Monday, April 1, 2013

A happy camper again: March 2013 in review

March: in like a lion, out like a lamb.  BAAAAAAAAAAA.
Nothing like a little sheep humor to start your morning.
You probably remember that I had a rather terrible February.  So March didn't start on the highest of notes.  But I am happy to say, it did improve.  Even though we battled some colds in our house, the illness seems to be mostly gone (knock on wood), the snow is melting, the birds are chirping...SWEET JESUS, it's springtime!  FINALLY!

Not to mention that Small Fry was rather adorable this weekend, hunting for Easter eggs with us outside:

Overall, I am just feeling VERY excited for the warm weather to roll in, which of course means more time to read OUTSIDE, in the sun.  Woot!

The March 2013 Fave/Least Fave honors were hard to choose this month (especially for Favorite)...I read a lot of good books!  The honors go to:

March 2013 Favorite:  The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult
March 2013 Least Favorite:  The Four Ms. Bradwells  by Meg Waite Clayton

In total, I read/reviewed 7 books:
Be Happy Without Being Perfect by Dr. Alice Domar
The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton
The Trajectory of Dreams by Nicole Wolverton
I'll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Evil Water by Inger Wolf

Plus one review of a past read:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I also posted one new Small Fry Saturday Review of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault.

In other book talk, I recapped my epic meeting with Jodi Picoult, I told you why modern women's fiction is my jam, we talked about my beef with Hollywood, this place got a facelift, we Bloggiesta'd, I introduced you to Alexis, and I got drugged by a librarian.  Busy freakin' month.

Here's to springtime!  Hope you all have a fabulous April.


  1. Warm weather?? WHERE? ;) We got snow yesterday and it's hovering around 19 degrees today. Brr. I'm so looking forward to SPRING, I just wish it would show up. Great month lady! Here's to an even better April!

    1. LOL! Where are you again, I forget? It's going to be in the 40's here again today, though back to 30's tomorrow...50's again by the weekend though! I suppose "warm" is a relative term in the Northeast...

  2. I am SO happy your March was better than your Feb. I am ALSO happy that you put a lamb joke in your blog. We had some confusion over lamb butter at Easter dinner... (Lamb butter, you know, cow butter made into a mold to look like a lamb, not butter made from sheep's milk... Hence the confusion.)

    1. I can totally see the lamb butter confusion. Related: where does one buy a mold shaped like a lamb? This is new territory for me.

  3. I'm glad to hear that things are looking up! As for Spring, it felt like she had finally arrived today, but there are rumors of inclement, wintry weather ahead. I'm too scared to look at the forecast!

    1. Yes, I woke up to a snowstorm this morning. That's what I get for posting this yesterday!

  4. First of all, do share this warm weather of yours, we are freezing here in the UK!
    I found your review of The Storyteller to be very helpful, I'm a big fan of Jodi Picoult (jealous you met her I must admit!) but was actually unsure as to whether I'd pick this one up or not.
    And your review of The Night Circus was spot on! I absolutely love that book.
    Here's to a lovely April :-)

    1. If you do read The Storyteller, I can't wait to hear what you think! I was very impressed. Glad to hear you loved The Night Circus too. :)

  5. Glad you guys are better and that you were able to have an easter egg hunt :) We've sunshine here but it's still very cold. I missed your post on Hollywood, reading it now and yes to the lack of ideas and so many adaptations!

    1. It's crazy, isn't it? One person made the point in the comments that at least it brings more publicity to the books, which is true. But 9 times out of 10, I just don't like what Hollywood does with literature.

  6. Ditto Jennifer - it's still freezing here, too! I have the week off and I was so hoping for something more spring-like, but instead we've been getting this killer winds coming down from the north. I'm so over it.

    Love the pic of you and small-fry! We spent Easter at the cottage (had one absolutely lovely day) and Hugh must be teething, he had a horrid day on Saturday, was such a mess poor thing. He's perking up a bit now but it won't be the end of it!

    I'm quite interested in Picoult's new book, but I still have several of hers I haven't read and I thought I'd wait for the paperback of that one. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much.

    Your non-review posts are so motivating: I often want to write other kinds of posts but my brain always goes blank on the topic. I should start jotting down ideas in my notebook when I have them, since they don't seem to ever hang around. Though I overthink it and my ideas just fizzle and die.

    1. Ugh, sorry to hear about the teething. We had that situation during our Christmas vacation...not fun at all!

      Thanks re: the non-review posts. Those are the hardest for me to write! I could do reviews all day, but those posts usually take me a week or two to polish up.

  7. GANGLAM. I'm dying.

    I have yet to read anything by Jodi Picoult. I should probably fix that soon. These review books get in the way, though. It's so cool that you got to meet her!

    1. She is totally worth squeezing in between review books, if you have the time. :)

  8. Great month looks like! I haven't read any of these titles, except for The Night Circus. Here is my March wrap-up:

    1. I hope you enjoyed The Night Circus! Such a great novel.

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