Wrapping up March 2018 {a month of midterms & deadlines!}

Hello there! We are halfway through Holy Week — which also means that I am halfway through with my mini-vacation. But then again, it isn’t much of a vacation since all I’ve been doing is working (be it for my college requirements or for beta reading). Still, a week back in my hometown, homecooked meals, hot showers, and my wonderful bed? I call that a win.

In my monthly synopsis for February 2018, I mentioned that I’d make March a month for Marvel films, but like all revolutionary plans, the universe decided to take a giant dump on my hopes and dreams. Although I immediately recognized that March was going to be a busy month for me, I was still embarrassingly unprepared for the onslaught of deadlines. In other words, I was unable to succeed in my Marvel movie marathon. But I did get the chance to watch a Filipino film!

In celebration of Women’s March, UP Diliman’s Cine Adarna held a month-long screening of various feminist films and films centered on women. I was able to watch Lorna, a 2014 Cinema One Originals film. It’s a midlife comedy-drama about a 60-year-old woman rebounds from one love interest to another. Needless to say, I totally loved it! If the official movie trailer isn’t enough to pique your interest, I don’t know what will.

Additionally, I was able to read more books than I initially planned. Specifically, I read a total of ten (10) books! Although after writing this post, I’m hoping to squeeze in a couple of more titles before March ends. But anyway.

What I’ve read and reviewed!

Read in March 2018:

What I’ve read but have yet to review!

  • Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead [tentative rating: 1 star]
  • The Voting Game by Peter Gulgowski [tentative rating: 3 stars]
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson [tentative rating: 2 stars]
  • Dwarves of Calcus by Katie Hamstead [tentative rating: 1 star]
  • The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine [tentative rating: 2.5 stars]

* Star ratings are subject to changes when I finally get to write my book reviews down.

What I’ve written!

Under Blog tours:

What I’ve seen around!

Sadly, I lacked the free time to really explore the blogosphere last month. Regardless, here are a number of posts I enjoyed reading!

Book reviews:

Film reviews:

Poetry:

Write-ups and discussions:

Plans for March?

As I mentioned earlier, immediately after writing this post, I’ll be attempting to squeeze in as much reading as I can before April arrives. That’s largely because I intend to finally get started on my Marvel movie marathon — which means completely giving up on books for an entire month (oh, the things I do for Infinity War). So yes, self-imposed reading ban. But I digress.

One of the titles I’ll be reading is Secondhand Origin Stories, which is the debut novel of Lee Blauersouth. Click here to check it out on Goodreads.

I’m extremely excited to read it for two reasons: (1) Queer and diverse superheroes? SIGN ME UP!; and (2) Secondhand Origin Stories just might be the next book featured in my blog tour (Quick segue: Would you be interested in signing up for that one?). By the way, check out the incredibly beautiful cover:

What else? Oh, right! I forgot to mention this last month, but I was finally able to meet a couple of my blogger friends in person! I had separate dinners with Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm and Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf (who just recently started her book blog, so do follow her!).

I have met a few Filipino book bloggers before, but Cara and Kate are definitely two of the bloggers I’m closest to, so finally meeting them meant so much to me. We plan on attending an event organized by the #romanceclass authors together! I am definitely looking forward to hanging out with them. The event is called #AprilFeelsDay2018, and you can find more information about the event here.

And that’s basically it. How about you? Was your March a great reading month? What are you looking forward to this coming April? I mean, aside from the awesomeness that is Infinity War, that is. Let me know in the comments below!

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First of her name. Queen of lists and spreadsheets. Protector of books. Breaker of norms. Iskolar ng bayan.

58 thoughts on “Wrapping up March 2018 {a month of midterms & deadlines!}”

  1. Shealea! I’m gonna be marathoning Marvel movies for Infinity War too! God I’m so excited! Also, you have a legit productive month! I read zero in February and March and I just don’t kno who I am anymore! Haha! Have a great April ahead! 🙂

    xo, Kat

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    1. YES OH MY GOD WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY? HOW WILL YOU MANAGE TO FINISH ALL 18 FILMS IN TIME FOR INFINITY WAR? I NEED TO KNOW!!! Also, I’m sure you can get out of that reading slump soon. I’m willing to provide recs to help. 😉 But we can save them for later. For now, Marvel should be our top priority!!! ❤️

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  2. Too bad I’m not really into superhero-themed novels because I would have loved to bury my nose in this otherwise. 😦 And yay for meeting other bloggers! I’ve only ever met up with one blogger (from here WordPress, at least, as I’ve met other blogger friends before) and it was so thrilling! Hahaha. Hopefully, you get to meet more bloggers in the future! ♥♥

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    1. I was expecting something more Marvel-esque, but the book was less action-heavy and was more concentrated on character relationships. Really fascinating! But I’m not sure if it’s your cup of tea. There are tons of other diverse books out there, though! Maybe I can recommend something else. Just let me know your preferences. 😊

      And I hope so, too! It’s such an experience and it feels like reuniting with a long lost sibling or smth. ❤️

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            1. I have a ton of contemporary novels that I have yet to read, but these are some titles that immediately came to mind!

              – You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
              – You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

              If you want stuff with a significantly more pronounced romance feel:
              – It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
              – The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

              Hope this helps! ❤️

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              1. Yay, thanks!! I’ll add all these to my TBR pile. (I already started reading The Sun is Also A Star a few weeks back pero stopped after a few pages. I think it’s about time I continue reading it. :p)

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  3. Oooh good luck with your Marvel marathon, Shealea! I don’t remember what it was called, but I did watch a ~play~ in UPD a few months back, which I really enjoyed as well. It had something to do with fathers and sons…?

    ANYWAY. Eeep for meeting book blogger friends! I hope to meet you guys as well. ♥♥♥

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Thanks, Aimee! And oh, was this by Dulaang UP? I love them! Although I haven’t been able to watch their recent plays. 😔

      Maybe we can meet up in UP, actually! Or an area nearby. Just keep me posted. ❤️

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  4. Good luck on your Marvel movie marathon, and congrats on a great reading month! I love your summary of blog posts you’ve read and seen around! That’s a really cool feature, and I appreciate being included. ☺️❤️

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  5. Looks like you had both a fulfilling and meh reading month! I think I saw 2 Marvel films (to catch up) this month in anticipation of Infinity War and I am soooooooo [not] ready for this saga to end (even though it’s actually all just beginning, really). Thanks for sharing the review of Love, Simon too!

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    1. I honestly think I was able to get through a lot of books in March because a lot of them were underwhelming so as I read, I was like, “Okay, let me get this over with so I can move on to the next one.” Haha! But it’s fine. I did find a couple of new favorites (The Bone Witch and The Heart Forger ❤️).

      I’ll be starting on my Marvel marathon tonight! I have so many feelings about this that I’m worried my heart will collapse before I even enter the cinema. 😂

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    1. I’m planning on finally starting tonight(!!!) so aaaaaaaah, wish me luck. ❤️ And it’s not a problem. Your blog has tons of great content, and I look forward to reading more. 😊

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  6. Oh it seems like you had a lovely reading month, despite being busy, that’s so great! I really need to read The Poet X sometime, it sounds so, so good 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful month 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I’m surprised I was able to squeeze in so many books. 😅 You really should pick up The Poet X — it’s quick read that’ll change your life! Anyway, I hope your April is going great, too. ❤️

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    1. You can do it!!! Go and slay your TBR. 😉 And keep me posted whenever you come across a great book — I’m always up for recommendations! (Even though my own TBR seems to be endless, too. Haha!)

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    1. I was pretty surprised by it, given how I was drowning in midterm deadlines. Haha! Anyway, thanks for dropping by! I hope your April is going wonderfully too. 😊

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  7. Awww, thank you for the shoutout! OOOH I’m glad you enjoyed The Heart Forger too–I really liked The Bone Witch and can’t wait to dive into the second book!

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    1. Aaaaah, The Heart Forger was phenomenal. I hope you get the chance to read it soon! Maybe we can exchange feels. ❤️ Have you written up a review for The Bone Witch? I’d love to read it!

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  8. I am currently lacking free time to engage more on blogosphere as well and can definitely relate to you.
    You have managed to do a lot in March, I am really impressed and enjoyed reading your recap. 🙂
    And thanks for stopping by at my blog. Glad you enjoyed the review of Bear and Nightingale. 🙂

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    1. You write really good reviews, so it’s not a problem! I love sharing great content. 😊

      Ugh, doesn’t life get in the way of the more important things in life — aka books and blogging? Haha, kidding! But I do hope your April gives you more of a leeway to breathe and to enjoy yourself. Thanks for dropping by! ❤️

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      1. Thank you. The same goes to you and your content! ❤️

        Ha ha, totally with you on that joke! I can get so frustrated sometimes when I don’t get to read… 😂😂😂

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  9. Enablers for life! Huhuhuhu thanks for always plugging my blog Shealea, I really appreciate it!!!

    I’m so excited to read Secondhand Origin Stories, thank you soooo much for tweeting me about it. If you do set up a blog tour for this I’d love to join! I’m always bemoaning the lack of diverse superheroes so I’m super pumped for this.

    You, me, and Cara should have dinner again before April Feels Day hahaha.

    Good luck with your Marvel movie marathon lmao. You’re gonna need it.

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    1. Yes to being enablers for life! And absolutely yes to having dinner! We just need to find a common schedule. 😂

      I have yet to start on my Marvel marathon — ugh, but I swear I will tonight! Have you finished Secondhand Origin Stories?

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      1. I’m about halfway through! Will probs finish over the weekend. I was going to read it last weekend sana but, well, camping at the beach is not phone-friendly hahaha. I can’t wait to write a review for this grabe I love it!

        Huhuhuhu Enablers dinner/lunch next week! Let’s take this to the enabler group! Bahahahaha.

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          1. You guys and punch me for seeing this just now hahaha I’m g with dinner! Let’s talk about that on Twitter. Hihi.

            And the Lorna trailer — where can I watch that film!!!

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            1. Date is set. I’m so excited for our dinner!!! ❤

              God, idk where you can watch the film. It’s no longer being screened in Cine Adarna. 😞 It was so funny and nice tho!!! Me @ 40 years in the future, tbh. 😂

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  10. i’m glad my post interested you enough to note it 💛, I’ll be back to properly comment. dealing with a bad headache. but I’ve read through and march was awfully busy. I’ll also love to go through the posts you shared. thanks Shealea.

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    1. I love, love, love your content! 😍 And I enjoy sharing posts that I’ve also enjoyed. March was pretty busy, but also pretty wonderful so there’s not much for me to complain about. Hope everything is all right on your end! ❤️

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