Friday, 2 April 2021

Month in Review: March


CW: this post will discuss COVID-19 and health anxiety 

Happy April everyone! It's pretty rainy here in Canada right now, but we have had some warmer days in March so I am optimistic that things will be looking sunnier very soon. But, this is your friendly reminder that even if the weather is nice, wear your mask, avoid unnecessary outings, and that patio beer isn't really worth it. C'mon people, it's not that hard. Anyways, here's what I got up to in March: 

What I Read: 

The Sword of the Rightful King by: Jane Yolen: 4/5 stars 

Freak the Mighty by: Rodman Philbrick: 2/5 stars 

Sex and Vanity by: Kevin Kwan: 5/5 stars 

The Death of Vivek Oji by: Akwaeke Emezi: 5/5 stars 

Freshwater by: Akwaeke Emezi: 4/5 stars 

Can't Take that Away by: Steven Salvatore: 5/5 stars 

No Friend but the Mountains by: Behrouz Boochani: 5/5 stars 

Favourite book: It was a great reading month for me, with a lot of high ratings. However if I had to pick a favourite, it would go to Sex and Vanity. I have missed Kevin Kwan's writing so much since finishing the Crazy Rich Asians series, and I was so happy to get back into his hilarious footnotes and epic love stories. 

What I Blogged: 

I think I got back into the blogging mood this month, which is good. I wrote a discussion post on If Characters Can be Redeemed, and I got a lot of great feedback on a writing dilemma that I was having. So thank you so much if you offered your help! 

Favourite Blog Posts: 

Cee talks about living Outside of the Norm 

Sabrina shares her Nine Favourite Disney Movies

Marie shares her Thoughts After a Year on Bookstagram 

Roberta discusses Social Media as a part of Tell Me Something Tuesday 

Life Stuff: 

This is the time of year where I get the worst allergies. The problem is, that my health anxiety goes haywire whenever I get a sore throat now and makes me believe it's covid. Of course it's good to be cautious when you experience symptoms, but allergies are so common for me and my mind is now going to the worst care scenario. So that's kind of frustrating. But, I am working on calming myself down, working through my symptoms to analyze if it is truly out of the ordinary, and just trying not to panic. Easier said then done, I know. 

But on another note, I am almost done my undergraduate degree! This coming week is my last week of classes, and then it's preparing for the future. Which I am equally excited/nervous about. 

I have been watching a lot of Survivor this month. If you have followed me on Twitter for a while, you will know that I love that reality show, and I've been working on re-watching the old seasons now. It has brought me such comfort and joy, and it's always nice to seek solace in a tv show. 

For April I will work on final essays, that dreaded short story cycle I was telling y'all about, and just staying healthy. I hope you guys have a great April!

How was your March? 

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. It is so scary now whenever one gets a sore throat or any kind of symptoms- you immediately think did I catch corona or just something more mundane? The fear I think is the hardest part sometimes! I've had the virus so I worry a little less, but at the same time you never know if you can get it again or how long immunity lasts. But for those who haven't had it I think that fear is definitely worse!

    Anyway hope your allergies don't give you too much trouble, and that April is a goods month for you! :)

    1. That's true, there's so many unknowns about the virus that anything out of the ordinary would send anyone into a panic! I guess it's just something we'll have to get used to. Anyways, thanks Greg! Hope you have a good April as well.

  2. You're spoiling me with all the mentions 😊 🥰.

    Sorry Freak the Mighty was so disappointing!

    Ugh, another way Covid is messing up with our lives. Allergies or plain old sore throats are annoying enough without us having to be afraid there's more to them...

    Good luck on your essays and your short story (keep us posted about it!).

    My March was uneventful, except for my being put on wages guarantee funds again for 3 weeks (and it's very likely that 3 more will follow soon...). Also, on March 29th my region entered another lockdown. Fun times...

    1. I had to read Freak the Mighty for school and I just thought it didn't do the disabled characters in it justice :( Oh well, at least not all the books I had to read for school we bad!

      Yeah, COVID-like symptoms are so scary! And you don't want to have to keep running out to get tested, so it's all about analyzing and rationalization.

      I'm sorry to hear about another lockdown! Although I can relate. These truly are such odd times. Hopefully the summer will bring a little more sunshine :)

  3. Thanks so much for the link Em! :)

    I know what you mean with the allergies - luckily mine haven't been as bad this year (so far - fingers crossed,) but last year was totally stressful any time my throat was affected. It sucks *hugs*

    1. I hope your allergies stay calm this year! Sending hugs as well :)