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March 2023 Wrap Up: found my energy?!


How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned 4 books in my first TBR, and then added nine more midway through the month in a frenzy. Of the original 4, I finished 3, and of the added nine I finished one, attempted one, and am in progress with one. Kind of all over the place!


The Plan:

The Result:

Alright, I want to address Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik right away, because wow was that book just not able to capture me. I’d been avoiding reading it as I just had that feeling that it wouldn’t quite work despite sounding good on paper and enjoying some of the author’s other work. And I was correct. It jumped around between characters so quickly that I was never able to sink into any of them and was just annoyed to keep changing what I was thinking about. The story itself also just didn’t feel important or compelling to me. I got halfway through, slowly and painfully, and I’m just calling it: not for me.

A surprise winner, however, was A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon! I don’t know a) how I missed hearing about it until a day before it published or b) how I still managed to be first on the waitlist for the library copy or c) why there’s so much witch-based romance novels in the last few years. However, it was extremely fun and spicy and I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. It reminded me a ton of the webcomic Brimstone and Roses that I loved, so it was great to have a novel of that, essentially. ^.^

Since there are so many here let me briefly summarize my thoughts on them:

👍 – sure / woo

  • The Karma Map
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker
  • Her Good Side
  • Good Talk
  • The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi
  • Teen Titans: Robin
  • Vampire Academy
  • Seven Percent of Ro Devereux
  • A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon
  • The Art of Purring
  • Cat’s Café (#1)
  • One Cup at a Time (Cat’s Café #2)

👎 – meh / boo

  • Darling Girl
  • Have I Told You This Already?
  • Sorry, Bro
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller
  • Twelve Hours in Manhattan
  • Chloe and the Kaishao Boys

Review posted this month:


  • My reading was 16% nonfiction this month
  • My top genres were romance (7), young adult (6), and fantasy (5)!!
  • I mostly read books that were lighthearted, funny, or emotional
  • My average rating was 3.11
  • I traveled to England, India, and Philippines. In the United States I went to California (twice!), New York (twice!), Georgia, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Colorado.


What happened in March? Honestly, it was a decent month overall! Probably one of the best March-s I’ve had in a few years.

First and foremost, my mental health was GREAT compared to how it usually is. I attribute this to:

  • therapy last year that helped me learn some coping strategies and ways to identify and be okay with negative feelings
  • learning more about Buddhism by accident with David Michie’s books which had a lot of great ideas on happiness and general ways of living and existing that helped to center me in tough moments
  • being better at going outside fairly consistently and getting fresh air and sunshine (when it was here!)
  • planning a trip or two to look forward to 🙂

Work was kind of hectic this month to be honest, but that didn’t typically push me too far off track because I had so much else good to focus on instead. There was also an open beta weekend for Diablo 4, which I didn’t think I would play or be interested in but after seeing my boyfriend play it for Early Access beta weekend, I dove into furiously and now I’m hyped for it’s full release in June.

And, of course, I read lots of good books. 🙂


I’m really fascinated by the results this month, which I’ll dive into more below:

  • Views: 5155 (37 more than Feb)
  • Likes: 189 (100 more than Feb)
  • Comments: 115 (82 more than Feb)
  • Followers: 419 total @ end of month

What’s bizarre here is that in February I posted 10 times and in March, 25. And yet the view results were not so far off! Unsurprisingly based on what I’ve seen previously, I had a lot more comments when I posted more consistently even though the views were only about 30 more than February. I think part of this was that the Kindle 2023 New Year Reading Challenge Guide was completed in March, so that may have garnered some more comments as it was found more. 🤷‍♀️ Anyway, that’s my monthly data!

Here are some of my favorite posts I worked on this month, in case you missed them!

And here are some of my favorite posts by other bloggers!


Reader, traveler, photographer, and always looking to learn!

6 thoughts on “March 2023 Wrap Up: found my energy?!

  1. Awesome wrap-up! You had a great month overall with your reading and life. It’s so good to hear that your mental health was great compared to how it usually is! 😃 I have The Karma Map on my TBR and it does sound really good, so I’m keen to give it at try. Love seeing Ro Devereux on the left list cos that’s one of my fave reads so far this year 😍 I hope you continue to have an amazing month in April both with books and life!

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    1. I saw you list Ro Devereux as one of your tops this year! Honestly there was a lot about it I didn’t like, namely that the main conflict between the characters felt SO stupid from the start and wasn’t better with the revelation, BUT the journey of it was enjoyable overall. Plus I always love techy women in books ^.^ Thank you, you too!!


  2. Wow! That was an awesome month of reading! I’m really glad you enjoyed the Cat’s Cafe books. They’re so cute and also have a great message! I’ve been avoiding the Diablo IV early access stuff, but I’m looking forward to it also! Though the game I’m most excited for this year is Baldur’s Gate 3.

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    1. I had a recent kick of Divinity Original Sin recently and saw Baldur’s Gate on the launcher, but I’ve never played it. A quick google sounds like it would be right up my alley though! Are you going to get into Diablo 4 once it’s out or just avoiding that one altogether?


      1. If you like Divinity Original Sin, you will probably like the new Baldur’s Gate, too. (I haven’t played any of it, because I tend to avoid early access games.) I loved the classic Baldur’s Gate games back in the day, but there’s a lot of quality of life updates that they need to be as enjoyable now. (The story is still great.)

        I am… probably going to play Diablo 4. Though I might wait for reviews before I buy it. I’m torn, because it’s hard to tell if Blizzard has improved at all as a company, but if Microsoft is buying them, they maybe? So Diablo 4 is still a probably for me.

        Baldur’s Gate 3 is a definite, though. I’m going to get that one right away for sure.


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