Monthly Memories : March 2017

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a great March and read some great books. Mine was quite eventful, and overall, I thought it was a good month. Let’s get to the updates!

  • The first weekend of March I went up to NYC to see my friend, Jess, who I have known for a while now, but this was the first time we officially met. I had a blast with her and ate a ton of food. What they say about NYC food is true. You can find anything and everything there! Besides eating, we did a bunch of touristy things like walk around some neighborhoods, see the Brooklyn Bridge and see the National History Museum. All that walking did exhaust me so as soon as I got back home, I slept for like two days. Can you tell how unfit I am?
  • This month at school was also my finals month, so I had a bunch of exams to take. They thankfully went well, and I finished the quarter with good grades, which I’m happy about. Things are moving swiftly and I can’t believe it’s already close to one full academic year for me.
  • I also had my spring break, during which I didn’t do much, to be honest. I had plans to read a bunch of books, and well, it didn’t go as I hoped it would. But whatever, at least I got to sleep in which was nice. I did also have to work, so it wasn’t ALL a lazy spring break.
  • I made some seriously yummy recipes again this month. One of my favorite dishes was this baked sriracha chicken that was scrumptious! Here’s the link to the recipe. Go look at those pictures and tell me that doesn’t look ridiculously yummy?
    Lauren from Bookmark Lit also mentioned this bang bang shrimp pasta that she made a couple of months ago, and I made some Thursday night and omg, it has got to be one of the best recipes I have ever tried. I will most definitely be cooking that again.

I read 17 books this month, which is honestly not a great number compared to the previous months. But I keep getting distracted by TV shows and movies, so no regrets. Anyways, the books I did read were all pretty decent, so really who cares! Here’s a full list of books I read this month.

Highest Rating

Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly, #4) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband (Rokesbys, #2)

4.5-5 stars

I loved these 3 books so much. I was excited for Walk of Shame, though a bit nervous too since I didn’t love her previous book, but it was so much fun. I had a blast reading it. Six of Crows was a re-read for me and it was just as fabulous. I devoured The Girl With The Make Believe Husband. It has honestly got to be the best book I’ve read from Julia Quinn. It just gave me all the feels!

Lowest Rating

Seven Days of You

2 stars

I really struggled with this book, and the characters all frustrated me.

Book Which Surprised Me The Most

You're Welcome, Universe

This book was so great! You’re Welcome, Universe surprised me because it’s not a romance YA. Instead, it’s a book about friendship and the Deaf community and I absolutely loved every moment of it. It’s surprising that I loved it so much given how much I crave romances in books!

Book Boyfriends of the Month

 About Last Night

Darien from Geekerella was top book boyfriend material. And I swooned hard over Nev from About Last Night. Seriously, Ruthie Knox writes some of the best heroes ever.

Most Exciting Books on Deck For Next Month

Girl Out of Water Until It Fades Beneath the Shine

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I finished watching Bake Off on Netflix, so I decided to pick up HTGAWM again. I forgot just how addicting this show was. I binged season 2 in like 3 days and I’m now watching the 3rd season. The show has really veered off track compared to the 1st season, but I like it, mostly because of Viola Davis.

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I also watched some movies this past month, that I loved. I watched The Edge of Seventeen, which was fresh, funny and so damn relatable and the love interest is the cutest dork ever. I also went to see Beauty & The Beast at the cinema, and I loved every moment of the movie. I thought they did such a good job. I watched a couple of Bollywood movies as well. Kapoor & Sons was a great exploration of family dynamics. And I watched Neerja last night and freaking bawled my eyes out. It’s a biopic based on the story of a real life air hostess, Neerja Bhanot, who saved the lives of hundreds of people on the Pan Am hijacked airplane in 1986, but unfortunately lost her own life. I started the movie around 11 pm and was in full-blown tears when it finished. It’s seriously one of the best Bollywood movies I’ve seen.

Danya @ Fine Print asks when do you get rid of books?

Val @ The Innocent Smiley ponders on why blogging feels hard all of a sudden.

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight talks about her evolution as a blogger.

Rene @ Addicted to Romance talks about love triangles.

Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle shares a list of her favorite first kisses.

Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks shares a list of Bollywood movies you should watch. She is also doing an ARCs read-a-thon in April and you should join, if you’re interested!

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog celebrates her turning two!

What was your March like? What was your favorite book of the month? What are some movies you watched?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Nick
  • Congrats on your exams result, you hard work seems to be really paid off! That shrimp pasta looks delicious, and I will totally make it if only I’m not allergic with shrimp😂 Kapoor and Sons and Neerja sounds amazing, I’m adding it to my watch list! <3

  • Sounds like a pretty good month!!! NYC is so much fun. I don’t get there often but love it. Glad school is going well too. That chicken looks amazing. Will so be trying that. I finished the Bake Off too. So sad. I gave up on HTGAWM this season. Just didn’t care anymore. I need to check out The Edge of Seventeen. Have a great April lady!!

  • NYC is a great place to visit because you can eat lots and walk it all off after, haha. I could never live there though! So busy. I’m a small town girl, hahaha. Meeting friends for the first time in person is so fun (and also kinda weird) so I’m glad you and Jess had such a good time!

    OMG About Last Night!!!!! We must dish about that one soon Nick, because I looove it. Nev/City is clearly totally Swoon worthy and Cath is such a freaking cool chick. MCs who work in museums and libraries are my weakness. The Edge of Seventeen was sooo good! It was like peeking into the average high schooler’s life, with prettier people. LOL. I hadn’t heard about Neerja before now but I’m definitely going to queue it up when I need a good cry!

  • oh glad you had so much fun in NYC!!! I remember when we went to London and we WALKED everywhere. So I understand the exhaustion side of it. I also really enjoyed Beauty and the Beast, and I liked it quite a bit and can’t wait to see it again. I currently am hooked on Blue Bloods and Designated Survivor. I will admit I was nervous about Julia Quinn’s new book, since the past couple haven’t been my favorite, but now I know I need to pick that one up. Hope April is a wonderful month for you.

  • I’m glad you enjoyed time with your friend in NYC! I remember you saying you were a little nervous about meeting her – glad it all worked out. 😀

    My spring break was last week and like you, I didn’t really do much! In fact I brought home a ton of schoolwork to do and literally one did one thing (and let’s be real, I kinda halfway did it). -_- But lazy spring breaks are honestly the best. 😀

    Best of luck with April and reading and the rest of the semester!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed Lauren Layne’s new book. I actually didn’t request this one because I didn’t love her last two books as much as I have all of her others. I will have to give her another chance. I STILL haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast. My husband and I showed up at the theater only for it to be sold out as we waited in line. Boo!! lol. I hope we’ll get to see it soon. I really enjoyed Geekerella too! It was so cute…even if it was a little cheesy at time. haha! Hope you have a great week!

  • Charlie Anderson

    What an enjoyable set of events, Nick! So glad you went to NYC and had fun. I didn’t do much of anything during spring break, either. I didn’t even get much reading done. I loved seeing Beauty and the Beast. Will definitely buy it when it comes out. Good luck with the remainder of the semester!

  • It certainly was eventful. That’s funny about sleeping for two days. NY can be a tiring place for sure. I loved The Edge of Seventeen too, such a good movie! And glad you had decent reads, hope they’re even better this month.

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I am so excited for Girl Out of Water as well. I cannot wait to read it. Thanks for the post.

  • Mmm, more recipes to try. I will be skipping the shrimp one but that chicken. I am so hungry just looking at it!

    Glad you had a good month although a busy one. I know you had a chilled spring break but after a trip to NYC and finals I think you deserved the break. And don’t feel bad about reading less this month, it’s okay when you’ve been doing things and really, watching TV and films is totally a justifiable reason to be slacking a bit.

    You’ve read some good books, though. I cannot wait for Julia Quinn’s latest book to come out (I will be preordering) and I’ve just checked and that Ruthie Knox isn’t available here right now! I will be reading it soon. I need to know which of her back catalogue to get reading.

  • The recipe sounds good, glad you saw B&B, ate tons of food and slept in late..nothing better!! I cannot wait to devour The Girl With The Make Believe Husband

  • Oh I love How to get away with Murder but I only watch it when I can binge a whole season. Otherwise I can’t stand the wait between episodes!!! Hope you have an awesome April!
    Samantha, The Book Disciple

  • I love it when I find great recipes. I’ll have to try the bang bang shrimp pasta. Glad to hear you had fun in New York! I’ve never watched HTGAWM, but I’ll have to add that to my list of shows I need to get to. I’ve been watching Big Little Lies. 🙂

  • Jasprit

    Ahhh Nick so glad that you’ve given HTGAWM another go! I still have the last four episodes of season 3 to watch, but I just don’t want it to end. And I’m so happy that you enjoyed Layne’s latest book, her last book that I read was a little disappointing, so I’m ready to be back on track with her books. I hope that you have a wonderful April!

  • I honestly would need like a month stay in New York to see, eat, and do all the things the city has to offer. I was there for a week and barely saw the city so I can totally understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been trying a bunch of recipes the last few weeks as well because my family are such picky eaters! Honestly, I don’t know what to cook for them half the time. Grrrr.

    I felt the same way about Seven Days of You (I think I mentioned that already, lol). Can’t wait to read Geekerella!

  • NYC is my kind of place to be. 🙂 Happy April!

  • I’m glad you had fun in NYC! I’m hoping to make it up there this summer; it’s been way too long since I’ve visited. You’re totally making me want to reread Six of Crows (and to finally read my ARC of Geekerella… SOON.). I really enjoyed Girl Out of Water, so I hope you like it, too! Have a fantastic April, Nick! 🙂

  • It sounds like you had a great month! Congrats on making it through all of your finals! I also saw Beauty and the Beast this month and LOVED it! I’m really curious about The Edge of Seventeen too but I haven’t taken the time to watch it yet… I hope you have an amazing April! 😀

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  • My husband went to NYC for work recently, and couldn’t stop raving about the food! Pretty much all his texts home were about what he was eating and where. 😀

  • It sounds like you’ve had a
    great time in NY. Everyone loves Walk of Shame. I haven’t liked previous books
    in this series, fingers crossed that I’ll enjoy it. I need to check out your
    review on You’re Welcome, Universe, it sounds interesting.