This year, I turn thirty. That means I’ve lived in four decades: the 1990s, the 2000s, the 2010s, and now the 2020s. (Technically five if you count the month or so I spent in the womb in 1989.) The longest decade of my life so far very well may have been the 2020s so far. March alone seemed to last for years. I am so over the stress of this virus, but am lucky to have work, food, and my health.
But March was productive despite this, so let’s check out what I got up to.
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Books I Read
I’m a children’s librarian, so I read books for kids and for grown-ups. This month, I read 4 picture/early reader books and 7 “big” books, including audiobooks, adult novels, and chapter books for children.
The books I read were:
This is a cute read for the little ones with adorable, big-eyed illustrations. Kids will enjoy making the animal noises!
I love to use animal stories when I share books with nonverbal kids. Every child, regardless of ability, likes animals and making animal sounds!
This was such a fun, campy read with lots of twists and turns. Sometimes the narrator frustrated me, but other than that I adored it and all of the characters.
This book is funny with whimsical illustrations. Fabulous for beginning readers!!
I’m not sure there is a potty training book that will be more “lesson-teaching” for kids and HILARIOUS for grown-ups. (The toddlers probably will be amused too.) This really describes all the woes of diapers, and then jumps into how toddlers use the potty and, tbh, the experience of pooping in a cute and funny way.
If you couldn’t tell, I was on a kick of books with titles that made me chuckle… Poop books.
I loved this! As an adult, it took me about 15 minutes to read. It really hits all the major points of consent in a way that kids will understand. And it’s funny, too!
You can read my full review here.
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Just finished ❤️💙💛 This is a very important topic that we should be talking about with kids from a young age. This book hits all the major (and more nuanced) points of consent. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . . . #bookstagram #graphicnovel #childrensbooks #book #booklover #books #booknerd #bookstagrammer #bookworm #bookaddict #gn #consent #createconsentculture
Simple lovely illustrations, simple lovely story. I don’t think this one is meant for all children, but could be helpful for someone who just lost a loved one. Brought a tear to my eye.
A lovely read for children and adults alike. My favorite poems were:
how to listen #2
as a child, i smelled the air
how to listen #3
how to listen #4
stevie and me
every wish, one dream
what i believe
Look out for my full review on April 14.
This book isn’t unproblematic, but the romance and erotica is gorgeous and the character development is amazing. I’m so glad I’ve reread this and want to read more by this author.
Look out for my full review on April 16.
While I didn’t always like Cheryl at times and even found her annoying on occasion, this is an honest and compelling story with a lot of heart. I listened to the audiobook and I just have to say I hated the narrator! She pronounces some words so absurdly and her voice just didn’t go with the story, IMO.
Look out for my full review on April 21.
An excellent, quick read. Look for my full review on April 9 at bitchbookshelf.com.
Look out for my full review on April 9.
This series is done excellently. I love the comics style illustrations, and there is such rich detail to the story missed in the show. It translates well from the book.
Look out for my full review on April 23.
A Peek Into My Planner
I’ve been trying to fill out my planner each day to keep myself organized and to use the plethora of planner supplies and stickers I possess. (I use The Happy Planner.) Here are my weekly spreads for March.
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How is everyone doing during isolation? I am working at the pharmacy and just exhausted. 😓 Cancelling things in my planner from my “real” job and social life is getting depressing. At least Animal Crossing has kept me company! I started playing on Saturday. 💙 . . . #weeklyspread #thehappyplanner #happyplanner #planner #plannerbabe #onmydesk #nintendoswitch #switch #animalcrossing
I’ve been keeping track of my moods to keep an eye on my depression and anxiety. Understandably, with the state of the world and everything that brought on, this was not my best month. I’m still paying rent in NYC, but came back down to PA to stay with my folks, outside of the hot zone for the virus. In March, I felt:
- Okay – 7 days
- Anxious – 5 days
- Creative – 3 days
- Frustrated – 3 days
- Happy – 3 days
- Bored – 2 days
- Great – 2 days
- Tired – 2 days
- Depressed – 1 day
- Moody – 1 day
- Reflective – 1 day
- Restless – 1 day
Those are way more negative days (anxious, frustrated, bored, tired, depressed, moody, restless) than I have been experiencing lately, but it’s understandable.
More Stuff I Did
I also participated in a blog hop, the Spring Bookish Blog Hop. This was an absolute joy, and I definitely will participate in more blog hops in the future. Visit Jo Linsdell’s website – she’s a master at what she does and created this hop!
Also, if you like crazy stories, check out Fvckin Fresh Podcast. The March 30 episode features some dating horror stories, including one from yours truly.
I started Love Is Blind on Netflix, which I need to continue. I also watched some movies: Dear John, After, Frozen, and Frozen II.
Looking Ahead: April
Not much is going to happen, as the US will still be in isolation… So I’m trying to keep positive and help out at my old job while working from home, too. Throughout the month, I plan to share excellent reads that you distract yourself with here and on Twitter.
Beyond that, I am trying to expand my passion project outside of this blog. I really love talking about books and erasing the stigma surrounding the sexuality of women and queer folks. My interest in both topics combines, believe it or not. Romance and erotic novels are often not taken seriously, and this is something I want to change. The content of these genres is often created by women for women, and we are seeing more content created by and for queer folks as well as more diversity in the genre. I love speaking about this, so hit me up of you need sources, a guest blogger, etc. Or if you want to guest blog with me, let me know!
I hope April leads to the flattening of the curve and a healthier world!