Lately With Lila March 2021 | Moving On From March

Hello, my dear friends! How are y’all doing? I hope you are all well, safe, and happy, and if you aren’t, then I hope brighter days head your way soon!

Well…It would appear it’s been another month! Tbh, it wasn’t my best month, but hey, at least I read more and got to watching some fun things. Let’s not dilly-dally and just dive in to take a look at what went down…

what i posted

what i read

  • Heavy Vinyl Vol. 1: Riot on the Radio by Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva (★★★) This was definitely a cute, light graphic novel! I enjoyed the art style and the intersectional girl power/support your local girl gane element. Unfortunately, the plot felt a tad too light for me and the ending felt like it came out of nowhere. That being said, I enjoyed this graphic novel for what it was and I’d definitely pick up volume two!
  • Down Comes The Night by Allison Saft (★★.5) This was sadly a MAJOR disappointment. I had such high hopes for this book, but while I loved the main character, Wren, everything else from the plot and pacing to the secondary characters to the world-building just fell incredibly flat. For more of my thoughts on this book, check out my review.
  • Spell on Wheels, Vol. 2: Just to Get to You by Kate Leth & Co. (★★★) This was definitely a cute second installment of the Spell on Wheels series and was full of friendship, fun, and witchy girl power!

what i plan on reading

mythothon tbr

You can find all the info about joining Mythothon Round 4 here

team morgan le fay

Prompt: Read a story about a villainous, misunderstood or morally grey character.

Choice: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

  • I actually already started this one in March, but it fit perfeectly with this prompt so I ran with it. So far I’m loving it and I can’t wait to see how it ends!

general prompts

Prompt: King Arthur // Read a book featuring royalty.

Choice: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

  • I’m so excited to read this book (which I was already hyped for) and to get to watch the new Netflix adaptation of the grishaverse, Shadow and Bone, in the same month! It’s gonna be so much fun!!

Prompt: Sir Lancelot (Arthur’s greatest companion) // Read a book from a favourite author.

Choice: A Sky Beyond The Storm by Sabaa Tahir

  • I’m surprised that I’ve held out this long on reading the finale to one of my all-time favorite series, but the truth is, I just don’t want it to end! But, that being said, I think the time may be nearing for me to finally read this book.

Prompt: Sir Gawain (Known as the Green Knight) // Read a book with the colour green on the cover or in the title.

Choice: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

  • I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book AND it happens to have a gorgeous, green cover, so it seemed like the perfect pick.

Prompt: Sir Percival (the original hero in the quest for the Grail) // Read a book with a shiny cover.

Choice: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

  • I made it half way through this book and was really enjoying it before I put it down for god only knows what reason. Hopefully I’ll get back into it this month and ifnally finish it.

Prompt: Sir Bors (Arthur’s successor) // Read a sequel.

Choice: Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

  • This the finale to another one of my all-time favorite series and I read about a quarter of it in January of this year but ended up putting it down because it was giving me anxiety. I think I’m in a better mindspace to tackle this one now, so I’m hoping I can pick it up again soon.

Prompt: Sir Lamorak (one of the best knights but overlooked in the chivalric romance genre) // Read a book you think is under-hyped.

Choice: A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

  • This book involves modern fae and callbacks to Greek mythology and queer teens and that looks like a recipe for an AMAZING book…and yet I don’t think I’ve heard anyone talking about this book (at least not yet)? It’s weird.

Prompt: Sir Kay (Arthur’s foster brother) // Read a book with a significant sibling relationship.

Choice: The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

  • This book is about three sisters who are witches who join the sufragette movement and if that doesn’t sound like a book I’d love than I don’t know what is!

Prompt: Sir Gareth (the youngest knight) // Read a recent addition to your TBR.

Choice: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

  • I added Lore to my TBR in January and have enjoyed what I’ve read of it so far, so hopefully I can continue reading and having a fun time!

Prompt: Sir Bedivere (returns Excalibur to Nimue) // Read a book with something pointy on the cover.

Choice: Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

  • I loved Ross’s The Queen’s Rising duology and I enjoyed the beginning of this book, plus it has a sword on the cover, so maybe I’ll get to read it!

Prompt: Sir Galahad (“the most perfect of all knights”) // Read a book with a title that starts with a “G”.

Choice: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

  • This book looks like it’ll be an absolutely fantastic read! I don’t know much about it, but I know it involves a queer girl as a main character who’s skin is poisonous and apparently it’s an own voices book based on Persian mythology!

Prompt: Sir Tristan (falls in love with Isolde) // Read a book with a romance that should be legendary.

Choice: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

  • Are we surprised this is still on my TBR after I’ve been saying I’d finish it every month? No? Okay, let’s move on…

Prompt: Sir Gaheris (“the least well spoken of all his peers”) // Listen to an audiobook or read part of a story aloud.

I typically only listen to audiobooks, so any of the aabove audiobooks will count towards this challenge 🙂

Prompt: Camelot — Read a book set in a place you’ve never visited.

Choice: The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

  • Part of this book occurs in Fance which I’ve (tragically) never visited (only in my dreams!).

what i watched

moxie

I wanted this movie to be this awesome, intersectional, empowering movie, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. I found the variety of feminism in this film to be incredibly basic and “white feminism”-like. As booktuber Chloe of Books With Chloe pointed out in one of her vlogs, the film pushed a middle class, able bodied, presumably straight, White girl to the forefront, whilst having her friends who were all girls of color do all the actual work and then gave the White girl all the credit. I also hated how they showcased clips of a disabled girl, whilst never giving her a real speaking role or even acting like her issues fell under the umbrella of feminism too, and then acted like they deserved an Oscar just for giving her a few measly seconds on screen. It felt very “diversity bingo showcase”-y and it was gross. So, yeah. I’m sad to say this film fell really flat with me.

wandavision

On to a much brighter topic, in my opinion: WandaVision! I finally got Disney+ in March and I pretty much immediately began watching this show and fell in love with it! I’m s l o w l y making my way through the series, so as to savor it, but I’m loving every moment of it, from the vintage aesthetic to the heavy themes to the Twilight Zone-y atmosphere! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

what i listened to

CAUTION: Explicit lyrics

high notes

  • “Talia” by King Princess Oh my god, this song is just full of the perfect amount of yearning! Plus the vocals are A++! Agh, I love it, I just love it!!
  • “Fight For You” by H.E.R. H.E.R. is an absolutely outstanding soul singer and she just kills it with this funky 1960s/1970s-ish sounding song!
  • “marjorie” by Taylor Swift I love this song for very personal reasons and it’s definitely one that’ll stick with me forever.
  • “telepatía” by Kali Uchis I’ll be honest, I didn’t initially like this song, but it grew on me. Plus, I gotta support a hometown act!

what i bookmarked

for readers

for bloggers

for fun

what i did in march 2021

the weeping cherry in my yard

To be honest, March was a bit of a bust. I just had a run of really bad luck and went through some tough things that I’m not quite ready to talk about just yet. But I made it through, so I suppose that’s something to celebrate. Plus, during the last week of the month, we got some warm weather and the cherry blossoms started blooming, which was really nice. Anyhoo, I think I’d like to use this recent bad luck as a a springboard to launch me into some much needed self care, though, so that’s one way I plan on making the best of a less-than-optimal month.

what i’ve got planned for april 2021

Well, as you may have guessed, springtime has arrived in the Washington, D.C. area and, as mentioned above, I plan on taking advantage of the nice, sunny weather to engage in some self care. I’m (finally!) getting my vaccine in the first week of the month—alhamdulillah!—and hopefully once that is done I can get out of the house more after this seemingly never-ending quarantine! I plan on taking more walks, getting more on top of planning and organizing my schoolwork, taking some spa days, and starting some creative projects like painting and art journaling and collaging and embroidery. So let’s keep our fingers crossed that I follow through on those plans and have a better April!

spill the beans, friends!

  • How was your month?
  • Did you read anything good?
  • Got anything you’re looking forward to coming up in April?

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Lila is a 25-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

20 thoughts on “Lately With Lila March 2021 | Moving On From March

  1. i love this recap! im really interested in reading heavy vinyl and spell on wheel, the graphics looks so cute! i want to watch moxie too, i heard a lot of great things about it!

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  2. Thank you so much for the mention! My copy of ROW is on it’s way and I can’t tell you how excited I am!! (I heard from book twt that it’s better than KOS so here’s to hoping that’s true!)

    Weirdly I’m currently into historical fiction, I’m reading a The Search by Tiffani Burnett-Velez and it’s really good so far! I might read Lovely War by Julie Berry next but me being a moody reader…who knows!?

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  3. Thanks so much for including my post about what to watch after WandaVision. I don’t know how far you’re into the show, as you say you’re taking it slow, but I hope you’ll enjoy it until the end.
    I hope to read Rule of Wolves this month as well, but the publisher seems to struggle to ship to my country, so … I have no delivery date yet.
    Happy reading and watching and whatever else life throws at you in April! Hope it’s a good month!!

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  4. Wow you’re planning on reading so many books this month! Unfortunate that March wasn’t great but I hope April is amazing for you. My March was good and April is going meh so far. I’m just enjoying working on the blog and am finally reading a big book that I’m intimidated by haha.
    P. S. thanks for linking my post!

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  5. Thank you so much for the feature. I had a really good March amount wise, I read loads. Your April tbr looks great, I hope you enjoy Once and Future Witches, it was one of my favourite books I read last year. I’ll be reading Rule of Wolves in April as well 😊 great post!

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  6. have a wonderful april, lila! your tbr is brimming with a mixture of books that i really want to read and those that i already read and love. these violent delights is amazing, i hope you will like it too! thank you for mentioning my post as well ❤ i’m so jealous of your cherry blossom tree! it’s a sight that i don’t get where i’m living. it must be so pretty and lovely to stare at.

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  7. I was so excited for Down Comes The Night, but after hearing so many mixed things about it I decided to delete it from my wishlist. It’s sad you were disappointed by it. :/ I really badly want to read Girl Serpent Thorne and These Violent Delights, hope we’ll both love them. 😀 And thank you for highlighting my post. 🙂

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  8. Best of luck on your April TBR! I’m reading These Violent Delights right now, and it’s amazing! Also, thank you for the shout out! I’ll have to check out some of the other posts you mentioned in your wrap up! ❤

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  9. I’m sorry that March was a bit of a bust for you [honestly, same]. But hopefully April’s treating you much better so far! I also wanted to send you a BIG virtual hug for giving my humble blog a shout out – thank you SO much! 😭💙

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  10. I’m so sorry to hear March was a bad month for you, Lila! I hope April is going better so far. Sending all my love ❤️

    You’re planning to read some really amazing books this month! I hope you enjoy A Song of Wraiths & Ruin and A Sky Beyond the Storm, I loved both of those books with all my heart! And The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is high up on my TBR as well — I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    And thank you so much for mentioning my post! That really means a lot 🥺

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