MARCH ROUNDUP!

HOW ON EARTH IS IT ALREADY APRIL? Good golly. Hello everyone, and Happy April, I guess? So today’s post is just going to be a recap of all of what I got up to in March! And, as ever, I’ll be finishing the post off with a quick nod to some of my favourite bloggers and posts from the last month!


MARCH READS & BEAT THE BLACKLIST

I’ve mentioned a few times now over the course of joining the book-blogverse that this year i’m taking part in Beat the Blacklist. In an attempt to work through some of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for an unacceptably long time, as well as other pre-2019 releases, I decided to take on this challenge and document it as I go! Below, I’ll be filling you in on the books I managed to read through March, and which ones counted towards my challenge!

  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    • n/a for beat the blacklist.
    • 5/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 5/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 1/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 5/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard
    • n/a for beat the blacklist.
    • 3/5 stars.
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 4/5 stars.

Now that we’ve entered the fourth month of the year, my Beat the Blacklist bingo stands as follows:


2019 RESOLUTIONS

At the start of the year, I decided to set myself some resolutions in an attempt to try and expand my reading choices, and just as a means to encourage myself to branch out and move out of my comfort zones, while also reading a little more diversely. Much like I plan to every month, I’m going to start off with a list of all the books I’ve managed to read this year, and where they slot into my resolutions, and then I’m going to take a look back on all the books listed in my original post, to see just how many of them I’ve managed to read so far!

  • doctor who: the good doctor by juno dawson
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc rep.
    • 4/5 stars.
  • fierce fairytales by nikita gill
    • beat the blacklist.
    • retellings.
    • 5/5 stars.
  • things a bright girl can do by sally nicholls
    • beat the blacklist.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • books my friends loved (esme).
    • 4/5 stars.
  • trell: nothing but the truth by dick lehr
    • poc rep.
    • 3/5 stars.
  • you by caroline kepnes
    • beat the blacklist.
    • books my friends loved (jenny).
    • 4/5 stars.
  • dare me by megan abbott
    • beat the blacklist.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • books my friends loved (jenny).
    • 3/5 stars.
  • the lady’s guide to petticoats and piracy by mackenzi lee
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc rep.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • books my friends loved (becca).
    • 5/5 stars.
  • summer of salt by katrina leno
    • beat the blacklist.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • 4/5 stars.
  • daisy jones & the six by taylor jenkins reid
    • books my friends loved (jenny).
    • 5/5 stars.
  • city of ghosts by victoria schwab
    • beat the blacklist.
    • books my friends loved (becca).
    • 5/5 stars.
  • as i descended by robin talley
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc rep.
    • lgbt+ rep.
    • retellings.
    • 1/5 stars.
  • dear martin by nic stone
    • beat the blacklist.
    • books my friends loved (christine).
    • poc rep.
    • 5/5 stars.
  • oh my gods by alexandra sheppard
    • poc rep.
    • retellings.
  • we should all be feminists by chimamanda ngozi adichie
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc author.

So, those are all the books I’ve managed to read thus far, meaning that I’ve managed to read ten books towards my Beat the Blacklist challenge, seven books heavily featuring POC representation/an author of colour, three retellings, five LGBT+ books, and seven books that my friends loved! While I’ve definitely slacked as far as low-rated books and classics go, I’ve still got plenty of time to pick up the pace and get around to them!


BOOK HAUL

I tried really hard to be careful with money this month. I’m always fairly conscious as it is, but I had a lot to focus on this month money-wise, so I tried to force myself to be on my best behaviour and not spend any unnecessary money on books when I already have so many sitting on my shelves waiting to be read! I was fairly well behaved this month, and for the first 20 days of the month I had only splashed out on two books – one of which I didn’t spend a penny on, having used a gift card for that particular purchase. But then Esme arrived, and not only did she come bearing gifts, but the two of us went on our own little book-spree, because we just couldn’t resist.

  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    • poc rep.
    • (i know, i know, i already read this, but i just had to get my hands on a final copy.)
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
    • retelling.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • (i didn’t spend a single penny on this, so no guilt here!)
  • Paper Girls Vol. #1 by Brian K Vaughan
    • beat the blacklist.
  • Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
    • poc rep.
    • retelling.
    • lgbt+.
    • (another one that didn’t cost me a penny, thank you gift cards!)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    • classic.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • (another copy to add to my collection; thank you esme!)
  • A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
    • classic.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • beat the blacklist.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    • beat the blacklist.
    • poc rep.
    • lgbt+.
  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone
    • poc rep.
    • lgbt+.

WHAT YOU MISSED

FAVOURITE POSTS

A quick glance at some of my favourite bloggers and posts from March!

  • T10T: Characters I Want to Hang Out With
    • howlinglibraries.
    • Destiny kicked off her first Top Ten Tuesday of the month with a list of her favourie fictional characters that she’d love to hang out with in the real world! It definitely makes for a fun selection (I, too, would love to buddy up with Blue Sargent and Luna Lovegood – preferably at the same time), and you should absolutely check it out.
  • 5 Releases I Can’t Wait For
    • princessofpages.
    • A glimpse into five (of many!) wonderful releases that March brought us. Have you read any of these gems?
  • Book Review: The Night Circus
    • pagesplots.
    • This book is very high on my list of priorities and something I keep meaning to pick up that I just haven’t gotten around to. Not only has the lovely Cat posted a great review here, but my sweet friend Esme recently read it too, so I just know I’ll have to bump it up my TBR some time soon!
  • Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue
    • howlinglibraries.
    • Destiny again, I know, but here she reviewed one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!
  • World Book Day Blog Hop: Top 5 Childhood Reads
    • imireviewsbooks.
    • In celebration of World Book Day, Imi decided to talk about some of her favourite books from her childhood.
  • Feminists Books I Want To Read
    • meandinkblog
    • Sophie delivered a fabulous post here by marking International Women’s History Month with a list of Feminist books that she’s dying to read, as well as being so gracious as to attach a link to their goodreads pages, too!
  • Celebrating Ten of My Favorite Female Characters
    • briannathebookworm
    • Brianna decided to celebrate International Women’s Day by listing her ten favourite female characters, and what a great bunch they are!
  • On a Case Bi Case Basis: Esme @ Esmoogle Reads
    • stayonthepage / esmooglereads
    • Whether you’re familiar with the lovely people over at stayonthepage or not, this is definitely a blog worth checking out – as well as the other parts of the series! They’ve managed to put together a great series of blogs from various different people, all talking about what they feel like it means to be bisexual, on their own personal experience. This particular post from their series features my lovely friend Esme’s take on the matter!
  • A DNFed Book is Not A Bad Book // Exit Page Right
    • novelswaffles
    • Over here, the lovely Kat takes us on a quick run through on her take on DNFing books! I’ve absolutely loved the new theme of Loudly and Proudly DNFing Books that people have taken on this year, and I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, even if I might have been a little dubious in the past! Reading should be fun, and you should never invest your time in something that you’re struggling to connect with.
  • Book Review: If Beale Street Could Talk
    • booksandstuff
    • I absolutely adored this book, and it really left a mark on me after I read it last year, so I love seeing people talk highly of it. Don’t forget to check out RoseMarie’s review, and maybe pick up this, or another one of Baldwin’s books if you get the time!
  • Book Review: The Princess and the Fangirl (ARC)
    • beccaleighanne
    • I know fine well just how desperate Becca was to read this sequel, and just how much she adored the first book in the series, so I was over the moon when her request for an ARC was accepted! Check out her excellent, 5 star review over here, and hopefully her enthusiasm will fill you with as much joy as it did me!
  • Book Review: Once and Future
    • dellybird
    • This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I was so absolutely delighted to get my hands on a copy recently! Delly wrote a lovely review for this LGBT+ retelling of the Arthurian legend, and her enjoyment has only made me all the more excited to get around to it!
  • London Book Tour
    • esmooglereads
    • Is this one a little self indulgent of me? Perhaps! Either way, I love reading all of Esme’s posts, but here she takes a dive into our bookish excursion around London where I introduced her to some gorgeous little indie bookshops around the city!

COMING UP

  • The Book Rec Lottery.
    • Something I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ll continue to promote is mine and Esme’s Book Rec Lottery. Each month, over on Esme’s blog, we will pick a theme, and then we’ll ask readers to comment and reply and contribute with their thoughts and feelings on that particular theme. At the end of the month Esme will gather up all of the responses, pick five of her favourite answers, and feature them in the main post. Then, right at the bottom, she’ll include a quick recap of every other response that was given so as not to leave anybody out! For our launch we picked Books To Recommend To New Readers and got some fantastic suggestions, and then last month we asked everyone to tell us about their favourite Badass Literary Ladies in honour of International Women’s History Month! I’m really looking forward to you all hearing about each new theme every month, and so excited to see everyone’s input.
  • Oh My Gods review.
  • We Should All Be Feminists review.
  • WLW Reads.
    • Last month I mentioned that, in addition to trying to expand my reading habits by diving into some more WLW literature, I’ll be posting a masterpost of WLW recommendations that I received from the lovely people over on twitter, as well as a list of my own personal favourites.
  • Diversity in Literature.
    • Another post that I mentioned briefly last month, and one that I haven’t quite gotten around to yet – this is something that, when I do write it, I would very much like to do it justice! I’m hoping, with a few contributions from tweeters and bloggers alike, to put together a post – or multiple – diving into some of the pros and cons within current literature and it’s lack of diversity – or, indeed, sometimes it’s poor use of representation.
  • Tags, Tags, Tags.
    • I have such an abundance of tags and memes that I’m just dying to post, thanks to you lovely lovely people sharing and getting me involved in, as well as a particular tag of my own creation!
  • Literary London.
    • I’m also hoping to put together a post talking about some of the best book shops around London, while planning on focusing on some of the smaller branches and my absolute favourite independent bookshops across the city.

March was a bit of a weird one for me on a personal level, but as far as books and blogging go it was a lot of fun! I read some great books, some terrible, and I had the joys of celebrating a best friend’s birthday, while going on a book buying spree with another! Bring on April!

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9 thoughts on “MARCH ROUNDUP!

  1. meandinkblog says:

    Looks like you had a good reading month with some very good books. I am glad you enjoyed Daisy Jones– I have been seeing it a lot of twitter. I am currently reading Evelyn Hugo and I enjoy Reid’s writing style!! You are doing well with beat the backlist too so well done.
    I love that you are trying to diversify your reads and getting different representation in books– that’s so great.
    Yes I try not to buy books when I have so many on my shelves waiting to be read– it can be a real struggle haha!! I have been doing alright lately though!! But I think you have to indulge and buy books occasionally!!
    Thank you so much for sharing my post— that’s so kind!! ❤ I am glad you enjoyed it!!
    I hope you have a lovely April!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anovelidea says:

      Thanks so much, I appreciate that a lot!
      I really loved Daisy Jones and finally got my hands on Evelyn Hugo recently, so I can’t wait to check out some more of TJR’s work! There’s something very easy yet captivating about her writing. 🙂
Yes, definitely! It’s just so hard to resist temptation sometimes.
      Thank you again, for the comment and for being so sweet! Have a great April and I can’t wait to see what you get up to this month!

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  2. Brianna says:

    This is such a wonderful wrap up!! I love how you formatted it. Ooh I’ve never done Beat the Backlist before but I’ve been considering participating because it looks like a lot of fun! Plus I need to keep up with backlist books on my TBR lol. Also I really, REALLY need to read Daisy Jones ahh. I hope to this month!! The hype for that book has been everywhere haha

    Thank you so so so much for including my post in here! That truly means a lot to me and I appreciate it💖 hope you have an amazing April!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anovelidea says:

      Thank you so much! I always worry about the formatting, so that’s very sweet. And Beat the Blacklist is so fun! Super simple and straight forward, a great way to encourage you to push through your TBR, and the house point system adds some fun to it too!
      Daisy Jones is amazing, honestly! I loved it so much, and I’m still obsessing over it as if I read it yesterday. Definitely due a reread soon! I hope it lives up to the hype for you 🙂

      And you’re welcome!! Thank you for your comment and for being so lovely, I’m so excited to see what you post this month! Have a great April! ☺️

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