it’s possible. Ooh what are your thoughts on Saedii??
        Haha don’t worry about it! We all need a place to rant about this series!!

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      4. AHH RIGHT?? She’s neither, and it’s really scaring me like what’s gonna happen?? I REALLY want her to be there w/ them but idk if that’s gonna happen.
        Omg yeah Tyler’s emotions are going to be the end of me 😭😭. And, yeah someone is definitely gonna die. And I don’t even know who. THAT is scary.
        *Tries to not get attached to any of the characters*
        *fails because IT’S IMPOSSIBLE*
        I mean . . . I like Saedii? She’s pretty badass, even though she can be a LITTLE cruel. I don’t really want her and Tyler to get together though. I feel like it’d be unfair to Cat, bc her last line was literally something about Tyler loving her. I know I’m not being fair, like Tyler should be able to be with someone else, but still. Hbu?

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      5. Exactly! I know I want everything back to the way it was when everything wasn’t so messed up ahh. Oh god yes that is the scariest part! I love all of them too much to let even one of them go 😭
        Again, at first I was a bit wary of her. Like, yes, she’s badass and everything but does she have to be so mean to Tyler? She did get better towards the end but I still don’t know what to think of her. I don’t think I would like her and Tyler together. He literally just lost Cat, and honestly, I don’t really ship them. I know her last line was so heartbreaking!

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      6. Ahh IK I wish they could all just be together all happy and stuff 😭.
        And yeah, she was WAY too mean to Tyler when he HELPED her. I don’t ship them, I don’t really understand how a lot of people do. And also, WHAT WAS SCARLETT AND FIN’S LAST CHAPTER!?!

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      7. Same 😭😭
        Exactly! I didn’t even know people shipped them till like a few weeks back lmao. OMG THAT LAST CHAPTER WAS INTENSE. I’m pretty sure they were going to kiss!!!! GAHHHH why did that ending have to be like that 😭😭
        November 2nd can’t come any faster!!

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