{Mirror Mirror} The Month of Books, Moving and Graduating ~ Bee’s March Recap

Posted March 31, 2018 by Bee in Memes & Features / 22 Comments

Mirror Mirror is our feature that mixes the memes Stacking The Shelves & The Sunday Post.

New On My Shelves

For review

~ Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
~ The Land of Yesterday by K.A. Reynolds
~ Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak
~ Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
~ Brave Enough by Kati Gardner
~ The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
~ Risen by Cole Gibsen
~ The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie
~ Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
~ The Window by Amelia Brunskill
~ In Her Skin by Kim Savage
~ Spies, Lies and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts
~ Running Through Sprinklers by Michelle Kim

Thank you to HarperCollins, HarperTeen, Harlequin Teen, Bloomsbury UK, Flux, Entangled Teen, Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Simon Pulse for these! Also thanks to the FFBC for my blog tour review copies! Look at all those gorgeous covers!

Bought

~ To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
~ Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
~ Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter To The World by Ashley Herring Blake
~ Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

LOOK HOW SHINY OBSIDIO IS THOUGH. I’m in love. AND I got the hardcover as well as the audiobook because I need the full experience of this epicness. I did not read it yet because I’ve been too busy with moving and finishing my internship, BUT I’ve got all of next week (next few months really) to do nothing but read and catch up on TV-shows so you bet I’ll start it and probably finish it in one day too.

In My Life

~ This week I finished my internship and with that “graduated” from the course. Go me! I was sad to go but at the same time happy it’s over so I can get some much-needed rest. It took a lot out of me mentally so now I can take it easy during the rest of the pregnancy and focus on getting ready for my baby. And read a lot more of course. That too. Maybe I can even catch up on TV-shows. I HAVE SO MUCH TIME NOW. Yeah sure I have to do the house stuff while the boyfriend is working but still. Our place is not that huge so it won’t take me more than a few hours a week to clean it all. If I have about two hours work every day, that would be a lot. So yes, a lot of free time all of a sudden, which I’m going to use for sure while I can.

~ Another month, another trip to the gynaecologist for a check-up. This month was pretty important because of the 20-week echo! I was so nervous but in the end I didn’t have to be because everything was okay. Though the appointment itself was a horrible experience. First we had to wait a long time. We were actually on time for our appointment at 5pm but didn’t get in until 5.45pm. This was a different doctor than my usual one so I was super uncomfortable with her and already annoyed by the waiting. Then she started doing the echo, which took almost an hour. AN HOUR. Considering we needed the 7pm bus to be able to get home, my anxiety flew through the roof. Not only that, but she pushed on my belly really hard and kept shaking it about to make my baby move because she wasn’t in the right position to check this one small thing. When we finally got outside we had to hurry to the bus stop and caught our bus just. in. time. A few seconds later and we would’ve missed it. That day started out perfect but ended with my anxiety levels at a maximum and it took me the rest of the evening to calm down. Luckily I don’t have to be with that doctor anymore.

~ This month I moved in with my boyfriend in OUR apartment. And so far it’s going great. It’s exactly what we needed and I love the way our new home looks. We moved most of our things in just one weekend, with some more things that needed to come after. BUT we moved in officially on the 19th. And it’s a dream come true, honestly. I was kind of disappointed at first because we couldn’t move in that day and had to wait until the 20th but my mom and boyfriend arranged everything behind my back so we could move in officially one day earlier. It was the best surprise ever. I love my new home and who I share it with. Check out this post to read all about it and see all the pictures!

~ I went to see Black Panther this month with my boyfriend and all I have to say is WOW. The movie was brilliant and gorgeous, had amazing characters and I am a fan. You can check out my full thoughts over here.

~ I also went to see Ready Player One with my best friend yesterday and it was WOAH. Quite the thrilling nostalgia trip. They diverted from the book quite a bit but I didn’t mind because they kept the spirit of the book. Honestly, Steven Spielberg is the only guy that can do a book like that justice on the screen. Definitely recommended!

Books Read

~ More Than We Can Tell by Bridget Kemmerer [4 stars – my review]
~ Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly [4 stars – my review]
~ Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter To The World by Ashley Herring Black [5 stars – my review]
~ How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand [2 stars – my review]
~ Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann [DNF – my thoughts]
~ The Window by Amelia Brunskill [3,5 stars – my review]

Average rating: 3,7 stars

Considering how busy the last month was for me, I did pretty good! With moving and my internship still going I didn’t have much time to read but I did read more than I have in the last few months so yay for that! I also had a pretty good month with mostly 4 star books so overall I’m pretty happy with how it went. Of course my favorite of the month is IVY ABERDEEN’S LETTER TO THE WORLD, but MORE THAN WE CAN TELL and HELLO, UNIVERSE follow closely behind! THE WINDOW really surprised me and though I had some issues with it, it was still a good read overall. My biggest disappointment was HOW YOU RUINED MY LIFE and I’m sad I couldn’t finish LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE. It’s not the book though, the book was ridiculously adorable and it’s YA crossing over into NA. But the writing just wasn’t my thing and I didn’t really connect to the characters at all.

So overall I had a pretty good month, all things considered.

Around the blogosphere

Here are some of the posts I read and loved this past month!

~ Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight made an awesome quiz of quotishness
~ Rashika @ Xpresso Reads asks us if you can read to many books
~ Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads shares how to tell people you blog about books
~ AJ @ Read All The Things! discusses how accurate Goodreads recommendations are
~ Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts asks why we create content & continue creating content
~ Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads discusses 5 books that made her cry
~ Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books tells us about badass historical book smugglers in her country
~ Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl talks about books that belong in the freezer
~ Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages gives us the why, what and how on staying legal on your blog
~ Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books also posted a very handy Goodreads tutorial for new bloggers
~ Louise @ Exploring by Starlight explains why she’s not a mood reader
~ Cait @ Paper Fury asks if writers should start a blog or not
~ Elley @ The Book Otter wonders what we look for in a review
~ Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love welcomes everyone on her new blog

What’s new with you this week?

Bee

Bee

Bee (born as Bieke) is 27 years old and from Belgium. (No she won't send waffles.) She's a strange, nerdy and anxious creature floating around somewhere on the ace spectrum. Oh, and she also writes books as Nelly B. Jones. Or tries to anyway. You can also find her on Novel Ink.

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22 responses to “{Mirror Mirror} The Month of Books, Moving and Graduating ~ Bee’s March Recap

  1. I have been admiring you so much these last few months, Bee! I know you’re bummed about not being able to write, but you are doing so. much. SO MUCH. And you’re going through all these important phases in your life, and you’re going through them all at the same time, and that must be super scary and I’m just really proud of you. β™₯

  2. I am so happy that you had a great reading month πŸ™‚ I so want to read Let’s Talk About Love. I have heard good things about that.
    Oh wow, what a nice haul. You got To Kill A Kingdom! DO read it. I absolutely loved it and want everyone to read it πŸ˜€

    I got Tiffany for review too. I really hope we both like it. And how did you get Summer Blue? I so want to read Akemi’s next book since I finished Starfish.

    I am sorry about you gyno. Doctors can be really painful at times. But at least now you moved with your boyfriend. I hope everything is good now πŸ™‚

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    • Bee
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      I hope to read TKaK soon because it sounds so excellent! I got Summer Bird Blue through Edelweiss. So lucky I got approved for it. πŸ™‚ I haven’t gotten to Starfish yet though. (Shame on me, I know)

  3. Wow! So many big things for you thing month. Congratulations on graduating and I hope you are settling in and enjoying your new home. I am seriously coveting all your MG ARCs. I wanted to request all of those, but I have too many books for those release months. I do NOT want a repeat of March, where I had too many review books and was burning out on writing reviews. I started Obsidio this morning and I am almost done. I have been shedding a ton of tears, but it’s fabulous.

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    • Bee
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      Awww yeah all the MG this month apparently XD But I get the “too many books” part because saaame. AHHH omg I’m itching to start Obsidio and I might today or tomorrow but I’M SCARED SAM. I MIGHT NOT BE READY.

  4. Nathan

    I am glad you got some good books this month. You actually read more than I did. I understand doctor stress. I find it is often stressful to see doctors. Now that you have graduated you can relax for a while. With my family…Dad is out of the hospital. The chest pains are gone and so is his Norwalk. My brother and Mom caught it too, something we picked up at the hospital. I somehow am still standing. No Norwalk for me, thank you very much.

  5. Ah, Bee, I’m so happy everything is going so well for you!! It looks like you had a great reading month– I need to get to Ivy Aberdeen soon. So glad you guys are settling into the apartment and that the move went smoothly. Yay for graduating from your internship and hopefully getting more downtime soon, too! SUPER jealous that you have Summer Bird Blue; I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  6. Ahh this was so great to read and I’m so happy you had a great reading March as well!! SAME THOUGH. It’s really a relief to read so many good books.πŸ˜‚ And yay that you’ll have free time coming up! I’m imagining it’ll be the last free time in a while before the baby comes haha.πŸ˜‚Those little pockets of exhaustion tend to eat up all one’s time right?! hehe. I hope you get in a lot of reading and TV show watching. (So much sucks about that doctor’s appointment though, ugh.)

    Also ahh h Summer Bird Blue! I’m SO excited for it and have my fingers crossed that I’ll get approved on Edelweiss haah.πŸ˜‚

    • Bee
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      Yes I have heard that. XD She’ll take up a lot of time. (And energy. I will not get any sleep probably ahahaha… hah… yeah…) But this is only the first day I’m home alone all day and I’m bored already. Kind of want to start Obsidio but I IS SCARED.

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