May was an interesting month? As far as reading went, not a great one, but in other areas I think I improved a lot compared to April, finally got settled into a routine and started doing more work. In terms of this blog, I’ve gotten a lot more views and engagemnent which I’m really grateful for (kinda funny though because I’ve run out of scheduled posts so it’s been a rush to get posts up in time but lockdown means I do have that time and flexibility). I started with a lockdown birthday, but hopefully going to have some sort of celebration in November maybe. I don’t really have anything else to say about May.
Books I Read:
The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
First Sentence: “While some people have normal interests like sports, music, and cooking, as strange as it might sound, I have always been obsessed with becoming as productive as possible.”
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
First Sentence: “We must, by law, keep a record of the innocents we kill.”
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Sun and Her Flowers
First Poem: “on the last day of love / my heart cracked inside my body”
Average pages read daily: 31
Total pages read: 986
Music of the month:
Apparently I forgot about Gabby Barrett even though I knew her from American Idol, but I’m actually really digging her music. Alaina Castillo’s new EP is really stripped back and that’s why I like it, plus she’s released it in both English and Spanish. Speaking of American talent shows, Chevel Shepherd released music without me knowing about it until now (don’t even talk to me about the most recent season of The Voice though okay), and while all three singles are great I like Mama Got the Chair the most. Two new singles from the Jonas Brothers! And especially Five More Minutes!! Gracie Abrams released another single, Long Sleeves, and brb I’m gonna go cry. I still haven’t listened to Sunshine Kitty in full but I really love the vibe of Tove Lo’s Mateo. New singles from SHY Martin and Clara Mae are also making me happy.
Television of the month:
It was a month of endings? I had to say goodbye (forever) to HTGAWM, as well as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Blacklist (but both are renewed so I can’t wait for more). Someone (my dad, watching the show, and me hearing it and instantly getting suspicious) belatedly informed me that Prison Break is back on Netflix and of course I had to watch it immediately? And I’ve made it part of my nightly routine on weekdays which has helped me sleep earlier (kinda ironic huh) so you can’t deny it’s been a positive influence in my life.
Blog posts of the month:
- Chaima recommends books with casual LGBTQ+ representation
- Caitlin guesses the plots of 2020 releases based on their covers
- May introduces her original book tag, The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag
- Charvi talks about why she doesn’t like critically analysing books
- Malka discusses the portrayal of blended families in books
There’s a lot that could happen in June I guess but a lot of stuff that would’ve happened then has been delayed, so there’s not really anything happening other than things slowly getting back to normal.
I’m vaguely interested in Patrick Ness’s Burn? Kinda similar but slightly more excited feelings about E. Lockhart’s Again Again. Influence by Sara Shepard is giving me huge Beautiful Idols (Alyson Noel) vibes and by extension kinda The Thousandth Floor (Katharine McGee) so I want to give it a go. I don’t remember reading Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited but I clearly loved it, and the synopsis of Kissing Lessons has me hooked. And lastly, but certainly not least, Every Step She Takes by Kelley Armstrong. I’ve read the teaser for this and I cannot wait to read it!
Ah I’m pretty excited for June’s music! I’ve just had a look at the Genius album release calendar to update my list but we’ve got new albums from Keith Urban (We Were, June 5), Nathan Sykes (Untitled, June 12), Dan + Shay (Untitled, June 19), Gabby Barrett (Goldmine, June 19), Gavin DeGraw (Flowers, June 26), Tenille Townes (The Lemonade Stand, June 26), as well as a possible release of OneRepublic’s Human (but honestly I’m super confused about when this is out because it’s been delayed over a year I swear, can I have the album already) plus a new single from NZ artist Navvy, called Pieces, out June 5. Gavin DeGraw and Nathan Sykes are artists that I know for singles (Not Over You in DeGraw’s case, and Almost Is Never Enough/Over and Over Again in Sykes’s case), but I’m really interested to hear more music from them. Keith Urban’s one of those artists where I’ll listen to his new releases but I’m not a huge fan? And Gabby Barrett/Tenille Townes are both quite new to me but I’ve been enjoying their music (I Hope (both versions are great but I first listened to the one featuring Charlie Puth and got chills), The Good Ones, and Hall of Fame in Barrett’s case and Jersey On The Wall (I’m Just Asking), The Most Beautiful Things, Stupid Boy in Townes’s case). There’s also a rumoured new album from Ellie Goulding but that might’ve been delayed?
Ah, I don’t know any, and doubt there will be any. 😦
Oh man I have such an unremarkable life these days but that’s alright, there’s not really anything happening except I have a university exam in the middle of the month and so this is a pseudo-summer holiday but actually just a one month break where I still have high school?
How are things going for you, are you doing okay? Are things slowly getting back to something that vaguely resembles normal?