March 2020 Monthly Wrap Up

April showers bring May flowers???? I surely hope not. It seems we can’t go more than 2 days without rain and lots of it. So much that those 2 days are definitely not enough to dry things out, and I’d really like to spend some more time outside. I have been a homebody for years, so this quarantine hasn’t been a major adjustment for me on that front. But I do love spending time out in nature. I’m a country girl and I enjoy spending time out in my woods. I’m really missing that. But, hey, Anne Frank and so many others endured so much worse. Today’s a beautiful day here, though, so I’m going to enjoy it!

Now let’s see how I did with my March TBR. I’m really quite surprised that I did as well as I did considering all the craziness!

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WWW Wednesday ~ 4/1/20

Ali here ~

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Happy Wednesday! How are y’all doing today? My family and I are all doing well. We’re doing our best to thrive in this mess, and honestly I’m just really feeling grateful for all the family time we’re getting! And it didn’t rain yesterday, nor has it rained today. Bonus!! I’ve been enjoying lots of board games with the kiddos, and other games that we made up ourselves. One we played last night revolved around music. We take turns playing 2 songs each. Points go to the first person that can name the title, artist, and album – one point each. We’ve played this a lot over the years on all our car rides. Living out in the country means even a trip to the closest Walmart is 20 minutes. But, I can say that my kids have a rather large music appreciation from it.
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Mar. 2020 Challenges Update ~ Part 1

Y’all, I am soooo far behind on keeping up with reviews and such this year, and the craziness we’re all living in today just isn’t helping the matter…at all. But that’s okay. I’m going ahead and posting my progress, but it’s not actually up to date as I have more I need to add in, but I figured I’d go ahead and post what I have kept up to date in my records.

Let’s see how I’m doing so far ~


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March 2020 TBR

Is it really March already?!? I feel like my life is just flying past faster and faster. I am doing my best to slow things down a bit and appreciate the small things. I’m a workaholic, so that’s a bit hard for me. But, I’m looking forward to a family vacation at the end of the week, and I’m super excited that all 3 of my kids will be able to come! With my oldest in college and working part-time on top of that, it’s special when we get the chance to all be together.

With the vacation planned, I really have no idea how much actual reading I’ll get in this month, but I always enjoy putting together a TBR either way! So, here it is ~

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Restore Me ~ Review

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Title: Restore Me
Series: Shatter Me #4
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: Mar 6, 2018
Genres: YA/ Sci-Fi (Dystopian)/Romance
Blurb:Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

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Ignite Me ~ Review

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Title: Ignite Me
Series: Shatter Me # 3
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: Feb 4, 2014
Genres: YA SciFi/Dystopian/Romance
Blurb: With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

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Unite Me ~ Review

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Title: Unite Me
Series: Shatter Me #1.5 & # 2.5
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: Feb 4, 2014
Genres: YA Sci/Fi/Dystopian/Romance
Blurb: Perfect for fans of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me trilogy, this audiobook collects her two companion novellas, Fracture Me and Destroy Me, for the first time in audio. It also features an exclusive look into Juliette’s journal and a preview of Ignite Me, the third installment of the series.

Destroy Me tells the events between Shatter Me and Unravel Me from Warner’s point of view. Even though Juliette shot him in order to escape, Warner can’t stop thinking about her–and he’ll do anything to get her back. But when the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment arrives, he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner cannot allow.

Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective and bridges the gap between Unravel Me and Ignite Me. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam’s more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent and The Hunger Games. This captivating story, which combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, was praised as a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love by Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Continue reading