March 2019 Wrap-Up & April 2019 TBR

March flew by like nothing, didn’t it? To be honest, it felt like I’d just written my February 2019 Wrap-Up and my March 2019 TBR and suddenly, March was over. As a matter of fact, in only a few days, April will be half over – and I’m only getting around to posting this wrap-up and TBR just now. I am tired, y’all.

Read on to find out how my month went.

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Books I Read

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – Picked this up from my 12-year-old cousin’s bookshelf when I visited my aunt and uncle a few weeks ago. Finished it in one sitting, and was promptly reminded why I should exercise extreme caution when venturing near YA published in the early 2000s. 1/5.

Enchantée by Gita Trelease – An (pardon the pun) enchanting novel about magic in the time of liberté, égalité, fraternité, and a young girl who longs to escape from an abusive brother and make a life for herself in the gilded halls of Versailles. A simplistic plot, but one that was charming all the same. 3/5.

Flipping the Script by Danice Mae P. Sison – This cute contemporary YA is the story of a less problematic modern-day Romeo & Juliet, featuring the grandchildren of two opposing filmmakers whose feud was infamous throughout Manila’s movie industry. The sweetest read of this month. 5/5.

Hotel Oriente by Jennifer Hallock – I decided to try my hand at reading a historical romance not set in the west – and this one, set in the Philippines in the 1900s, seemed really interesting. But it was just all about a pair of Americans coming to Manila and falling in love. Yawn. 1/5.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay – HOLY. MOTHER. OF. GOD. And that’s all she has to say about that. 5/5.

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April 2019 TBR

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – EDELWEISS CAME THROUGH FOR ME, HUNTY. I AM READY FOR THE PAIN.

Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi – Mucho thanks to Penguin Random House Global and JM @ The Book Freak Revelations for having me on the book tour for this amazing sci-fi release! Keep an eye out for it!

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – The gods have smiled down upon me and bestowed an ARC on my humble person! One of my most anticipated reads of the year, and it’s right in my grasp!

Stealing Luna by Carla de Guzman – First of all, that cover. Second of all, THAT COVER. Art heist romance featuring my queen Carla de Guzman? SO THERE.

You, Me, U.S. by Brij Bautista – I was actually meant to read and review this within the first two weeks of April – and in my defense I thought I’d be able to get that done while I was on vacation with Shealea in Kuala Lumpur. But that…very clearly did not happen.

Ang Larong Nagwakas sa Atin by Fe Trampe – Fact the first: I CANNOT BELIEVE ANVIL PUBLISHING ISN’T PROMOTING THE SHIT OUT OF THIS. Fact the second: bless the folks over at Bookworms United PH for doing the #LaroTour, which I’m also a part of!

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Kamusta, Tita?

March wasn’t a good blogging month, I have to say. A lot of my goals went unaccomplished, and a ton of stuff that I’d planned to post didn’t push through.

Nevertheless, I still think I had a pretty good month overall. I got to meet up with some Filipino book bloggers in order to pick up our ARCs of Randy Ribay’s Patron Saints of Nothing, and we had a ton of fun hanging out and spilling tea. 👀

I also got to visit Malapascua, a gorgeous island off the northern coast of Cebu, and spent a day doing nothing but tanning, swimming, and reading. I managed to read two books in the space of that one weekend: Patron Saints of Nothing and The Fever King. Which, I’ll be honest, was the most reading in the space of 24 hours that I’d gotten done since the beginning of the year.

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You put the lime in the coconut, then you drink it all up 🌴 • Yesterday was honestly one of the best days of my life 😭 I did nothing but sun myself, occasionally swim, and read the books I had with me ✨ Oh, and I had this delicious coconut drink! 😋 • I really should schedule “do nothing but read” days more often! 😍 Hopefully more of them will be at the beach 🏖️🌅

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On to some major, more serious news. Last month, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. It’s a little-known, sadly underreported disease that affects 1 in 10 people with uteruses during their reproductive years – which is over 176 million people in the world. You can learn more about it here.

It sucks, and even now, almost a month later, I still haven’t fully processed it. But I feel so much better knowing there are a ton of people out there who’ve either experienced the same condition I have, not to mention the bookish community is full of tons of beautiful, wonderful souls and sent such lovely messages of support. I’m grateful for each and every one of you, and everyone’s messages helped me move past my diagnosis and begin the process of working with my doctor to manage my illness.

Writing-wise, I had a pretty amazing month as well. I made some breakthroughs on the direction I want the manuscript I’m working on to go, and it’s all down to my magnificent writing partner Stef! Like I said in last month’s wrap-up, check out Stef’s beta reading and sensitivity reading services here.

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How was everyone else’s month?

☕ What did you read? Did you have a good reading month?
☕ What were your favorite blog posts?
☕ Go any place interesting or start something new?

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19 thoughts on “March 2019 Wrap-Up & April 2019 TBR

  1. I’m so happy you got a Dragon Republic arc! Edelweiss didn’t come through for me, so I’m waiting a few more months to get my heart shattered again haha I hope you enjoy it a ton ♥ I’m also super excited for We Hunt the Flame! Enchantée has me super curious, but maybe that’s because I’m French and I studied the 1789 revolution again this year (it made its way into my law lectures) so it’s a subject I’m fascinated by! I’ll definitely read it. And I’m sending you a lot of positive vibes and I hope April was a good month for you ♥

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    • Oh I’m so sorry Edelweiss didn’t approve you! I ope you get to read it soon though, it was SO good!

      I share in your excitement for WHTF. And it’s out soon!

      Enchantée was good! Kind of bland to be honest, but I did find myself enjoying it! I think maybe it might mean more to you as a French person too.

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    • Thank you! Yes, every person’s journey with endometriosis can be vastly different as well as incredibly similar. Thank you for the good wishes, it means a lot!

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  2. Omg I’m planning to read The Poppy War in May and I’m so. terrified!! Also, I’m reading We Hunt the Flame right now and I LIKE IT but also the writing is kind of hard for me to read? I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

    OKAY I’m really excited for Girl Gone Viral because Arvin Ahmadi is so iconic even though I didn’t really like Down and Across??

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    • OKAY SO

      1) Have something light and fun to read after The Poppy War. You’ll need it. Heed all the trigger warnings and trust yourself to know if you need to stop reading.

      2) WHTF reads sort of like an epic poem turned into a novel. I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally want to see how it ends because the plot is hella intriguing but you’re absolutely right about it being hard to read.

      3) I haven’t read Down and Across yet! But Girl Gone Viral was amaaaaziiiiing!!

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  3. I’m currently listening to Enchanté (around a third in) and I must agree that it’s a bit underwhelming!! WHTF’s characters are E V E R Y T H I N G, so far, i have a few quabbles with th plot but I love the characters so much it’s making up for it a bit!

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  4. I’m so impatient to hear your thoughts on Girl Gone Viral and We Hunt The Flame, I can’t wait to read these, they sound amazing! ❤
    I'm so sorry to hear about your endometriosis, Kate, I'm sending you all the love, hugs if taken, support and positive vibes ❤ ❤
    I hope April has been and will be good to you ❤

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  5. Ooh Flipping the Script sounds great, I’m putting it on my TBR and Patron Saints of Nothing is already there 😊
    Oh, Kate I’m so sorry to hear about endometriosis, sending you all the love and hugs ❤️

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