Books I reviewed in March
- Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz (★★★★)
- We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (★★★★½)
- I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (★★★★★)
- Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers (★★★★)
- Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian (★★★★)
- Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (★★★★)
- Sleuth or Dare by Robin Benway (★★★)
(Clicking on the links will take you to my reviews!)
I posted 7 reviews in March for Contemporary Conversations. Other than the books reviewed, I also read My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher, The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
The first three books (by Pitcher and Furniss) I'm not planning to post reviews for, but they were all pretty excellent books, all worth at least 3 stars or more. The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss was my favourite among those three – a moving and powerfully written story about a girl who loses her mother on the same day she gains a baby sister.
The review for Everything, Everything will be posted closer to the publication date, and the review for The Ocean at the End of the Lane will hopefully go up some time next month.
Of the seven books I reviewed this month, I'll Give You the Sun was my favourite. Jandy Nelson just completely wowed me with her unique writing style and her profoundly beautiful story about Noah and Jude, two artistic twins who lose their way in life and their connection to each other but who eventually find their way back again.
Also on the blog in March
There have been a real lack of posts on the blog this month. I'm thinking that Keep It Queer should probably be a monthly rather than biweekly feature from now on.
There was one Keep It Queer post this month:
Two Top Ten Tuesday posts:
Top Ten All-Time Favourite Books from the Past 3 Years
Ten Books I Recently Added to my TBR
One discussion post:
How Break-Ups Affect Your Reading
Things that happened in March
Well, the biggest thing, as I've already mentioned on this blog, is that my boyfriend broke up with me. I always find that sentence a bit weird to type, not least because he is obviously no longer my boyfriend, but my ex-boyfriend – but you don't exactly say 'my ex-boyfriend broke up with me', do you? That sentence just seems incorrect either way.
I'm still sad and there are still times when all I can do is cry until I'm exhausted, but I know it'll get better eventually.
Term ended the day he broke up with me, but I'm mostly staying in Oxford this vacation (that's what we call our breaks/holidays). I've been doing work experience with a literary agency in Oxford, which has been fun and informative. Mostly what I do is just read submissions that have come through, so I have been reading a lot lately. But at the end of this week, I'm flying over to America for a two-week holiday with my mum! I'm so excited!
One of my friends came to visit me in Oxford two weeks ago, and we went out for lots of great food and bubble tea, and we watched Home, the animated Dreamworks movie, with another one of my friends. The movie was a lot of fun and super cute and actually way better than I was expecting it to be. It's so great to see an animated movie with a PoC girl as the protag!
I also saw the new Cinderella on Sunday and it was such a beautiful and moving film. Such a feast for the eyes too! I absolutely adored it. I'm always so weak for Disney stories. (And oh my god, RICHARD MADDEN. *swoon*)
I mentioned last month that my (now ex-)boyfriend and I started watching Shirokuma Café together, and we finished watching it the day before we broke up. It was a really, really good anime, all 50 episodes of cute, heartwarming, funny goodness. After we broke up, I started hunting around for another anime to watch that would make me feel calm, warm fuzzies, and I watched Usagi Drop and it was amazing. It's about a businessman who ends up looking after the illegitimate daughter of his grandfather. Um, I know that premise sounds a bit suspect, but seriously, it's just such a sweet and poignant anime about a middle-aged man who has to take care of a child on his own, and the little girl is SO ADORABLE. I really wish this anime wasn't only 11 episodes long. It was over too quickly.
I also watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Fresh Off the Boat to make myself feel better. Both of these shows are so great! I love how The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is really about how awesome and strong women are; it was a message I really needed to hear after the break-up. And Fresh Off the Boat! Oh my god. I can so relate to that show sometimes.
So yes. I watched a ton of things this month. I'm really sorry I haven't been commenting on other people's blogs much. I think it'll probably take me a bit more time before I can properly get back into the swing of things again.