Melody’s March 2017 Wrap Up

March started off wonderfully with a fun author event at Barnes & Noble. NYT Bestselling Author, Susan Dennard celebrated the release of her latest novel, Windwitch, accompanied by author, Elise Kova (The Alchemists of Loom). It’s always such a delight to see Susan on the road! Plus, I finally met my internet friend and Writer’s Block Party co-blogger, Amanda Foody whose debut novel, Daughter of the Burning City (Add it to Goodreads) releases on July 25, 2017! As you can see in the photo below, I just barely missed a wardrobe malfunction ha ha but I love this photo anyway because look how happy we are! Ah, my bookish heart. As for reading this month, yeah, I didn’t do much of that. I do want to kick it up a notch, so Spring for Standalones, in which I attempt to read as many stand alone novels as I can this season, should bring in some great reads that I can not stress about (in regards to finishing a series).

As for movies, I still haven’t seen Before I Fall and Power Rangers though I do plan to both in April, finally. So yay! As for TV, oh man, I binge watched Revolution on Netflix because I only saw the first few episodes when it aired live and while it was good then, something about it just didn’t make me want to commit to watching weekly. Boy, I wish I and so many others did because two seasons of that show is not enough. Yes, the first handful of episodes were corny in more ways than one that I won’t get into here but once I settled in for the ride, WHOA. The storytelling was fantastic, the character arcs were great and oh man, I would have loved to have seen this show go on for many seasons. So, sorry Revolution for giving up on you when I knew I should have watched you live. I’m in a bit of a mourning period for that show. So that’s where I am now. Before Revolution, I binged the second season of Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, so I’m now caught up and ahhh, I’m so glad I decided to give the show another shot and I’m so thankful for the extra push from my friend (who is also a co-blogger at Writer’s Block Party), Meg, who urged me to watch it time and time again. I highly recommend! So, that’s it. No other highlights for me this month as I worked a ton this month and pretty much just turned on Netflix/Hulu and fell asleep as soon as I got home. See below for blog highlights!

E-book/Book/ARC/Audiobook Haul
* Windwitch by Susan Dennard
* The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Ideas of March by Barry Lyga
Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft: A step-by-step guide to a better novel by Janice Hardy
* Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
* Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
* All Things New by Lauren Miller

Movie, Blu-ray, DVD, & TV Reviews
* TV: Making History (Fox) Series Premiere
* TV: The Last Man on Earth (Fox) Episode 3.10 “Got Milk?”
* TV: Face Off (Syfy) Episodes 1106 & 1107

March Notes
* Have you seen the cover for The Girl With the Red Ballon by Katherine Locke? I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this novel and it’s basically one of my favorite books I’ve read in the last few years. The book releases on September 1, 2017! See the cover and get details on pre-ordering here.
* I recently read Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and was so moved that I wanted to share some of my favorite lines from this short story collection. You can check it out here.
* Jeff Goldsmith recently interviewed Jordan Peele (Get Out) on his podcast and it’s easily one of my favorite interviews he’s done over the years. Here are my favorite moments from the episode.
* My latest Loot Crate haul is all about being the master builder, as Loot Crate celebrates five years.

Books I Read

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Graphic Novels That I Read:
1. The Walking Dead, Vol. 26: Call to Arms by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano
2. Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
3. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, Nico Leon

Library Books (Physical & E-books) That I Read:
1. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
2. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

My favorite book this month: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Movies & Documentaries I Watched

Watched in March 2017
Beyond (Netflix Streaming)
Embers (Netflix Streaming)
Live and Let Live (Netflix Streaming)
Food Choices (Netflix Streaming)
The Kids Menu (Netflix Streaming)
Mr. Church (Netflix DVD)
Race (Netflix DVD)
Arrival (Netflix DVD)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Netflix DVD)

My favorite movies/documentaries this month: Arrival, Mr. Church, The Kids Menu

Until next month, happy reading and viewing!