March Wrap Up // graphic novels galore and trans rights readathon

Happy Spring! I am not going to lie, March was quite a long month. School has taken over my life. Despite this (or perhaps because of it?) my month in terms of reading and blogging was amazing. I read a total of 18 books this month! This was definitely assisted by the fact that I read a lot of graphic novels. I am currently taking a class on comics and graphic novels, so some of them were for class, and some of them were because I was invigorated by the graphic novel section at the library.

A goal I had for this month was to focus on my physical TBR and ARCs. I did okay, I did read two of my ARCs and I finished one book on my physical TBR, but that is definitely nowhere near what I was hoping to get to, so that is going to be my main goal for April as well. Some of my favorites from this month were Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Couplets by Maggie Miller, and the Fence series by C.S. Pacat. Take a look below the cut for more details about my reading and blogging in March!

Books Read

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – 5/5 stars ★★★★★
  • Couplets: A Love Story by Maggie Miller – 5/5 stars ★★★★★
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under our Feet Book One by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze – 3/5 stars ★★★
  • Fence Volumes One through Four by C.S. Pacat – 4/5 stars ★★★★ (Combined to save space, I rated them all 4 stars)
  • All This Could be Different by Sarah Thankum Mathews – 3.5/5 stars ★★★
  • Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman – 4/5 stars ★★★★
  • A Contract with God by Will Eisner – 3.5/5 stars ★★★★
  • How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin – 4/5 stars ★★★★
  • A Missing Connection by Dani Molean – 3/5 stars ★★★
  • Aces Wild: A Heist by Amanda DeWitt – 3.5/5 stars ★★★★
  • Empty Theatre by Jac Jemc – 4/5 stars ★★★★
  • You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi – 4/5 stars ★★★★
  • The Companion by E.E. Ottoman – 2.5/5 stars ★★
  • Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – 5/5 stars ★★★★★ (as always)
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel – 4.5/5 stars ★★★★

Books that surprised me by just how much I enjoyed them were Aces Wild and You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty. I had heard mixed reviews about both of them, so I tempered my expectations, but ended up quite liking both of them! I am looking forward to reading more of Emezi’s work. YMAFODWYB, The Companion, and Red White and Royal Blue I read for the Trans Rights Readathon. It was really fun to end the month with two re-reads of books I really love (RWRB and Fun Home). I appreciated Fun Home much more this time around, Bechdel is really an amazing storyteller.

On the Blog

Not only did I have an insane reading month, I also had a fabulous blogging month! For what I believe might be the first time ever, I actually posted something at least once a week. I gave myself a women’s history month theme, and I think having the theme actually helped me a lot, especially in the inspiration department. So that might be something you see again in the future. I have all of my posts from this month below in case you missed any!

Five Memoirs for Women’s History Month
Women in Math Books (posted on pi day!)
Niche Genre Recs: Sapphic Historical Fiction
Carrie Soto is Back Review

I also posted an announcement post talking about some of the exciting changes I have made on the blog.

Posts I Loved Reading

May’s 12 book recs for a reading slump
Cossette’s review of Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers
Rio’s post about why you need a reading journal has me seriously considering it
Vulture’s profile of Emily Henry

This Month’s Listening

I haven’t really listened to anything new this month. I have reverted to the standards of Taylor Swift albums and Emma Soundtrack while I am working, and only listening to the same podcasts I always do. Drop music recs in the comments to help me find new things!

What’s up with me

As I said in the intro, March was a busy month for me! My schoolwork has been a lot (as has my friends’ schoolwork), so I have not been as good about getting out and doing fun things. I am currently stressing because my senior thesis is due in two (2) weeks! And while there is obviously a lot of national transphobia at the moment, on a smaller scale we have been dealing with transphobia on my college campus. And on top of all that, I have to make a decision about grad school, and I have been travelling to different schools to get acquainted with their programs. So it has been a lot.

That being said, it is not all bad! My friends and I have really been enjoying season 3 of Ted Lasso. Going on grad school tours also means they buy me nice meals, which is definitely a perk. One of my professors brought in a LOT of pie to celebrate pi day. My boyfriend and I went on some really nice dates recently, including going to see the Hadestown tour. Hadestown was so amazing, I am so glad I finally got to see it performed live! There is nothing like live theatre, and I still feel like I am recovering from a live theatre draught after the pandemic. It was so phenomenal, my rant about how good it is would be way too long to fit here. Suffice to say I loved it.

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