Read, Watch, & Listen: March 2022

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I’ve been a busy bee over the last few weeks! I’ve done SO much reading, but it may not look like it because my list of books is smaller than usual. That’s because I was reading the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series (ACOTAR) and each of those books is 700+ pages! I also discovered how fun audiobooks can be, so I’ve devoured three of those over the last week.

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Recent Reads

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Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Weather Girl follows Ari, the weather girl, and Russell, the sports dude, at a Seattle television station. The two hatch a fool-proof plan to reunite their divorced bosses. And while executing those plans, they fall for each other too!
I loved this story! I couldn’t put it down and stayed up until 2:00 a.m. finishing it one weekend!

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Book 1: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses is about a young, human woman named Feyre who, through a series of unfortunate events, finds herself captured and living with a scary faerie named Tamlin in a magical land. As you might’ve guessed, the scary faerie isn’t scary all the time, and the two actually fall in love.
I felt like there were a lot of Beauty and the Beast vibes here with Feyre having to help fight evil forces to save Tamlin and his faerie world from destruction.

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Book 2: A Court of Mist and Fury

Feyre’s story continues in book two! In the second installment, we get to meet quite a few new characters and get to know a few lesser characters from book 1 even better.

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Book 3: A Court of Wings and Ruin

I don’t want to spoil anything. Read books one and two and then you can’t help but read book three!

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Book 3.5/4: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Alright, this book is much shorter than the previous three (which are all in the 700-800 page range I believe). This one is more like a novella (except normal book length) and takes place during the Winter Solstice.

It’s less action-packed and is written from the POV of lots of characters.

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To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

To Sir Phillip, With Love is the fifth book in the Bridgerton series. It follows Eloise and her relationship with Phillip Crane.

If you’re familiar with Eloise from the Netflix show, then you’ll like this one! Eloise is a hoot and as usual, hi jinks ensue when she is involved.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity was my book club book for the month of March. Psychological thrillers are not my thing. At all. There were quite a few “jump scares” in this book and some scenes that were truly horrifying.

However, this book was really well written! It kept me coming back for more.

I did banish myself from reading this one in bed though. It was strictly a couch book for me!

On my TBR (To Be Read) List

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When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

This is the sixth book in the Bridgerton series and follows Francesca and Michael’s love story.

The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson

This is my book club book for April. It was recently made into a Netflix movie, so after we discuss the book, we’re going to have a little movie night! How fun is that?!

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve read the first four (or 3.5 depending on how you count them) books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series over the last few weeks. Next on my list is book 5 (or is it #4?)

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

I’ve seen this book recommended quite a few times over the last few months, so I’ve decided that it’s finally time I give it a read myself. I’ll report back on what I think!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I received this book in one of my POPSUGAR Must Have boxes years ago. I’ve heard so many people talk about how much they loved it, so I figure it’s about time I read it for myself!

Recent Watches

Outlander: Season 6, Starz

The sixth season of Outlander debuted earlier this month, and it is now the best part of my Sunday evening routine.

I believe the episodes are released at midnight or at some point early in the day. However, I save them until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. to give me something to look forward to on Sunday nights.

So far, season 6 is full of drama, action, and intrigue—everything we’ve come to expect from Outlander.

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing, Netflix

If you have a fear of flying, maybe don’t watch this one! If you don’t, then add this to your watch list!

This documentary is all about the Boeing 737 Max. It starts off with the devastating plane crashes that took place in 2018 and 2019. It then takes you through Boeing’s history, what led to the catastrophic crashes, Boeing’s response, and the legal action that followed.

Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. Netflix

I still have one episode left, but this is an interesting one! It involves a vegan restaurant, a potentially immortal dog, lost wages, financial fraud, and more. Talk about a recipe for disaster! Do you see what I did there? Recipe! Ha!

Upcoming Releases

Bridgerton, Season 2

I’ve mentioned this several times now in my previous round ups! I’m extremely excited for the second season of Bridgerton, which is coming to Netflix this Friday, March 25, 2022.

Recent Listens

As you might’ve seen me mention on Instagram, I recently started using the Libby app, which is a super easy and free way to get access to ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from your local library. If you don’t use Libby yet, I highly recommend checking it out!

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Anywho, over the last two weeks, I’ve been devouring audiobooks on Libby! One time many many moons ago (like maybe 5 years) I tried listening to an audiobook and found it entirely too distracting while driving. Fast forward to last week, and I still think they’re too distracting for me while driving, but I’ve been loving listening to audiobooks while working, going for walks, and cooking dinner.

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As you might already know, I LOVE stories! So audiobooks are just a new way for me to explore them.

P.S. how cute is my sweet boy, Parker?! He can’t read, but he sure loves the limelight!

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

This is the first audiobook I downloaded last week. It’s about 9 hours long and I finished it in two days.

The Last Thing He Told Me is about a woman named Hannah whose husband suddenly disappears without a trace leaving his teenage daughter and a few cryptic notes behind. Hannah and her step-daughter Bailey take it upon themselves to try to figure out what happened, where Owen went, and if he’s ever coming back again.

For my first audiobook, I think this was a great one! The narrator’s voice was good, the story was super engaging, and I couldn’t get enough.

The ending did leave me with a few questions though. I feel like all mysteries leave me with some questions, so I’m not too surprised that this one did too.

All in all, a great book!

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

My second audiobook, which I also finished in two days! I see a pattern developing here, do you see it too?!

I’ve had this book on my TBR list for a while—ever since I bought it for my friend for Christmas.

Good Company follows Flora and Julian—a husband and wife who find themselves navigating the many highs and lows of love, parenting, friendship, and their careers. One particular low involves Flora finding the wedding ring that Julian claims he lost over a decade before. Uh oh!

Another engaging read that kept me coming back for more! This story included quite a few flashbacks, which I think are a little harder to keep up with when in an audio format. I’m finding you have to pay A LOT more attention when listening to a book and not looking right at the words yourself.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena 

My sister-in-law recommended The Couple Next Door to me, and I really enjoyed it! When I first started writing this blog post, I was halfway through. And now, as I’m finishing up the post, I’ve finished the audiobook too.

Of the three audiobooks I’ve read so far, this is the second mystery. I think audiobooks may be my preferred method for consuming mystery books now! They keep me on the edge of my seat and provide great entertainment throughout my workday.

The Couple Next Door is about Anne and Marco Conti, a married couple who are the victims of a serious crime. It is up to Detective Rasbach to determine what actually happens and solve the case before it’s too late. This one is twisty with quite a few turns!

Without giving too much away, parts of this story remind me quite a bit of the Madeleine McCann case from 2007.

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