March Wrap-Up

What an odd month March was. I spent some of it a bit under the weather and a lot of it feeling remarkably unlike myself. I couldn’t quite put a finger on things. I felt restless and it just seemed impossible to settle.

We are still in some form of lockdown here. Basically that means the majority of the population follows the rules and then there are some who throw parties in the park, completely disregarding everyone and everything. I’m sure that’s the same the world over. Funny how those who complain about this thing taking too long are possibly the ones who are causing it to take this long.

I am still not complaining. This lack of socialising is really agreeing with me and I dread the day when restrictions will be lifted because I’m pretty sure I’ve completely forgotten how to have a normal adult conversation. I do not miss it. I do not miss restaurants or shopping (hello, internet!) or any of it. I *am* however getting disheartened thinking about the fact we probably won’t be able to make our annual Italy trip this year. That’s my home away from home and it would be the first time in fourteen years that I wouldn’t be able to go there and dream about never having to leave it behind again. Gee, maybe that’s why March was such an odd month. πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

Anywho, then this happened.

Draw me like one of your French girls.

Meet Millie, almost 19 weeks old and rescued from a shelter in Portugal.

She’s been here for a week now and I’m utterly exhausted. I forgot how much work puppies are and Millie is quite a lot bigger than the kind of dog I’m used to. So I wasn’t at all prepared for things like paws on the dining room table or having her sit (quite gracefully I might add) on the coffee table. She has a few parasitic issues in the tummy that we’re trying to take care of with the guidance of our fabulous vet so hopefully soon she’ll be as healthy as can be. It’s not stopping her from getting up to mischief, fortunately. Or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it.

Totally have this walkies thing down to a fine art.

In the meantime, we’ve discovered she loves a good cuddle, she’s incredibly curious but also extremely frightened of pretty much everything and everyone. We’ll work on that. She says rather hopefully.

I honestly never thought I’d be ready for this. To be honest, I don’t think I was/am. It’s very different and in some ways it’s making me miss Yoshi even more than I was before but Millie is here and she will be surrounded with love and have the best home and life I can give her.

Favourite pastimes.

Anyway, I know nobody is going to care about the books but here they are regardless. πŸ˜‚

| BOOKS I READ IN MARCH |

Considering my restlessness, this isn’t so bad. A grand total of 12 and not a doorstopper nor DNF in sight. Some outstanding reads in that lot, some hugely disappointing, some somewhere in between. The Garden of Angels was an audiobook, by the way. You know me. I can’t resist a book narrated by Richard Armitage and luckily it was really good!

| BOOKS I BOUGHT IN MARCH |

What can I say? It’s a hobby. πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Do I at least score points for having read 5 of them already in the meantime?

| RECEIVED FOR REVIEW |

Huge thanks to Hodder, Orbit and Orenda Books! πŸ₯°

| ON THE BLOG IN MARCH |

Review | Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly

Extract | Bound by Vanda Symon
Extract | Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz

Guest Post | The Two Fathers by Keith Dixon

Well ….. Erm … Let’s just quickly move on, shall we.

| COMING UP IN APRIL |

Who the heck knows. I certainly don’t. I do have plans to review at least 3 books but obviously I have to read them first. And then I have to actually write the reviews because for some reason they don’t seem to be doing that themselves. Who knew? πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Hope you all have a fabulous April and I wish you lots of happy reading. Until next time! xx

  38 comments for “March Wrap-Up

  1. April 5, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Millie looks lovely 😍 Great wrap-up!

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  2. April 5, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Millie is adorable πŸ’š She has a wonderful home and I’m sure she’ll be very happy. You never forget or stop loving previous dogs but, for me, life isn’t complete without one. So far, rescues aren’t working…too many stipulations that make them unsuitable for us. We were so lucky with Finn. I think I’ll be going down the puppy route too πŸ˜…

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    • April 8, 2021 at 8:57 am

      I swear the whole rescue thing is designed to put people off. Which is odd considering they want you to rescue and not buy! I wasn’t entirely sure I had the proper skills and experience to rescue an older dog so we went the puppy route but with the lockdowns and people adopting and then returning, the bastards, puppies were suddenly “not available” at our shelters here. Which is how we ended up abroad with a lovely elderly Dutch couple who rescue street dogs in Portugal. We found it an advantage to know who mum was and that she was able to stay with them until the puppies made the long trip over here. It’s exhausting and often frustrating and I constantly think I’m too old for all this puppy stuff but when she listens, it’s also pretty rewarding. I guess I should celebrate the small victories. πŸ˜‚

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      • April 8, 2021 at 11:11 am

        I think it’s a given that many rescues will be overwhelmed with returned dogs when people have to go back to work full time. The adoptors are not thinking long term, it’s just a diversion while on lockdown. It makes me so angry. Having a puppy is exhausting and frustrating and needs a lot of patience but that phase soon passes…honest!! I’m hoping puppy socialisation classes and groups will start up again soon. Definitely celebrate the victories, however small πŸ˜‚

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  3. Louise
    April 5, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Great wrap up! I love your photos, so gorgeous! Happy reading for April πŸ™‚

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  4. April 5, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Awww she is gorgeous, some great books read too x

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  5. Karen
    April 5, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Millie is gorgeous, wishing you happy times together ❀️ Oh and a good reading month too by the looks of it! 🀣

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    • April 8, 2021 at 9:00 am

      I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic. πŸ˜‚ It would totally be deserved, if it is. 🀣

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      • Karen
        April 8, 2021 at 11:47 am

        Absolutely no sarcasm. You’ve managed far more than me! My reading list looks good if you include all the DNF’s πŸ˜‚

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        • April 8, 2021 at 11:55 am

          These are the times when I wish you did wrap-up posts 🀣🀣

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  6. Jo
    April 5, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Millie looks lovely, and maybe a little mischievous! πŸ˜€

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  7. April 5, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I just finished listening to the audiobook of You Don’t Know Me, it’s a stunning book. I loved The Last House on Needless Street as well, it’s probably going to be my top book of the year. I hope you enjoy them!

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    • April 8, 2021 at 9:02 am

      I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. There was so much talk about it when it was first published. I hope to get around to it soon! Needless Street is definitely on April’s TBR.

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  8. April 5, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Millie is lovely and I’m sure will cheer you up on days when you feel down. I totally agree about not missing social interaction. The only thing I really miss doing is going out for a meal sometimes. Definitely not shopping! Sorry about Italy though 😦

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    • April 8, 2021 at 9:28 am

      I have totally embraced the hermit’s life. And a lot of restaurants offer take-away services. Sure, it’s not the same having to eat it at your own table but the food tastes the same. πŸ˜‚ I hope you’re allowed to go out for a meal soon though!

      Italy would be a real bummer but there’s nothing we can do about it. I still have a little hope. It’s only April after all. But things aren’t going so well over there either so who knows.

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  9. April 5, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Your puppy is beautiful!

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  10. April 5, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Millie is magnificent and kudos to you for taking on a rescue and a puppyπŸ’œ I know I’m no longer up to it. One of the things that saved me, though, was hiring a trainer (I stunk at it). It brought much needed harmony into our home. Best of luck to you!

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  11. April 5, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Aww Eva, you’re amazing for rescuing Millie and giving her the best life she can possibly have! I do hope to see more photos of her in the future! I hope you liked reading Win too, did I miss your review.. I’ll need to check! I loved reading The Corset so I’m still hoping to read another of Purcell’s books in the future and The Shape of Darkness certainly sounds great! Your book taste is still impeccable, I love so many books on your list!

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    • April 8, 2021 at 9:18 am

      Thank you, Inge! I’m sure there will be more photos!

      I didn’t review Win but I raced through it and gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. I just love Harlan Coben’s books.

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  12. April 5, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    It can be a strange transition when you’re still grieving for one dog while taking on another, and I’m sure you’ll think of Yoshi often (nine years on, I still shed a tear for Buster sometimes, despite adoring Scamp and Buddy). Millie looks absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure she’ll soon be fighting fit. I hope you’re feeling yourself again soon x

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  13. April 5, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    OMG Millie is so adorable! ❀️ I love how you describe the current situation in Belgium. It will indeed be strange to go back to a ‘normal’ social life after all that has happened. I do miss the restaurants though, food is life πŸ˜…

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  14. April 5, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Draw me like one of your French girls 🀣🀣🀣

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  15. April 6, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Millie is just gorgeous ❀ Hope you enjoy You Don't Know Me it is an amazing book! x

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  16. April 7, 2021 at 12:37 am

    well, the books were good, but everyone is right, Millie is too sweet. i know she’ll provide a lot of companionship. routine is a good thing for puppies–especially the ones where they get treats.

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    • April 8, 2021 at 9:22 am

      It’s amazing how quickly they learn about the treats! Often forgets where to go do her business but knows perfectly well where the snacks are. πŸ˜„

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  17. April 12, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Millie, OMG!! Adorable. How did you read that much while training a pup is beyond me. Go you!

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