[Rewind] February - March 2017

09:00 Cilla P 10 Comments



Two is the magic number for this post. This rewind is a two-in-one for two reasons: I never got around to recapping February, and I only made two posts in March. I only have one excuse for why I've been slack with blogging though, and it's the same old one. Instead of getting into it now though, let's talk books, 'cause I've rather missed doing that!

New to My Shelves

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February was my birthday month, so I let loose at the bookshop. There was a sale, in which I bought Hidden Figures and Jasper Jones. I'm not usually a non-fiction reader, but loved Hidden Figures as a movie, so I wanted to read about the women who inspired it. As for Jasper Jones, it was hailed as Australia's To Kill a Mockingbird, which is an intriguing comparison.

I also bought The Hate U Give as it was The YA Room's Book of the Month for March. (I've posted my review of THUG here).  

Then, I received a $50 gift card for my birthday (my friends know me well), so I spent that on Olmec Obituary, Sorcerer to the Crown, and Six of Crows. I adore cosy mysteries, and Olmec Obituary is one that involves a librarian/archeologist and a very, very old case, all of which sounded pretty awesome to me. As for Sorcerer to the Crown and Six of Crows, I've heard so much praise for both I feel I should've read them last year. Here's hoping they live up to the hype!

Reviews

↠ [ARC] Ida by Alison Evans is a fascinating sci-fi story about finding yourself (almost literally) with a lot of diversity included.
↠ [ARC] I don't read enough poetry to make comparisons, but I enjoyed the princess saves herself in this one by amanda lovelace.
↠ Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is beautifully written, but the plot got a little lost at times.

Other Things on the Blog

↠ I have a brilliant new header!
↠ I discussed not having written many negative reviews, why, and whether this impacted my reliability as a blogger.
↠ I talked about my currently reading list.

Challenges Progress

  • Goodreads challenge: 11/30 books
  • Discussion challenge: 3/24 discussion posts
  • ReadDiverse2017 challenge: 4 books
  • #RockMyTBR challenge:  0 books (really need to step up my game in this one).
  • Backlist Books challenge: 4 books

Around the Blogosphere

↠ CW @ Read, Think, Ponder discussed characters with difficult names.
↠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages talked about how she incorporates Feedly into her blogging routine.
↠ Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction discussed watching bloggers come and go.
↠ Puput @ Sparkling Letters had her first blogoversary and put up another installment of Diversity Corner.
↠ Krysta @ Pages Unbound wondered if Beauty and the Beast is a problematic relationship.
↠ Tasya @ The Literary Huntress talked about the women who shaped Indonesian history.

In Life

Let's just say that this semester has been all-consuming for me, and I've barely been able to do anything creative. That said, I managed to carve time to see Adele live in concert! Believe me, she's even better in person than on her records.

In Store for Next Month

My only goal for this blog next month is to post more than twice. It's a low bar, but I'd be pleased if I achieve it!

It's been ages since we talk, so how have you been??
What's the best book you've read recently?
Link me to your favourite post written in the last month or so, so I can catch up!

 

10 comments:

  1. So jealous of you seeing Adele! I saw 'Hidden Figures' last night, I couldn't see how I was going to enjoy a film about Maths and the space race, but I loved it! I hope you like the book, I don't read a lot of non-fiction so still wondering whether to try it or not...

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    1. Adele was so amazing! I'm glad I went to see her - it doesn't sound like she's planning to go on tour ever again. Yesss, I'm so glad to hear you loved Hidden Figures too! :D I'll let you know what I think of the book!

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  2. I also loved Hidden Figures, it was so inspiring <3 Looking forward to your thoughts on the book, it goes into more detail about more of their lives right? It really did feel just like the beginning of their stories at the end of the film.

    Six of Crows was good! I don't read much high fantasy so it was a bit of an 'exhausting' read for me, in spite of how much I liked it, so I haven't got to the sequel yet xD

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    1. Hidden Figures really was inspiring! It's annoying that it took this long for their stories to be told though. The book does have more details than the movie! I think some events happened differently too, so it'll be interesting to see where the two versions diverged.

      Ooh that's good to know! I like high fantasy, but they're really not the best to read when you don't have the mental energy to invest in them.

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  3. Your new header is super cute! I wish I had a friend who could make pretty custom graphics for my blog, haha.

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    1. Thank you so much! :D Haha yeah she's a great friend/artist.

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  4. Sounds like such an action packed month Cilla, I hope between school and life that you're still finding time to take care of yourself and relax with a good book <3

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  5. I'm hoping to get THUG for mother's Day--i put it as high priority on my list. I've only heard great reviews on this book. Blogging and going to school at the same time is so difficult to manage--thanks for sharing what you can! Buying books is so much fun!

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    1. Ooh I hope you do get THUG! I can't recommend it enough. And I agree, buying books is a lot of fun!

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