After a trip to Prague at the beginning of the month, the remaining weeks in March were very quiet, not least because of the country basically shutting down due to COVID-19. I started off busy at work, then London Book Fair and other work-related events were cancelled. By mid-March, everyone in my building was working from home, and being cooped up in my house left me going a little stir crazy. Unfortunately, there are a few people close to me who’ve been affected much worse, losing jobs and being separated from family overseas. It’s been a stressful and emotional month, to be quite honest.
I read a lot fewer books in comparison to February, partly because I ticked off one of the biggest books on my TBR – The Priory of the Orange Tree – but also because working from home meant I didn’t have my daily commute time to read and had to really force myself to carve out time in my day to sit down with a book instead of relying on my time on the tube. Still, even though I didn’t read a lot, the books I did get to were great, and I think I’ve got into a home-working routine that allows me to keep up with my reading too.
What I Read in March
- Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood (Review) – 5 stars
- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (Review) – 4 stars
- The Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal and Seduction in Georgian England by Emily Brand (Review) – 3 stars
April is the month for the 2020 OWLs Magical Readathon. I’ve already posted my planned TBR based on my career pick, and I’m starting with Behind Closed Doors: Sex Education Transformed by Natalie Fiennes.
Missed some posts?
- Here’s my very full February round-up – what a busy month!
- A really fun Six for Sunday post was choosing my favourite character names.
- I added three new books to my TBR, detailed in my Stacking the Shelves post.
- To celebrate International Women’s Day, I picked my top 10 pioneering women from the National Portrait Gallery’s 100 Pioneering Women book.
- A Top 5 Wednesday post! In this one, I picked my perfect fictional careers.
- I shared my second Friday’s Further Reading including a short story and robot poetry.
- Magical Readathon is here! A couple of weeks ago I shared my career choices and TBR.
- Using a random number generator and my Goodreads shelves, I played a game of ‘Reread, Rewrite, Burn’ with my books.
- Two Top 5 Wednesday posts in one month?! In this second post, I share five authors that I need more books from!
- Finally, I did the I Should Have Read That Book Tag.
Here are some other things I’ve been enjoying this month.
On the small screen
In amongst continuining my re-watch of Reign, I binged the final season of The Good Place which ended with me ugly-crying into a bar of chocolate.
I finally got started on season two of Sex Education – I know, I’m tragically behind on my Netflix shows but at least I have plenty of time at home now to catch up….
I’ve also started season 12 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and despite the controversy around Sherry Pie, I think it’s going to be a good season.
I went to Prague with my best friend, a BTS superfan, and after years of telling me how great they are, she finally got me on board. I am obsessed with their new album Map of the World.
As per usual, I’m listening to a lot of Hozier. He did a live acoustic set on his Instagram in partnership with Global Citizen which was great, but also led me to discover his Cry Power podcast. It’s a great pick-me-up and reminder of some of the good work in the world being done by good people.
What else have I been upto?
Trying not to sound like a broken record here, but I went to Prague! I had the best time, ate great food, made new friends, and generally had an amazing time with one of my favourite people on the planet.
I also had a well-needed catch-up with a friend over a delicious dinner at a new Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho called Kolamba – before everything shut down, obviously. Once things go back to normal, I highly recommend it if you’re in the neighborhood.
Apart from that, I’ve been stuck in my house. This quiet month was somewhat welcome after the hustle and bustle of January and February, but as much as I love lazing around my house, I’m really missing my friends and gutted that I’m missing my dad’s birthday this weekend.
I’ve been trying not to just spend all the extra free time I have watching Netflix, so I bookmarked a bunch of online courses I’d like to try and last week started a course on Future Learn, about antiquities trafficking and art crime. It’s super interesting, so if you find you’re needing new ways to stay somewhat productive and engaged, I’d definitely recommend seeing if there’s online course that takes your fancy.
I hope you’re all keeping safe!
What was your favourite March read?
Anything else you’ve been loving this month?