Bi-Monthly Recap: Feb-Mar

Life lately
How are we in April already? The last two months have been a bit of a whirlwind. I went back to the office but still on a hybrid schedule that now consists of three days in the office and two at home. It's an adjustment! I wish it was three days at home and two in the office but honestly it hasn't been that bad. I like seeing my coworkers in person but my body just isn't used to having to wake up that early so often. I'll get there though! 

Then on the personal side of things, I'm still slowly townhouse and condo hunting. I'm really liking my new realtor and he doesn't seem to mind that I haven't felt the urge to bid on anything yet. That said, I do feel a bit discouraged. There's a part of me that wonders if I should just rent forever to be honest. Other than that, I've been hanging out with friends and embracing more normalcy as I went to my first concert and Broadway show in February since the pandemic started and am now planning a possible trip (like I'd have to actually get on a plane) for May. Keeping my fingers crossed that it happens and that I have better luck with townhouse hunting and more. 

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These are books (physical + ebooks) from my TBR or the library aka the non-review books.

  • House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City, #2) by Sarah J. Maas (⭐⭐⭐⭐): A solid follow-up in this series and one that left me desperately wanting for more and as always, continually impressed with SJM's storytelling skills. 

  • The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas (⭐⭐⭐💫): While it was enjoyable, it didn't quite live up to the hype for me and in my opinion would've benefited from a more streamlined plot and less wishy-washy heroine. 

  • To Selena, With Love by Chris Perez (⭐⭐⭐⭐): A must read for Selena Quintanilla fans that not only gives an intimate behind the scenes look at her life but also at the loving relationship between her and Chris. 

  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (⭐⭐⭐): Seriously the only author I repeatedly enjoy novels written in verse from. 

  • Friends from Home by Lauryn Chamberlain (⭐⭐): I'm always drawn to friendship books and I liked it enough at the time, it's ultimately pretty forgettable. 

  • The Iron Sword (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, #2) by Julie Kagawa (⭐⭐⭐): While this new arc isn't necessarily needed, I loved this installment told through Ash's POV which reminded me of why he is one of my OG book boyfriends. 

  • Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1) by Anne McCaffrey (⭐): I love the Harper Hall trilogy so I was hoping to finally read the Dragonriders of Pern series but this first book hasn't aged well at all and has put me off completely from reading the rest.

  • Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (⭐⭐⭐💫): The author is actually a former coworker of mine and the first half of the book gave me major flashbacks to the start-up we used to work at (which I thought was the strongest part of the book) but the second half veered into multiple directions that didn't totally work for me. 

  • The Maid by Nita Prose (⭐⭐⭐): I typically don't read mysteries but this one is totally deserving of the praise it's been getting. 

  • The War of Two Queens (Blood and Ash, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (⭐⭐⭐💫): Even though this was my least favorite installment in the series and I didn't agree with all the decisions the author made with its characters, I still liked it and felt the last 25% of the book was really strong. 

  • This Close to Okay Leesa Smith-Cross (⭐⭐): I really wanted to love this but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough with the plot and I just could not connect with the story or its characters.

  • Running Wild (Wild, #3) by K.A. Tucker (⭐⭐⭐): Marie's book really exceeded my expectations and reminded me of why I love the Wild world and characters K.A. Tucker created so much (I've been skimming every book to reread my favorite parts ever since finishing this one!)
How's your month been?


  1. It really sucks being ready to buy because this market is sooo tough! We've wanted to buy a house for a couple of years and this year is when we're genuinely ready to take the plunge, but everything is just overpriced for the size and/or snapped up too quickly. I don't want to wait another year or two but it looks like we may have to at this rate!

    1. Right?! I started thinking about buying a townhouse last year and it's the same for me! This year I felt really ready to take the plunge but ugh the prices are making me rethink that sentiment for the exact same reasons. I cannot believe the prices :( I'm still looking but also debating if I should just wait.


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