March 2020 wrap up and April goals

Hello. Hi. How are you? It’s finally April! It’s Spring! I am spending this great time… sheltering in place. Socially distanced, I am writing, reading, blogging, sleeping, eating, thinking about how right now, we are in the midst of a global pandemic. How covid-19 has spread across the globe. But, right now, I’m going to go into my March wrap up, April goals and a little general update!

Books I read

I read a lot of books in March. 28 to be exact. And I kept track of all of them, which is something I a lot of the time forget to do. So here are the books I read in March:

How I’m doing on my Goodreads reading challenge

YARC update

My goal for Year of the Asian reading challenge was the Indian cobra level, which is reading 11 to 20 books by Asian authors throughout the entire year. I’m not doing the best job keeping up with this list, so I’m going to try to do better keeping up with it. I’m also going to try to read 5 books by Asian authors in April.

Books read:

and this is probably not 100% of the books by Asian authors that I’ve read this year

  1. Amina’s Voice, by Hena Kahn
  2. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas
  3. The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi
  4. The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani
  5. Storm Warning, by Linda Sue Park

If you want to look at more of my reading stuff, you can look at my Goodreads, where I mostly keep up with the books I’ve read!

How I did on my reading goals:

I wanted to finish the books that were on my Winter TBR, and I actually got through most of them!

  • Black Radishes, by Susan Lynn Meyer-✅
  • Orange for the Sunsets, by Tina Athaide-❌
  • Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm-✅
  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelo-currently reading
  • Before We Were Free, by Julia Alvarez-✅

I wrote 13 posts in February.

How I did on my posting goals:

  • 2 other posts-✅(3)
  • 2 Tags-❌ (1)
  • 2 Reviews-✅(2)
  • 3 Top Ten Tuesday-❌(2)
  • 3 WWW Wednesday❌(2)
  • 3 Let’s Talk Bookish-✅(3)

All in all, that plus the monthly wrap up post adds up to 14 posts, which I’m pretty happy with.

I also wanted to do some other writing on the story I’ve been working on. Maybe next month…

April Goals:

reading goals

I am not going to set a specific TBR for April, but I do want to read 5 books by Asian authors to make progress on YARC, and overall, I want to read 25 books this month.

posting goals

  • 2 Other posts; lists, photos…
  • 2 Top Ten Tuesday
  • 2 WWW Wednesday
  • 3 Tags
  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Let’s Talk Bookish

Plus this one, that adds up to 16 posts, which I’ll probably get to!

writing goals

I want to write a few chapters of the story I’m working on, and I’m also going to be writing a short story in French, which when I finish it, I might post on here.

A little life update:

I don’t know about you, but March was probably the craziest month of my life. Ever. Really. With covid-19 being a global pandemic, and schools shutting down, and everything shutting down, its really really crazy! And strangely mellow. With not a lot to do.

Online school stuff is going to be starting for me on Monday, which means that I’ve had three weeks with no school. Thats Winter break and spring break combined, and I honestly really miss school. And seeing my friends. And talking face to face with people.

I think that by the end of this, I’m going to have a total of so many hours just spent on zoom, FaceTime, and all that. And the backgrounds don’t even work on my computer. I haven’t started school stuff yet, like I said, but for example today, I had an online trumpet lesson via zoom, which was okay, but obviously not ideal. Doing lessons and stuff online is just so different that actually talking with someone, and learning from someone in person.

The thing is, being stuck at home, sheltering in place, not seeing anyone other than who you live with; well, it’s hard. It can get boring. But for me, what I’ve been doing a lot of is reading. And writing. And reading more. Because if you think about it, right now, almost everyone in the world is in a similar situation.

So, well, that’s where I’ll leave it. I feel like it’s going to be really interesting to look back on this and be like hey, this is what was happening, and I wrote down what sorts of things I spent doing, so I’m going to maybe do some sort of update ever week, or every other week or something. So I’ll see about that.

How was your March? What are some of your goals for April? How have you been coping with the coronavirus pandemic? Are you also sheltering in place, socially distanced and reading? I hope that you’re all doing okay, staying healthy and everything! Chat with me in the comments below!

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