Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of March!

Holy moly I can’t believe it’s March 31! As of tomorrow, we will have been living with snow for SIX MONTHS. However, I won’t complain too much as it has mostly melted after a really warm week and for that I am super super grateful!

March was such a crazy month with us moving I’ve really neglected the blog. But I’m going to try and write more in April!

Onto my March recap…

Podcasts

I’m excited to share the Chatty Sisters Podcast this month! Long-time blog friends of mine (who are sisters!) Kelly and Caroline started this podcast in March and I really love it so far (and even got a shoutout in episode 2!). I have been reading their blogs for so long I feel like I know them both so it’s super fun to listen to them sit down and chat each week. I am yet to listen to the latest episode, but the first three were great!

 

Workouts

I honestly didn’t really workout very much in March. We have been really busy with our move and I have been sick on and off it seems (this never ending winter is really bringing me down!) However, I did manage to get to yoga 10 times and I did a handful of Fitness Blender workouts as well. Oh, and I still taught spin twice a week! I would like to walk more in April, which should be easier if all the snow and ice melts.

 

Books

I read five books in March! Thank you social media break.

Small Great Things was my family book club pick for March. I did find this book to be a bit too long, and I think it could have been shortened a little, but other than that I enjoyed it. I haven’t read a recent fiction book that explores racism in America like this one does and it’s especially relevant and poignant right now. I also just have so much respect for how much research Picoult puts into her stories. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Before the Fall is a book I have been hearing about over and over again on the Book Riot podcasts so I bought it on amazon when it was on sale through kindle a few months ago. This book was really well- written, but it was a little too all over the place with too many storylines for me to really get into. It doesn’t surprise me that the author is a TV writer though as this book did read more like a movie or TV show to me. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t my favourite either. Also I felt very meh about the ending. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

The Girls was just such a strange and dark book. The writing was very literary and beautiful but I finished this book with a feeling of dread sitting in the pit of my stomach. I also didn’t realize this book was based on a true story – so creepy!! I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

Fangirl is another book I picked up from a kindle sale and it was the perfect book to read after The Girls. I really needed something light and easy to read! Rainbow Rowell just writes the most interesting and quirky characters. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the story within a story, I skimmed those parts. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Lilac Girls was such an amazing book. I truly cannot read enough books about WWII. Every time I read another book from that era I learn something new. I did find the writing a little bit choppy in some parts of this book (it’s the authors first novel) but learning it was based on a true story and reading about all the research the author put into it took it up to a 5 star book for me. It tells the story about a women’s reeducation camp ran by the Nazi’s where they performed experimental – and horrific – surgeries on Polish prisoners. Such a sad part of our history but something that it’s so important for us to never forget. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Looks 

I only took ONE look picture in all of March! My goal for April is to take more look photos…

Chambray shirt, black jeans, ankle/combat boots, scarf and bangles.

And that’s my podcasts, workouts, books and looks for March! What are yours?? 

10 Responses

  1. That’s awesome that you went to yoga 10 times! That’s a lot! It’s tough to fit workouts in when life is so busy and then add in not feeling well and it’s even harder! I hope April is a better health month for you and that you don’t get anymore snow!!

    My favorite podcast was also the Chatty Sisters! I got a shout out in episode 3! I had a strong month of workouts. I went to barre, did sessions with a personal trainer, did some 21 day fix workouts, and ran a handful of times. I’m hoping April includes more runs! I read 9 books (!!) in March but one of them was a short graphic novel that I read over the course of a day. My favorite was probably The Sun is Also a Star. I just love YA books – they are a great palette cleanser! My looks were unremarkable. I did not take a single photo!!

  2. Heidi says:

    I didn’t love before the fall either! I am loving the podcast “s-town” from the makers of Serial as well as Side Hustle School. We read The Magpies for my book club this month and while it was a little predictable I did enjoy it.

  3. I will take 6 months of snow, that sounds amazing. Also, love your look!

  4. Yayyy thanks for the podcast shout out!! So glad you are enjoying it 🙂 We are having so much fun recording it. I also just rented Jodi Picoult’s new book from the library, I’m excited to read it!

  5. Stephany says:

    The Girls was so damn creepy! And I really didn’t need the actual descriptions of the murders. Blech.

    I started taking spin classes again this month and they make me sooooo happy. 🙂

  6. Abby Nastase says:

    That Lilac Girls looks interesting. I am in the market for a new book. I’ve been horrible about reading lately – so distracted with packing up and preparing for another temporary move 😉

    Yoga 10 times is impressive -but I’m sure so helpful during the busy times of moving to keep your calm/balance!

    6 months of snow is such a long time! Hope spring is coming SOON to your part of the country!

  7. Becky says:

    I feel like The Girls could have been done so much better. I found most of the story to be quite dull. A bit overhyped I think. But yes, it was based off Charles Manson, was it not?

    I haven’t read Fangirl but have enjoyed Rainbow Rowells other books so that one is most definitely on my list.

  8. Travel Spot says:

    I really enjoyed Lilac Girls, thought that Fangirl was a fun and easy read, and really did not like The Girls. I have not read the other two on your list. I read 7 books in March; my favorite was probably The Paris Architect, which is also set in WWII.

    Nice job on the yoga! That is one thing that I would like to work on. Ideally I would do one day a week of strength and one day a week of yoga, but right now I am at a big fat zero on both!

  9. Lindsey says:

    I need to start to read more, I’m even behind on book club. Sigh.
    I trying to take more outfit photos too, but always forget! I’ve never listened to a podcast..crazy, right?

  10. Kelly says:

    Feedly must be messing with me since this post just popped up almost a month late, lol. But, anyway- so glad you are enjoying the podcast! Hope April has been kinder to you- weather and health wise!

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