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May 2021 Goals

May 6, 2021

April was a rough month for my goals. I didn't fully take into consideration how some of my plans would affect my goals. During Kelly's weeklong visit, her first since 2019, I completely ignored my goal to go to bed early. Before and during her stay, I skipped some of my regular routines like writing in my reading log, backing up my monthly photos, and setting up a new month in my journal. I have zero regrets about that – but playing catch up + completing all the personal goals I'd set for myself just became too much. I had the time to do it, but I got overwhelmed enough that I didn't. Nick was traveling some for work, too, which made my goal of three items off our family bucket list a little too ambitious. I'm writing this all here to remember it for next time.

Even though my goal progress wasn't great, I still finished the month feeling great about all that I'd done. Spending time with the people I love will always matter more than being productive. And sometimes, you just need to binge New Girl and rest. Hopefully I can catch up a bit in May, but if not, that's okay. It will get done eventually!


On My Calendar:
– Our big boy turns 5
– Mother's Day + family birthdays
– Well checks for the boys
– End of school year activities
– Swim lessons for our big boy

Currently Obsessing Over:
– My sister recommended the Clean It Zero 3-in-1 Cleaning Balm ($19), and I'm obsessed. It's a great replacement for Pharmacy's Green Clean, which I've used and loved in the past but was making my eyes burn recently.
– We had family photos taken in April and I adore how they turned out! Michele Zakeri Photography is so talented.
– My big boy is obsessed with dinosaurs, and these dinosaur sheets ($25) and night light ($20) from Pillowfort at Target were a huge hit with him. They both worked with what was already in his room, so that's a hit with me.
– These Stars Above shorts ($15) are great! I needed new sleep shorts and bought more than one pair of these. 

Yearly Goals:
(These should stay the same all year, so I'll just do month-to-month progress reports!)
– Read a devotional every morning.
– Do Soulspace meditation every night.
– Blog 2x per week.

April progress:
 I think I missed about half of my daily readings, a theme you'll begin to notice is common in April.
– Umm... I only listened to Soulspace five times in April. Struggle! I'm hoping to get back on track in May.
– Once again, YIKES. I blogged three times total in April, so this was definitely a fail. 

Revisiting My April Goals:
– Select photos for our 2018 and 2019 family yearbooks. / I vastly underestimated how much we had going on in April, and this was the first goal to fall by the wayside. I've broken it down further and moved it to May!
– Complete three items from our 2021 family bucket list. / We had family photos taken, but that's the only item off our bucket list in April. I'll get more specific with my May goals and choose a few items to complete.
Plan my big boy's 5th birthday. / Since my big boy's birthday is at the beginning of May, I wanted to make sure everything (gifts/party/etc.) was picked out by the end of April. I'm so glad I prioritized that task! 
Buy my new 2021-2022 planner! / While this task hardly qualifies as a goal, I love putting it on my list and checking it off once I've clicked Complete Order. I'm sticking with Dapperdesk again this year and got the blush one.
– Catch up on February and March book reviews. / At the beginning of April, I had a backlog of almost 50 reviews to write. I think I completed... six? I don't know why I've procrastinated, especially since they're all drafted in my reading journal. It's just a matter of typing them up and doing a little polishing. Hopefully this month...
Begin implementing an earlier bedtime + routine. / I saw progress here, though it was imperfect. I'm a night owl, so I started my goal with an 11 p.m. bedtime. I may eventually aim for earlier – my first step is consistency!
Choose a Bible study to go through this spring. / I haven't started it yet, but I did choose a study to go through!

My May Goals:
– Visit a botanical garden as a family.
– Weather permitting, go strawberry picking.
– Celebrate my big boy's 5th birthday!
– Fill out my big boy's Year 4 in his Promptly Journal.
– Select photos for my 2019 family yearbook.
– Catch up on February, March, and April reviews.
– Start my Bible study workbook.

Do you have any goals for May?

April 2021: Recap + On My Shelves

May 4, 2021


I say this every month, but April passed in a blur. It was a busy month but filled with so much excitement – a new baby, my bestie's visit, and more. And that's why I barely got any of the things done that I planned!


1. Celebrating Easter – We kicked off the month with a few Easter celebrations. My big boy has been doing virtual preschool this year, but his teacher hosted an in-person Easter egg hunt just for virtual students. He loved getting to participate! Then, we went to my parents' for Easter lunch and visited Nick's parents later that afternoon. After everything was canceled last year, it was so nice to experience a much-needed return to normalcy. 

2. Welcoming a New Nephew – At the beginning of April, my younger brother had his first baby. He's the first of my siblings to have a baby, and I teared up seeing him holding his son in his arms. It was so precious and unexpectedly emotional! We've prayed for this baby for years and are so happy that he's finally here. My big boy loved becoming a big brother last year, so he's thrilled there will be a new baby at family events. He's already in love!

3. Kelly in Georgia – The biggest highlight was Kelly's long overdue visit to Georgia. She was last here in November 2019, and we both assumed she'd next visit spring 2020. As you know, the world had other plans. It's felt like the longest wait, but our reunion couldn't have been better! She stayed for a week, and I loved every minute of it. Our favorite adventure? Going to Barnes & Noble with my sister and each buying 7 books. It was epic!

4. Family Photo Session – With my first baby, we had photos taken when he was a newborn and when he turned one. I had to do the same for my second, who turned one in February, but decided to wait a little longer so they could be outdoors rather than in a studio. I'm so glad I made that decision and love how they turned out! From the outfits to the location, everything came together beautifully. I know they're something I'll cherish forever.



Read 20 Books | Favorites:
Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne
A Rogue on One's Own by Evie Dunmore
Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

“Grief runs through the whole of life and leaves nothing untouched. 
A voice on the car radio, a knife in the kitchen drawer, each carries a thought of the dead.”
Austen Years by Rachel Cohen

“Is that your subtle way of asking if I’m seeing anyone?” 
“Whatever gave you the impression that I’m subtle?”
Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne

“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize when I hired you that you 
were also available for unsolicited advice on my life.”
Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne

“The past is where we go when we are helpless; the past, no matter what the psychiatrists say, 
can’t really hurt you much more than it already has, not like the future, 
which comes at you like a train around a blind curve.” 
The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

“Have you perchance considered becoming a little more likable?” 
A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore

“Every mother screws up her children one way or another. It's up to you whether you stay that way.”
What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins

“We name our villains and then treat them in such a way that they prove us prophets.”
What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins

“It feels like love, like truth, which are just different ways of saying the same thing.”
What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins

‘No one ever said that good writing was easy....
Falling in love again and again? Spilling your heart all over the page?’ She sighed. 
‘But if you’re really meant to be a writer, you’ll tell the truth as you know it. Every time.’”
The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going

“Just remember to pack light. Dreams tend to shatter if you're 
carrying other people's hopes around with you.”
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

“We are none of us perfect, and no one expects perfection. 
But when you have hurt people, you must allow them their anger. 
Otherwise it will only become another thing you have tried to take away.” 
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

“You will make yourself unworthy by considering yourself unworthy. 
We become what we are afraid we will be.”
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

“I think he might love me, too—though, being a man, I expect he’s too dense to realize it.” 
To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters

“It is the worries that plague us the most that cut the deepest when other people call them to the surface.” 
Free from Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

“I had been holding on to the past so hard that I couldn’t even imagine the future.” 
Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey


If I thought I didn't meet my blogging goals in March, what is there to say about April? I tanked even harder! I only posted three times. The first two – my March 2021 recap and April 2021 goals – are the monthly staples I didn't miss. And then I posted my sister's favorite reads in Tales & Tiger Lily: March 2021. At least one of us is somewhat on top of book reviews! I'm so behind, and I've got to get caught up. Fingers crossed that I'll find my mojo in May.


Favorite Song #1: "Way Less Sad" by AJR
I didn't listen to much music in April, so this was one of my only new finds.
Pretty sure I have Spotify's Discover playlist to thank for it.


Favorite Song #2: "High You Are" by What So Not + Branchez
I think my sister played this song for me on one of our adventures,
and I've been obsessed with it ever since! So fun for a solo drive.


I Care a Lot (2020) starring Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Dianne Wiest – When Kelly and I decided to have a movie night, we each came prepared with a suggestion. This one was mine because I'd been intrigued ever since I saw the trailer. And while it started off strong, it got stranger and more ridiculous the longer it went on. I wasn't rooting for anyone, the premise felt realistic but not the way it was executed, and an unsatisfying ending. Boo.


Promising Young Woman (2020) starring Carey Mulligan – After my movie pick was a flop, I was nervous going into Kelly's. But I shouldn't have been because this was fantastic! Based on the trailer, I expected a dark and possibly campy revenge story. That isn't what I got, but I loved it more for subverting my expectations. This was one that I finished and wanted to discuss the casting, message, styling, and ending. Likely a 2021 favorite for me!


Book of the Month: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala, and What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins

Target: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse G. Sutanto and Northern Spy by Flynn Berry

Barnes & Noble: Brood by Jackie Polzin, Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price, Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny, The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going, A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus, Bloom by Nicola Skinner,  The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams, The Widow Queen by Elลผbieta Chereziล„ska, Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey, Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle, Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin, The Duke Undone by Joanna Lowell, Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen, and Much Ado About You by Samantha Young


Amazon: Pride and Prejudice by Katherine Woodfine, Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne, To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters, Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund, and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Book Depository: Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

Used Bookstore: Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas, Marry in Scarlet by Anne Gracie, The Dating Plan by Sara Desai, and The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister


From My Mama: Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson, Freely & Lightly by Emily Lex, and Book Nerd by Holly Maguire

Audible: Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins, and Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

Kindle: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Tales & Tiger Lily: March 2021

Apr 27, 2021


My sister joined bookstagram as @talesandtigerlily. Her name is Caroline, and Tiger Lily is her adorable pup. Since she's discovered a love of reading, I've had the best time talking about books with her. Be sure to check out her introduction post to get to know her better. Once a month, you get a new installment of Tales & Tiger Lily. In each post, I'll list everything she's read the previous month + reviews of three of her favorites.

Recapping the Rest of Caroline's March Reads:
First Comes Like by Alisha Rai | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ • Review
Shipped by Angie Hockman | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
Well Met by Jen DeLuca | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5 
Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5 • Review
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ • Review
The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailer | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5 • Review
Good Neighbors by Sarah Lancaster | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
I'm So Effing Tired by Amy Shah | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ • Review
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5 • Review
Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5 • Review
Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

One of Caroline's March favorites was Dear Emmie Blue – one of my 2020 favorites that I pushed on her (and still haven't blogged about). She hadn't reviewed it yet, so I'm featuring the next book on her list instead.

Her top three from the month:


SORROW AND BLISS BY MEG MAGSON
“Everything is broken and messed up and completely fine. That is what life is. It's only the ratios that change. Usually on their own.” 

Sorrow and Bliss tells the story of Martha, a woman who knows something is wrong with her. Her husband Patrick has loved her since he was fourteen, and all he wants to do is make her happy. He just can’t figure it out how to accomplish this.

The narrative moves back and forth in time as we uncover Martha’s past, and I wanted so badly to figure out what would happen in her life. Will Martha get help? Will she heal the relationships around her? Will she and her husband stay together? I could not put it down because I was soooo invested in her. It’s no secret Martha is suffering from something. Although she is difficult and stubborn and harsh, I loved her like she was my own sister. 

I cannot even begin to describe my love for this book. I called my sister after I cried reading the ending. We both had so much to say about it! The dry British humor, the writing, the character development—it was a masterpiece! 

Sorrow and Bliss is the ultimate portrayal of how people are connected to each other. No matter what you are going through, your words and actions affect other people. Relationships matter. I know it’s fiction, but I haven’t read a book so real and raw in a long time. I felt every single emotion at once. I think the title was perfect. When I closed the book I felt those two things: sorrow and bliss. 

It could easily be my favorite book of 2021 – that’s how much I loved it. You have to add this to your list, and read it as soon as you can! | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

OUT OF LOVE BY HAZEL HAYES
“Now, I'm not the kind of girl to gush over weddings but the marriage part–the idea of two flawed people being somehow perfect for each other, the odds of finding another human who can tolerate your specific brand of shit, and whose shit you can tolerate too—I think that's pretty special.” 

Out of Love is a story told in reverse. It begins with a young woman boxing up her ex-boyfriend’s belongings, preparing to see him one last time. Each chapter takes you further back in time to the start of their relationship. 

This wasn’t really a love story to me. It was more an in-depth look at the protagonist, her anxiety/depression, her views about herself and life. I loved getting to know her, and I could relate to her in many ways (we don’t know her name). It is a look at grief and what to means to lose someone. I love how the main character loved her home country, Ireland, and I could tell some of her sadness resulted from not being home and with her family. 

It gave me Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine mixed with Sally Rooney vibes. I think some of you would absolutely love this one! I highly recommend it. It Is one I will be thinking about for awhile. | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5

DARK HORSES BY SUSAN MIHALIC
Dark Horses tells the story of fifteen-year-old Roan Montgomery. She is an equestrian prodigy, coached and ruled by her abusive father. Outside of the stables, his power takes a very horrifying turn. Roan tries to compartmentalize her life, focusing on her riding ambition, but how can she function when she has no one to protect her? 

This is ultimately a survivor story. Roan is strong, resilient, and determined. She has little time for a social life, and she is viewed as a “snobby horse girl”. She is not nurtured by her family. Her mother is an alcoholic and lets the abuse happen. It made me so angry for her. As she develops a relationship with a boy her age, things start to change. She becomes more aware of her reality. 

For those of you who liked My Dark Vanessa or The Comeback, this one should be on your list. I will say it was more uncomfortable to read because the abuse was at the hands of her own father. It was disturbing yet powerful. I was rooting for Roan the whole way. 

Susan Mihalic actually taught therapeutic horseback riding, and I thought that made the book even more special. It was such a powerful story to tell. Most child victims are abused by a parent. How devastatingly sad is that? So even though Dark Horses was hard to read, it happens to children every day. | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

April 2021 Goals

Apr 19, 2021

Welp, is my April Goals post late or what? I can't believe the month is halfway over! Some of the things I've listed below have already happened, but I'm still including them because I use these posts as a reference and source of accountability. At the beginning of April, my Powersheets included a Goal Refresh – the chance to adjust the goals I'd set for myself in 2021. I didn't anticipate making a change, but working through that section helped me realize that I'm going to table my Meal Planning/Kitchen goal, at least for this quarter. I didn't have the margin for ALL the goals I set for myself and that one had fallen to the wayside because of it. Hopefully I can get to it later in the year!

I took a break from blogging in March because I got on a reading kick, and it was just what I needed. I won't lie – it's making me think about the future of this space. Sometimes I wonder if I'm ready to stop blogging, and then the mood always passes. But as I approach 10 years of So Obsessed With, it's been on my mind again. I don't see myself stopping in the immediate future, but I also have no regrets about taking the past several weeks off.


On My Calendar:
– Celebrating Easter with family
– The birth of my new nephew
– A week-long visit from my bestie
– The 2021-2022 Dapperdesk release
– Re-scheduled family photos
– Some spring adventures outdoors

Currently Obsessing Over:
– I was in a crafty mood lately, so I bought a bunch of scrapbook paper from Scrapbook.com to make bookmarks. My favorites are from Maggie Holmes, but there are so many cute options.
– Speaking of bookmarks, I ordered a few from The Book Script Co's most recent launch. Love them!
– I've loved my Dapperdesk planner this past year, and I can't wait to start using my new blush one in August.
– Although I haven't been using it long enough to fully recommend it, I've been loving the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask that I bought on sale during their Beauty Insider event. I just add it after my normal moisturizer at night.

Yearly Goals:
(These should stay the same all year, so I'll just do month-to-month progress reports!)
– Read a devotional every morning.
– Do Soulspace meditation every night.
– Blog 2x per week.
– Complete the Contentment Challenge (Q1). 

March progress:
 I think I missed 5 days in my devotional, but that's not bad overall.
– Once again, I did Soulspace for 60% of the month. Not terrible but I want to see growth here!
– I was on track for the first half of the month, but then I took a break. I don't regret it, however.
– This was not as successful as 2020, and I have my theories as to why. I'm still glad I participated!

Revisiting My March Goals:
Select photos and design our 2020 family yearbook. / I planned to do both 2020 photo selection and design in March and then realized that I'd rather batch those tasks. So, I'm going to do photo selection for all the yearbooks I need to catch up on first and then work on design after. I think I'll find my groove better that way.
Complete Eleven Months in our big boy's journal. / Done! I'm not officially caught up in his journal yet because I've still got to finish Year 1, 2, and 3. But I'm going to sprinkle those in as goals the rest of the year!
Make my Spring TBR. / You can see my list here, and I'm happy to say I've already read a lot from my list.
Participate in The List Maker Challenge in my journal. / This was so much fun, and I'm glad I participated! It made me get out my journal way more frequently. I plan to keep adding lists to my journal!
Complete three items from our 2021 family bucket list. / We technically only completed two in March, but I checked it off because the third (family photos) was pushed back to April due to weather. The other two: Nick and our big boy visited LEGOLAND, and then our whole family went to a wildlife preserve about an hour away. 
Choose outfits for family photos. / I'm so glad I made this a goal so I didn't procrastinate on it! I found an adorable smocked jon jon for the baby and chose our outfits around his, since the photos were for his first birthday.
Start changing phone habits with app limits. / Although I'm not posting on Instagram these days, I still find myself wasting time on the app. So, I set a limit for March and stuck to it for every day except two. I'm so glad I made this change and plan to continue changing my phone habits with additional changes this year.
Break down meal planning goal into action steps! / As I mentioned, I'm putting this goal on hold for now.

My April Goals:
– Select photos for our 2018 and 2019 family yearbooks.
– Complete three items from our 2021 family bucket list.
– Plan my big boy's 5th birthday.
– Buy my new 2021-2022 planner!
– Catch up on February and March book reviews.
– Begin implementing an earlier bedtime + routine.
– Choose a Bible study to go through this spring.

Do you have any goals for April?

March 2021: Recap + On My Shelves

Apr 10, 2021


I got on a major reading kick in March, finished 32 books (insanity, I know), and let blogging fall by the wayside. But I did do some things besides reading, and I'm excited to chat about them today after my time away from this space.


1. Visiting a Wildlife Preserve – We decided to go on a family adventure in early March to a wildlife preserve about an hour away that someone had recommended to me. It was a beautiful day, and our boys had so much fun looking at the zebras, camels, tigers, bears, horses, and more. That's one item off our 2021 family bucket list!

2. Outdoor Adventures – As the days got prettier, we spent more and more time outside. From neighborhood walks to exploring some playgrounds, I loved taking my boys places. We didn't do much last spring (due to COVID and the baby being a newborn), so it's been nice to get out a little more and have fun locally. 

3. Sister Socializing – A new month means new books, so naturally my sister and I had a few bookstore dates. I was excited to buy some of my most-anticipated 2021 releases and some new-to-me finds that could be a bust (but here's to hoping they're not). Caroline is terrible for my TBR but hanging out is so good for my heart.

4. Nerd Time at the Library – After a week that felt way too long and kind of exhausting, I told Nick that I just wanted to sit down with a cup of coffee, my book, journal, and planner. But it's hard to have quiet time – alone – at home. So, I packed up some of my stuff and went to our local library. It was just what I needed!


Read 32 Books | Favorites:
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Honorable Mentions:
My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew
By the Book by Amanda Sellet
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

“Grief runs through the whole of life and leaves nothing untouched. 
A voice on the car radio, a knife in the kitchen drawer, each carries a thought of the dead.”
Austen Years by Rachel Cohen

“You are not among the good that has happened to me. You are the best of all that I have known. 
You are what I searched for when I left that house and wandered this earth, boy and man. 
You are the part of myself I never thought to find because I did not even dare to dream you existed. 
You are all that I want and more than I deserve, and I will go to my grave thanking a god 
in whom I do not believe for bringing me you.” 
An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

“Maybe that’s how it always is, I thought—we all just go along, 
catching glimpses of one another, thinking we know everything.” 
The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

“You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. 
What you must do is this: 'Rejoice evermore. 
Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.'
I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.”
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

“Reverence is the practice of remembering your place in the world: small, and with very little control. 
It sounds defeatist, but I think it's actually the key to living with a sense of wonder and appreciation. 
Nothing was ever promised to us, including the miracle of life itself.”
My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew

“You grow to love something when you give your attention to it.”
My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew

“To find out what a story's really about, ” the Librarian said, 
“you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader.”
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

“Memories are always bent retrospectively to fit individual narratives.” 
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

“Memories were beastly little creatures, after all—they rose with the faintest whiff of nourishment.” 
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

“But sometimes my mouth starts saying words without checking with my brain first.”
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

“Happiness is not a zero-sum game. It's the only case in which the resources are limitless, 
and in which the rich can get richer at no expense to anyone else.”
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

“Everything is redeemable, Martha. Even decisions that end up with you 
unconscious and bleeding in a pedestrian underpass, like me. Although ideally, 
you want to figure out the reason why you keep burning your own house down.”
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

“ Everything is broken and messed up and completely fine. 
That is what life is. It’s only the ratios that change. Usually on their own. 
As soon as you think that’s it, it’s going to be like this forever, they change again.”
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

“There is always a road back. If we have the courage to look for it, and take it. 
I'm sorry. I was wrong. I don't know. I need help. These are the signposts. The cardinal directions.” 
The Great Reckoning by Louise Penny


I didn't meet my blogging goal in March, but I'm totally okay with that fact. I got on a reading binge and finished 32 books, so the time away from my computer was good for me. I'd put my boys to bed each night and then sit down with a book, often reading it all in one sitting. It was so fun! I still managed to write six posts, too. I shared my February 2021 recap and March 2021 goals, two staples every month. My So Obsessed With: Mini Edition #11 featured seven things I've been loving lately. And inspired by something I'd written for my birthday, I shared 45 Facts About Me as a Reader. I posted My Spring 2021 TBR and am pleased to say that I've already read a lot of books off this stack! And finally, I posted my sister's favorite recent reads for Tales & Tiger Lily: February 2021. The main post that I'm missing? My own Quick Lit mini reviews! I've got a lot to catch up on this month...


Favorite Song #1: "If You Want Love" by NF
This randomly ended up on my radar and led to me listening to a lot of NF in March.
I don't even know, y'all. But I have no regrets! I love the lyrics to this one.


Favorite Song #2: "Love You Like That" by Dagny
I saw someone recommend this song on Instagram, and I liked it immediately. 
It's perfect for turning up the music and driving with my windows down.


Book of the Month: One to Watch by Katy Stayman-London and The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Bookstore: Accidentally Engaged by Farrah Heron, Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher, The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, Float Plan by Trish Doller, Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson, My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew, Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare, An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn, and We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Book Outlet: Girl Gone Viral and The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin, Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory, Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Marriage on Madison Avenue and Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne

Used Bookstore: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel (not pictured)


Gifted: The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary (from Kelly) and Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez (from my sister)

Audible: An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, Betty by Tiffany McDaniel, and The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

NetGalley: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
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