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March wrap-up

March wrap-up

Hey again! A quarter of 2018 has already flown past, and I can’t believe that it’s already time for another wrap-up. Despite the fact that March was much longer than February (and I’m not actually writing this until a few days into April, because it slipped my mind…) it felt far shorter, because I’ve had an extremely busy month.

Personal: 

On the 20th of March at 10:06am, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.

Baby announcement

In last month’s wrap-up, I hinted that I had something big rapidly approaching, and she was it! She ended up coming ten days early, but luckily I’d already prepared a heck ton of blog posts that could go up while I was adjusting to life as a new mother.

She’s being remarkably easy – all she really does is sleep, eat and destroy nappies like there’s no tomorrow – so I’m not struggling to be as productive as I was before, but that will probably change when Daddy goes back to work after his paternity leave…

As well as that, I officially moved into my partner’s flat, so our little family was all together as soon as she popped out. It’s been ridiculously fun and not stressful in the slightest, and I can’t believe how lucky and happy I am.

 

Blog: 

The Bumbling Blogger’s third month was its least successful, with just 469 views and 75 comments. That’s to be expected, though: I haven’t been remembering to promote my posts for the past two weeks because of the baby, so they’ve been flying under the radar. I’m going to try to prioritise this throughout April.

My most viewed blog post in March was my Top Ten Tuesday list of books that surprised me.

Top five viewed posts in March
My top five posts in March.

 

Music: 

I only wrote one live review because I only went to one concert in March (because I was so close to giving birth) and that was Waterparks headline show at KOKO in London.

I also continued writing album reviews for afterLIVE and managed to review both Turbowolf’s The Free Life and Red Lights by Milestones before baby arrived. I’m hoping to get back on track and catch up with the weeks that I’ve missed, but I feel as though I’m fighting a losing battle – I haven’t had time to listen to a single song in the past fortnight!

 

Books:

Surprisingly, my reading didn’t take too much of a hit this month. I managed to finish 13 books, matching the total that I read last month, and I’m halfway through another three (and hoping to finish them off fairly soon!). Click on the titles below to see what I thought of each of the books:

  1. Autumn: Aftermath by David Moody
  2. Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You by Lucy Beevor
  3. Ask No Questions by Lisa Hartley
  4. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
  5. Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
  6. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  7. 7 Days by Eve Ainsworth
  8. Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens
  9. Crush by Eve Ainsworth
  10. Damage by Eve Ainsworth
  11. Tender by Eve Ainsworth

I also finished The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr and Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens, but my reviews of those won’t be arriving until next week.

As well as writing all of these reviews, I teamed up with Entangled Teen to reveal the covers of four novels: Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts, Echoes by Alice Reeds, Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga and Project Prometheus by Aden Polydoros.

 

That’s it for this month. Did anything big happen in your March?

Alyce

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