wrap ups

March 2020 Wrap Up!

Hi, friends!! I somehow read 31 books this month (I think that is a new personal record? Maybe?) so this post has the potential to be very long, so let’s just jump right in, shall we?

Non-Bookish Things from March: 

Work and Other IRL Things: 

  • Guess who is functionally unemployed!!!! If you said Arin, you would be right. Due to the COVID-19 issues in my state, all K through 12 schools were shut down statewide for the rest of the school year. No school means no substitute teaching and no after school, meaning Arin is jobless. I’m currently trying to get unemployment compensation, but it is a mess and I don’t know if I’ll be able to. Wish me luck.
  • My school decided to be really nice and because of this mess, they are letting us decide whether we want our classes for this semester to learn a letter grade or just be pass fail!! I am really happy about this because I have been hardcore struggling in my economics class and have been so worried about how it will wreck my GPA, and now I don’t have that worry! I am honestly so relieved.
  • In really fun news, I started a booktube channel!!!! I have a few videos up (including a video wrap up of this month that gives my more detailed feelings on all of these books) including the booktube newbie tag and a tour of my bookshelves!

Music and Podcasts: 

  • 21 Chump Street
    • I loved this musical in high school and recently I have been getting back into it and it is so good. It is also like 15 minutes long so its really short if you want to listen to it (you should listen to it)
  • The Trypod
    • I talked about this podcast last month, but I still love The Try Guys and am still catching up with their podcast.
  • Queer as Fact
    • This month I fell head over heels in love with this podcast. I became a patreon for them and I listened to over a years worth of their old episodes. It was such a good time. Would likely recommend.

Onto the (31) Books!

  • Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
    • ☆☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 3/28-3/28
    • I don’t know why it took me so long to read this, I loved every minute of it and I will probably never shut up about it.
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
    • ☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 3/21-3/28
    • I enjoyed this, but I felt like the pacing was off and the ending seemed really rushed. Either way, I am looking forward to reading the second book.
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
    • ☆☆
    • Read from 3/28-3/28
    • I did  not like it. I don’t know why, but I was confused the whole time and it just wasn’t for me.
  • Solo by Mur Lafferty
    • ☆☆☆☆
    • Read from 3/29-3/30
    • For someone who didn’t like the movie Solo, I loved this book so much. The audiobook was amazingly produced with sound effects and everything, I would highly recommend.


Okay, we’re finally done. Here is to hoping that I don’t read this much next month so that the post isn’t so long again. But enough from me, what about you? How was your March? What did you read? Let’s chat in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “March 2020 Wrap Up!

  1. Arin there are so many things I want to say to you. I am so sorry that you are unable to work right now. My hours were cut and we were told to file for unemployment and I just found out I’m not eligible.

    In better news, I cannot wait to check out your booktube channel as soon as I get a chance!!!! I also love 21 chump street and the Try Guys. I’ve never listened to their try pod though.

    I hope your April is better. Let me know if you ever need to talk!!


  2. 31 books is so freaking amazing!! I’m glad march was a good reading month for you! 😊 And I’m sorry you’re now jobless, hopefully you’ll get the unemployment compensation! Economics is also the bane of my existence. We don’t have many news regarding exams (so far, everything is the same), but I’m taking a Marketing course at the faculty of economics and my teachers are just uploading the PowerPoint slides online – and no explication whatsoever, so I’m not keeping up with the class very well. I really didn’t want this to affect my Master’s applications this year. 😯


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