MARCH 2017 | Wrap-Up

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Ah, March: the green month of transition from winter to spring in which we all experience a sort of underlying current of excited anticipation… no? Just me? March has always seemed like one of those “in-between” months to me, standing alongside May and November as the chaotic calm before the storm of the months to come (if chaos can even be considered placid?). Regardless of how you feel about March, it’s time to once again say goodbye with another monthly wrap-up.

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In March I read a total of 5 books:

  1. How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky
  2. As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  3. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  4. Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie by Kate Chopin
  5. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

I read some fantastic books this month, but heads above them all was How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky. This collection of personal essays was incredibly engaging, hilarious, and thought-provoking. One of the reasons I loved it so much is that it made me think about some of the quirky, unexpected experiences in my own life. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that there isn’t just one right path that everyone follows– for some, life can involve smuggling narwhal tusks across the border and getting in trouble for aggressively rapping at a teacher (true story– read the book!). Whether or not you’re a fan of Watsky’s music (which you should be), I highly recommend reading How to Ruin Everything. 

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Good old spring break– could you hear the relieved sighs of thousands of college students in mid-March? I spent my spring break reading, blogging, and reading sonnets for my Renaissance Poetry class (SO. MANY. SONNETS.). It was great to spend some time at home with family and friends, especially after enduring midterms the week before. Transitioning back to campus was a little difficult, but we’re all finally back in the swing of things now.

The highlight of this month was definitely when I went to New York City with some of my friends. We spent the day roaming around the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), which I had never been to before this trip.

I’m not going to lied, I was fairly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of art that is in this museum, as well as the size of the museum itself. We spent hours meticulously combing through each exhibit, but even then I felt as though there was so much I was missing because there simply wasn’t enough time to look at everything. I loved seeing the painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware (which is also HUGE) as well as one of the paintings they have by Claude Monet (probably my favorite painter). We also had a great time posing next to a bunch of the statues on display, as you can probably tell from the picture to the left.

I love going to museums and definitely wish that I had the opportunity to visit them more frequently. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky enough this semester to be able to visit two museums, which is more than I typically get around to visiting in a single year. If you ever get the chance to visit the Met, I highly recommend going– it’s amazing!

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month (there were SO MANY!!):

How was your month of March? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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20 thoughts on “MARCH 2017 | Wrap-Up

  1. March was…the month where I realised that I’m never going to be as productive as I think I can be and that I just have to deal with that. But I have one more day of our (6 day akak NOT LONG ENOUGH) break, and I’m ready for then next two months before graduation. I absolutely love both museums and A Room With a View, though sadly there aren’t many museums in my small town in India. The metropolitan Museum of art looks amazing, though the only way I know it is from The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. I really loved When Breath Becomes Air this month, and I guess my other excitement is that it snowed!

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    1. I forgot that The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler takes place at the Met!!! I love that book so much, along with basically everything that E.L. Konigsburg has written. ❤ I completely feel you about the productivity part– there's just only so much that can get done in a day, even though my to-do list feels miles long sometimes.

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  2. I just did my own haul/wrap-up but for some reason I can’t answer how many books I’ve read in March for the life of me :0 I know that it’s just ‘not enough’ xD cause I’m behind on goals. Did you get any new books in March?

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    1. I don’t think I got any new books in March (at least, not that I remember…). I’ve been trying to read the books I already own, so fingers crossed I can keep it up! 🙂

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  3. Oh yes, March is such an inbetween month, and I think that’s why I had such a hard time with it aaha. It seems like you had a lovely month though, and going to New York, yay! Thank you so much for sharing my post, and have a lovely month, Holly! ❤

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  4. Thank you for including me in your wrap up *sends all the hearts* I thought I was actually more productive than I was 😄 I managed to do a few things I wanted to and read a decent amount of books but looking back I felt busier then I actually was. I haven’t been to a museum in years, I really want to see the one in my city it looks like you had a heap of fun exploring NYC one I couldn’t even imagine how huge it is! The best book I read is a toss up between The Hate U Give and Strange The Dreamer I can’t compare them they’re both amazing in their own ways 😀

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    1. Of course! *sends all the hearts back your way* Being unexpectedly productive is the best feeling! 🙂 I’ve heard really great things about The Hate U Give lately, so I’ll probably have to check it out eventually.

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  5. Hi Holly! Thank you so much for linking my post – I appreciate it immensely, especially since that post and the stuff I wrote about meant a lot to me!
    It sounds like you’ve had a lovely March! I’ve never been to NYC before (being all the way in New Zealand) but I’ve heard the museums there are amazing. I’ll be sure to visit them if I ever visit the US!

    To answer your questions… in March, I returned to university after working for 2.5 years! It’s been quite an emotional rollercoaster, but I am getting there. Because of that, I only read 3 books, but the best book I read of the three was probably Empress of a Thousand Skies! I enjoyed it so much, and the sci-fi and themes were so so cool.

    I hope you have a lovely April! ❤

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    1. No problem! ❤ Also, congrats on returning to university!! That's so exciting 🙂 If you don't mind me asking, what are you planning on studying?

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