Happy April, friends!! 🥰✨
First and foremost, I sincerely hope that you’re doing well! I’m very privileged because my life hasn’t been affected much by COVID-19. But I know that’s not the case for many others, so if you’re having a hard time right now, I’m sending you all the hugs and positive energy. ❤ (I think we can all agree that 2020 is trying to kill us… Remember when I said that 2020 was gonna be my year? Whoops, the clownery really jumped out.)
I got appendicitis in late February, which forced me to take a week and a half off school. I was supposed to go back in the first week of March (when our final exams were set to take place), but because of the coronavirus, my school canceled them, granting us an early summer break! Make-up assessments were also canceled, unfortunately, so I have no idea where my teachers are going to base my final grade off of. I’m suing if they give me a zero in everything I missed
But besides the fact that I’m uncertain about my grades, March was AMAZING. I know that it’s the month wherein COVID-19 really bit our asses, but I was thriving because of all the free time I suddenly had! Since we all have to do our part to flatten the curve, I haven’t left the house in days, and I’m living my introvert dream. 😌
Because of my newfound free time, however, I’ve found something that has been keeping me away from reading and blogging: Korean dramas. It all started when my mom watched and fell in love with the newest trending k-drama, Crash Landing on You. I decided to watch it myself to see what all the hype is about, but little did I know that I would sacrifice 16+ hours of my life to the devil.
CLOY made me feel all the feelings!! I feel like it could’ve been shorter, but it was still worth the hype for me. Watch it to gain unrealistic expectations for romantic partners. 🥺
After CLOY, I started watching more k-dramas to fill the void it left, and now I’m ~obsessed.~ Lately, my days have been spent thinking about my fave k-drama couples and listening to k-drama OSTs. Someone please whisk me away to drama-land, where happy endings and true love are almost always guaranteed. 😙✌🏻
Besides Korean dramas, I also watched a few movies—Knives Out, Little Women (2019), and Jojo Rabbit—last month. I would highly recommend all three, but most of all, I recommend Knives Out!!! Please watch it so we can scream about it together!
I read 11 books in March, which means that I’ve finally achieved my lifelong goal of reading 10+ books in a month!! I don’t consider it a true victory because I had endless free time though. 😅
In terms of quality, I continue to be disappointed. I gave almost all the books I read last month 3 stars. I’ve also yet to find my first 5-star read of 2020, because I changed my mind about all two of the books I rated 5 stars this year. I would just like to fall completely and utterly in love with a book again please and thank you!!
- A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer– This was a fairly generic YA fantasy, and the only things notable about it were Grey, a side character, and the cerebral palsy rep. ★★★☆☆ Goodreads review
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord– As the name implies, this was SO CUTE. I just felt like it was trying to tell two completely separate stories at times. ★★★★☆
- Warcross by Marie Lu– This was… forgettable. ★★★☆☆ Goodreads review
- Anna K by Jenny Lee– Diverse characters and rich people drama!! I just wish the ending hadn’t been ruined for me. 😕 ★★★☆☆ Goodreads review
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson– Kelsier, Vin, and Elend own my heart. 💖 ★★★★☆ Goodreads review
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson– Reading this confirmed that Brandon Sanderson’s writing isn’t for me. Though I ADORED the concept of this book and will definitely read its sequels! ★★★☆☆ Goodreads review
- We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia– Is there a word for when you’re not pleasantly surprised or underwhelmed—just… whelmed? Because that’s how I felt about this book. I actually would’ve given it 4 stars, if not for the bi erasure and some disgusting things that the main character was doing. ★★☆☆☆ Spoiler Goodreads review
- Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz– READ THIS! READ THIS! READ THIS! It’s a cute yet realistic romance with A++ representation. 🥺 ★★★★☆ Goodreads review
- Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore– Wonderful message and themes, but sadly, flowery stories aren’t for me. ★★★☆☆
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman– This had EXCELLENT and interesting worldbuilding, but the characters and romance were lackluster. ★★★☆☆
- The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum– Aside from the occasional tender and heartwarming moment, this book was just okay. Gays in space though! ★★★☆☆
Instead of replying and blog hopping a little bit each day so I don’t get overwhelmed, my brain decides that it’s a good idea to neglect interacting for a few days, feel guilty about it, and then spend the next few hours blog hopping and replying to comments! I have GOT to stop letting comments and blog posts on my Reader pile up.
I also promised that CAITLIN READS would come back in March, you know, like a clown. 🤡 …But I’m pretty sure that it’ll come back in April! I just have one book left to read, and then the second post can go up. ❤
Favorite Posts from the Blog:
I had so much fun writing this post, and I would defend 3-star reads with my life!
Oh, look! Proof that I’m not always a complete mess.
This post honestly did way better than I expected, and I’m soft. 🥺 We love women empowerment in this house. ❤❤
I hope April treats you well! Stay safe always. 💖
(Also, I’m participating in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon next month, and I’m hyped!!)