wrap up

May ’20 wrap-up

Good morning bookworms!

2020 has been a time. One of my friends was joking that she and her sister are going to make a tour band style t-shirt for 2020, but instead of concerts, it’s just going to be all the shit that is going on in the world this year against each month. I imagine it’s going to look something like this:

January | Bushfires
February | Floods
March | Global pandemic
April | Isolation
May | Murder hornets

At this point, I can’t tell if June is going to be police brutality, rioting, racism or JK’s transphobia, but regardless it’s shaping up to be a pretty crappy month. However, I hope that good things come from this month. I have been spending a lot of this month reading, listening and learning about racial injustices, and having frank conversations with my family members. And Australia is not exempt from this – the way our indigenous people are treated is just as horrendous, and their health, education and socio-economic statistics are far below those of white people. Even for simple things, like there is a ten year difference in life expectancy if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person than if you are white. We have absolutely decimated their culture, and it breaks my heart to see the statistics of how many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are still being taken from their families. We also need to step up and do more to ensure that they are being treated fairly, but do it in a way that doesn’t mean they have to assimilate to our western culture. If you’re not in Australia and want to support the Black Lives Matter cause, this is a link to heaps of information, including petitions to sign, places to donate, info for protests, as well as resources that you can read. There are also links to hashtags around the world for more information for your country.

This last week I’ve also been teaching my family about transgender issues and how she-who-shall-not-be-named is hurting people that are my friends with her bigoted comments. I still don’t understand how her being abused by her husband (FYI, family and domestic violence is also something I will stand up against) gives her the right to decide what gender people identify as. And to say something like that during pride month when we should be celebrating the successes of the queer community… I just… I have no more words. (But I will share this link from an old post where I yelled lots about that woman and poor diversity representation… My thoughts haven’t changed.)

Basically, 2020 can go take a long walk off a short plank, into some deep, shark and piranha infested waters.

what i read

OK, let’s talk about books. I read some. *grumps* Sorry, let’s try this again…

Hi bookworms! I read eight books last month, which was pretty … average! (Current monthly average is 8.4 books, in case you were wondering…) But most importantly, I finally finished an ARC that I have been reading for THREE months. Huzzah!

SYMBOLS
Symbol Key Symbol Key Symbol Key
βš”οΈ fantasy β›± contemporary πŸš€ sci-fi
🏰 historical fiction ❀️ romance πŸ” crime / mystery
🀑 thriller πŸŽ€ classic 🌿 non-fiction
πŸ—£ own voices πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ queer ♿️ disability rep
πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ YA 🧸 MG πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦³ Adult
πŸ“– physical book πŸ“± ebook 🎧 audiobook
πŸ’₯ webcomic / graphic novel πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ buddy read πŸŒ€ reread
πŸ“š Beat the Backlist ⏰ ARC / review copy 🐨 Aussie author / #loveozya
🎩 Of Wonderland
(May: myths and folklore)
🍚 YARC πŸ₯° friend pick

Emoji table for reference

 

Book

Author

Series

Symbols

Rating (/5)

Cover

Him Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy Him #1 β€οΈΒ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦³Β πŸ“±

4

Him
The Switch Beth O’Leary β›±Β β€οΈΒ πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦³Β πŸ“–Β β°

5

The Switch
Aurora Rising Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff The Aurora Cycle #1 πŸš€Β β™ΏοΈΒ πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈΒ πŸ“–Β πŸ“šΒ πŸ¨

5

Aurora Rising
Bookish and the Beast Ashley Poston Once Upon a Con #3 β›±Β β€οΈΒ πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈΒ πŸ“±Β β°

4

Bookish and the Beast
Of Curses and Kisses Sandhya Menon St Rosetta’s #1 β›±Β β€οΈΒ πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈΒ πŸ“–Β πŸš

2

Of Curses and Kisses
Her Royal Highness Rachel Hawkins Royals #2 β›±Β β€οΈΒ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈΒ πŸ“–Β πŸ“š

5

Her Royal Highness
The Night Country Melissa Albert The Hazel Wood #2 βš”οΈΒ πŸ€‘Β πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈΒ πŸ“–Β β°

3

The Night Country
One Moment Please Amy Daws Wait With Me #3 Β β€οΈΒ πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦³Β πŸ“±

4

One Moment Please

Favourite for this month is probably The Switch by Beth O’Leary. It’s definitely the one I have thought about most since finishing it (acknowledging it’s also the only one I’ve written a book review for)!

I also ended up bumping Date Me, Bryson Keller from last month from a 4 to a 5 because I cannot stop thinking about that book. I think I’m going to reread it again soon.

what i did

General

I worked. I’m pretty sure that was all I did in May. It certainly felt like it, at any rate…

Gaming

I have kind of slowed playing Animal Crossing… I don’t really have the time to commit to playing it at the moment, so the state of my island is frustrating me. I did go back to Stardew Valley at one stage (because it’s not real time, I feel less judged if I don’t play it for a month…) so that was nice to do that. I’m nearly finished my fourth year in it, and I’ve done almost everything… I probably just need to spend time mining and killing monsters.

D&D

We finished season 1 of our main campaign, so Chuck (our DM) is taking a very well earned break, and we all got to pat ourselves on the back for not dying. YAY!! I finally got into a really good groove with it towards the end as I was grappling with my character’s motivations and how she could help the group, but I totally got there in the end, which was so rewarding.

One of the others has started a Star Wars version that we’re currently playing every second Sunday night. It’s so different from our usual ‘fantasy’ story but I’m enjoying it.

TV and movies

Things I finally watched in May were:

  • Hawaii Five-0 season 10 AND NOW IT’S OVER FOREVER and I’m trying not to cry
  • The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina season 3, which was fine
  • Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn – I’m going to try not to rant about this, but I really did not like it. There were a couple of scenes that I loved, but the one part I hated the most was when they did the Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and it was like a poor imitation of Moulin Rouge and I’ve never in my life been so mad at Ewan McGregor for agreeing to do that.
  • Nancy Drew season 1 – I LOVED Nancy Drew when I was growing up, I read all of them (plus the Hardy Boys mysteries) and despite the new TV series taking a LOT of liberties, I actually really loved it. It’s freaking scary though (I am a total wuss) and Dead Lucy and her bloody jump scares freaked me the f*** out. One of my friends told me to watch it as she had already watched it, so the entire week that it took me to watch 18 episodes I just spam texted her my guesses for plot and thoughts and she rang me at one point and just laughed at me. It was a nice quarantine bonding session.
Music

I’m pretty sure I just listened to 6,000 hours of Taylor Swift, as per usual. I might have added some Fall Out Boy in too…

Oh! And I rediscovered the Buffy the Vampire Slayer soundtrack from my teen years. I was surprised by how many songs I still knew the lyrics to.

on my blog

I barely blogged in May. I can’t tell if I’m slumping, or if I’m just tired from working longer hours than usual (mixed with working from home still, in the room that is usually my reading/blogging sanctuary).

My fave May post was undoubtedly Top 5 Cute Romances though, and I had a lot of fun writing it, which I think showed. It definitely reminded me that I want to get back to writing lists of books that I really loved!!

on your blogs

Guess what?! I caught up on blog-hopping. Technically I did the last 200-ish posts on 1 June, but I’m taking it for a win because that last week in May I smashed through over 1,000 posts. And I had fun doing it (which, let’s be honest, is kind of weird). So, here are a BUNCH of posts that I loved but I had to limit myself I’m #sorrynotsorry for the long list, but please keep in mind this was originally a LOT longer…

Also, I want to take a moment to APPRECIATE the number of posts I saw that had suggestions of books to read during quarantine. I wish that I had more time to read while being at home, but I hope some of you took notes on these amazing books:

I also saw heaps of posts to help with blogging:

And, finally, but perhaps MOST IMPORTANTLY, Clo @ Cuppa Clo has started to build the bookworms of the world an island. Honestly, I’d go there right now. Even if it is feeling a little bit ‘Survivor-y’, and I’m pretty sure I’d get voted off quickly…

A clip from the TV show Survivor where the host of the show says "The Tribe has spoken" and outs out someone's tiki torch. This means that the person has been voted off the island.
Thanks for having me…
How was your May?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

20 Comments

  • Kay @ Hammock of Books

    lmaooo don’t forget WW3 and economy crashing and burning for your tour shirt. I probably listened to 6000 hours of Taylor Swift too lol she be getting me thru quarantine. hope you’re having a good June!

    • meeghan

      Thanks Kay!! I really want her to release Cruel Summer as a single with an awesome film clip, but I think she’s only released ONE of my faves songs (from each album) as a single. I must like obscure songs… 😭

  • Charvi

    Aww thanks for including my post! Haha that band tshirt idea sounds great and I’m glad you had some success with DnD. I don’t know if I’m visiting your blog after a long time or what but I really love the colours and graphics 😍

    • meeghan

      Thanks Charvi!! I went self-hosted in March and I think I screwed up the transfer of previous followers as I seem to have lost… a lot?!!
      I think we should petition my friend to make a lot of these and sell them… Looking forward to the asteroid attack in August!! πŸ˜‚

        • meeghan

          I think I broke it. I need to figure out what happened and how to get it back!! (I’m so sorry!!)

        • meeghan

          I don’t know what I’ve done with the wordpress follow button…?! I can’t even find it in my widgets, but I’ve put the email follow button up. I hope that helps! x

        • Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

          Meeghan!! thank you SO much for mentioning me, you’re an angel, it makes me happy that you liked the post πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈβœ¨ & I LOVE your wrap ups so much, they’re always super organized! I hope June is being a wonderful month for you in reading and in life πŸ₯°

    • meeghan

      Thanks Evelyn!! June is definitely shaping up to be better, with 6 books done already… Not sure how I’m doing this…
      Also, I’ve been meaning to tell you, I’m not getting notifications if you respond to my comments on your blog. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not logged in properly??

        • meeghan

          That’s ok. It might be me?!! I’ll come for a scroll through soon and check for responses (but just letting you know I’m not ignoring you intentionally!!) πŸ’•

  • Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

    Meeghan!! thank you SO much for mentioning me, you’re an angel, it makes me happy that you liked the post πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈβœ¨ & I LOVE your wrap ups so much, they’re always super organized! I hope June is being a wonderful month for you in reading and in life πŸ₯°

    • meeghan

      Thanks Sofii!! What can I say? I’m a spreadsheet and data girl all the way to my… blog?! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Sending amazing wishes to you for June as well xx

  • Rukky @ Eternity Books

    Aww, it wasn’t too bad of a month ❀ I hope you’re able to take a little break from work and treat yourself to something fun soon! I haven’t seen/heard about the Nancy Drew series, and well, I have to check it out now! Though I’m terrified that it’ll terrify me lol. I watched the new 2019 (i think) movie at night, and the weird pig haunted thing scared the heck out of me, but I tried to pretend that it didn’t (nonetheless, I saved the rest of the movie for the next very sunny and bright day πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) Idk if I’d survive the series lol
    Anyways, I hope June at least ends on a much more happier note! Happy reading ✨

  • Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    “Basically, 2020 can go take a long walk off a short plank, into some deep, shark and piranha infested waters.”

    Yes it can >.> I sometimes think back to the end of 2019 when we were all bright eyed and ready for a new decade, thinking 2020 was going to be wonderful. Then 2020 came and laughed at us all ugh. I want a refund on this year. Also I am so proud of you for doing all that blog hopping! You did so well <3 Eeek thanks for sharing my posts and my Island Adventures one *pets that series* I can't wait to finally figure out that damned plot for it haha

    • meeghan

      I’m hoping that we can look back on 2020 as the end of a decade now, and not the start of a new one!! πŸ˜‚

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