March in Review | adventure log

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The Adventure Log is my monthly wrap-up post!

Happy Spring to my fellow friends in the Northern Hemisphere, and happy April! March was a wild month for me, and I’m surprised it flew by as fast as it did considering I didn’t really do anything? Okay that’s not true because I did work a lot on the blog and improving my patreon, but other than that? I basically listened to Nightwish all month with a focus on their older discography and continued to mourn Marko’s departure from the band.

There are no fools in this post as the past year has been enough for all of us lmao. Let’s move beyond horrible “jokes” as a society, okay?

Let’s touch base on all things March and check in on how I’m doing with my 2021 goals, shall we?

You may notice I removed the book haul from this post; my patrons voted to separate it into its own post to keep this one a bit more manageable… and I agree (despite my complicated feelings about hauls).

Books I Read

It’s still much too soon to tell, but I think my slump may finally be slayed? Two months of decent reading in a row! I feel unstoppable! I’m definitely still taking it one day at a time, but I am hopeful I can actually build back to my daily habit of reading that’s been gone since 2019. (Bookly really is still a lifesaver.)

7

Books Read

3010

Pages Read

4

Average Rating

cover for Lost in the Never Woods

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Read my spoiler-free ARC Review

✨ So amazing that I read it for a second time in as many weeks, this time with the audiobook format.

I genuinely loved this book so much and am so excited that it’s out in the world now! Powerful and heart-wrenching, this book explores loss and grief in equal measure while also holding so much hope within its pages. I love that Wendy never succumbs to despair or loses that hope, and I’m thankful she has a friend like Jordan.

15/10 on the audiobook narration, by the way!


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All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

Read my spoiler-free ARC Review

I’m a hoe for mermaids, so of course I jumped at the chance to read and review this Gothic horror debut! While I struggled a bit to get into the narrative style, I wound up really enjoying this fairytale.

All the Murmuring Bones truly is a “spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.” I adored this intensely feminist tale and watching fairy tales come to life in a way.


cover for The Beautiful

The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh

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✨ Still amazing after a re-read before diving into The Damned!

I know the pacing of this book is rather polarizing in the bookish community, but I am still so obsessed with the atmosphere and characters! The lush descriptions transported me back to the streets of New Orleans and the food left my mouth salivating. And the slow burn romance! Be still my shriveled heart.


cover for The Damned

The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renée Ahdieh

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The Beautiful was one of my top reads of 2019, and this series installment both met my expectations and left me a little disappointed.

This book brought me so much pain (as it did Bastien and Celine). I adored the expansion of worldbuilding and all the supernatural elements that many missed in the first book, but my enjoyment was hampered a bit by the multiple POVs.


Cover for My Calamity Jane

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

YEE HAW! 🤠

I have such a big space in my heart for westerns as a result of being a born and raised Californian and Back to the Future Part III being my favorite in the trilogy (don’t @ me).

This book is a gosh darn delight. I might like it more than My Lady Jane (but it’s tough to top the husband-who-spends-his-days-as-a-horse bit). These historical fiction books are just… hilarious and important, tackling difficult topics like race relations and sexism while keeping a light-hearted tone. It’s a skill, seriously.


His Hideous Heart cover

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler

Yes, it took me like 2 months to read this anthology. But that is not the anthology’s fault – I am just horrible with reading short stories.

My love of Edgar Allan Poe is basically one of my two personality traits (the other would likely be spreadsheets), and every year for my birthday I do something related to my birthday twin Poe.

This anthology is amazing. I generally don’t enjoy them but of course I made an exception… and I am so glad I did. Overall the 13 reimaginings of Poe short stories are so good! My top three? “Night Tide” made me cry, “It’s Carnival” pops into my head randomly at least once a week, and “The Oval Filter” is *chef’s kiss*


cover for The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Hello, this is my ghost writing to you to please preorder yourself a copy. The Beautiful Ones made me feel so many feelings and I don’t even know how to talk about this book beyond just incoherent screaming.

Honestly I don’t read romance books often (a discussion for another time, perhaps). But is this what they are like? Because if so, I’ve been missing out.

I loved and hated each of the characters at least once in the book. Some more than others *cough* Valérie *cough* But societal expectations, status, beauty, obligation to family, and the Art of the Society Flirt Game are some of the many layers in this amazing book.

Reading Statistics

Charts, charts charts! I love data and want to highlight some reading statistics (get these charts for yourself with the 2021 Reading Spreadsheet Template) each month.

I am actually quite impressed with my reading range here; you can tell I’ve been mood reading. Still mostly fantasy reads but I like that my new vs backlist was split evenly for the most part.

You can check out my reading statistics for March on The StoryGraph! See information about the reads like pace and mood that I don’t normally keep track of on my spreadsheet but find endlessly interesting.

2021 Goals Check-In

⛰️ decreased post frequency: 10 posts in March… but more than that I managed to keep regular! Hoping I can carry this energy into April.

⛰️ keep up with comments: I did so much better! Managed to get them every 1-2 weeks again in March, but I have a lot of posts in my reading queue.

⛰️ incorporating hiking/outdoors content: I have a few post ideas and excursions planned, waiting for the energy and right weather.

⛰️ new series: books & beverages I am plotting a Spring themed list for sometime in April!

⛰️ revive reading around the globe guest post series: currently seeking interviewees. Comment or DM me if you’d be interested in taking part.

Personal Update

What are your 30s other than diving into crafts? I’ve found an inner peace working on acrylic paintings despite having zero knowledge of technique and never cultivating an artistic skill. I was inspired by my love Bex working on drawing this year, and decided to actually learn how to paint beyond paint + brush + canvas = art.

Three paintings, three days. Not perfect or good, but excited for promise of improvement.

Skillshare has been a great way for me to cultivate a bit of “me time” and build on my skills for the last week or so. I began with a few acrylic painting for beginners course (I liked X & Y), bought myself some Gesso because I didn’t realize the lack of it was why paint soaked up into the canvas, and got to work!

I am excited to announce that I’m now part of the Skillshare affiliate program! If you want to check it out for a two-week free trial and help keep the blog running (no commitment and cancel anytime!), please use my Skillshare affiliate link.

March Patreon Update: life updates, the Reader Voracious post schedule for April, & general patreon updates.

As always there’s no pressure to join but if more behind-the-scenes blog content, reading vlogs, and extra essays are something you’d be interested in – for as little as $2 a month you can support me & my content, along with some cool features that are in the pipeline. All new and upgraded patrons by April 15th will receive a free sticker!

Posts on Reader Voracious

Posts I loved

I did blog hop a little bit in March and it feels so good to be kinda getting into the habit again because I missed it! I’m still mostly hopping to commenters on my posts, but do try to visit my pals at least once a month. It’s progress.

Let’s Chat!

Well… that’s my March in review! Mostly it was a month of plotting and creative fulfillment, along with boring Bill Stuff.

💬 How was your March? Did you do anything fun?

💬 What books did you read and enjoy?

💬 Any new books you want to screech about?


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Let’s go on another adventure together!

22 Comments

  1. Evelyn

    April 1, 2021 at 9:10 AM

    Looks like you had a great reading month! I cannot wait for my The Beautiful Ones copy to arrive!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

    1. Kal

      April 2, 2021 at 7:14 AM

      I did and it was like, the first good reading month in at least 6 months. It feels so good! And omg The Beautiful Ones is so good, I can’t wait for you to read it!

  2. Aviaja @ Readerandom

    April 1, 2021 at 4:59 PM

    This is a lovely post! Mermaids and Gothic horror you say? Added to my TBR!

    I’m new to the book blogging community, and I must say – those charts are amazing! I gotta look into that 🙂

    My March was meh, but I survived. Having my blog to focus on really helped me get through it.
    The House in the Cerulean Sea was def my favourite read.
    I don’t have a new book to screech about, but I’d like to screech about Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. I’m just really sad that I have to wait until August to get to the sequel 💀

    1. Kal

      April 2, 2021 at 7:19 AM

      Yes, Mermaids and Gothic horror! I think those are two of my summoning words.

      Oh my gosh, thanks so much for the chart love! If you want to have your own, they are part of my free book blogging spreadsheet template here that I provide every year. I’ve made it super easy for you to live your best chart life.

      Happy that you survived March, and blogs definitely help with distraction. I STILL need to read House in the Cerulean Sea. And YES to Raybearer, that was my favorite book of 2020! I managed to be approved for the sequel on Netgalley and am trying very hard to wait a bit before diving in lol

  3. Epsita

    April 1, 2021 at 11:34 PM

    I am excited to read The Beautiful Ones!

    1. Kal

      April 2, 2021 at 7:23 AM

      Ugh, I can’t wait for you to read it either. The damn book is living in my head rent free.

  4. Tasya @ The Literary Huntress

    April 2, 2021 at 4:57 AM

    Whoa it seems like you had a fantastic reading month! I have Lost in Never Woods on my TBR, but I’m adding All the Murmuring Bones now. I love dark retellings and this one sounds really good! One of my all time favorite retelling is Forest of A Thousand Lanterns and The Surface Breaks- the latter might not be as dark but I love all the twists and feminism it has.

    Have a great April!

    1. Kal

      April 2, 2021 at 7:25 AM

      IT was definitely the first month in a long time where I felt like “myself” and I loved it! All the Murmuring Bones is so haunting and I enjoyed the retelling of basically… all merpeople mythology. I have a copy of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns that I really should get around to reading… I don’t hear people talking about it much so it’s nice to see it’s a fave for you!

  5. Lindsi

    April 2, 2021 at 7:53 PM

    JEALOUS. I really want to read Lost in the Never Woods! It looks SO GOOD. I have to listen to the audiobook now that you’ve given it 15/10. How is that even possible??? I was approved for The Beautiful Ones this week and I cannot wait to dive in! I’m happy to see it’s one you enjoyed. 🙂
    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2021 at 12:28 PM

      AHHHHH, I hope you’re able to read Lost in the Never Woods soon, it is so good and I promise the audiobook is *chef’s kiss* And I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Beautiful Ones… I still need to write my review but I’m emotionally bereft and brain is empty

  6. Birdie @ Birdie's booktopia

    April 4, 2021 at 7:16 AM

    AAH I’m so excited to read The Beautiful Ones! It sounds amazing (and come on, beautiful cover???) and I need it! I read All the tides of fate in March and dfsyhygsgh it just blew me away! Can’t wait for you to pick it up too haha! Happy April!!

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2021 at 1:04 PM

      I really REALLY enjoyed The Beautiful Ones a bunch and might just re-read it because I can and I still need to write my review lol. OMG I am so happy to see you loved ATTaF… I need to finish the duology asap!

  7. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

    April 4, 2021 at 9:39 AM

    Wow, you had such a great reading month! My March was pretty disastrous, I was sick and couldn’t get anything much done. Hoping to catch up on everything this month.
    Wishing you an amazing April. <3

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2021 at 1:09 PM

      Oh no, I’m sorry to hear you not only had a bad reading month but were also sick! I hope that April is kinder to you and is full of 5-star reads.

  8. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer

    April 5, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    I’m happy you enjoyed My Calamity Jane! I’m excited about the Marys. 🙂 And your paintings are lovely. Yay for a new hobby! <3

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2021 at 1:12 PM

      I forgot about the Marys series until last week and it was a surprise of joy all over again. I LOVE Mary Queen of Scots, so I am so incredibly excited for June. And thanks so much for the art compliment <3

  9. Mary

    April 7, 2021 at 9:19 AM

    I felt similarly about The Damned! I particularly don’t like the switch between third person and first person, and while I can understand why it was utilized, it did jar me out of the story every time. Some of the POVs felt so unnecessary, too, as did much of the romance between Bastien & Celine. Everything felt like a copy from the first book, just with a different setting, and it almost feels like we’re at the exact same place at the end of the second as we were at the first.

    1. Kal

      April 17, 2021 at 10:12 AM

      I am really, really glad to not be the only person who struggled with this book… and you’re right, we really are basically in the same spot as at the end of book 1. Which is a shame and likely a symptom of the duology doubling into a quartet.

  10. Bex

    April 8, 2021 at 9:06 AM

    KAL I LOVE YOU
    also it makes my heart so happy to see that I inspired you with getting into art!! It’s so much fun & you’re doing such a great job!!! I can’t wait to watch you grow as a painter! ♥

    1. Kal

      April 17, 2021 at 10:16 AM

      BEX I LOVE YOU MOAR!
      I wasn’t kidding when I said in like January your drawing was inspiring me to try. of course I haven’t touched paints since these but lolol

  11. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    April 10, 2021 at 9:22 PM

    Crossed fingers the slump has been slain! Either way, though, I’m still proud of you for getting some books done and reading what you did read. ❤️ Half of me kind of feels like we’re still in an ongoing prank of the cruelest proportions but every day I wake up I realize it’s definitely not a prank and another brain cell dies.

    Here’s to a good April!

    1. Kal

      April 17, 2021 at 10:23 AM

      I think the slump is mostly kinda gone, but the affects remain. I don’t know that I will ever read at the speed or vigor that I did pre-2020 and I hate that for me. Definitely with you on feeling like this is the longest prank, and 10000 dislikes.

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