First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who commented on my February recap post – your sweet messages mean the world to me. <3
March was a nice month, the weather was unpredictable but we got several very, very beautiful, sunny days which we took advantage of by going to the zoo, to the playground, and to the seaside. The trees are blooming and there are daffodils and the first tulips – my favourite time of the year. I’m looking forward to April and May, when I’ll be able to wear a short-sleeved t-shirt and a skirt without tights and my Converse.
In Kiddo news: he’s been doing great. He’s forming sentences now (like “Grandad gave apples to horses” or simple things like that), of course half the words are still garbled and we’re probably the only ones who understand him, but it’s easier to have a conversation with him. He’s also exhibiting typical signs of being a toddler, i.e. hissy fits and loud complaints, which we’re told are completely normal and should fade when he’s about 4 (which means more than 2 years to go, hold me). His current obsession is with horses, cows and excavators.
In future baby news: I’m feeling good. I started feeling the little kicks and nudges last week, they’re still too weak to be felt from the outside, but it’s great to know s/he’s swimming in there, flexing her/his little limbs. I have a checkup in April when we’ll be able to find out the sex of the baby, I’m looking forward to that! We didn’t ask for Kiddo and we’re doing it differently this time. Other than that, I’m in that weird stage where I sometimes look like I’ve gained some weight (just in my tummy area) if I’m not wearing a tight t-shirt. I can still wear most of my jeans but I have to unsnap my button when I’m sitting. :D It’s weird, but I’ll be showing properly soon.
In reading news: I read A Gathering of Shadows right at the beginning of the month, it was fantastic and haven’t been the same since. *sigh* It seems 2016 is the year of reading slumps, what can I say. I did read Every Move, which I’ll be reviewing soon – it was a really good conclusion to the series. I have to find a new Sherlock inspired series soon – does anyone know anything that isn’t too bloody and scary? :) You know I’m a chicken, so be gentle with me. Because of Miss Bridgerton was one of the best romances I’ve read in a while, by the way, so if you’re craving historicals, go for it.
I got some interesting books this month – The Wrath and the Dawn was really cheap for Kindle, I guess because the sequel is to be published soon, so I caved and picked it up. I also ordered Lean Mean Thirteen, the (you guessed it) thirteenth instalment of the Stephanie Plum series – I love it so much! I’m currently reading it and it’s hilarious. Seriously, I was having a pedi today and snort-laughed while the very nice lady was taking care of my feet.
Then I got Ink and Bone from NetGalley, I’m ridiculously excited about that because it got fantastic reviews from bloggers I trust. I also got a couple of contemporary romances that aren’t even worth mentioning (seriously, I should stop listening to Amazon when it recommends things to me. It does not know me). I’m currently reading a French novel a colleague asked me to review, I’m still chewing my way through Red Seas under Red Skies and I probably have other half-finished books sitting around the apartment, waiting for me to pick them up again. Lots of choices, anyway.
What I wrote:
- reviews: Because of Miss Bridgerton, The Girl From Everywhere, Romance mini reviews, A Gathering of Shadows, The Scorpion Rules, and The Demon King.
- discussions: Are Bloggers Really Introverts? and How Are You?
Interestingly enough, there were no posts to be put into my usual “random” category. Maybe I should work on more randomness in the future?
- These photos of a broken-down Moroccan palace remind me of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. (Also, click around that blog, her photos are gorgeous!)
- Some artists cut food into cubes of the same size and they look great! I love such simple ideas.
- The long shadow of Katniss Everdeen – something to think about!
- Greg shared his flash fiction piece, Trust Issues.
- The making of Vienetta ice cream – I don’t know if this brand is available wherever you are but it’s one of my faves and this looks yummy (+ I kind of want access to this conveyor belt).
- You people know I hardly ever get political, especially since this doesn’t concern my country, but I really feel like it does concern me, given how the USA is one of the world’s superpowers. I feel like we all have the right to laugh at this (don’t quit it immediately).
How have you been? What was your April like?
Did you read anything interesting? Do you have a Sherlock-inspired rec for me?
I’d love to hear from you! :)