Monthly Wrap Up: March 2022☘️

Well, another month has come to an end. I was debating on whether or not I should put together a Monthly Wrap Up for March. If you are reading this, then you can see that I decided to post one!…. Last minute given that March ended just a bit over a week ago. 😂 Better late than never, as my dad has always said!

I always find Monthly Wrap Up posts quite intimidating, not only because of the amount of information that goes into the post, but also because…. I want to include interesting information. Or, include information in an interesting way (still working on that 😂). I am trying to improve my blogging so any tips (in general, or on this specific type of post) would be welcomed.

🤔Reflection

Looking at March as a whole, it month was a “big” month for me in the sense that I made the decision to restart blogging. While it might seem like an easy decision on the surface, it was actually a difficult one for me. Why you might ask? Because I did not want to start up this blog yet again and then disappear once medical school starts this summer. However, I realized a few things. 1: It is something that I really enjoy doing and time should be spent doing things one loves. Life is short, you know? 2: Medical school is hard in many ways, so hobbies are important to prevent burnout or a plummeting mental health. With these things in mind, I decided to return to blogging. Shout out to Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack who was so kind and supportive when I entertained returning to blogging! Be sure to check out her blog – I always enjoy reading her posts.

I recently read a quote that really spoke to me and summed up my feelings about March:

Don’t Just
Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.

Roy T Bennett

For me, I feel that it is really easy to get lost in the “what if”, the “let’s just get through this” mentality. This has been especially true over the past couple of years with graduating from college and applying to medical school. However, that mindset is not one of presence and one can wish their life away with that perspective. Life is short and I don’t want to spend it that way! While it is tough sometimes, I want to live more consciously, more presently, and more purposefully. One of my figure skating coaches taught me “mindfulness” and it is something I want to return to. To be more purposeful is this practice, I recently purchased a book called “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide” by Tessa Watt. I will let you know how I like it once I begin reading it 😂.

Okay, enough of my musings. Here is the monthly wrap up:

📚Books Read: 4
The Return by JLA
The Power by JLA
The Struggle by JLA
The Prophecy by JLA

(Yes, I read only JLA books in March. I have no regrets.)

After finishing the Covenant series by JLA, I just had to dive right into the Titan series, a spin off of Covenant. It is rare that I find a series where I find myself totally consumed, but this one was definitely it. Jennifer Armentrout has yet to disappoint me! I feel that she provides her readers with new perspectives, comfort, and knowledge. I say knowledge because, through her Covenant series, I found out that Athens, OH is very haunted. Living in OH and being accepted into Ohio University’s Heritage College of Medicine, I was very interested in this tidbit. So I looked it up. Um. Yes, it is indeed haunted. Here is the link that made me shake in my boots 👻💀

📋March Posts
Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics
Monday Music Match Up: The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles)
Tentative Spring TBR
Monday Music Match Up: Covenant Series
Flashback Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

🎥TV I Enjoyed This Month:
Is it Cake? on Netflix
Baking Impossible on Netflix
Reacher on Amazon Prime Video

Favorite memory of March
I had the opportunity to visit my grandmother’s two sisters, who I rarely ever get the chance to see due to us living in different states. I had never actually seen the three sisters together so it was such a joy to witness how much they love each other and how excited they were to be finally reunited after several years apart. It made me cherish my close relationship with my twin sister, Lauren, just that much more. ❤️

What books did you read this month? What was your most memorable part of March? Let me know in the comments below.🥰

-Maya🌹

Monthly Wrap Up: April Edition + Book Haul + May Tentative TBR💜

Good afternoon, everyone!
Happy Monday. I hope your week is off to a great start! I got to sleep in a bit this morning and it felt amazing. I finally have a day off so it feels a bit like a Saturday. As always, I still have some work stuff to do and I have a meeting so it isn’t like a real day off but I am just happy that I got to sleep in and the day is “slower” than usual.

Today’s post is a monthly wrap up post where I will re-cap the month of April from a bookish standpoint with a few miscellaneous things thrown in! This post also has a recent book haul and a very tentative TBR. I am not sure it really counts as a TBR… it is just a list of books I am hoping to read this month. 😂 I hesitate to call it a TBR because I might not even stick to it 😂 #MoodReaderProbs

Overall Reading Goal Update
33/100

Total Books I read in April: 9/10

Books I Finished
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Crave by Tracy Wolff
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Brave by Jennifer Armentrout
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlet St. Clair
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer Armentrout
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Book(s)I DNF’d
The Stand by Stephen King – I think I am going to just press pause on this book for right now. I feel so bad since my best friend recommended it to me, but it just really isn’t interesting me at this time.

Top 3 Favorite Reads of April
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer Armentrout
Crave by Tracy Wolff
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

TV Shows I Watched/Started Watching
Shadow and Bone😍 (planning to finish the show either today or tomorrow!! Be sure to watch out for my review, which should be coming some time this week!)

Foods I have been loving
Trader Joe’s samosas
Trader Joe’s blondie bars

I generally do not shop at Trader Joe’s because it is really expensive but they have a few things there that I just love and you can’t get them anywhere else! The employees there probably laugh at the fact that I literally buy, like, three boxes of samosas and a couple boxes of their blondie bar mix 😂 What are some of your favorite baked goods to buy (at any store)?


Book Haul
Blessed Monsters by Emily A Duncan
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Unspoken by Sarah Reese Brennan
Crush by Tracy Wolff

Tentative May “TBR” (or books that I am hoping to read this month)
Crush by Tracy Wolff
A Touch of Ruin by Scarlet St. Clair
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Blessed Monsters by Emily A Duncan
Unspoken by Sarah Reese Brennan

May Reading Goal: 10 books
May Blog Goal: Participate in more book/blog tags and post more book reviews even if they are short and sweet!

What were your favorite reads of April? What do you plan on reading during the month of May? Let me know in the comments below! I love chatting with you all. 😊

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post + Monthly Wrap Up: March Edition

Good morning, everyone and happy Sunday!🥰
How is your weekend so far? Mine has been pretty good. I have just been working all weekend, which is fine by me. I like working and I don’t mind being busy. The weather here has been a mix of hot and rainy, which is not my favorite combination because… humidity is terrible. 😂 What is the weather like where you are at?

Today’s post is a combination of the Sunday post (hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer) and my monthly wrap up post for March. The first part will be the Sunday Post and the second part will be the March Wrap Up!

🌞The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. This post is an opportunity to recap events and posts on the blog over the week and share any news with the blogosphere. See The Sunday Post information page here for more details.

Currently Reading
Crave by Tracy Wolff

Recently Finished
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (5 stars)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (5 stars)

Monthly Reading Goal Update: 2/10

Recent Posts
Sassy Saturday
Monday Music Match Up: The Bear and the Nightingale
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Gladly Throw in the Ocean
Flashback Friday: Old Books Still on my TBR

Upcoming Posts
Monday Music Match Up (weekly feature here at HerBookishDesires
Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors 
WWW Wednesday
Flashback Friday: Favorite oldie book covers (weekly meme hosted here at HerBookish Desires. See meme info page here)
–If you have any topic suggestions, I will gladly take them!


📚March Monthly Wrap Up

Overall, I would say that the month of March was pretty good. In terms of reading, I did not read as much as I would have liked. I went through a little bit of a reading slump and I started a second job so, with those two together, I just did not get that much reading done! I also got a promotion to be a Scribe Ambassador so that was pretty exciting. I am really excited to branch out and get further involved in medical scribing.

Books read in March📖: 4
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Daimon by Jennifer Armentrout
Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Book Review(s):
A Court of Silver Flames (okay, okay, technically I posted it April 1 BUT I drafted it in March so I am counting it 😂)

TV Shows/Movies Watched📺:
H2O …
…H2O
H2O…

😂 Sooo my sister and I are still obsessed with H2O. We just like to have it on in the background as we hang out on the couch together (my sister usually falls asleep… at which point I either lie down myself or whip out my current read). It is like “our” TV show and it’s how we spend our time together when we are both too tired to do anything else.

Cooking👩🏽‍🍳
-So I have a Crock-Pot and I decided to try a Crock Pot lasagna recipe. It actually turned out really well! I will link the recipe here in case anyone is interested. Note, I did not use cottage cheese; instead, I used ricotta. I also used pasta sauce and tomato paste rather than plain tomato sauce!

-I also tried a new pan fried noodle recipe and guys. It is so good! I will link the recipe here. I also add water chestnuts to the recipe because I love water chestnuts!

What are some new things that you tried in the month of March? Let me know in the comments below!!


That is all I have for you all today! Be sure to link your Sunday Post and/or your monthly wrap up post so I don’t miss it! I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing and peaceful Sunday.

-Maya🌹

💫Monthly Wrap Up: February Edition + (Very Tentative) March TBR

Hello, my lovely friends!
Wow, the month of February is already over. Overall, I would say that it was a pretty good month. Of course, it was not all sunshine and daisies, but I would say that it was a pretty decent month. The best bookish part of this month, for me, was reading A Court of Silver Flames. It was definitely worth the wait, in my opinion! Non-reading related, I would say that the best part of this month was when my sister surprised me with flowers and my favorite chocolates💐🍫… and when my dad surprised my sister and me with a pizza delivery on Valentine’s Day🍕. We knew we were getting pizza, but what we did not know was that he also got us side salads, chicken wings, and a salted caramel apple pie/pizza-like dessert🥧. (Salted caramel anything is my favorite🤤) It really made my day… it made me feel so loved and I even got a bit (okay a lot) homesick!🥺 Looking back, how was your month? What was your most memorable moment of the month?

📋Reading Goal Update: 20/100 (3 books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads)

📚Books I read this month: 8
A Court of Thorns and Roses by SJM
A Court of Mist and Fury by SJM
A Court of Wings and Ruin by SJM
A Court of Frost and Starlight by SJM
A Court of Silver Flames by SJM
The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Frostbite by Richelle Mead

⭐️Ratings for the “new to me” books I read:
A Court of Silver Flames – 5 stars
The Wicked King – 4 stars
The Queen of Nothing – 5 stars
Frostbite – 4.5 stars

😍Favorite read(s) of the month: A Court of Silver Flames by SJM + The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

💭Book Reviews Posted this month
The Right Time by Danielle Steel
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

New/Specialty Posts this Month:
Monday Music Match Up
–Stalking Jack the Ripper
–Kingdom of the Wicked
–Something Dark and Holy trilogy
–Vampire Academy
–Folk of Air series
The Re-Read Book Tag

🎬TV series/Movies Watched
Bridgerton
The Originals
Ocean’s 11, 12, 13
Beauty and the Beast (animated and live action)

👍🏼Things I Discovered/Liked This Month:
Pinterest (😂)
I made boards for the fan art of Six of Crows, Kingdom of the Wicked, From Blood and Ash, ACOTAR…. 🥰😁😍
Irish Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks
Stella Rosa Blueberry Wine

📚(Very) Tentative March TBR
The Stand by Stephen King (currently reading: I know, I am moving pretty slowly but we are making progress! 😂)
Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout (currently reading)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Half-blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What do you plan on reading in March? What are some things that you discovered or really liked this month? Let me know in the comments below. I love chatting with you all!

-Maya🌹

❄️January Wrap Up📚

Happy February, all!

Wow, I can’t believe it. This month flew by! 🧐 <— this is literally me, trying to figure out where the heck the time went!😂 What was your favorite moment of January? I think mine was a recent evening this week where, after work, I made myself some tea and watched a good movie. It just felt so nice to treat myself to a relaxing evening after working all day. I know it seems like a pretty ordinary choice for my favorite part of January and maybe it is a little bit of the recency effect playing on my mind, but it was my favorite!

This is my first wrap up post so you will have to bear with me😂 I am not really sure of what I am doing so you will have to take pity on my poor soul and not judge me too harshly if this post is just a disaster! I promise that they will get better over time.

📚Books I Read with Rating
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab – 5 stars
From Blood and Ash by JLA – 5 stars
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by JLA – 5 stars
Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa – 4.5 stars
A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa – 5 stars
Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa – 5 stars
The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa – 4.5 stars
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco – 4.5 stars
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5 stars
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – 5 stars
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – 4 stars
Wicked by JLA – 4 stars

Total Pages Read: 5,022 pages
Genres: YA/NA Fantasy
Top 4 favorites: FBAA, Rhapsodic, Kingdom of the Wicked, Addie La Rue

I had a wonderful month of reading and not because I read so much. Yes, that was a goal but the real happiness I feel about this month of reading is derived from the fact that I read so many great books!

💭This Month’s Book Reviews
Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Book Review: Six of Crows

🤞🏼Goals Updates
Reading Goal: 12/10
2021 Reading Goal: 12/100
2021 Yearly Bookish/Bloggish Goals Update:
-Begin writing again✔️
-Post at least 2 book reviews✔️
-Read at least 1 mood read a month (we can definitely say that I met that goal this month😂 literally, over half of the books I read this month were mood reads 😂) ✔️
-Try out monthly wrap up post✔️
-Try out different types of posts/be more creative with my posts✔️

😱New Post(s) This Month: Monday Music Match Up
Monday Music Match Up: ACOTAR series
Monday Music: Something Dark and Holy Trilogy

What did you read this month? What was your favorite? I hope you have all had a great start to February and here is to a wonderful month ahead!🥂

-Maya🌹



🎃October Wrap-Up🎃

Happy Halloween, everyone!🎃👻
I realize Halloween is looking different this year, but I hope you all can still enjoy it! Are you dressing up for Halloween? Let me know in the comments below. I will be wearing my festive pumpkin sweater today.😊

Today’s post is a wrap-up of what I read this month! I really started (hardcore) reading more towards this middle of this month so there aren’t that many books in my wrap up, but I think I did pretty good with the time I had.

Before listing the books I read, I do want to say that I enjoyed all of the books I read this month and I want to give a huge thank you to Elza @ElzaReads for introducing me to the Fraterfest Read-a-Thon and to Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer for hosting the read-a-thon. Because of them, a spark was lit and my passion for reading was reignited! ❤️ It had been hard for me to pick up books for leisure reading because of all the reading I did during undergrad, but the read-a-thon helped me get over that and now I am back to my bookworm self!📚🐛

Okay, okay… I digress. Here are the books that I read this month! I have also linked each book I listed to their page on Barnes and Noble.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

I think, overall, my two favorites were Wicked Saints and Daughter of the Pirate King! I found the storyline of Wicked Saints to be unique and I was always intrigued with this world that the story takes place in. Wicked Saints is a great read for halloween with Duncan’s beautiful yet grotesque descriptions. Daughter of the Pirate King was a wonderful adventure with a sharp-minded and sassy heroine (my favorite kind😁). Let’s just say that I loved the book so much I finished it in one day. 😱😁

What books did you read this month and what were your favorite(s)? Let me know in the comments below. Feel free to link your post of the day in the comments as well! ❤️

-Maya🌹