March Wrap Up

It’s been an incredibly challenging month for everyone in all sorts of different ways. I don’t want to dwell too much on the current global pandemic (not because it isn’t important, but because I feel like we need little breaks from the overwhelming media attention). I do want to take a moment to say I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well, and to please remember to look after yourselves (and that means your mental health, too!) just as much as you are taking care of your own community.

giphy (1)Sending you all (social distance appropriate) hugs! 

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Personal life

  • finally did my Level 2 boxing grading, which basically means people can officially punch me in the face during sparring now (level 1 boxers don’t do head sparring) – guess I can now cross that off my list of 2019 goals 😂
  • Our clinical placements were cancelled, which is obviously very disappointing (but also obviously very necessary) – this decision has left us feeling pretty stranded, because 3rd year medicine is basically supposed to be 100% hands on, and it’s difficult to translate that to virtual learning. Despite this, we’re all trying to make the best of the situation and realise that even though it’s pretty sucky, it’s essential in order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and at the moment, the health of the community (especially that of the medical team that we were working with) is of the utmost importance 😊

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Movies

I was able to catch a few movies in early March (before things started getting crazy in Australia) as well as a couple of Netflix movies…

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Huh, I guess I was kind of in a horror/thriller mood, which is not like me at all – I normally stick to one per month. I’d recommend all of these except ‘The Son’, which was pretty gripping right until the weird and somewhat pointless open ending.

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Books I read

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Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Rating: ★★★★☆

Although the prose was beautiful, I found it almost too descriptive at times, and I had a really hard time connecting with the characters for the majority of the book. I also didn’t vibe the romance at all. This book was an odd experience for me – although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped, I can still objectively say that it was very well written and would still recommend it!

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Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Boy oh boy, this book was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 – it was hyped as a YA version of Crazy Rich Asians  and I was like sign me right up, fam! Unfortunately, I felt like it glossed over some really important issues, including an extremely toxic female friendship. And I just found out that it’s going to be part of a series?! Thank u, next. 

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Rating: ★★★★☆

This was was actually a re-read for me, and I loved it. So much more than the first time, in fact! Don’s nerdy, dry sense of humour is right up my alley, and I may or may not have a Don Tillman appreciation post up my sleeve.

 

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare 17699853

Rating: ★★★★★

Hands down my favourite March read, to no one’s surprise. Nish and I are planning to do a joint review since we buddy read this (why have I never buddy read a Cassie Clare book before, the *angst* and *drama* are so much more fun when you have someone else to scream about it with), so I won’t say too much, except that Cassie Clare has struck again and now I have another set of characters I would die for. 

42201395Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Rating: ★★★★★

I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I do believe I fell in love with Nathaniel Thorn at first page. This book was incredible – all the more so because it was executed perfectly as a standalone (practically unheard of for the fantasy genre). The characters! The world building! The witty banter between the MC’s! I will file this away for a future re-read, FO SHO. 

Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle61zb65rJ5OL

Rating: ★★★★★

Fam, I don’t often give out advice, so listen here – if you’re not already following Nathan on at least one social media platform, you are seriously.missing.out. JUST DO IT. My friends and I are obsessed.

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That’s all, folks!

I really hope that April is a better month for all of us 😔 If you’re really struggling and you need someone to talk to, please don’t ever hesitate to send myself or Nish a message!

Sending you all my love,

ngoc

 

28 thoughts on “March Wrap Up

  1. I am SO glad you LOVED Sorcery of Thorns after I didn’t shut up about it! *Fist pumps the air like a winner*. Hello, welcome to the official Nathaniel Thorn express – we have cookies and wine.

    And I’m going to be not-so-patiently awaiting your Chain of Gold review because let’s be real – it’s going to be EPIC. But like, no pressure or anything. 😂

    On a non-bookish note I’m sorry to hear that your placement fell through. Obviously it’s very necessary but I know it must be very disappointing for you both. Hopefully you can get back out into the field and kick some corona butt in no time! ❤ Sending lots of love and positive vibes your way.

    ❤ Your saltmate xo

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    1. GIRL THE WHOLE REASON SORCERY OF THORNS WAS ON MY TBR WAS BC OF YOUR REVIEW!!! Um, I will sell all my vital organs for tickets to the Thorn express, tyvm 😍 His dialogue always had me in stitches 😂

      HAHAHA girl you can bet your bottom dollar we’re working on it (we just need to calm ourselves a little, bc unlike you we CANNOT be eloquent when we’re excited about a book 😂)

      Thank you so much, that means a lot to the both of us! I think we’re getting a bit more used to virtual learning, so that’s good. Hopefully this will all be over soon! 😔

      Hope you’re doing ok as & that April is treating you well so far!!

      💛 Your salt mate

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      1. AWWWWWWWW – YOU HAVE HONESTLY JUST MADE MY WHOLE FREAKING MONTH!!! 😭😭😭

        You know what? I don’t want to jinx myself here but so far I have been kicking April’s butt! After a not-so-good month in March and me being house-bound, I didn’t know what to expect from April. BUT i’ve been on like this creative high. I’ve already written all my reviews for the entire month. They are scheduled and all ready to go – and that NEVER happens. I’ve also been doing some of my best writing and I’m like who IS this girl??? I’m hoping this momentum lasts!

        I hope you’re month is faring just as well! Love, your saltmate ❤ ❤ ❤

        P.S. my Not-So-Perfect Book Tag is on it's way! Sorry it took so long! x

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      2. YASSSS KWEEN, YOU GO & KICK APIRL’S ASS!!!! I’m so happy for you & can’t wait to read all your reviews (my TBR is already whimpering 😂) Unfortunately the same cannot be said for me – although I’m having a very relaxing month so far, I have lost all motivation & have barely done any study 🙊 Fingers crossed I find my mojo soon or I will be in bigggg trouble 😨

        Um you take your sweet time with the Not So Perfect Book Tag, my friend – there is probably no one else on the blogosphere more sympathetic to delays in responding to tags 😛

        So glad April is treating you well so far, you deserve nothing less!

        💛 Your saltmate

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      3. Awwww, I’m sorry you’ve lost your mojo. :/

        I feel like I’m living on borrowed time – still waiting for that pin to drop and the anxiety to creep up on me! I’m trying to get as much blogging done while I’m motivated. That being said, I am rubbing off some of my good luck and sending it your way. You deserve to kick April’s ass too!

        The tag is actually all ready to go now (unfournatly it got pushed back because I suddenly had an idea for a feature post that I sort of became obsessed with. Spoiler alert: it’s packed for of gifs because what else would I do with my life at this point?). It will finally surface this weekend! 😉

        Here’s hoping you get your mojo back ASAP so you can get that study done and dusted! x

        ❤ Your Saltmate

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      4. Ahhhh thank you!! You know what, I haven’t quite found my study mojo yet, but my exercise routine & just general wellbeing have definitely improved, so I must’ve received your good vibes! 😉

        Girl, you know I will literally read ANYTHING you write!!! 😍Like seriously, you could write a list of food you ate in a day & I would stan that 😂

        💛 Your saltmate

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      5. That’s so good to hear! Who needs study mojo when you’ve got good mental health??? Not me! 😉

        And FYI you would actually be HORRIFIED at what I eat in a day – nutrition who??? How I am not fat I have no idea. I am pretty much addicted to Lindt chocolate and at this point I have a dang warren of Lindt chocolate bunnies. My poor teeth! 😂😂😂

        ❤ your saltmate x

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  2. Ah, I’m so sorry that your clinical places were canceled ❤ that must be super disappointing as a med student, but I hope that you're able to learn well virtually!! We also had the exact same thoughts on Muse of Nightmares and Loveboat, Taipei HOW.
    I love Laini Taylor's writing to death, but gosh, she can get too into it sometimes 😅 If someone we're running, she wouldn't say "He ran"–she'd say something like "He lifted his leg and his arms, and proceeded to travel quickly with air puffing out of his lungs." (Ok, that was a terrible impression, but I hope I got my point across.) Insta-love is also my biggest enemy, so I hated that Sarai and Lazlo's romance was built on it, though I learned to accept it while reading the book.
    I liked Loveboat, Taipei because of the amazing Asian rep, but I had so many issues with it! Sophie was forgiven way too easily for what she did to Ever + I hated how Jenna was treated as a character because of her mental illness. Someone also pointed out that Ever is an extremely passive main character, and that there's no real reason for two boys to be in love with her, and I wholeheartedly agree with them
    I hope you and Nish have an amazing April! (and thank you for mentioning my post here 😭❤)

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    1. It’s taken a bit of time to get used to online learning, but our tutors are so lovely & they’re really trying to make sure the impact on our learning is minimal! ☺️

      YESSSS OHMYGOD THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!! HAHAHAHA but Caitlin, that honestly sounds EXACTLY like something Laini would do 😂 Her writing is just stunning, but you defs have to be in the mood for it! Yessss I also felt that Sarai & Lazlo’s romance was so insta-lovey – I preferred when they were just friends!

      RIGHTTTTTTT?!? Ugh, the way Sophie treated Ever was just unforgivable & it was NEVER addressed 😡 And I hated how Jenna was made to be the villain bc of her mental illness! Omg I agree with that 100000% – she doesn’t have much personality at all & these 2 VERY eligible boys *just so happen* to fall in love with her at the same time??? 🤔 Sounds fake but ok! 😂

      I hope you have a lovely April as well, Caitlin!! Take care 💛💛💛 (And ofc, you KNOW we’re such big fans of you & your blog!! 😍)

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  3. I’m so happy you enjoyed Sorcery of Thorns, I’ve heard incredible things about this book, I hope to read it sometime! ❤
    I hope your April will be kind to you, sending you all the love ❤

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    1. YESSSS YOU SHOULD DEFS PICK IT UP!!! 10/10 would recommend! The writing is just so beautiful & the characters were SO vivid! 😍

      Thank you so much Marie, I hope April treats you well! Take care of yourself 💛💛💛

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  4. Congratulations on Level 2! Although it doesn’t sound like something you should congratulate people on 😀 Lol

    I bought The Rosie Project a year (!) ago and still haven’t read it. Many people say that it’s similar to Eleanor Oliphant (i.e. my favorite book of all time).

    And thank you so much for including my post!! ❤😍 I think Part 2 should go up the week after this one (if everything goes well and I actually finish writing it, ahaha).

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    1. HAHAHAHA right? Congrats that there are now more ways for people to injure you in the boxing ring? 😂

      Oooh, Eleanor Oliphant is another pick for the book club Nish & I joined (The Rosie Project was the Feb read) – I can’t WAIT to pick it up! If you haven’t read The Rosie Project by the time I finish Eleanor Oliphant, I’ll let you know how they compare 😛

      WOOHOOO!!!!! Looking forward to reading it 😍

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  5. Ooooh so nice to see you enjoyed Sorcery of Thorns! I read An Enchantment of Ravens in March and loooooooved it!

    I’m sorry to gear about your placement but I’m glad you’re safe. I do hope things get better soon. Have a safe April!

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    1. OMG IT JUST CLICKED THAT THEY’RE BOTH BY THE SAME AUTHOR!!! I can’t believe it – they’ve both been on my TBR since last year & I never realised 😂 Can’t wait to pick up An Enchantment of Ravens, I really loved Margaret Rogerson’s writing…and hopefully I can discover a new book bf in the process? 😛

      Thank you so much, Cam – I hope you’re safe & well also!

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  6. i hope you and your loved ones are doing well and are safe and healthy too!! ❤️❤️ omg level 2 boxing grading sounds amazing fkdjlkafa, but like for real, that’s so cool that you’re into boxing?? im so impressed

    i can definitely understand what you mean by ‘muse of nightmares’ being too descriptive at times. i really love the character but the story is a little hard to keep up with at times. AGREE WITH YOU ON LOVEBOAT!!! i really hated the way the female friendship was handled like ????what kind of crappy friend does such a horrible thing?? and it wasn’t even discussed or apologized in a real way Yikes. i’m so so so glad you loved sorcery of thorns. it personally didnt work for me, but it makes me happy to see everyone’s love for it

    hope you are having a great month!!

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    1. Thank you so much, May!!! So far things have been calming down in my state so fingers crossed we’ll have it under control soon 🤞🏻Hope you & your loved ones are doing well & coping alright with isolation! ❤️

      Hahahaha I still apologise every time I land a punch during sparring & my coach has now threatened me with a burpee for every time I say ‘sorry’ 🙊 So I’m not that cool after all 😂

      Ahhh thank you, I felt so bad bc it was beautifully written, but I found it so hard to get into the story at times! AND OH.MY.GOD. Ever & Sophie’s friendship was absolutely toxic & it was 1000% brushed over!!

      Hahaha I usually don’t fare well with overhyped books so I was really relieved that I liked Sorcery of Thorns as well! What were your thoughts?

      Sorry for the long reply & I hope you’re having a great April too! 😀

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  7. same about loveboat, taipei having a sequel — first of all what is the need for it? and second of all i am staying far away from it 😭 i’m glad you enjoyed sorcery of thorns! i’ve debated for a long time whether or not to read it, since i didn’t enjoy the author’s previous book, and i’m still not sure :’) i’m sorry to hear you’re facing some issues with your medical education, but i definitely agree that it’s important to stay home and keep our community as safe as possible! hope your april is going well ❤

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    1. I honestly cannot for the LIFE of me fathom how there is enough material for a sequel???

      Oooh that’s very interesting – I’m thinking of reading her other book soon so I’ll let you know if the writing is similar? 😀 Ain’t nobody got time to waste on mediocre reads!

      Thank you so much May, I hope April is treating you well so far!! 🥰

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  8. Yikes! Getting punched in the face! Now that’s something that’s going to need some getting used to. 😛 Glad to see that you got around to checking out Parasite though. A truly brilliant cinematic piece that deserved all the Western attention it got. Also nice to see Strange Planet featured here! I see that webcomic on Facebook SOOO much. I can imagine a fanbase for the book too now hahaha Hope April will prove to be a great month for you! 😀

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    1. Hahaha don’t know if it’s a feeling I EVER want to get used to, tbh 😂

      YESSSS ohmygosh, I don’t think I fully appreciated it until I went home & talked it over with my sister + read a bunch of articles about it. Truly a masterpiece!

      Omg Strange Planet is the BEST! Never fails to brighten up my day 😀

      Hope April has been great for you so far as well!! Thanks for reading 😍

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  9. It looks like you had a great month! I totally agree with you about Chain Of Gold – that one along with Crescent City were my fave reads for March. Sadly I can’t say the same about Sorcery of Thorns 😔 I gave it 2 stars on January because I couldn’t connect with the characters and was kind of confusing for me. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading this month!

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    1. YESSS!!! Only problem is, we have to wait A WHOLE YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK & I don’t know if my achy breaky heart can deal 😢 Awww I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Sorcery of Thorns – part of why I loved it so much was bc of the characters, so I could totally see why it would be hard to enjoy the book if they didn’t have the same appeal for you! Hoping you’re having an awesome month! 🥰

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  10. I totally agree with you about Loveboat. There’s a lot of things I loved about that book, but was let down by the female friendship.

    And I need that Chain of Gold review ASAP!!! I’m dying to read it but haven’t been in the mood for such a tome. Can’t wait to hear your full thoughts.

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  11. THANK YOU FOR PEER REVIEWING MY WORK! And for the nice compliment! Also, I SEE Y’ALL’S NEW GRAPHICS AND I LOVE THEM. THE BLOG LOOKS GREAT.

    Don Tillman! Strange Planet! So many good books! You’re making me want to read Chain of Gold even!

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    1. Omg, I’m doing a lit review now & if ONLY the articles were all as fantastic as yours ❤️ AHHHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! 😭We tried to make everything just feel super cosy 🥰

      YASSSSS!! Omg do you read the Strange Planet comics as well? I am OBSESSED & I found he’s releasing a new collection soon – this is honestly what the world needs right now 😭❤️

      (Um also YES you should read Chain of Gold!!!)

      Thanks again for reading, Lauren! Hope April is treating you well 😀

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  12. Sorcery of Thorns was SO good!! Nathaniel is sooo funny I loved him. And The Invisible Man was also really good! I thought it would be a lot more scary but it was more thriller vibes?? Great wrap up!

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    1. OHMYGOD I LOVE NATHANIEL!! Would 100% be up for a spinoff series featuring just him & Silas before they met Elizabeth, tbh 😍 Omg, right?! And I read some articles after about how well it touches on the gaslighting that domestic violence abusers feel, and it made me see the movie in a whole new light!

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