March was… certainly a month of firsts? In the first week of the month I had music camp, which was amazing as always, but my last one (I’m considering coming back as a kitchen helper next year if I’m around though!). So it started off normally, but then I went to Queenstown to sit the SAT, and I was lucky to be able to do so as a lot of others had their test centres closed due to COVID-19. My second day after getting back (well, basically first, since I got back the Sunday evening) a jazz band gig on the following day is cancelled with a possible COVID-19 case, and the day after that said case is confirmed… and I’m identified as a close contact due to jazz band rehearsal and hence I’m now in self-isolation, aka quarantine, until the end of this month. I’m staying calm through this, and it is certainly interesting times, but a lot of events have been cancelled so I’m hoping it’s all over soon?
Why do I always write these bits like ten days before the month ends because obviously something extra’s gonna pop up and hey, here I am again two days before the month ends telling you that a few days ago the entire country went into lockdown and basically quarantine is an extra twenty days for me now so we love that. It’s not that I don’t mind being in lockdown, I just miss travelling to visit my pets and I hope they’re doing well, we set up enough food for them for the month hopefully but everyone thinks lockdown will be extended so… Oh, and SAT scores came out, I’m a lil disappointed but it’s a good baseline and provided things don’t get cancelled I plan to retake it in August.
Books I Read:
One benefit of my current situation is more time for reading and things I love. I’m pretty satisfied with my March reading:
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
First Sentence: “The exterior of a two-storey corner building on a street in New Orleans which is named Elysian Fields and runs between the L & N tracks and the river.”
The Second Hostage (Colter Shaw #1.5) by Jeffery Deaver
First Sentence: “‘Okay. We’ve got a situation.'”
Captivated (Colter Shaw #0.5) by Jeffery Deaver
First Sentence: “She’s been gone for a month.”
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
First Sentence: “Lucie Herondale was ten years old when she first met the boy in the forest.”
Unite Me (Shatter Me #1.5, #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
First Sentence: “I’ve been shot.”
Find Me (Shatter Me #4.5, #5.5) by Tahereh Mafi
First Sentence: “I’m already awake when my alarm goes off, but I haven’t opened my eyes yet.”
Alone in the Wild (Rockton #4) by Kelley Armstrong
First Sentence: “I wake buried under a hundred and forty pounds of dog.”
Write That Essay! High School Edition by Ian Hunter
First Sentence: “If you find writing school essays difficult, congratulations, you are in the right place!”
Average pages read daily: 52
Total pages read: 1633
Music of the month:
Okay so another thing that happened in March was I finally signed up for a 3-month trial of Apple Music (because my 3-month Spotify premium discount ran out again, and I could not be bothered with ads and no offline listening), so I haven’t been as organised with keeping track of songs. But here goes anyway. So Lauv released an album and I love it so much? Especially the track Julia, man that hits hard. My obsession with Alec Benjamin has only grown, his YouTube demos are so good?! And yet another One Direction member released an album, again it was better than expected. Black and White is one of my new favourites off of Heartbreak Weather, so thanks Niall. Lennon Stella and FLETCHER released new singles and that’s the kinda music I’m living for, and when I forgot they existed again OneRepublic reappeared with Didn’t I and I learnt to appreciate Ryan Tedder’s songwriting prowess once more (hey, why can’t I have that). YouTube kept shoving Sean Stemaly’s music in my face until I finally listened, and I have very mixed feelings about it all and haven’t decided whether to love or hate it; let me know. And super recently, Kelsea Ballerini’s new album came out and I’m really vibing with that one as well.
Television of the month:
I started watching the Netflix docu-series The Staircase for school, and other than that I’ve been going on with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Homeland (so good so good so good), and The Blacklist S7B is finally here so that’s my April sorted! (Plus HTGAWM is coming back so yes!!)
Blog posts of the month:
- Caitlin recommends books she gave 3-stars
- Annie discusses Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking To Strangers
- Charvi talks about whether or not we should be creating content during a pandemic
- Marie shares tips for interacting with the book blogging community
- Cait compares her 2010 and 2020 reading habits
Spoiler alert: April isn’t gonna be that exciting in my life. Books, music, and TV though; perhaps more so. But, I plan on finally watching the High School Musical movies (I’ve had a sad childhood, I know) as well as the series because I love Olivia Rodrigo.
I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to read any of these considering the state of lockdown, but I can still be excited about them. I don’t know how I feel about a new Veronica Roth book but I’ll probably give it a go. Something She’s Not Telling Us: from the author of A Simple Favor, which I read because the movie adaptation was coming out and it had Rupert Friend in it. Will I read this one? I’d like to, if I’m able to get my hands on a copy. And okay finally there’s a new book from Kody Keplinger, while I’m not super enthused about the synopsis of Lila and Hadley, Hadley sounds like the type of main character Kody Keplinger would pull off really well (see Whitley from A Midsummer’s Nightmare). And Sarah Vaughan, Anatomy of a Scandal, has a new book called Little Disasters and I’m all for it.
Whycan’twegobacktonormalalreadyIjustwanttoreadthesebooksokay. Melissa Marr is releasing a Wicked Lovely prequel (hmm, following in Suzanne Collins’s footsteps are we) and while I read the series a long time ago I’d love to read it.
My top picks are the new albums from Maddie & Tae and Lennon Stella. I feel like I’ve already gotten to listen to most of the tracklist from Maddie & Tae’s The Way It Feels, and Lennon Stella’s album is more of a mystery? But I have listened to numerous unreleased tracks on YouTube. Sam Hunt’s also releasing an album, which I’ll be interested to hear since I did enjoy Montevallo.
I’ve already mentioned it, but HTGAWM is gonna be back! I’m so excited, but also it’s gonna be the end of the show so 😥 that’s all that I know about though.
What’s even happening in April other than school holidays… Everything’s getting cancelled. Normally at this time I’d be like hurray school holidays, but right now since I basically have a holiday it feels different. So I’mma say, social interaction—maybe.
How has COVID-19 affected your March? Are you looking forward to April?