Hello, Goodbye: March 2014 Recap

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Hello, April

Save-the-date releases

Museum of Intangible Things To All The Boys Open Road Summer What I Thought Was True

On the blog

It’s summer in the Philippines so April will have some summer-themed posts here and there. I’m also really hoping to post more Story Soundtracks and Lists because those are rarely on the blog anymore. As always, I’ll be posting as many reviews as I can write. I’ll be more active this month, hopefully!

Goodbye, March

Events and happenings

A list of random things that occurred within the month

IMG_1949 IMG_1948 book pile

  1. Finals – I’m done with them! Hallelujah!
  2. Summer break – The last two weeks of March had been a short break for me from school and I’m lazing around as much as I can because I’ll have classes again soon this April.
  3. Contemporary kick – I noticed I’ve only been reading contemporaries the last month! So yeah, I guess I was in contemporary kick there.
  4. Becca Fitzpatrick signing – Had so much fun meeting Becca and of course, spending time with my awesome fellow PH YA Bloggers! T’was a fantastic event- I’ll post a recap soon!
  5. Divergent movie date – Divergent was out this month and I was crazy excited for it. I finally got to watch it last Saturday with my mom and sister but was sadly disappointed. Sorry guys, Sheo didn’t work for me. (Don’t kill me, please.) But hey, I totally loved the soundtrack! (Yey, Ellie Goulding!)
  6. Blog redesign – I recently redesigned the blog and made a theme from scratch. I called the theme Bubblegum Summer (just because) and have been overwhelmed with the love I’ve received for it! Thank you guys for your sweet comments!
  7. Featured on Crazy Red Pen – Totally random but Alice featured my workspace on her blog several weeks ago. Such a cool feature and it’s great to have been a part of it!

Books read

march 2014 reads

Total books read for March 201412 books
Reading Challenge progress update40/150

Book reviews

OCD Love Story // Faking Normal // Royally Lost // On The Fence // The Break-Up Artist // Maybe Someday // Searching For Beautiful // Life In Outerspace

Other posts

Story Soundtrack: Champion by Marie Lu
Book Haul: #16 (Hooray For Bookish Mail) // #17
Novel Portraits: Behind The Lens #1 // Behind The Lens #2
Cover Reveals: My Soon-To-Be Sex Life
Discussion: Being A Midnight Reader

On Replay

There’s been one album that has been on replay through the earlier weeks of March: Maybe Someday. I was super addicted because I fell in love with the book and the songs! When I finally stopped obsessing (I had to get over it sometime), I started listening to the other albums on my iPod and found these two gems of a song:

Lovely words

We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.
– Maybe Someday

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. laila bc on March 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    love the new design…cool and bubbly! but too bad that Sheo didn’t work for you :( The soundtrack was awesome I agree :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 31, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks, Laila! <3 I liked the movie but wasn't too crazy about the romance aspect so.... :( But eep, I loved the songs they used!

  2. Amanda @ Book Badger on March 31, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    You read a fantastic collection of books, and a good amount too! The blog design is still as beautiful as it was when you first changed over; in fact, it was your change in design that made me redesign and made a friend want to redesign too :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Yeah, I really enjoyed most of them too. I’m just hoping I can read more books this April! Hee, I’m currently stalking your blog and I totally like your new look! :D

  3. Mel@thedailyprophecy on March 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    That picture of you with Becca Fitzpatrick is so cute :D

  4. Lindsey on March 31, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, you made this theme from scratch?! That’s really impressive and I have to say that it is absolutely GORGEOUS! (And the title is very fitting)! ;)

    I loved the soundtrack for Divergent too, it was so awesome! :)

  5. Missie on March 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Great books read during the month! Sounds like you had an awesome month!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  6. Ebony @ Paperbacks & Protagonists on March 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Ooh, what a great wrap up post! I love your new design!

  7. Leigh @ Little Book Star on March 31, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    That’s so awesome that you got to meet Becca Fitzpatrick and the other book lovers. :-) And contemporary books rocks! Sometimes I find myself reading contemporary books after another. Sorry Divergent was a disappointment for you. I haven’t seen it yet, but my friend liked it. I’m kinda ‘ehhh’ about it because of the trailer. Hopefully I’ll find it okay if it’s not awesome. Hope you have a fantastic April, and I love that quote!

  8. Alex @ Life in the Pages on March 31, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I’m really excited for The Museum of Intangible Things, too!

    Oh, I’ve been so obsessed with “Not A Bad Thing”! Makes me happy every time I hear it on the radio. :)

  9. Paij Slater on April 1, 2014 at 3:26 am

    you have been busy! Can’t wait for Aprils fabulous posts :)

  10. Ella on April 1, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Actually, I’m looking forward to those four books you posted :P
    Is Maybe One Day good? I bought my copy but I haven’t decided when to start reading it, is it a tearjerker? thanks!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on April 1, 2014 at 5:39 am

      Yep, Maybe One Day was a tearjerker! It’s a really beautiful tale of friendship! <3

      • Ella on April 1, 2014 at 5:43 am

        Thank you for replying, now I know I won’t read this in public :D

        • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on April 1, 2014 at 5:50 am

          Hahaha, yep better read it in private! *hands you tissue box of feels*

          • Ella on April 1, 2014 at 6:01 am

            Haha! Thanks! I’ll send you a tweet once I needed that tissue box :p

  11. Genissa on April 1, 2014 at 5:40 am

    There are so many great ones set to release this month! I can’t wait for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor. There’s more, but the aforementioned are the ones I can remember off the top of my head right now. :-)

  12. Crini on April 1, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Oh, so many summer books coming out in April!
    Love your new design! So pretty!

    Random question: do you use a plugin for your ‘related posts’?

  13. Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile on April 2, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I’m planning to read contemporaries in summer like I did last year. YA contemporary for the win. I love it especially road trip books.

    You’re pretty much the first person to not like Divergent as much. Hmm.

    Very much looking forward to Love Letters to the Dead and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

  14. Francine Soleil on April 4, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I’m totally in a contemporary kick too. So much so that I’m having a hard time with the non-contemporary review books. :P and I totally love this post because you featured a lot of contemporary books I haven’t read so I bookmarked it. XD

  15. Alexa S. on April 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve said it already, but I love your blog design! It’s really cute, really fun, and just makes me smile whenever I see it.

    Glad to hear you had a pretty awesome March, too! I’m sort of jealous you’re in the Philippines where the weather is probably really hot, while I’m here in New York where it’s still pretty cold. (Gosh, I miss home!). I actually share your thoughts on the Divergent movie, except that I thought Theo did an excellent job bringing Four to life :)

    Here’s to hoping we both have an even more awesome April!

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