March 2020 Wrap-Up || now that I’ve read every Marissa Meyer book, what am I supposed to do?!

Hi friends; happy Friday and happy April!

I’ve got to be honest here. I can’t believe that it’s only April. I feel like we’ve lived at least 7 lifetimes this year by this point. March in particular was very, very interesting. The world was thrown off its axis, events have been cancelled right and left, strange products are disappearing from store shelves, the entire universe has been put on hold, and I’m fairly convinced that we’re all just living in the prequel of YA dystopian series. We’ve just got to find the chosen one, and we’ll be all squared away.

All joking aside, I found a lot to love about March. I found a new favorite movie that I’m excited to scream about, I’ve officially read every book by Marissa Meyer, and I’m honestly ready for this new month.

March was kind of fantastic as far as my reading goes. I mean, I finished one of my new favorite series, I reread an old favorite, and I picked up books that I’ve been meaning to read for way too long now.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer-★★★★★. From my experience in reading trilogies, the second book almost always acts as a filler. That’s not to say that the second book isn’t fantastic, but it’s usually filled to the brim with more information on the world, the characters are more developed, and the plot is starting to build for the third book. Let me tell you, Archenemies did not at all feel like a filler book. It felt absolutely necessary to the story as a whole, and so. much. happened. Really, I don’t know how to talk about how fantastic this book is without screaming about Adrian Everhart, so we’ll leave it at that.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian-★★★★☆.  Taking place in the midst of the AIDS crisis in the 80s, Like a Love Story is a weirdly uplifting tale about three kids discovering themselves: one girl discovering her independence, and two boys discovering themselves together. Honestly, I read this book at the perfect time because it just proves that beautiful things can happen in the middle of chaos.

Supernova by Marissa Meyer-★★★★★. With both the Renegades trilogy and the Lunar Chronicles, I am convinced that Marissa Meyer writes some of the most beautiful conclusions. Supernova was action-packed from the get-go, and it honestly never really stopped. AND THAT EPILOGUE. That’s all I’ll spoil, but honestly, every character had the most satisfying ending, and my heart is full.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo-★★★★★. Usually, whenever I finish a book that steals my heart, one of two things happens: I either read a book that doesn’t really fulfill my expectations like it normally would or I fall into a huge reading slump, which isn’t fun for anyone as far as I’m concerned. To combat this, I’ll pick up one of my favorites that never fails to make me swoon. Six of Crows arguably has one of the best found families and some of the most realistic YA characters, so I knew it would be a great reread choice. Plus, it had apparently been 3 years since I first read it? It was well overdue; I missed those hoodlums.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer-★★★☆☆. With all of my other Marissa Meyer books marked as read, I needed to grab Heartless and finish up her whole author list. But, remember when I said that books sometimes fall flat for me if I read them too soon after a new favorite? I think that unfortunately happened here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a huge Marissa Meyer fan, and I know for a fact that if I read this one at a different time, I would’ve fallen in love with it. Heartless was as whimsical as the story its based off of, and the writing lyrical. I also got to learn Marissa Meyer’s take on the Queen of Hearts and how she came to be, and I always love a good villain story.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater-★★★☆☆. This was my second time picking up All the Crooked Saints, and I ran into a similar problem as I did with Heartless. I will love Maggie Steifvater forever and always, but All the Crooked Saints was, again, written very lyrically and obscurely. I love those types of stories, but I guess my mind just wasn’t there as this book didn’t hit my heart the way I was expecting it to. Nevertheless, I’ll always be amazed by Maggie’s talent and what she can do with the same 26 letters everyone else has.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman-★★★★★. I. Finally. Read. Radio. Silence. To put this in retrospect for you, I think that I’ve been seriously planning on reading this book for the past two years (thanks, Margaret!). And now that I’ve read it, why on earth did I wait so long to pick this up?! The huge focus on mental health and sexuality was stunning; I mean, I don’t think any of the characters were straight—correct me if I’m wrong—and it was beautiful. I also really respect the fact that, similar to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, a huge plot point is about a girl who’s trying to hide what she’s passionate about because she doesn’t think her peers will understand. Realistic as all get out. I’m just now trying to figure out how not to reread it every chance I get.

Currently reading: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Another book that’s been on my TBR for way too long, and I’m thrilled to be reading it right now! I’m actually reading it in part of Alexandra Bracken’s book club, and I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve also recently ended a chapter when the tension was higher than the roof, and I need to get back to it ASAP.

Before we get into the incredible movies I fell in love with this past month, I quickly want to mention something. To be blunt, March has been pretty disappointing for a lot of people for countless reasons, and each reason is valid. Whether you’re upset that a concert got cancelled, you’re sad that you can’t visit your loved ones, or you’re exhausted as you head to the hospital for your 16th shift in a row, it’s all valid. Please don’t dismiss your feelings because “someone else has it worse.” We’re going through a lot, and it’s okay to feel absolutely everything.

Okay, now that that’s been said…

Big Hero Six. I’m very much a Disney kid. My house had every Disney VHS you could dream of, and there was almost always a Mickey Mouse head somewhere in our house’s decor. And, the thing is, when Big Hero Six first came out, I was beyond myself excited to see it in theaters. But I never did?! Thanks to Disney+ though, I FINALLY HAVE SEEN BIG HERO SIX. I’m 100% obsessed with this movie. From the second I finished it, I wanted to watch it again and again, despite the fact that I felt absolutely gutted during that last scene. The focus on mental health in this movie was otherworldly, and it’s certainly a conversation that definitely needs to be had. And, it probably goes without saying, but Baymax is a wonderful character, and he’s one of my new favorites. Truth be told, Big Hero Six in general is one of my new favorites.

Monster’s University. Again, I have no reasoning as to why it took me one million years to watch Monster’s University. Monster’s Inc. was a staple for me; I even remember constantly playing my Monster’s Inc. game on my Game Boy Color (did that take you back??). I’m happy to have finally watched the newest film though. I always love backstories of characters because you get to learn so much more about them, and watching Sully and Mike meet for the first time was probably more heartwarming that I ever expected it to be.

Kat from Novels & Waffles also read the conclusion to the Renegades series this past month, and her review of Supernova is probably one of my favorite book reviews. It’s succinct (which I almost can never manage) and clearly written. I really just loved hearing someone else’s thoughts on this final book!

Marie at Drizzle & Hurricane Books wrote two of my favorites posts this month! First, she discussed 10 reading habits she has, both good and bad. I really need to pick up on her good habits, aka not leaving a lot of books unread. In another post, Marie dishes out her top 5 tips to interact with the book blogging community. I’ve been seriously blogging on WordPress for just over a year now, and I was honestly really great at blog hopping and interacting with other bloggers at the very beginning. Now that that’s dwindled a little recently, I’m more than ready to enact some of Marie’s tips!

Cristina over at Girl in the Pages spills her thoughts and feelings about Girls with Razor Hearts, the sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks. When I read the first installment, I fell in love and was immediately excited for the sequel. And, now that Cristina gushed about the second book, I’m even more excited to get my hands on it to meet the new characters and learn more about the academy!

Margaret from Weird Zeal schooled me in a brand new word and recommended just about every hopepunk book that I’ll ever need. Margaret defined hopepunk better than I ever could, but it’s essentially “everything is going wrong in the world, here have some love.” And really, what more could you need right now? From books about a royal son falling in love with America’s son to stories about unidentified spies falling in love through writing letters during a time war, Margaret’s post has just about everything you could dream of.


So, what do you think? How was your March? Did you find any new favorite movies or books? Did you cross off a book that’s been on your TBR since the beginning of time? Let’s chat!

25 thoughts on “March 2020 Wrap-Up || now that I’ve read every Marissa Meyer book, what am I supposed to do?!

  1. Lol the world certainly does feel like the prequel to a YA dystopian right now 😬 Big yikes!

    But I’m so glad to hear that you found some great things in March nonetheless! SO happy that you enjoyed Like a Love Story and Radio Silence so much 😀 And rereading Six of Crows sounds like a fantastic idea! It’s been too long since I read it, and I think I’m going to need to revisit it soon…

    Ahhh thanks so much for sharing my post! ❤ Your description of hopepunk as “everything is going wrong in the world, here have some love” is spot on 😊 I hope you’re able to find some new favorites in April too!

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    1. Right?! And yes! They were both such great books — you always have the best recommendations, honestly! And it’s always a good time to reread Six of Crows, as far as I’m concerned.

      Of course, Margaret! Your posts are always some of my favorites, and I find that I just about always have to write about a few of them in my wrap-ups; you’re just too good.

      Happy April!! ❤

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  2. ahhh I’m so happy you read so many Marissa Meyer books! 😍 I’ve recently read and absolutely loved the Renegades trilogy, and I totally agree Archenemies was a great sequel, and not at all a filler book. I’ve wanted to read Heartless for a long time as well, but based on your experience, I think I’m gonna wait a while longer. I also agree that we’ve lived too many lives so far this year. I’m ready for this nightmare to end. I hope you have a good April 🙂

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    1. You and me both! I’m obsessed with her writing style and her characters. I AM SO HAPPY YOU LOVED THE RENEGADES TRILOGY. I knew I was going to love it because of how much I loved the Lunar Chronicles, but boy oh boy, did that series steal my whole heart. And I hope you enjoy Heartless when you get to it! I definitely need to reread it when I’m in the headspace for a fairytale retelling. Happy April, Marta! ❤

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  3. I haven’t read Marissa Meyers super nova series yet but loved her Lunar Chronicles series! Also yay glad u loved Six of Crows! Crooked kingdom is also amazing 🤩🤩 I haven’t read Radio Silence but keep hearing its incredible, looks like you had a great reading month! Fab wrap up 🙂

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    1. Ah! If you loved the Lunar Chronicles, you’re definitely going to love the Renegades series! And I love the Six of Crows duology SO MUCH. I definitely agree that Crooked Kingdom is just as incredible; I remember when I first read Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom wasn’t out yet, and the wait for that second book was PAINFUL. So, so worth it though.

      Thank you, Jamie! Happy April!

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  4. I need to read the Renegades trilogy asap!! I love The Lunar Chronicles, and I could really use an action-packed series right now, filled with incredible characters. I’m doing a romance readathon right now, but after that I’m ready to binge some series. 😀 I love Six of Crows, and yes, it definitely holds up after a reread – the characters are A++. I’ve wanted to read (and have owned, smh) Radio Silence for two to three years at this point. *hides* I’ll get to it soon… probably. I love Big Hero 6 and Monster University – the friendship in both is incredible. I read a lot in March, but I only had one five star read that wasn’t a reread. 😦 I’m hoping April will be better, even though all it’s been so was a much, MUCH slower reading month. Hope your month is going well! 🙂

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    1. YES! Read the Renegades series, and I promise you won’t regret it. You’ll have to tell me all of your thoughts once you finish your readathon and start the series! I’m so intrigued to hear what you think and to see which characters you love. And I couldn’t agree more with you about Six of Crows. I swear, you could read that book a million times over and the characters are as great as the first time. Oh man, trust me when I say that you should definitely get to Radio Silence soon. I was in the same boat–I had been planning to read it for two years–and now I totally get the hype around it. Oh man, I hope that April is kinder to your reading goals; that’s never fun to not read even just a few great books in one month. And. thank you; I hope that your month is going well as well! ❤

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  5. I’m glad to hear you found a lot of favourites this month! I read Heartless a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it! I’m sorry to hear it fell flat for you!
    Big Hero Six IS SO CUTE! You make me want to go and re-watch it! 😀
    Here’s to a wonderful April! 🙂

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    1. I’m happy to hear that you loved Heartless! I definitely need to reread it when I’m more in the mood for a fairytale retelling, because I know for a fact that I’d enjoy it a lot more. And yes; go rewatch Big Hero Six! That’s a fantastic decision!!

      Happy April, Meghan!

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  6. The intro of this post is so relatable! Yes, this is definitely the prequel to a YA dystopian series that will probably be coming to our shelves in 2030.😅But that aside, I hope you’re doing well and staying safe and healthy!! xx

    Congrats on all your reading this month!! I can’t say I’ve read much Marissa Meyer, but that’s awesome you’ve finished all her books, yay! And I think a Six of Crows reread is a great idea, I should do that soon- I loved when you said “I missed those hoodlums,” cause I miss those hoodlums too. (I also miss the hoodlums that are the gangsey.) And Radio Silence!! Ahh, so good, I’m so happy you loved it. That was one of my favorite reads of 2019 and even just thinking about it still blows me away.

    Happy reading in the upcoming month, and happy movie watching and everything else!! Sending you hugs. 💛

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    1. Right?! We just need to female heroine to be told that she’s the chosen one so that she can come and save us all. And I am doing well and staying well; I hope the same for you, Olivia! ❤

      Thank you! If you have any interest in her books, I honestly couldn’t recommend her enough. YES! I do miss the Six of Crows hoodlums. They’re a ridiculous bunch, and I couldn’t love them more if I tried. As far as rereads are concerned, it’s always a great time to reread Six of Crows, I promise. And now you’re making me want to reread The Raven Cycle–I totally miss this hoodlums too; they get into a lot of shenanigans. And I totally understand why Radio Silence would be one of your favorites from last year; it was incredible! I know that everyone almost always talks so highly about it, and now I know why!

      Thank you so much, Olivia! Happy April; sending you all of my love and well wishes! ❤

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  7. You know what, I’ve actually been thinking of re-reading Six of Crows! I miss Leigh Bardugo’s writing so much, I honestly might even do a full re-read of her Grishaverse 😍 Omg, I still maintain that Big Hero 6 is one of THE most underrated movies of all time? I bawled my eyes out watching it – zero grace whatsoever 😅

    Hope you’re having a good April so far! 😀

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    1. A full re-read of the Grishaverse is a FANTASTIC idea, and I fully support you on it!! It’s always so nice to return to those characters. And right?! I feel like it was pretty widely talked about where I live when it first came out, but nobody really talks about it anymore. And yeah, it ruined my heart and soul entirely.

      Happy April, Ngoc! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  8. Yay well done on reading every Marissa Meyer book, I’m proud of you 😉 even though I’m sorry Heartless didn’t live up to your expectations !! I am definitely due a reread of Six of Crows as it has been a while since I read it as well!!!!! Yay to Radio Silence again!! It’s a wonderful book!! Also I’m so glad you picked up Ember and you are loving, yaya I’m so happy!!
    Big Hero 6 is an amazing film, I loved it and it is so heart-breaking but ahh.. it is wonderful!! I loved Hiro, Baymaz and Tadashi !! And apparently there is a series for it and yay but I haven’t seen it yet but I’m excited!!
    I hope you are staying safe and well!! ❤

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    1. AH, thank you Sophie! ❤ As far as I’m concerned, it’s always always always a good idea to reread Six of Crows. And yes!! I actually have finished An Ember in the Ashes, and I have a lot of feelings!! Talk about a cliffhanger. I totally agree that Big Hero Six is heartbreaking, and I’m starting to think that all fantastic movies are?! I mean, as far as Disney and Pixar is concerned for sure. I just watched Onward for the first time, and WOW talk about crying during a movie.

      I hope the same for you, Sophie; thank you!!

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      1. Haha true!!! I know it brings up every emotions, wait until the rest of the series !!!
        Yes heart breaking movies are just so memorable and moving !! I still need to watch onward but I want to soooo bad !!!! 😍
        Thank you 💛

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  9. (please excuse me as i come to this post four hundred years later).
    i’m so glad you enjoyed like a love story so much. i’m happy that this book ended up being a hopeful moment in the midst of all the most recent chaos. i am probably going to read this one soon and i can not wait!
    i can definitely relate with the feeling of certain books just falling short in comparison to others when you read something very good just before. i feel like this has happened with pretty much all the YA contemporaries i’ve read since picking up call it what you want back in february and now i’m scared that brigid kemmerer has ruined my favorite genre for me, hahah.
    and yes, radio silence! i still think about this book often. one of my favorite things about it is the fact the two main characters don’t actually become a couple. i wish more authors explored that! it’s realistic in my opinion to have friendships between opposite genders that don’t turn into anything romantic and i think it would work so much better for certain couples in fiction if they had just stayed as friends.
    i’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on an ember in the ashes! i loved that first book and really need to carry on with this series.
    i do love big hero six and monster’s university and find them to be kind of underrated. they both discuss such great topics – especially friendships! – in a really funny but heartwarming way. i also love college scenarios so it’s to be expected that i’d love monster’s university, hahah.
    hope you’ve had a great april so far, lauren!

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    1. (absolutely no worries at all, as I respond to your comment four hundred years late)

      I hope you love Like a Love Story! It’s such a unique storyline, and it’s so easy to fall in love with the characters and root for them. Absolutely perfect amidst all of this chaos!

      Right? For me, how much I enjoy a book depends on the story itself (obviously), but it also very much depends on the book I read before it. I still need to pick up a Brigid Kemmerer book ASAP!

      YES. YES. A MILLION TIMES YES! I absolutely loved how Radio Silence normalized everything that YA books almost always tend to put on blast. Sexuality was just another part of your personality, and you could have a best friend of the opposite sex, with no ulterior motives. It was honestly really refreshing.

      I really enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes! I finished it a little bit ago, and I haven’t picked up the second because I don’t know that I’m ready to read more about Helene, breaking my heart even further.

      YES! You are really just hitting the nail on the head with all of your points! I really love when movies focus on friendships, especially Disney/Pixar movies. I think it’s really easy to get trapped in loving the main romance of those kinds of movies, but the friendships are just as important so I love that those movies are plentiful. I also recently watched Onward, which I can’t recommend enough!

      I hope you had a great April as well, Lais! Happy May!

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  10. I think I am gonna LOVE Radio Silence, but why haven’t I read it yet? I really need to… Also I think I would love Maggie Stiefvater’s All the Crooked Saints, I am a sucker for lyrical writing where nothing really happens and it’s just beautiful to read about.

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