Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month.
new on the blog
- [1 Mar] For Every One by Jason Reynolds ★★★★★
- [1 Mar] the witch doesn't burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad ★★★
- [5 Mar] Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough ★★★★
- [6 Mar] More Than We Can Tell by Bridget Kemmerer ★★★★
- [8 Mar] ARC Review: The Radical Element, edited by Jessica Spotswood
- [8 Mar] The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2) by Jessica Spotswood, Anna-Marie McLemore, Sarvenaz Tash, Sara Farizan, Marieke Nijkamp, Meg Medina, Erin Bowman, Stacey Lee, Mackenzi Lee, Dhonielle Clayton, Dahlia Adler ★★★★½
- [15 Mar] Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade ★★
- [16 Mar] Ivy Aberdeen's Letter To The World by Ashley Herring Blake ★★★★★
- [22 Mar] The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding ★★★★
- [30 Mar] The Window by Amelia Brunskill ★★★½
- [2 Mar] Genres I Stopped Reading & Why
- [9 Mar] On How My Priorities in Blogging Have Changed
- [13 Mar] Bee @ The Movies: Black Panther
- [20 Mar] Do People Actually Read Reviews?
- [23 Mar] The Pro’s & Con’s of Being a Mood Reader
- [7 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
- [14 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
- [21 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday: Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone
- [27 Mar] I Love These Books That Take Place In Foreign Countries!
- [28 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
- [29 Mar] Madalyn’s Favorite Duologies | March Monthly Recommendations
our most anticipated april release
Madalyn: I mean, duh. It’s Becky Albertalli. AND it features a bi, plus-sized, musician main character. A main character that happens to be my favorite side character from Simon. Sign me the heck up. (Also, I plan to be at the release event here in Atlanta on April 28th! Let me know if you’re going, too!)
Bee: Becky is my queen and I love all her books so really I’m destined to read and love this one too. I read the first chapter in the SIMON VS special edition and aahhhh!
venturing around the blogosphere
Check out these posts from other creators we loved this month! <3
- Rashika @ Xpresso Reads lists some ways to support diverse books (besides buying them)
- Kayla @ BooksAndLala had her son pick her TBR for this month, and it was adorable
- Elise @ thebookishactress discusses the dreaded “not like other girls” trope
- Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books ponders whether or not book blogging is still relevant
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders presents a helpful guide for authors on author/reviewer interaction
- Kathleen @ worthathousandwords created an original book tag based on Love, Simon!
- Lauren @ Bookmark Lit gives us her thoughts on rereading and rewatching
- Alyssa @ A Reader’s Journey compiles a list of books with 1920’s settings, in honor of the anniversary of the publication of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel
- Speaking of Alyssa, she also mentioned us in her post about the book blogs that inspire her! Thank you so much for your kind words! <3
every book read this month
March was hands-down the best reading month I’ve had this year so far! I feel like I’m finally back in my reading groove. I had one 3-star read (17 First Kisses— it was fine, but Rachael Allen’s other books are SO much better), but everything else got at least 4 stars from me, which is VERY rare. Highly recommend all of these!
I had a pretty good reading month! I read more books this month than I have in the previous months, which is awesome! And I’ve had a few 4 star reads and IVY ABERDEEN’S LETTER TO THE WORLD tops my list of this month by being my first 5-star read of the year that is not a re-read. I DNF’ed LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE because it just wasn’t for me. It’s very cute and it’s YA crossing over into NA but the writing just didn’t grab me personally and I didn’t connect to the characters. HOWEVER, the rep was on point!
life & what’s happening
Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a great March. Mine was kind of a whirlwind. I sang a huge concert, traveled to Stockholm and London over my spring break (and got pickpocketed within my first five minutes in Stockholm… sigh), visited my parents in Florida, celebrated my 22nd birthday, and generally tried to manage school, work, and a social life without losing it. Oh, and I continued to be completely shook by every new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars (side note: if any of you also watch Drag Race and ever want to discuss, HIT. ME. UP. I’m a huuuuuuge fan.). I had lots of fun on all my travels– Stockholm is such a beautiful, magical, wintry city. I’d love to go back someday. And of course, I always have a great time in London. This trip, I discovered a great new restaurant (Dishoom), and an adorable new-to-me bookstore on a boat (Word on the Water). A new indie bookstore also just opened on the island where my parents live, and it is SO DREAMY. They had a great selection across all genres and age ranges, a friendly staff, and a cafe that serves coffee, food, and wine– all with bookish names! I can’t wait to go back next time I visit.
March was a very hectic month for me. I still had my internship going AND I moved in with my boyfriend, which is epic so far and a dream come true. By the time you read this, I’ll also have “graduated” from my course and now it’s time for some much needed and well deserved rest. A highlight this month, besides moving, was going to see Black Panther, which is a STUNNING movie. And I went to see Ready Player One with my best friend too. My thoughts on that one will be coming in a separate post shortly! I also had my 20-week echo where they check ALL the things on the baby and everything is very okay. She’s growing nicely and kicking about a lot. She also had ten toes and ten fingers and the cutest button nose ever and I can’t wait to meet her in real life. Though the visit itself was a horrible experience with my anxiety flaring up like never before because of the long wait, the long visit itself (which took almost an HOUR) and the doctor pushing on my belly so much it hurt. But I’m glad everything is alright!
Our favorite ‘grams from this month!
I had the best time visiting the Stadsbiblioteket (city library) in Stockholm on my birthday! The perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon.
It’s not MY picture but I reposted it because I’M RIDICULOUSLY IN LOVE WITH THIS COVER OKAY. Look at those precious queer boys being all cute and checking each other out.
Well, school will finally be done at the end of April, so that’s a relief. This semester has been pretty manageable, but it’s dragging in a way that previous semesters haven’t. I’m trying to pick up a second part-time job to fill in some hours over the summer, so hopefully something will come of that search this month! I have a few choir concerts and a recording session with my choir. A ton of my friends also have recitals this month, and I’m hoping to make it out to at least a couple of those! I’m also hoping to attend some bookish events here in Atlanta.
April will be a month of rest and starting on the baby room! Lots of sleeping in (while I still can) and going shopping for Emma’s room. SO excited for that. I will post pictures when it’s all set up. Also the first thing on my agenda next week is reading Obsidio while also listening to the audio book. Because that’s the only proper way to do it, honestly. Other than that I don’t have much planned and I hope to keep it that way!
king of the month
I always love Morgan Matson, but I enjoyed Save the Date way more than expected. I got a lot of *~feelings~* from this book, because the Grant family reminded me so much of my own family. I love that this story focused on family and romance played a very small part in the overall story (don’t get me wrong, I love a good romance! I just appreciate when authors can also do something different). It was also HILARIOUS. If you like rom-coms, you will love Save the Date.
This was SUCH a heartwarming and touching read. It really hit me in the feels with the disaster of what happened to Ivy’s home and her struggle to find herself and find her place in the world. It was my first 5-star read of the year. Honestly, if you’re looking for more Middle Grade Contemporary featuring LGBT+ main characters, this is one you MUST check out.
How was your March? Is it starting to feel like spring where you are? Any exciting plans for April? Let us know in the comments!