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March Round Up

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Goodbye March! You were quite fun, but I’m very ready for April.

Fave 5 3 from the blog in March

New Stuff

Links I Loved


My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins
Look how pretty this book is! Gold foil, neon pink edges, lovely illustrations. It’s a collection of short romantic stories set around Christmas (so just the thing for Springtime…), all by YA authors. I got it to complete my Rainbow Rowell shelf but I liked most of the other stories too. [Buy on Amazon]

Kawaii! Japan’s Culture of Cute by Manami Okazaki
I was sent this to review back in 2013 and only read my favourite bits and browsed enough to write about it (read my review at SCK). I finally read through the rest and really recommend it if you’re interested in Japanese illustration, design, fashion etc. There are some big names in kawaii interviewed and lots of history about how the fancy goods industry started and grew into all the crazy character goods we covet. [Buy on Amazon]

I also caught up on a ton of magazines and my coffee table looks so much tidier.


Space Brothers
I hope to visit the JAXA space facility in Tsukuba during my Japan trip and I was recommended this Japanese anime series as a lot of it is set there. It’s about a guy who decides to apply to be an astronaut to follow his brother who is training to go to the moon. The story has flashbacks to when they were space nerd kids as well as tons of cool astronaut training stuff plus lots of the usual amusing anime subplots. It’s streaming on Crunchyroll.

The Night Manager
Blah blah John le Carré, BBC, Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston etc. etc. If you’re in the UK and not watching this, you may as well apply for a refund on your TV license. It is pretty great although rather implausible at times. Also way too many arty shots of sunrises and slowly crawling insects. Special props to Hugh Laurie who is terrifying and Tom Hollander who is hilarious (and terrifying).

The People vs OJ Simpson
I wasn’t initially convinced, thinking it was very trashy but now I see that was deliberate and it’s becoming more and more serious. As a Brit, this wasn’t as huge a deal here so I only know the general details and I’m continually horrified. Every time I think they’re going over the top it turns out that really happened.

The Americans
So excited this is back! One of the most tense and unpredictable shows ever. Can’t wait to see how this season plays out.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Shout out as I laughed so much during the latest Pontiac Bandit escapade that I realised I can never watch this show in company as I would completely embarrass myself. ❤️

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