2017 March Book Haul + Wrap Up!
March was a fantastic month for me. I read 8 books in total (!!! so much for me lol), and bought 0 books, which is great for my wallet and book-buying ban, though admittedly sad for the avid reader/fangirl in me. Alas, the point of the book-buying ban is to catch up on all of the unread books I already own. And I’ve made quite a dent in my TBR!
But, there is some sad news as well. As I had a two-week break from school, I planned to catch up on my reading challenge goal of 100 books for 2017. That did not happen. And realistically, I have too much that I’m trying to accomplish this year for me to achieve that goal. So, unfortunately, I’ve had to lower my reading goal to 75 books. It will still be a challenge, I’m sure. And it’s still more books than I read last year. So hopefully I can reach that goal instead!
March Book Haul
Nothing! Woohoo for my wallet and TBR shelf!
March Book Wrap-Up
Not pictured: Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell and The Helper by M.N. Snow
I read eight books this month which is amazing for me. Normally, I manage about 3-4 books per month. But that blessed two weeks off of school helped me push that number up. Plus, I finally got around to reading The Lord of the Rings which is something I’ve literally wanted to do for my whole life. Yay!!
- Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell
- The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
- The Helper by M. N. Snow
- The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien
- King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
- RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
You know that second novel project I was working on outlining last February while my fiance read through my first novel draft? Well, I didn’t get too far on that. BUT I got feedback on my entire first novel. SOMEONE HAS READ MY BOOK. Ah, pinch me!!
I’m currently working on tightening my outline for the first book I’ve written. I never actually created an outline before writing the first draft, and it is seriously biting me in the butt right now. While I really want to jump right into editing it for the second draft, I’m stuck spending time outlining, tightening character arcs, and world-building. Because apparently my mind is failing and I can’t actually manage to keep everything organized in my brain. I must write everything down. Both physically and on the computer. Drats.
But I’m incredibly thrilled to start working on my second draft, regardless! It may take a little while to actually get to that point, but I know it will be worth it in the end. This second draft will be a much better, tighter draft than the first one. I want to send it out to a couple of beta readers, so if you’re at all interested, feel free to send me an email, leave a comment below, or send me a DM on Instagram!
Check out my Writing Journal blog posts:
- Writing My First Novel, Part 5: OUTLINING AFTER THE FIRST DRAFT? 1 YEAR REFLECTION
- My Second Book: A NEW TALE! OUTLINING?!
- Writing My First Novel, Part 4: I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT??!!
As you may or may not notice, I’ve been a little bit off of my posting schedule for the past couple of days. That’s because a) I’m focusing more on my writing now, and b) I’m trying out a new posting schedule.
For those of you who like to keep track, I’m going to try to keep my schedule to Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 2:00 PM PST. I’m lowering my book reviews to every Friday, so just once per week. This is to help accommodate for my new schedule as well as my lower reading goal for the year.
This week marks the start of the last term of college for me! I’m so thrilled that I will never, ever have to go to a class again lol. I’m only taking two classes this term, and both of them are online. One is an art class that looks at “what is art?”, and the other is a survey of real estate so that I can be knowledgable about buying/selling houses. Adulting, am I right?
Because of my class-free schedule, I’m also able to begin working on my health and fitness a little more thoroughly. I’m totally an emotional (mostly stress) eater, so with less school to worry about I think I can finally begin managing this better. Plus, no class schedule means I can go to the gym when I want, for as long as I want, and I have the time to cook my meals now. Additionally, I’m attempting to cut out carbs and sugar from my diet. It’s all protein, veggies, and fruit here! Plus, I’m drinking tons of water everyday (something I usually struggle with).
Additionally, I’m trying to take better care of myself in general. My fiance went to the dentist and found out he had some cavities, and I am going to set up an appointment soon as well. Thus, I’ve been putting more effort into flossing every day, using anti-cavity mouth rinse, and even wearing my retainer at night! I’m also working on washing my face every night, and applying body lotion after my showers. I really slacked off in the self-care department for the first couple of months in 2017, and I want to begin making myself a priority again even though I’m beginning to be busier than ever with my work.
I uploaded 9 total book reviews this month! Check them out below.
- Review: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
- Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
- Review: The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien
- Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- Review: The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
- Review: The Helper by M. N. Snow
- Review: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
- Review: Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell
- Review: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Other Blog Posts
I did a writing update, some blog tags, and other fun roundup-type posts. Check them out here!
- JK Rowling Quotes Everyone Needs to Hear
- Long Books to Read Over Long Weekends
- The Book Genie has Appeared! 3 Bookish Wishes #booktag
- My Second Book: A NEW TALE! OUTLINING?!
- 11 Reasons Why Reading Will Change Your Life
- How to Get Started on Bookstagram
- 13 Tips to Make Time for Reading
- Totally Should’ve #Booktag
- This Week in Bookish Awesomeness
- The Art of Conflict: Why You NEED to Develop Your Characters
- Confessions of a Peer-Pressured Reader
- Get to Know Your Characters with Beautiful People!
- 9 Date Ideas Inspired by City of Bones
March really was a great month for me. I had set some high goals for myself in February, and I’m glad that I was able to basically reach them in March. Things are moving along smoothly right now, and I’m excited to keep this momentum up in April!
Let’s talk about it
How was your March? Did you accomplish the things you set out to do? Did you meet your goals? What are your plans for April? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!