Wrap Up|| March.

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Hey!

March seemed to drag on forever. I was also pretty busy in March with work and family visiting. I also previously mentioned that I got hooked on Pen15 (on Hulu) and Schitt’s Creek (on Netflix), so that took up a lot of my time too and I got sick. I still managed to get some reading in! I’ll get to that in a second though. First, I wanted to mention that we ended March by going to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure. So we got to go back to Harry Potter World! 😀 Here are a few pictures that I took.

We went on a few rides at Islands of Adventure and ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks. Of course we had to get butterbeer too. We weren’t planning on going to Universal Studios, we were just going to stick to Islands of Adventure. But once we got down to the train station and the wait to get on the Hogwarts Express wasn’t long, we decided to just go and I’m glad we did. We wanted to stay for the Mardi Gras parade and didn’t realize it was at Universal and not Islands of Adventure. At Universal we went on a ton of rides, ate Tacos at the Simpsons’ themed food truck (they were so good), and of course we walked around Diagon Alley. Watched a Beedle the Bard storytelling and bought some Fizzing Whizzbees. It was a really fun time. We just got annual passes and now we can go whenever we want for the next 18 months! 😀 Anyway, onto the books that I read in March!

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of March.

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I loved Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Mantinee so so much! It was everything I hoped it would be. So many feels! I also had so much fun reading it. I loved the friendship aspect of it and I loved all the horror film talk. Feel Free to check out my review for more.

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Test….HOLY CRAP! This book was insane! It was intense! And I honestly can’t even put my thoughts into words. I loved it so much and gave it five stars!! It’s a pretty short story, but it’s so damn good that you don’t even notice how short it is. You’re sucked right into it from the start, it’s crazy. Black Mirror vibes.

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – 3 out of 5 stars.
You Asked for Perfect didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. It was still a good read and I actually flew through it. It was really easy to read and the characters were really likable. I didn’t relate to it too much and I think that’s why it didn’t blow me away. I can see why so many people really love it though and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 out of 5 stars.
The feels. Holy crap, the feels. I loved everything about Daisy Jones & the Six. It kind of reads like a documentary/interview, which was really cool and made it so easy to read. It also made it so hard to want to put it down. I flew through it in two days. It gave me “Almost Famous” vibes, which I love because that’s one of my favorite movies of all-time. Also, SO MUCH ROCK ‘N’ roll and I was living for every moment of it.

Jackaby by William Ritter – 4 out of 5 stars.
I am so glad that I finally picked up Jackaby (for my Alphabet Challenge). It was so much fun to read. The character Jackaby gives off a Sherlock vibe, which I love. He was such a great character. The story itself was really great. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel soon!


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of March.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – 3 out of 5 stars.
I was so stoked for The Priory of the Orange Tree, because I love Samantha Shannon’s book series The Bone Season so much. I tried reading Priory myself, but I found my mind wandering a lot and now really remembering what I read. So I decided to get the audiobook and still had the same problem. It’s a huge book. It’s very detailed. Lots of characters. Lots of going back and forth between them. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on in the story. It wasn’t until the end where some of it started to come together and was enjoyable. I liked it, but it seemed to just be too much for me I guess. Honestly, it’s a week later and have no idea what any of the characters names are. I have no idea what the story is even about anymore or how it ended. UGH.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ve been wanting to read The Couple Next Door for some time now and decided to check it out from my library since the audiobook was available. It was pretty good and I liked it. It did get a little boring during some parts though. Overall, it was a decent read. Some things surprised me, others didn’t.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of March, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I am currently reading my Netgalley ARC of Summer of ’69 right now. It’s going to be releasing next week, so I want to try to get my review up as soon as possible. So far it’s pretty interesting. I’m only about 20% into it right now. I have a few other ARCs that I am hoping to read this month as well.

What did you read in March? What do you hope to read in April? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!

I’ll catch up on all of your blog posts soon and reply to comments soon. Hopefully if today isn’t too busy with work, I’ll be able to do that. If not, then definitely sometime in the next few days. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| March.
Friday Finds #77.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

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30 Day Book Challenge // Day 14.

Hi 🙂

A quick post, because I am going to go see Insurgent tonight with the boyfriend. We are re-watching Divergent before the movie starts.

Day 14: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished).

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I don’t think I have ever told anyone I read a book and not actually have read it or finished it. There are two books that I started, but haven’t finished yet though. I do plan on finishing them and I don’t tell anyone that I have read them. I might mention that I started them, but I never claim to have actually read them through completely.

I read the first Harry Potter book pretty quickly and started to read the second. I couldn’t get into the book, so I put it on hold and started to read others. I do plan on picking it up again and eventually reading the rest of the series at some point this year. I swore a long time ago that I would never read any of the books or see any of the movies, but now I want to. I’m not really sure why I told myself I would never get into Harry Potter whatsoever, but it seems kind of silly now that I think about it. I am looking forward to reading this book and the rest of them, hopefully soon.

Endgame: The Calling I started when it first came out and then about 30% (according to Kindle), I stopped reading it. It wasn’t horrible, but I couldn’t really get into it or stay focused on it. It felt like it was taking me so long to read it and I found my mind drifting to other things. There are so many points of views that I started to get lost and confused. I am actually waiting on the audiobook from the library to listen to at work. I don’t think I can physically read it myself. I know it might sound like I hate the book, but I don’t and I didn’t get so far into it to where I can even say I completely hated it. It has just taken so long to really get into it. My fault, not the book’s…at least that is how I view it right now. I do plan on finishing it even if that means listening to it.

Dax got a haircut today! He always looks so cute with his haircuts. ❤

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Check out my previous couple posts for the 30 day blog challenge. 🙂

  • Day 13 here: Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelletes, etc.).
  • Day 12 here: Favorite poem or collection of poetry.

Anyway, I am off to finish Divergent with the boyfriend. He started it without me (I am listening though). Bye! 🙂

A BOOK “EVERYONE’ BUT YOU HAS READ.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This might come as a shocker to a lot of people, but I have never read any of the Harry Potter books…until now! I recently (like a few days ago) finished the first book. My taste in books used to be kind of horrible? I swore that I would never touch any of the Harry Potter books. I refused. I strictly read non-fiction books only. I was never one for magic and make believe, sad, I know.

One day I decided to read the Hunger Games series and it changed my book tastes forever (maybe even opened my eyes and my mind to watching things on TV that I normally wouldn’t have). I read anything and everything now and prefer magic and make believe. I recently got Kindle Unlimited (because let’s face it, buying books can get expensive and I was constantly buying books) and all of the Harry Potter books are free on there, so I decided I would give them a chance.

I can’t say I am in love with the first book, but I didn’t hate it. I liked it enough to start the second one. It did have me laughing at a lot of parts, smiling, and sometimes even getting a little annoyed. It kept me interested and I can see why “everyone” read it and most loved it. I think the series will grow on me and I’m kind of excited about that!

What is a book that you haven’t read that “everyone” has read?