March was…what even happened in March? I worked, I slept, I worked some more, I cuddled cats and my bae, and…I read? I did. I READ BOOKS!! I can’t remember the last time I read 8 books in a month. Definitely not since college. But it happened! Two of them were poetry books, to be fair, but the rest were novels, and I am very, very pleased with my newly reinvigorated reading speed and intensity.
Before we get to reading though, some life stuff: I am still getting used to the new job and apartment, and both are very stressful. I never feel like I’m doing enough at the job and I’m worried I’ll never be good at being a librarian even though it’s what I want to do and my Very Official Career Path That I Got A Degree For. The apartment still doesn’t feel like home yet, but I’m trying to remedy that by getting a cool witchy tapestry and frames for my wall art so I don’t feel like I’m living in a slightly bigger college dorm. Fortunately, I’m really excited about and loving the kittens again, though they are quite naughty, and having them around is really nice when my boyfriend can’t be with me.
I’ve been feeling really frustrated and dry creatively though, and it’s starting to make me feel a little depressed, to be honest. I’m not writing, I haven’t been playing music, and basically the only fun creative thing I do is sing in the car. I love singing and would love to try it in a more performance way but don’t think I’m probably good enough. I’m going to make a more conscious effort to pick up the flute and violin every once in a while this month, and I might also try to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo to revise my NaNo novel half from last year, because I did love writing it.
What I Read
As I mentioned, I read 8 books this month:
1. To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo
2. Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
3. Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
4. Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi
5. Solo – Kwame Alexander
6. Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi
7. Pillow Thoughts – Courtney Peppernell
8. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One – Amanda Lovelace
I also did some rereads, which is rare for me. I reread the Shatter Me trilogy to prep for reading Restore Me, but was honestly not as enthused by them as I was when I was a teen. Those books and Pillow Thoughts were my least favorite books, though PT was more disliked. That writer literally only wrote about love, which was just a little grating and boring.
The best book I read was definitely To Kill A Kingdom, which is an amazing and glorious stabby, romantic, dark siren fantasy. I loved that book to pieces and can’t recommend it enough. I also loved Solo, which I had to read for my job along with Dumplin (which I didn’t like as much), which surprised me because I went into it basically only knowing that it was written in verse. Solo is a super unique (and diverse!!) book that blew me away, and I’m really glad it’s one of our summer reading books this year because I will promote it so so hard that every kid who comes in will end up reading it.
I also started rereading A Court of Mist and Fury because I tried to read ACOWAR but apparently forgot LITERALLY EVERYTHING and now need to reread a 600+ page book so I can read a 700+ page book so I can read the new less than 300 page one however I get to watch my OTP happen all over again so? *shrugs*
Obviously the biggest blogging thing to happen this month is that I started blogging again! I have missed having a corner of the Internet to call my own, but I am already feeling a bit sad and frustrated because I feel like I’ll never be a “successful” blogger or have as many followers and get as many views as I want.
On a happier note, I also started a bookstagram! I have been wanting to experiment with bookstagram but have been afraid to because I don’t have photography skills or a lot of physical copies or a lot of things to put in the photos. However, I am enjoying playing with a minimalist style and am proud of my 100 followers within the first two weeks.
you can follow my via @awordandawhisper!!
- Tarte’s mermaid collection. I love makeup stuff for some reason and I love mermaids, so obviously I was excited for a mermaid themed collection from one of my fave makeup brands. The brushes with little mermaid tails are very pretty but don’t hold product well, which is annoying. However, I love the liquid lipstick and the holographic liquid lipstick. Both are very prett.
- Dua Lipa’s album. I know this isn’t new, but it was new to me. I was vaguely aware of it when it came out but not interested, but in February on my drive down to Maryland I listened to a podcast about pop music and one of the songs from it was featured and I needed some new music, so I tried it out. It’s totally different than my usual jams, but it’s super fun and I really enjoy listening to it on my commutes. IDGAF is my fave song, closely followed by New Rules, which is the one that intro’ed me to her.
- Top Chef and Masterchef. Boyfriend got me into Top Chef on my own, but then wanted to watch together, so that is our new show. I wanted one to watch on my own though, so I tried Masterchef again, and ended up really liking it. Top Chef has more drama, but Masterchef has better challenges and more interesting judges (Gordon Ramsey!!), so it’s nice to have both. I’m starting from season 1 of MC and really want Whitney to win!! *no spoilers, plz*