Hello friends !
March has been quite the rough month for me to be honest in all aspects of life, mentally, physically, life-ly, you think about it, I was having a hard time at it. Buuuut I had some decision making to do and once that was done I started feeling a bit better and things started looking up so let’s cross our fingers, they keep doing that way.
Story time! I’ve had back chronic pain issues for almost a decade now, been living with it, dealing with and it became just another part of my life, at the back of my mind but I didn’t really give it my full attention. Unti the start of March. I had a really awful flare up and the pain that was usually contained spread ore than usual going down to my leg as well. Which was very fun considering I have a job where I needed to be on my feet and moving all the time. I thought I’d just wait it out like all other flare ups and it’d go away.
Spoiler alert: It didn’t.
A week later, I go to the doctor’s (one of my professors) and after x-rays and tests, yours truly was found to have Scoliosis which was completely misdiagnosed by my previous doctor. We’ve got a plan figured out and although the pain is never going away, it’s under control now and at manageable levels. What does that mean you ask? I fell behind on school, like a lot, because once I got home from my mornings at the hospital I was in so much pain that I had no spoons left for anything else let alone studying. Very fun.
So because of that and some personal things, I had a lot of anxiety and stress, and not having time or energy for blogging added to it, and my reading suffered as well because I was an anxious ball ready to combust. THAT BEING SAID, towards the last week of the month I discovered the marvels that are audiobooks and my reading picked up again, because I spend around an hour and a half drive and thus listening to an audiobook every day.
I know audiobooks are expensive and I ain’t gonna ruin myself for access to them, so a friend of mine (Hi, laura!) introduced me to Scribs which is a website and an app in which you pay 9$ a month for a subscription and you get unlimited access to their audiobook and ebook collection. They don’t have every single book out there but they have a pretty wide variety and I found a lot of books that were initially on my TBR on there. THIS IS NOT SPONSORED, I do not get anything from this but if you sign up using my link (which all Scribs members get) you get two months for free. Click here for the link.
I also got some awesome bookmail this month. Five books in total. Three of which are physical copies of my top three favourite books of all time (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The City of Brass & When the Moon was Ours). So that kind of made me feel a little better in the middle of all the chaos.
- Hate to Want You – All the good tropes, realistic.
- Girls Made of Snow ad Glass – Snow-white retelling, sapphic, complex, amazing.
- Wrong to Need You – MY FAVOURITE, estranged bestfriends, swoony.
- The Weight of Feathers – Whimsical, forbidden love, dark, soft.
- The Poet X – Raw, emotional, important, afro-dominican MC, in verse.
- The Girl and the Grove – Adopted MC, magical, about the environment.
- The Wedding Date – Cute, easy to read, black MC.
As you can see, I did A LOT better reading wise than last month. Two of these were audiobooks, namely The Poet X (I’d recommend listening to it, it’s narrated by the author and absolutely amazing) and The Wedding Date. I’m also currently a little over halfway through The Reader by Traci Chee and really enjoying it!
- Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
- Style – Chelsea M. Cameron
- Like Water – Rebecca Podos
- Hate to Want You – Alisha Rai
- Girls made of Snow and Glass – Melissa Bashardoust
- Wrong to Need You – Alisha Rai
- The Summer of Jordi Perez – Amy Spalding
- March 5th: 20 Backlist Books I better get to in 2018.
- March 12th: #DBBD: Unknown Identities Should be Normalized – and Not Ostracized.
- March 15th: Book Tag: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Tag.
- March 19th: Author/Reviewer Interaction Etiquette.
- March 26th: #DBBD: Memoirs and Mental Health
- March 28th: Word Wonders’ TBR Expansion: Books with Depression representation
I have a few posts going up in the first couple weeks of April and two guest posts throughout the month and one in May but other than that I’m going on official hiatus on the 11th. I have a whole post scheduled for that before I stop posting but I’ll essentially be using that time to study for my exams that start on April 30th and don’t end until June 5th and to reevaluate my whole blogging experience as I haven’t been enjoying it much lately (which I’m pinning on stress but I don’t know for sure). That as well as rereading some of my favourite books as well as other books without the stress of having to put out a review (which I put on myself to be honest).
I just need to lighten my stress load as much as I can as I get ready to take the exams of the hardest semester in Moroccan medschool *sobs uncontrolably* IT’S FINE. I’M FINE.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books did you read this month?
Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.