MARCH WRAP UP & A PERSONAL UPDATE

Hello, lovely people. I hope everyone is doing alright in these tough times. The last couple of weeks have been tough for me. My nan who I was very close to passed away 2 weeks ago. And then I fell sick myself. Suffice it to say, blogging has not been on the front of my mind

Thankfully, I now feel more like myself. So here I am.

Anyways, I just want you guys to know that it’s completely normal to not feel like yourself and want to run away from everything. You are not alone in this feeling.

monthly wrap up

Reviews:

ARC:

This Terrible Beauty ★★★★☆
House Rules★★★★☆
The Kissing Game ★☆☆☆☆

Non- ARCs :


The Shadow Between Us ★★☆☆☆
House of Earth and Blood ★★☆☆☆
Cheese In The Trap ★★★★★
The Help ★★★★★

 

Non – Review Posts

Top Ten Tuesday :
Favorite Books with Single-Word Titles
Last 10 Books that Gave Me Book Hangover
Spring-Summer TBR
Least to Most Favorite Romance Tropes

Tags:
The Prediction Book Tag

My Song of the Month:

Note: I’m adding this new theme to my month wrap-up. Because music does help! And this song helped me cope. Both the original song and its cover.


March was a good reading month until the last week. That last week makes me want to erase this month from my memory.

TOP TEN TUESDAY : SPRING-SUMMER TBR

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. These are tough times. Please stay cautious and take extra care of yourself!

The topic for this week’s TTT is Spring TBR. Where I live (Bangladesh), we have six seasons, with each season having 2 months. Summer starts Mid-April here. So a Spring TBR would be too short. That’s why, I’m listing my Spring-Summer TBR here.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


 

 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

A romance between two fiances who have fallen out of love with each other, but cannot call off the wedding. Pranks, sabotage and rediscovering love are my favorite things in a romance. Can’t wait!

 

 

 

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Internet friends turning into IRL crush?

Count me in!

 

 

 

 

The Heart Principle

The third installment of what has become my favorite series and featuring a character that I absolutely adored previously. And to add to that, it’s a the author’s take on a gender swapped Sabrina?

Can you blame me for being excited?

 

 

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

A story of star-crossed lovers set in Paris in the 1950s?

Tell me more.

 

 

 

 

The Trouble With Hating You by Sanji Patel

An engineer and a lawyer meeting being set up by their parents. Both people of color and Asian? Is this  the book I’ve been waiting for all my life?

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morganthaler

I have a feeling a vacation romance is just the thing I’ll need during what I expect to be a scorching Summer.

 

 

 

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two authors of opposing genres stuck spending the summer in the same place, strike a deal to overcome their respective creative ruts.

I don’t think I can survive the potential disappointing such a brilliant idea not living up to its potential.

 

 

 

More Than Maybe Erin Hahn

So what if my ARC request for this cute YA about a music blogger, and the son of the punk rock musician got declined? (Cries in rivers)

I am still allowed to be excited for this!

 

 

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

A journey of a former Olympic gymnast finding herself. I’m hoping for a healthy dose of emotional payoff from this book.

 

 

 

 

Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein

The daughter of a high-ranking Nazi official forced to choose between her loyalty to her country and an impossible love.

Such a compelling synopsis, and perfect for my recent interest in fiction set in World War II.

TOP TEN TUESDAY : LAST 10 BOOKS THAT GAVE ME BOOK HANGOVER

The topic for this week’s TTT is Authors with Fun Social Media Presence. I unfortunately don’t really follow authors on social media, so this topic is not for me. So I’m going to do a topic from 2 weeks ago that I had been interested in but could not end up doing.

I define book hangover as something that makes it difficult for me to move on from a book. It could be both a good thing or a bad.

It’s about the last 10 books that gave me book hangover. Better late than never!


       

Cheese in the Trap : This webtoon or graphic novel has the most realistic and compelling portrayal about human nature. It’s based on the college life of student Hong Sul who suddenly finds a senior Jung Yoo being friendly to her. It’s jarring because she suspects that the terrible things that happened to her last year was all thanks to him.

The characters in this are all so fascinating. I finished the 301 chapters in a day!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird : This wasn’t a good sort of book hangover. Rather, it was the longing for more that made it hard for me to move on. More insight into a certain character. A longing for perhaps a different sort of execution. Or just a better closure maybe.

Wild at Heart : I was so sucked into the world of the Alaskan wilderness, that it  took me some time to get out of it. The book is perhaps a little too domestic for some people, but I savored every little thing about it.

If I Never Met You : A strong independent woman rediscovering herself and her life after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend. I was fully invested in her journey. *Whispers* And the fake romance trope…

Chasing Lucky : It’s not perfect, but this YA had just the right amount of teenage angst and misadventures to draw me in. Also, Lucky is reason enough for a book hangover.

Lucky Caller : A group of unlikely students are brought together because of an assignment about having a radio show of  their own. What follows is a hilarious and warm tale of friendship and love.

Where the Lost Wander : A poignant love story at the backdrop of the Oregon trail and traversing the Wild West back in the the 1850s. It’s not an easy read but gripping all the same. What’s amazing is that it’s based on a real story of real people.

Headliners : A love story of two rival TV presenters who are forced by circumstances to co-host a morning show. Need I say more?

Ninth House : This one has a lot of mixed reviews. But I found the story and the universe compelling enough to move on from.

Bring Down the Duke : No book has since been able to surpass the effect that this amazing gem of a book had in me. I loved this love story between a duke and a destitute blue stocking with the backdrop of the suffrage movement so much! I found it hard for a week to read anything else. I kept going back to it. Talk about a massive book hangover.


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Books With Single-Word Titles

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! The theme for the week is “Books With Single-Word Titles”.  I was confused. Should I just list random books with single word titles? Or should it be books I have read? So I went with the single-word titles that I enjoyed.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Emma by Jane Austen


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Rebecca by Daphne du Murier

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

 

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Transcend by Jewel E Ann

Kulti by Mariana Zapata


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : MOST ANTICIPATED JAN – APRIL RELEASES OF 2020

Happy 2020, lovely people! First TTT of the year. So, I have many many books that I’m looking forward to this year. So because I can’t narrow my TBR list from first half of 2020 to 10, I’ll only just list my anticipated releases for the first four months of the year.

 


 


The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord is among my all-time favorite YA books. The sequel releases today and my hands are itching real bad to get my hands on it!


Release Date: January 7th 2020

 

 


Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Emma Mills is my favorite YA author who keeps churn out one great YA after another so consistently over the years. I hope I’m not jinxing it, though. She had me at radio hijinks and childhood friend with this one.

 

Release Date: January 14th 2020

 

 


Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

An all new Sarah J. Maas series is coming to make obsess and agonize over. Not to mention the endless waits between releases Yay me!

P.S. How amazing is this cover?

Release Date: March 3, 2020

 

 


The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

As if it wasn’t enough for Josie Silver to play with my heart in One Day in December, she’s back with a story of alternate lives of the same woman. I’m ready to wrecked.

 

Release Date: March 3, 2020

 

 

 


A Murderous Relation by Deannna Raybourn

The conclusion to the Veronica Speedwell series. I can’t wait to see what trouble finds our favorite pair of historian and scientist in this latest book!

 

Release Date: March 10, 2020

 

 

 


Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I finally read Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman last year and fell in love with the writer. So I’m expecting a similar kind of magic and relatable characters from this book.

 

Release Date: March 10, 2020

 

 

 

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

I discovered this author last year and really took to her writing style.. Although the synopsis isn’t anything groundbreaking but I’ve realized that romance genre is more about the execution of the idea than the idea itself.

 

Release Date: March 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren books are always an instant pick-me-up for romance genre. I haven’t gotten to read their last release yet. But I find the synopsis for this even more appealing!

 

 

Release Date: March 24, 2020

 

 

 

 


What I Like About You by Maria Kantar

I’m not a big fan of mistaken or double identities trope. But the idea of two awkward geeks caught up in this trope has me intrigue. Fingers crossed, it doesn’t disappoint.

 

Release Date: April 7, 2020

 

 


You Deserve Each Other
by Sarah Hogle

I fell instantly in love with the idea of the book the moment I read the synopsis. A story about a couple engaged to be married, already stuck in a rut trying to sabotage their own wedding and rediscovering their feelings in the process? Gimme already!


Release Date: Ap
ril 7, 2020

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday : Platonic Relationships In Books

TTT Time! For all those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Platonic relationships (friendships, parent/child, siblings, family, etc.) I’m really excited about this topic! Here are my favorite platonic relationships –


 

Harry & Hermione (Harry Potter) : Undoubtedly my favorite platonic relationship from any book. Best friends from every sense, these two are the best not-sibling siblings ever! I’m not including Ron because it’s all about platonic this week, and I feel like Harry & Hermion’s friendship does not get talked about enough!

Rhys, Cassian & Azriel (A Court of Thorns & Roses) : I love the whole gang including Mor and Amren. But there’s just something about the brotherhood between Rhys, Cassian & Azriel that tugs at my heartstrings! And how cute is this fanart by arz29?

 


Jude & Jessica Day (Jack & Jill Trilogy) : Jude and Jessica are siblings who have to start over as part of something akin to a Witness Protection Program after their parents are murdered. They become Jack and Jill Knight. This series might be dark but these two made me laugh out loud and feel all warm. As Jessica says, Jill is the first love of her life! One of my top favorite siblings in books!


Froi & his parents (Froi of the Exiles) :
I’m not gonna talk about who the parents are because that would be a spoiler. But Melina Marchetta writes the best family dynamics and Froi’s equation with his parents was so real and honest that it’d be unfair not including them in this list.

 


F
lint & Harrison (Look The Part) : This was one of the best contemporary romances I read this year. Flint lost his wife to an accident in a car which he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Now, the only goal of his life is to ensure that his mildly autistic son Harrison grows to have the best life. This father-son relationship was my absolute favorite!


The Baylors (Hidden Legacy Series) :
The Baylors made for an amazingly peculiar family who entertained me to no end. Particularly the relationship between the siblings and the cousins appealed to me like nothing else!

 


Taylor and Co. (Jellicoe Road) : Jellicoe Road occupies an entire part of my heart. The friendship between Taylor, Santangelo, Jonah and Raffy is just so beautiful! I love them and every character of the book to pieces!

 


Diana, Josh & Lou (Wait For It) : Diana’s brother dies and leaves the responsibility of this two sons Josh and Lou to Diana. The way Diana became a mother to Josh and Lou without any ounce of hesitation, and their love for each other makes my heart all warm and gooey!

 


Rose, Daisy & Lily (Callaway Sisters) :
These sisters are as different to each other as Mars and Saturn are to Earth. Yet, their loyalty and support for each other is incomparable. I was confused about choosing between these 3 or the friendship between their counterparts Connor, Ryke and Loren which is remarkable considering them not sharing blood. But I’ve already added too many brotherhoods and bromances here. Gotta share the sister love!

 

Darcy & Bingley (Pride And Prejudice) : Another Bromance that I just had to add!  Bingley is the jelly to Darcy’s Peanut butter. The iconic friendship between these men completely opposite in nature makes my heart swell! And look at how Darcy has his adoring eyes for Bingley!


have a feeling that I’m forgetting some iconic relationships here! I think it’s obvious that I have a thing for bromances, though. Guilty as charged! What are some of your favorite bromances? Or sismances (Is that even a word?) for that matter? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday : Characters I want on my team in a haunted house

Another Tuesday and another TTT! The theme for this week was Creepy Freebie and I chose the topic as characters I want on my team inside a haunted house.

For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Okay, here we go –



Hermione Granger : Let’s be honest. Harry wouldn’t survive even his first year without the help of Hermione. Plus, I think I’d need a rational person like Hermione to get me through a haunted house.

Kate Daniels : Having the most badass heroine like Kate Daniels beside me would ensure that I could just relax and let her combat all the ghosts. Heh.

Feyre Archeron : Well, she went to the Weaver’s house. So she could also tag along with me to the haunted house, right? Plus, she’s a loyal friend. What else could I ask for when entering a haunted house?

Minya : I thought of Lazlo Strange first. But Minya? She can control ghosts! Could the choice be any more obvious?

Victor Vale : Victor may be a sociopath who claims to love nobody, but if you’re on his team, then he’ll stop at nothing to protect at you.


The Weasley twins : Who doesn’t need humor to make things better when they are faced with horror? And nobody is better at humor than the Weasley twins. Plus, they have so many tricks up their sleeves, the haunted house might turn out to be a piece of cake!

Roy Mustang : Would you look at that smolder? It also helps that he happens to be my first Japanese crush. But let’s be honest here. I’d have this guy by my side at any place and situation, for purely selfish reasons.

Buffy Summers : Umm, hello? Buffy the vampire slayer? A definite YES.

 



Kaz Brekker
: A quick-witted and sharp guy like Kaz is just what I need to survive a haunted house!


Lisbeth Salander
: What a badass to have at your side! I’d be in too awe of her to be scared of ghosts, I think!


What about you guys? Who would you pick to accompany you to a haunted house?