TL;DR March Review

Hello Bookworms!

Oooh, for the first time today I went out without a coat! I mean, I was quite cold but nonetheless I survived! The central heating has had to go back on again at night so it’s not THAT warm but it definitely feels like Summer is on it’s way. Check out the Hummingbird Hawk Moth that arrived in my garden last week:

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March has been a month of library admin. I’ve got myself involved in three different committees (Fundraising, Social Media and HR) as well as generally helping out. We’ve got a launch date set up for the 6th April (when we officially become a community library) which is going to involve all kinds of fun stuff so there’ll be lots to do for that too. I’m even marshalling a fun run! It’s been really heartwarming seeing how great the local community has been at supporting our cause – people have been so generous.

Going out in March has mostly consisted of a library social event in the pub, a family trip out for Mother’s Day, a brunch meeting in a cafe (again with new library friends) and for a family meal for my non-hubs Uncle’s 80th.

We’ve slowly been cracking on with the other house, finishing lots of odd jobs that needed doing. I’ve befriended a local cat called Marmaduke who is SO floofy and always comes in for a nose around.

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I’m way ahead in the Read Harder Challenge and, despite initially loving Don Quioxte I’ve officially DNF’d the book. It’s just one long farce and for me, the joke got old pretty quickly. I’ll pick the challenge back up again for the next book – The Count of Monte Cristo. I’m also ahead in my Goodreads Challenge so overall doing pretty well!

This month, I took part in the March Calendar Girls meme where I chose Skyward by Brandon Sanderson as my favourite book with a strong female lead. I continued Sorting Out the Shelves, I wrote an A-Z of me Part One and Two, I did a fun recommendations post for Books to Get You Through Brexit and I did the Good Reading Habits Tag. I was also Blog of the Day again for my review of Circe (which boosted my stats sky high) so thank you to everyone who participated in reading and sharing my post! Somehow, the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction found the review and contacted me on Twitter to ask if I want to take part in a Q&A with the author, Madeline Miller 😯😯😯 which was a huge honour, even if I didn’t have long to prepare my question:

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I posted six reviews (and also some more mini reviews!) this month:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: A brilliant, if slightly confusing book with a thoroughly engrossing plotline. Couldn’t put it down! Four and a half out of five.

Circe by Madeline Miller: Such an original concept, which sounds stupid for a re-telling but her perspective and lyrical prose felt totally fresh. I’ve already got hold of her previous book! Four out of five.

Golden State by Ben H. Winters: I loved the old school sci-fi feel to this book but was badly let down by the ending. Such a shame! Three and a half out of five. 

Lucky Star by Holly Curtis: Quite an enjoyable look at some nostalgic, realistic YA but I thought that the overall structure of the novel needed some work. Three out of five. 

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine: An interesting, if somewhat depressing read, I struggled to emotionally connect with the author. Three out of five.

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett: DNF’d at 60%. I REALLY gave this one a good go but the meandering storyline went precisely nowhere and I got bored. No idea why this is such a long book! Two out of five. 

So that’s March wrapped up! Is Spring definitely in the air where you are? Are you looking forwards to Easter? Let me know in the comments!

15 thoughts on “TL;DR March Review

    1. Isn’t he beautiful? He’s called Marmaduke. He’s sooo friendly and inquisitive and loves visiting all of his neighbours. There’s another cat that has leopard print fur but in grey (I forget the proper name) that’s equally gorgeous but they’re a bit more shy.

      Thank you! I think those moths are quite rare but I’ve seen them a few times in the garden.

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      1. Hmm maybe a spotted tabby is what you were thinking of?
        I love cats so much 🙂
        I don’t really notice moths around here. If they are in the house then the cats eat them.

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    1. Thank you! I started off loving Don Quixote but I got really tired of the stupid characters being stupid for the sake of it. It would be really interesting to see what you make of it!

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    1. HE IS MADE OF FLOOF! He’s so friendly he’s more like a dog than a cat. He followed us home the other night and when we got to what must have been the edge of his territory he sat down and WAILED LIKE A BANSHEE (people were staring at us) as we walked off. LIKE HIS HEART WAS BREAKING. I soooooo want to keep him!

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  1. Marmaduke is an absolute babe! 😀 The floof, and the EYES! There’s a friendly cat that lives near me who is just as friendly (but sadly not as floofy). She always meets me at my car and chirrups for love and scritches ❤

    Did I read right – did the community library launch on the 6th? If so, how did it go? Sounds like lots of fun! 😀

    It's funny – I live in South Africa, so while everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is getting excited about spring, we're starting to get chilly here 😉

    I'm so glad I've found your blog 🙂

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    1. Oh, thank you! Sorry for not replying sooner, I’ve been super busy recently.

      Marmaduke is so beautiful isn’t he? I really want to steal him! Aww, I love a friendly cat, especially if they like being petted.

      Yes, the library launch event went well thanks! I had a great time! Thankfully we’re now having a quieter month to allow us to regroup after the big weekend.

      Ha, even summer here in the UK is still chilly!

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    1. It is sooooo confusing I spend half my time updating people on what everyone else is doing!
      I’m just about to start The Count of Monte Cristo so I will let you know my thoughts when I finish it – it’ll probably be about Christmas by the time I get round to writing a review!

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