Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2023

This month I read a total of 10 books! I am at 33 books read so far, so I am definitely on track to hit my goal of 100 books for the year. I am, once again, doing a ton of different reading challenges, so I will be including those in my monthly wrap-ups as well.

Let’s get into it!

Books I Read:

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading ChallengesPopSugar Challenge (A romance with a fat lead); Always Fully Booked Challenge (A book that features a disability or chronic illness)

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong (2 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with just text on the cover); Always Fully Booked Challenge (A book by an AAPI author); Reading Rainbow Challenge (White); A to Z Challenge (M)

The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway by Ashley Schumacher (4 Stars) (REVIEW) ~ digital

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book published in Spring 2023)

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen (Six Tudor Queens #1) by Alison Weir (3.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Read Through The Ages Challenge (Before 1869); A to Z Challenge (K)

Out of My Mind (Out of My Mind #1) by Sharon M. Draper (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Reading Rainbow Challenge (Blue); On the Cover Challenge (Something gold)

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a map); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Green); Monthly Reading Challenge-March (a book with green on the cover)

The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4) by Maureen Johnson (4.5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: Genre Reading Challenge (Mystery/Suspense); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Purple)

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book that’s on a celebrity book-club list – Reese’s Book Club); Always Fully Booked Challenge (A book with a dual timeline); On the Cover Challenge (A person facing away); Read Through the Ages Challenge (1910s-1920s)

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Always Fully Booked Challenge (A novel written in verse); Around the World Reading Challenge (Middle East); A to Z Challenge (O)

Zora Books Her Happy Ever After by Taj McCoy (3 Stars) (review coming soon) ~ digital

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a love triangle); Always Fully Booked Challenge (An “Own Voices” novel); A to Z Challenge (Z)




Format: ……………………………………………..Reading Challenges:

Physical Books: 3                                    PopSugar Challenge: 16/50

E-Books: 2 Always Fully Booked Reading Challenge: 16/32

Audiobooks: 5                                       Read Through the Ages Challenge: 5/10

Non-fiction: 1                                          Around the World Challenge: 2/10

.                                                                  On the Cover Challenge: 6/16

.                                                                  Reading Rainbow Challenge: 8/16

. Genre Reading Challenge: 6/10

.                                                                  A to Z Challenge: 13/26

.                                                                  Goodreads Challenge: 33/100



Star Ratings:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Three (The Kiss of Deception; The Alice Network; Other Words for Home)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: Two (Out of My Mind; The Box in the Woods)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Two (Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute; The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway)

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2: One (Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen)

⭐️⭐️⭐️: One (Zora Books Her Happy Ever After)

⭐️⭐️1/2: Zero

⭐️⭐️: One (Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning)

⭐️: Zero

Things I Posted:

Amazon Travel Essentials & Must-Haves for 2023 ~ Mini-Reviews: February 2023 ~ Book Review: The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway ~ Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People Who Liked Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Getting Personal:

Here are a few things that happened in my life this month:

  • I sang in a wedding earlier this month. I booked it a year ago, so it has been a long time coming! I got to make contacts with some really lovely people, who I can hopefully work with again in the future.
  • Spring Break was a really fun week of getting out and about town with my daughter. We did a few playdates with friends and went to the zoo with my parents.
  • I went to a book signing for Ashley Schumacher’s new book, The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway! I loved getting to meet her and getting to discover a new bookstore near me! Pantego Books is such a precious little bookstore, and I will definitely be back!
  • My husband’s birthday was this month!
  • We went to a fun Easter egg hunt with some dear friends and had a blast!
  • My daughter tried out taekwondo for the first time – we might continue, but we aren’t sure yet. I’m hoping it will help with her attention issues 🤞🏼
  • I got to meet up with my fellow adoptive mama’s and get some much needed time with friends.

My April TBR Pile:

Girl, Forgotten by Karin Slaughter

Fake Dates and Mooncakes by Sher Lee

Rubi Ramos’ Recipe for Success by Jessica Parra

The Late Mrs. Willoughby by Claudia Gray

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. This means that, at zero cost to you, I will earn an affiliate commission if you click through the link and finalize a purchase. 🥰

How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? Are you participating in any reading challenges? What about the books on my TBR for April? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,


4 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2023

      1. I just went through and updated it on Storygraph. I love how easy it is to keep track on there. Turns out, I’m about half way through the prompts and didn’t even realize!! haha!

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