May month-by-month // Birthday, zoom calls, freedom (kinda)

In summary

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:

Looking ahead

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.

Book releases

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!

Music releases

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?

TV releases

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?

22 thoughts on “May month-by-month // Birthday, zoom calls, freedom (kinda)

  1. I’m happy the month has been better for you and yay for a good blogging month, too! ❤ ahhhhhhh someone talking about INFLUENCE! I am so so curious about this book. I was such a huge fan of the pretty little liars series and found it so addictive -well… up until it turned into a series of a thousand million books haha. I feel like Influence has a lot of potential though, so I'm SO very curious to give it a try! 🙂

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    1. Hahah omg in like 2014 I read all the pll books after first seeing the show on Netflix (then I didn’t have Netflix for a bit which was actually kinda good because it meant I had time to finish all the books and then I got to watch the show again), have you read the perfectionists series? I’ve also watched the pll spin-off the perfectionists and the first episode of ravenswood. And yes absolutely I feel like it’s very much the kind of book we’d vibe with? Ooh if we can both get a copy it would be so cool to buddy read if you’re keen!

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      1. I haven’t read the perfectionnists, no! Have you? What do you think of it ? 🙂
        OH YES!! That would be amazing. I’m putting it on my wishlist right away to think of it for when I can next order books!! 😀

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          1. Ohh damn. It’s so strange, amazon is telling me it releases in january 2021? and book depository this june? i’m confused?? It’s this june, right?🙈

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  2. Thank you so much for including my post! Ooh how was The Productivity Project? I’ve been looking for some engaging self-help books lately. I’m rewatching B99 at this point because I miss it so much 😦

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    1. No problem! 😊 I really liked The Productivity Project, it’s got a clear cut layout and isn’t too information heavy, the best thing about it is it has a lot of actionable steps rather than just “do this and you’ll improve your productivity”? And yes omg b99 is so good!


  3. I actually first listed to the Jonas Brothers’ singles yesterday! I prefer X because I love music with a beat! But during finals I was listening to Six Feet by Patent Pending and Killer by The Ready Set on repeat. I discovered both of those through Spotify, which is honestly how I discover most of my new music!

    I’ve found that our blog have more views and engagement as well! Maybe it’s a lockdown thing? Whatever it is, I’m very happy to see our blog grow!

    And I very much appreciate the fact that you shared my post in your wrap up! That post means a lot to me, and it makes me so happy to see that you enjoyed it enough to share it with others! 💕

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    1. Ooh nice! I use Spotify’s release radar but also things like Genius’s album release charts and YouTube weirdly enough always knows what I like to listen to?

      Haha yeah maybe, either way I’m happy too 🙂

      And aw no problem, I really enjoyed your post and it’s something that should be talked about more ❤

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      1. I pretty much only use Spotify because I’m okay with listening to my favorite songs over and over again! So at this point only Spotify can perfectly judge my tastes and provide me with the songs I never knew I needed! But I have been looking for other ways to discover new music, and those both sound like great options!

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        1. That’s interesting, in my experience with things like “discover weekly” spotify has been absolutely terrible at gauging my tastes, that being said recently my “release radar” hasn’t been as great as usual but I can attribute that to the fact that I’ve barely used spotify in the last three months due to instead using an apple music free trial. YouTube is a really good place to find lesser known artists and because I listen to a lot of live versions of my favourite songs there it usually knows what I like, and genius helps me find out about releases from artists I already know 🙂

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  4. Congrats on the improved blog engagement, Cas! You deserve it so much. Also, I’m wishing you all the luck with your university exam, though you’re such a smart and organized person that I know you can do it 🥺
    hope you have a great June, and thank you so much for linking my post!

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  5. yay! i am happy you’ll still be getting a celebration for your birthday once everything goes back to normal. even though i don’t love my birthday, i’ve always seen it as an opportunity to hang out with friends and family and it’s a shame this can’t happen because of our situation. but i hope you’ve had a great day regardless and your celebration later this year will be bomb to compensate!

    i am the absolute worst and i have not listened to the new singles by the jonas brothers. your post called me out completely so i’ll be doing this right now, hahah.

    i’ve never watched prison break and sadly is not available in netflix brazil, but i’m really interested in it. my dad is a fan, but i’ve always thought it was too “adult” for me, but now i realized i am an adult, so it might be alright for me to watch it, hahah. (the sudden realization that i’ll be turning 20 this year 👁👄👁)

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    1. Ahh you’re so sweet 💙💙 haha yes you do need to listen to those singles and let me know what you think :)) + okay I love Prison Break so much and you definitely need to watch it, idk it has a lot of themes that I’m a sucker for, Wentworth Miller is absolutely AMAZING and who isn’t gonna fall for Michael Scofield (I’m rambling but ahh watch it!) And ooh 20 that’s so exciting but also like ahh childhood I feel that? I mean it still hits me that I’m 17 like wow what

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