May 2017: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

Well, the month started out super amazing, because I was on vacation in LA hanging out with Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) and Gaby. It was THE BOMB (do the kids still say that?). We went to Disney and rode almost all the rides, we ate food, we watched nostalgic movies, we sang Disney songs, and we talked basically non-stop. A+ time basically. Click the link to see us on the teacups being silly and spinny!

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From there, things got…less good. For those who missed it on Twitter, I ended a three year relationship a couple weeks ago. It’s been a long time coming, I think, but neither of us wanted to admit it. We want different things out of the future, and there were problems that were not fixable. It was really hard and sad and awful for a while, but things seem to be settling down. This was my first real, serious relationship, and I’m grateful to him for those three years. Now I’m starting therapy and getting to know me a bit better, so I can move on and be more aware of what I want and need out of life.

Blogging:

With everything going on in May, both reading and blogging took a bit of a hit. I went a full week without finishing a book at the beginning of the month, and I had a couple days during the breakup where I couldn’t manage to read. I ended up getting through 36 books anyway, but only because a lot of them happened to be short (a couple novellas, a graphic novel, some middle grades, etc.). I skipped a couple posting days and a Cover Snark, because I didn’t have the energy to give a damn. I’m a couple weeks behind on ARCs, eight months behind on egalleys, and I just don’t have it in me to care too much right now. I’m doing the best I can, and that’s all I can do. I also haven’t been motivated to Bookstagram even though I have ideas. Here’s my only book haul post from May.

Music:

Though I still mostly haven’t been too much into listening to new music, I’ve been obsessively listening to The Family Crest since the breakup. Absolutely every song is amazing, and they are massively talented musically (so many different sounds and very unique), and they make me feel all the things. If you love The Decemberists and Of Monsters and Men, you should absolutely listen to The Family Crest.

Here’s one of my absolute favorite songs, Beneath the Brine, because DAT CELLO.

Movies & TV:

With Gaby, we rewatched Pirates of the Caribbean and 10 Things I Hate About You. Gillian and I later watched ALL of cycle 8 of AusNTM, which was not my favorite cycle tbh, but obvs fun to watch because always.

Mostly, I’ve been slowly churning through a GOT rewatch, which is fun, but I can only handle so much at a time in my current mood.

In the wake of the breakup, I needed something light to watch, so I rewatched cycle seven of AusNTM. Along a similar vein, I sometimes switch from GOT to the kdrama All About My Romance, which is basically kdrama’s take on The Newsroom focused on politicians instead of journalists.

For Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, I took my parents to see Gifted, which was like two hours of having your heart strings firmly tugged. It was pretty good, though definitely a bit over the top feels-wise. Chris Evans is massively hot and lovable in it, though, and there’s an adorable cat.

Reviews Posted:

Hilariously, this is how many books I reviewed despite having skipped three posting days. I didn’t read as much stuff I really loved (or loathed sometimes), which means less full reviews and more mini reviews. *shrugs*

DNFs:

Hmmm, I didn’t DNF much this month, which could be why I feel a bit bogged down. The bulk of these were very much not for me, though not bad. For example, The Door in the Alley is a very cute middle grade, which I simply felt too old for. Archangel‘s a great sci fi if you’re into action rather than character development. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil was a great procedural type book, and I think if you’re into those sorts of things, you’ll like this; I got bored of it, and I wasn’t invested in any of the characters despite reading rather a lot of it. Girl Out of Water‘s characterization didn’t work for me, but it wasn’t bad.

That said, I very much immediately and strongly disliked most everything about The Vast Fields of Ordinary, Tsubasa: Those With Wings (howwwww is this the author of shippy delight Fruits Basket???), and Seeking Mansfield. For both The One Memory of Flora Banks and Six Impossible Things, I hated that it was about an MC who is OBSESSED to a mega unhealthy degree with their crush.

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