March Wrap-Up

Hello everyone!

I read three books this March. I wasn’t able to read that much because of university, but three books in a month is still good.

Books I Read

A Short History of the Boy Next Door by Jared Reck

2 stars

I disliked this book. When I read a young adult book, I usually understand it really well because of the ways it’s written. With this book, I was constantly wondering what was going on and often did not know who characters were and when they had been introduced. It is considered a ‘young adult romance’, but there is no romance and it reads more like a middle grade book. Also, the main character is a freshman in high school and speaks like he is ten-years-old. There is also a tonne of swearing, which makes no sense considering the target audience feels like it should be for kids.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

1.5 stars

This book was very different to what I thought it would be about. I really enjoyed it, as it was unique and had a very interesting main character. I had been hearing about this book a lot before I read it, so I had high expectations for it. Although it took me forever to read, which is kind of unusual, the expectations were met. There were some dark parts to the book that I did not anticipate, and I can safely say that I was surprised with the ending of the book. It was also funny at times and occasionally made me smile.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

3 stars

I liked the poetry on its own. It was very confronting and eye-opening, and overall I liked reading it. It only took me one hour to read the whole thing. Sometimes I felt like the poems were not that interesting that they deserved to take up an entire page in a book. The writing was good but perhaps it could have been better. For example, I often thought that many of the poems could have been thought of by anyone. This is a good book for people who do not read very often and want a deeper, personal connection with the writing.

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Currently Reading

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This book is really long and it is possible that it will take me the entirety of April to read.

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April TBR

In April, I would like to read the following:

  1. Meet Cute by various
  2. See Me by Nicholas Sparks
  3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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University Update

I’ve been doing my masters course (publishing, writing and editing) for about a month now. If I were to compare it to my undergrad, I would have to say that masters is more challenging. The work is more what I enjoy, so most of the time I actually like studying and doing assignments. I find that I have to put more work into things, which therefore means I have less time to read and write for my blog.

I changed universities, and the culture at each one is so much different. At my old uni, I had to catch two trains, which was close-ish to the city. It was located in a great place, with so much food variety. That is probably what I liked about it the most. At my new uni, I have to catch one train and a tram and it is located right in the city. It also takes me about 15-30 minutes longer to get there. I realised that I absolutely despise trams. They are always over-crowded and they just frankly suck. Even though it is located in the city, the variety of food is somehow not as good. However, the uni structurally is nicer and also much bigger. I always find new buildings or notice different things about it. My cousin showed me around the other week, so I learned about all these great study spots and things to try.

I have so much more to say about my uni experience – maybe I should write a blog post on it?

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It is the long Easter weekend, which I was looking forward to for a while. Luckily for me I also have the next week off university because it’s the mid-semester break. I’m spending the weekend with my extended family in a place around three hours away from where I live. Are you going away this weekend?

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20 thoughts on “March Wrap-Up

  1. Eleanor Oliphant sounds really good!
    Have a wonderful Easter break, Charlotte! It’s nice to go away for long weekends, even if it’s not that far it’s always refreshing 🙂

    I’m staying home, though I’m house/catsitting at my sister’s who’s away for the weekend. So it’ll be me, the cat, and my laptop, and I’m super excited to be writing for three days with zero distractions! 😀

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    1. I think I’ve been reading for 1-2 weeks and I’m only on page 115, so it’s going to take me forever. I agree, it’s not the kind of book I can just read all day because it’s so deep.

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  2. I loved Milk & Honey. I want to read Meet Cute.
    I despise trams too! I always think the tram driver has missed my spot but they actually haven’t.
    It’d be interesting to read a blog post about your uni experience.

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  3. You should definitely write more about your grad school experience! I can’t believe we’re the same age and you’re already getting your masters! You go! Also, thank you for the realness about three books you’ve read. The comment about how the male character spoke like a 10 year old had me weak. Also, I agree with you on that some parts of milk and honey definitely were simple. It’s a good poetry book but nothing that really enlightens me. Great post!

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    1. That’s good to know, thanks! Haha thanks, my bachelor’s was only 3 years and I was keen to get into masters 😉 I’m glad you appreciated them! Yes, I understand why people like milk and honey but it was definitely a bit simple. Thank you 🙂

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  4. I’ve heard mixed things about A Little Life, so I’m excited to see what you think about it. Also lately Eleanor Oliphant has been all over the internet, it makes me want to read it more.

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  5. I really loved Milk & Honey, I’m sorry it wasn’t all that good to you, though 3 stars is still pretty good, right? Haha. I really want to read Eleanor Oliphant because it sounds very good, glad you liked that one!
    Good luck with your Master’s!!!❤

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