March Wrap-up: The month so terrible I’m embarrassed to tell you about it

Well, guys. Sometimes life happens.

Sometimes life happens in the sense that you read a John Green book and you hate it so much it plunges you into a deep pit of existential questioning that takes up all your time. (Questions like, Who are we? Why are we here? Why the f*ck do we bother reading books when we could read a book and it could be this book, which sucks and I hate it?) Sometimes life happens in the sense that you’re busy, and your free time is taken up by non-reading related things.

Sometimes both happen at once. There’s a term for that: it’s called “the month of March in the year of 2018.”

This is a long way of saying I failed this month. Reading-wise. I did not read very much. I did not review at all. I did not blog, I did not bookstagram, I barely Goodreads’d.

I am a failure.

Woo!

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Well. Here we go. The reason I didn’t want to make this post. Tear it off like a Band-Aid, Emma.

I HATE FAILING. I’m bad at it! Probably because…I don’t have a lot of practice.

(I’m smirking right now, just so you know. I’m really pleased with myself. Comically, exaggeratedly pleased.)

MARCH GOALS

READ AT LEAST ONE CLASSIC ✗

READ AT LEAST 22 BOOKS ✗

DO BETTER AT SCHOOL ASSIGNED READINGS ✓

READ ARCS ✓ (KINDA)

HAVE UNDER 10 UNPOSTED REVIEWS ON GOODREADS ✗

HAVE AN AVERAGE RATING OVER 3 ✓

GOALS FOR APRIL

READ AT LEAST TWO CLASSICS

STAY 20+ BOOKS AHEAD OF GOODREADS CHALLENGE

READ ARCS

REDUCE NUMBER OF UNPOSTED REVIEWS

BLOG POST AT LEAST 5 TIMES

FOCUS ON SCHOOL

TRY AT BOOKSTAGRAM

GET OUT OF THIS SLUMP

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April is my last month of school.

I know! Can you believe it?? A month from today it will be summer for me, boi!!! Summer! The best season of all, easy, no contest!

Unfortunately that means that April will be the freshest possible hell leading up to the most beautiful heavenly time of the year.

I have finals. I have the essays and projects and assignments that come with finals. I have my last week of work. I have subletting and apartment leasing and other disgusting grown up things to do. I have to pack! I have to say goodbye to the sweetest little apartment in the entire universe!

Oh, god, I am filling my own self with fear.

Anyway. This is all to say that in spite of the fact that I’ve set some pretty elevated goals for myself, I’m probably not going to be very reading-/blogging-/Goodreads-focused this month.

Sticking to the theme I set in March am I right!!

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1. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Read: March 5 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

I’m screaming internally right now. Just at the very thought of this.

At the beginning(ish) of this month, I endeavored to continue the Series of Unfortunate Events reread I started…when. I don’t know. A long time ago probably.

Anyway the second season of the AMAZING Netflix show came out on March 30, and I had lofty dreams of rereading the series and rewatching the first season and being all Snicket-ed and Baudelaire’d out just in time.

As it turns out, it’s now April 3 as I write this. I made it through the seventh book and I’ve only rewatched three quarters of the first season. But it’s been just delightful anyway and I’ll make it through and this book rocks and don’t you just love the word “austere”?



2. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

Read: March 5 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

YES MA’AM YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. Two books. Two five star ratings. One day.

See this is pre-John Green. This is during spring break. This is when my life was wonderful and lovely and controlled.

Summer I will see you soon.

Anyway this book was a goddamn delight and I’ve been unable to stop thinking about it to the point that I am actively seeking out graphic novels with beautiful/adorable art depicting the underknown underrecognized badass females of history.

Surprisingly, I’ve found some books in that unbelievably specific subgenre, but whatever. You should read this one.

Right the hell now. (Thanks to Fierce Reads for the ARC/technically finished copy I LOVED IT MORE THAN LIFE.)



3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Read: March 6 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 3 stars

And then it began to come crashing down.

Except not really. This was just a meh sequel to a really really really really REALLY perfect good amazing magnificent first book.

Happens all the time.

But still. The first chink in the ol’ armor. The armor being the month of March, which is about to get beaten to death with a dull blade and then lit on fire and then dropped into a pit of acid.

This book is the sequel, kind of, but also kind of prequel and also kind of companion novel, to Every Heart a Doorway. Which I loved. But you win some, you lose some, you know? (It is NOT middle book syndrome!! Shoutout to Elise’s amazing post on that.)



4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Read: March 4-8 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

Here it is. The moment you’ve all been waiting for.

Or not really “waiting for,” probably, so much as being like “god damn it here we are reading this already unnecessarily dramatic wrap up of Emma’s mildly bad month and the worst moment is yet to come.”

Well. Here’s the worst moment. It’s come.

I forced my poor, sweet, innocent brain to consume the words of the pretentious Satan of the young adult lit community, and look what it got me. This is my curse.

Anyway. I hated this book. I took pages of notes on it and have put in two writing sessions on the review.

It’s going to be a lengthy one.



5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Read: March 6-10 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

But bright spots remained in this month from hell!! One of those bright spots has a name and it’s May! The bright spot also has a blog that is the best thing ever and you should follow it.

May and I buddy reread the greatest middle grade adventure book of all time (which is in turn the greatest genre) and it was the best. I was starting to slump for the entire time I read this book but it was still a blast and a half.

That’s called a testament to the quality of this book, dear one.

Also a testament to quality: it’s five hundred pages long. And I read it PAINLESSLY! While, as established, slumping! Magic book. Ugh. So good.




6. The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Read: March 12 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 5 stars

How many ways can I say “dear holy god I love this series so much”?

Hopefully at least eight more. Right now + the other A Series of Unfortunate Events book I reread this month + the six additional books I still will reread in the nearish future.

So: Dear holy god I love this series so much.

Filling space for the sake of the formatting I’ve set up in the six previous what-I-read-this-month-entries.

Will delve deeper into how much I love this series and other synonymous phrases in the next one.



7. Close to Home by Cara Hunter

Read: ?-March 19 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 2 stars

Emma, note to self: If overtaken by the worst reading slump you’ve had in absolutely months if not over a year, do not force yourself through the most mundane boring plain Jane meh thriller on the face of the entire planet.

Especially if said thriller is also overwhelmingly British. It’s a trigger. (Thanks, Girl on the Train!)

This book was so unbelievably boring. I did not care at all about it. Reading felt like slowly forcing myself through a wall made out of very thick mildly gross slime. Like the kind on Instagram #satisfying videos.

Okay honestly what the hell am I even saying anymore? I’m sorry for what’s happening.

Thanks to Penguin First to Read for the e-ARC



 

8. The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Read: March 19-24 🌷🌿🌷 Rating: 4 stars

You know you’re in a reading slump and life is also bonkers when it takes you five days to get through a 272-page installment of your favorite series!!

And you know you’re still in a reading slump when it’s been ELEVEN DAYS and you haven’t finished anything since.

But whatever. I think this book felt more meh to me than the others in the series just because I was slumped to DEATH, but also I love this series more and more as it progresses and the world gets so complex and spooky and creepy and cool and secretive and mysterious and I’m Very Flippin Delighted to be doing this reread at all. Even in a slump. So good.



Making for an overall average rating of…………drumroll please……………..because it’s truly unbelievable……………..I mean seriously get ready to be astounded……………………

3.875!!!

Granted, four of the books were rereads. But still.

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Well, I only posted three times.

So that’s easy.

But also, like February, my review of The Light We Lost was still my top post??? Even though it’s millions of years old?? Thanks, that book, for getting optioned for a movie and giving me those fresh fresh page views even when I’m not posting!

That is the only time I will ever thank that godless book.

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So. There’s March. In a lot of personal-life ways it was a really great month, but in every book and internet way imaginable it was garbage. Mixed bag overall.

Maybe next month I’ll hit the best of both worlds sweet spot.

Hahaha. I kid, I kid. That could never happen.

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How was your March? Did you read anything good? What was your favorite read of the month?

55 thoughts on “March Wrap-up: The month so terrible I’m embarrassed to tell you about it

  1. 5171 Miles Book Blog says:

    Even though you said you didn’t read a lot in March, I think 8 books are super impressive. 🙂
    Good luck with your finals!!
    -Sabrina

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  2. Bookthesimple says:

    I have read a total of 1 John Green book and I vow never to touch his works again. He is literally the downfall of YA literature 🙄
    I hope finals go well for you! 😊🖤

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  3. thefallingbookshelf says:

    FINALLY someone who can’t stand John Green like I can. These words gave me life. “I forced my poor, sweet, innocent brain to consume the words of the pretentious Satan of the young adult lit community…” *dead*

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  4. arubunwritten says:

    Okay, I thought I was the only one who wasn’t charmed by John Green but the comments section is reaffirming my opinion!
    Also I haven’t seen anyone else blog about Brazen but I’ve seen it online and it looks b e a u t i f u l and I want to read it.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      the comments on this are fueling my soul (and my hatred).

      brazen was WONDERFUL. one of 5 books i’ve given five stars so far this year!!! so good.

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  5. bookgraphy says:

    You read a lot of books! Don’t be so hard on yourself😂 but I understand what it feels like when a book gives you a slump. I hope you can fulfill all your april goals! And good luck with schoool, heaveeen is neaaar! Haha 😁

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      BRAZEN IS SO GOOD. i don’t read graphic novels often but i thought it was actually the perfect format for this!!

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  6. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    YOU ARE A BRIGHT SPOT IN MY LIFE TOO 💞💞

    I can’t believe you said you slumped this month and read 8 books. I don’t appreciate this. please teach me how to read fast so reading 8 books will be considered as a slump

    and yes I avoid long books like hell because I suffer for it but MBS was painlessly good and hilarious and very fun to have an Emma-and-May BR with 😉

    but I’m very glad that your March life-wise wasn’t sucky!!!! and I hope April is less sucky with the books and the blogging and the Goodreadsing!!!!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ILY.

      may come on. i read 8 books oui but they were like all rereads and middle grade and even those took me like 5 days!! plus a bunch were pre-actual slump (thanks a lot john green)

      also………..lmk if you ever wanna buddy reread the MBS sequels bc i love them too

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  7. aravenclawlibrary says:

    I hope your April is better, my dear! ❤ I'm so glad you were able to find some 5 star reads! And of course, I love your enthusiasm for A Series of Unfortunate Events. I really must get the rest of the books so I can read them. Alas, the poor life. I'm hoping I can find the rest of them on my mini vacay to south Iowa.

    Remember, I am here for you if you need someone to chat/vent with! Moving and finishing school can be stressful, for sure!

    I love you!!! ❤

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ahh thank you thank you thank you so much!! i hope your april is a gift from the gods. i hope it’s that level of amazing.

      it’s making me so so so so happy that you’re reading ASoUE!! the series really improves as it goes on. it gets so complex!

      i loooove you!! seriously. i am v v v v lucky to know you even internet-ly.

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      • aravenclawlibrary says:

        ❤ I found out a very good friend of mine (a coworker) died and I needed this. This legit nearly made me tear up. You are so kind! Thank you so much, Emma! You simply are the best! ❤

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      • emmareadstoomuch says:

        oh no!! lacy, i’m so sorry!!! if you ever ever ever need anyone to talk to i am absolutely here. i’m so sorry this has happened 😦 love you dearly ❤

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  8. Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink says:

    i dont know why i never checked out your blog?? idk what’s wrong with me?? but yes may’s blog is the best thing ever!! like wow how does she do it??? and i am so scared about the nextflix adaption of unfortunate events – from trailers it looks like they made everything comedic?? but everyone says it is amazing? do you think i should watch? i love question marks? but yes the book i so agree that “the world gets so complex and spooky and creepy and cool and secretive and mysterious” I JUST LOVE THE SERIES SO MUCH AHHHH. and i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy turtles all the way down. it was my first john green book and i enjoyed it. nothing amazing but i thought it was good haha. i didn’t read the mysterious benedict society as a child so i didn’t love it AS much but i still think it’s SUCH an enjoyable boo!

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      I LOVE A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS ON NETFLIX AND YOU SHOULD TOTALLY WATCH IT LIKE AGDHSAJDGASH IT’S SO GOOD MAN. they capture the vibe of the world so well??? & daniel handler/lemony snicket writes it so it’s an expanded version of the world but everything is canon which is just the best. if you like the sneaky intricate world in the books you will really like the show i think!!

      hoo boy. i really went off.

      omg yay for the mysterious benedict society!!! & as for turtles….i’m just biased against john green. as far as his books go it was farrr from the worst

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  9. Ayunda says:

    It’s too bad you didn’t like Turtles All the Way Down! I’m currently listening to in on audiobook and though I’m not a huge John Green fan and know that it’s very typical YA (which isn’t my thing lately), I’m quite enjoying it so far.

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