Monthly wrap up: March

So, apparently, in last month’s wrap up, I said my writing buzz was back. Ha! That didn’t last: I’ve been in a massive slump all month.

But I’m trying to get myself out of it. I’m trying a new method of pushing myself. Everyone tells me that I need to relax. But, when I was doing my Masters, I could also write non-stop, keep up to date with the blog, work part-time and still have time to get high marks in my assignments. I’m the type of person who thrives on pressure.

That’s what I’m doing: putting pressure on myself to stop moping around and actually use my time productively. I’ve only done it for the last week, but I’ve managed to get a load of random jobs done, plus had a day where I wrote up five blog posts. I made sure I had extra reading time and the result was an explosion of reviews.

Am I weird or does anyone else find pressure works for them as well?

I thought I was behind on reading because I was behind on reviewing. I then took a look at the March list and realised I read more than January or February. Oh well. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle (5*)

The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle

This was a re-read. I couldn’t resist. I needed a pick-me-up and nothing makes me more inspired or raring to go than this book. It defines a feel-good book and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be motivated.

Eagles in the Storm by Ben Kane (5*)

Eagles in the Storm by Ben Kane

The final in the trilogy, this was as strong as the previous two. As there is a review coming I won’t give it away, but it was satisfying, gripping and yes, it did break my heart at one point. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Looker by Laura Sims (4*)

Looker by Laura Sims

Another with a review coming but this book was creepy! It’s short, easy to read and the more you dwell on it afterwards, the more you realise how clever the writing is and how chilling it was.

Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz (5*)

Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz

About fifteen years after I originally started this series, I’ve finally finished it. The ending was a little heartbreaking: I don’t know what I was expecting, but this series really kicks you in the emotions. Fantastic end.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (3*)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

There’s a review coming so I won’t say too much. I will admit, however, that this book disappointed me. I couldn’t connect to the characters, which really let it down.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence (5*)

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

I’ve never read a book as quickly as this one. Review coming, but it was everything I wanted it to be. Absolutely amazing end to a fantastic trilogy – can’t wait to see what others think.

The Bard by Jules Cory (3*)

The Bard by Jules Cory

Another disappointing one. It had strong moments and an interesting premise but as my review will show, I again struggled with the characterisations and rules of the world, which was a shame.

A Blood Thing by James Hankins (4*)

A Blood Thing by James Hankins

My only way of describing this book is solid. It’s not the best, not the one to have your heart in your mouth, but was a thoroughly enjoyable book that kept me gripped throughout. Recommend this to all mystery/thriller fans.

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng (4*)

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

I’m looking forward to writing up my review of this because it was a really interesting book. Obviously trigger warnings by the title alone, but it’s the type of book that makes you think.

How about you? What have you been reading this month?

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    • Thank you! I guess because it’s not “real” pressure (it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work) it just sort of works for me to keep me motivated? You’re right; everyone has completely different ways of making it work and as long as you can do what you want, that’s the important thing.


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