Monthly Recap – March 2014

March Recap

What’s Been Going on

Blogaversary Giveaway. That’s what’s been going on! This month was the my-blog-has-been-around-for-one-year celebration. And a celebration it was! Tons of great books and swag to give away, the winners have been notified and the first packages have been dropped off at the post office today. I have yet to hear from two winners (please reply to my email, you have 24 hours left to respond, I’d hate it if I had to pick another winner). For those that didn’t win, don’t worry, I have some other Summer 2014 ARC’s that I plan on giving away SOON.

As you might have noticed as well, I posted considerably less posts than I normally do. That while I got out of my slump at the beginning of March, but then got swamped with homework assignments, exams, and scary university stuff (aka the big Yes or No regarding being accepted or not). I think it’s safe to say that the stress got to me, so I cut back on reading and blogging for a bit. Which was a very poor decision, because I now have lots of reading to catch up on (though THAT I don’t particularly mind as much).

What also happened is better weather! Actual sunny weather that makes my life considerably brighter. I love reading on a blanket in the sun, it makes the reading experience so much more fun and comfortable. Plus I  get to tan a bit.

Picture Perfect

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This little cutie was born 3 days ago! After lots of brainstorming with my family, as well as with lots of help from Bethany Crandell and Paula Stokes, and lots of fun names, we named him Pumbaa. I was totally rooting for the name Finnick (from the Hunger Games), but my family didn’t like the name. Total shame, because it was an awesome name! But I can agree with Pumbaa, the name is enough to satisfy my Nerdy and Geeky side and lets be honest, who doesn’t love Pumbaa from the Lion King?

Anyway, the little guy is going to be joining us in about 7 to 8 weeks and I couldn’t be more in love. Can’t wait to bring him home, cuddle him senseless, and more importantly cuddle with the little guy while reading! So what do you think? Doesn’t the little guy make a cute reading buddy? And what do you think about the name?

Book Haul

While I haven’t read much this month, the amount of books that I’ve received or bought this month was far from little.

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Ruins is the much anticipated ending of the Partials Sequence by Dan Wells. I read Partials and Fragments in no time, fell in love with the story right away, and I have been waiting for this book since the day Fragments released and I finished reading it the very same day. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten very far in the book yet, but I’m hoping to finish it very soon.

I got a review copy of Aspen from the Author (who’s a riot, she’s super fun to talk with!) and I am loving the story. It’s very well written, there’s humor, and lots of depth. I’m close to finishing this book, I’ll probably finish it tonight, and you’ll get to read my review very soon!

haul

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These are all books I got for review. There’s actually more, but these I plan to read next month! So yes, I am most definitely upping the amount of books I’m reading a month. I am behind on my Goodreads reading challenge, which is BAD! Especially because I want to reach my goal very bad!

I am also pretty excited about all these books. They’re all extremely promising and my hands are itching to grab them off the shelve and start reading.

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The Assassin’s Blade I pre-ordered a while ago with an Amazon Gift-card I won in a giveaway. It’s no secret that I adore the Throne of Glass series, and these novellas will hopefully quench my thirst for the next book in the series. Sarah J. Maas is a master with words, and even better with her characters and I just need to read more, I already dread finishing The Assassin’s Blade because that will mean the waiting go on and I am so damn impatient every now and then haha.

These Broken Stars I already read and reviewed and LOVED! It was one of my favourite reads of 2013, but I’d read an eARC at the time and never actually bought myself a physical copy (which was pretty much a MUST), so when I won a book of choice from the Book Depository it was pretty much a given that I choose this one. I see a reread coming along very soon!

Most Memorable Quote

“But there’s no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.”

― Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me

Stuck On Replay


I am a big fan of older music. CCR, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, and lots of other older musicians and bands are my poison. I love the music, and this month I had Bob Seger on replay with We’ve Got Tonight. I don’t know why I felt like this song, I just did, and I played it again and again.

What have you been up to in March?

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7 Comments

  1. 31/03/2014 / 22:29

    The weather makes me so happy :D Good luck with waiting for being accepted or not! Sounds so stressful. What a cutie. Pumbaa is a great name, although Finnick might have been a little more awesome ;)

    I hope you like Ruins as much as I did! Such a satisfying conclusion :) You have so many summerish book covers there, I love it. The assassin’s blade is a pretty in the inside as it is on the outside. Happy reading :D

  2. 31/03/2014 / 22:55

    Pumbaa is sooo cute! And I love the name! I want him!

  3. 01/04/2014 / 00:34

    Pumbaa is ADORABLE although Finnick would have been epic, I think the name is still a good one! :)

  4. 01/04/2014 / 04:50

    Ohhh, These Broken Stars was SO GOOD. I just…yes, if I had hours and hours of time, it’d be one I’d reread (but I don’t…so I never reread. Such a shame). XD I have Assassin’s Blade on my TBR right now too!! I can’t wait to start it. Just have to finish up some ARCs with release dates coming up and then I’m free to gobble. Sounds like you had a great March!! :)

  5. Pumbaa is an awesome name and such a cute kitty! I understand that you’re looking forward to him joining the family :)

    Also, great review books, I might be a little bit jealous because some of the copies I also really wanted to receive :) I hope you enjoy them :D

  6. 01/04/2014 / 11:00

    Agreed! Reading outside in the sun is sooo much better! I can’t believe I already got a tan, in MARCH! I bet summer is going to suck :D

    I want Ruins soooo bad! But stupid me got the UK editions of the series and now I have to wait until June for the last one to come out >.<

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