March 2020

March was a weird month for everyone. It was the month that the Coronavirus overtook the UK, my university closed down, I left my job and I moved back home 2 months earlier than anticipated. So needless to say, I read a lot of books.

Books:

Crossfire by Malorie Blackman

After bingewatching the whole of the first series of Noughts and Crosses, I became re-addicted to the world. Therefore, I decided it was time for me to finally read the latest addition to this series. I was hesitant going in as it does jump generations and it follows completely new characters, however I loved it. Malorie Blackman is honestly fantastic at storytelling. I was captivated straight away. It was slightly confusing as we were constantly jumping back and forth in time and also constantly changing narrators with each chapter. However, it was still fantastic and I would like the next book, whenever it’s coming out. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury

March was the month of extremely highly anticipated book releases for me and luckily I found an early copy of Mel’s latest release in shops and I devoured it in one sitting. I was so nervous when this book was announced because it is nothing like anything I ever read however, I adored it. I was addicted and I couldn’t put it down. I loved all of the intrigue and the characters; I’m already itching for a re-read. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

FINALLY. The book I’ve been waiting for since 2013 finally came out and it did not disappoint. I loved every second of this very long book. It took me a while to get through as it came out in a very busy and stressful week for me but I had so much fun reading it. The main reason I love Cassandra Clare’s books is because of the characters and this was no different. They all were so wonderful and realistic. I must admit I was confused to begin with as a lot of them have similar names and they’re all cousins so it was hard to remember who was who but I eventually figured it out. My personal favourite characters are Cordelia Carstairs (my kind of badass girl), James Herondale (could potentially be my favourite Herondale yet…) and Matthew Fairchild (mainly because I know his secret from the Ghosts of the Shadow Market novella) but they’re all fantastic. I have no idea where the plot is going to go and I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for the sequel. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Moment of Truth by Kasie West

After I finished Chain of Gold, that’s when the world truly went to shit so I decided to attempt to forget about the world by reading all of the romance books in the world. I started with Kasie West’s newest release as she is an auto-read author for me. I really enjoyed this one. It was really fun and cute, and I really enjoyed the exploration of facing your fears in this. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

When I finished Moment of Truth, I received an early review copy of this in the post so decided to pick it up as I’ve enjoyed the previous two installments in this series. I was sceptical going into this as Beauty and the Beast retellings can go terribly wrong sometimes but I enjoyed it. It was short, fun and adorable but ultimately sort of forgettable. I liked the parts that focused on grief and I enjoyed the way it decided to re-tell the fairytale (it took me way too long to figure out that Garrett was meant to be Gaston) but it probably won’t be one that I’m itching to pick up again. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

After that, I received a surprise package in the post with a review copy of Jenn Bennett’s newest release and I was so excited. Last year, I devoured all of her YA contemporaries and became obsessed with her books so I couldn’t wait for her latest release. This had a similar romantic trope to Starry Eyes (friends to enemies to lovers) which is my absolute favourite of all of her books. I had a blast reading this and I especially loved how it dealt with other topics as well as the romance. I devoured it in a day and became obsessed. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

Then a couple of days later, I bought a Switch which took up a lot of my time but in an attempt to still get some reading done, I started listening to audiobooks whilst playing. I started with this adult romance book that I recently bought and it was okay. It was definitely more of a chick-lit novel than a romance book and that is not really my kinda book. I found it slightly boring because the romance part didn’t really kick in until the last 20%. Also, the climax of the plot when the big issue in their romance is revealed, it happens so quickly and gets resolved in a chapter which felt a bit odd for me. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Only Mostly Devasted by Sophie Gonzales

I then picked up another romance book that I recently bought which was a YA gay Grease retelling. I was nervous because I’m not a huge fan of the Grease plotline but this was so much fun. I loved the way it played with the original Grease story and I especially adored how relatable Ollie was. He messed up and was an awkward mess so he was wonderful. I was not expecting the sad parts of this story but it broke my heart in some places. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this book but it might be a new favourite. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren released their new book this month so obviously I picked it up because I adore their books. This was definitely a fun one, albeit a bit forgettable. I appreciated the mystery aspect of it as well as the disability rep but I will probably forget the plot entirely in a month. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

I then decided to try Mhairi McFarlane’s latest release and I’m so glad I did. This book featured a fake dating trope which is one of my favourites to read about. I loved the conversations about race and belonging. This was another unexpectedly sad book but I wish we had more of the sad parts of it. A certain revelation was sort of forgetten about entirely later on which sucked. However, I loved the romance. Jamie was such a wonderful love interest and Laurie was the fiesty protagonist that I adore. – 4 out of 5 stars.

Movies

Tangled

Like everyone and their mother, I got Disney+ this month and of course the first thing I had to do was rewatch Tangled, which is the best Disney film of all time. Honestly, who doesn’t love Tangled? The songs are wonderful as well as the storyline. The only problem is that Flynn Rider doesn’t sing enough but that is the only flaw in the whole film. – 5 out of 5 stars.

Theatre

Book of Mormon

When I was in London for LBF(which was cancelled but we still had a great time), I saw a bunch of shows. First, I watched Book of Mormon with my course mates which was weird… I just felt so uncomfortable throughout the show because it was just a bit too offensive and crass for my liking. It was funny at parts but most of the time I was just cringing.

&Juliet

The same day, I made a spontaneous trip to go see &Juliet with my sister and her flatmate, which I had seen previously and loved. This was such a fun show as there were so many debuts happening so the audience was on fire. I’ve never laughed so much during a show as I did in this. I already want to go back and watch it again.

Waitress

Me and my friend booked tickets to go see Sara Bareilles in Waitress. I watched Waitress last summer and enjoyed it, but I had slight issues with some of the plot elements. However, I still really love the songs and I find it really fun to watch. Sara Bareilles was wonderful, as were the other actors (most of which weren’t in it when I went to watch it because the cast changes so frequently).

Six

Finally, I took my mum to watch the Six tour in Wolverhampton. This was my third time seeing the show but my first time seeing the tour cast. Both times I had been previously I was sat front row so this was a very different experience. However, it was still as amazing as it always is. Jen and Athena were highlights for me though I do love the whole of the tour cast.

That was my very busy March, most of which happened before lockdown. I’m currently trying to get through my dissertation and assignments as much as possible whilst social distancing, whilst reading and working out to keep myself sane. How is your lockdown going?

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