wrap up

May-June 2021 wrap up

Hello bookworms!! It’s time for the May-June 2021 wrap up. Hahahaha, honestly, I would not even be surprised if you think I’ve incorrectly titled this post. Because it is many, many months late.

After May’s epic organisation (which lasted for a whole two weeks), we’re back to being super late with everything… And I do mean SUPER late. To be fair though, I was also sick for most of June, and then everything kind of spiralled…

However, I am now hoping to correct this, since… *drum roll* I got a new job!! Yes, I made a very scary life decision to leave the job where I worked 10-12 hour days for 8 years, and took a sideways step (similar job, similar pay, different organisation) where I’m hoping that my work/life balance will be a bit more even. And I have to say, the first two weeks have been a bit chaotic. But I think it will settle soon though.

So, keep your fingers crossed that I might actually achieve a regular posting schedule again by the end of the year. (FYI, this is going to be a series until we catch up… and at this rate, catching up won’t happen until December…)

With that in mind, let’s look at what I did in May-June!!

May-June 2021 wrap up

what i read

After my extensive reading in April, I’m actually pleased to say that I read a reasonable number of books in May. Yes, I’m very happy with reading 8 books. However, I then went on to read a total of TWO books in June.

Clip from Game of Thrones where a nun is walking the streets ringing a bell, with a crowd of people screaming

Joking. I try not to shame myself for not reading a lot (thankfully, because just wait until you see the July-August wrap). Also, as I mentioned above, I was sick for most of June.

SYMBOLS
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
โš”๏ธ fantasy โ›ฑ contemporary ๐Ÿš€ sci-fi
๐Ÿฐ historical fiction โค๏ธ romance ๐Ÿ” crime / mystery
๐Ÿคก thriller ๐ŸŽ€ classic ๐ŸŽ“ dark academia
๐Ÿบ paranormal ๐Ÿ„ urban fantasy ๐Ÿ† smut
๐Ÿชด non-fiction ๐Ÿฅธ humour ๐ŸŽ™ biography / memoir
๐Ÿ–ค BIPOC author ๐Ÿ—ฃ own voices ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ queer rep
๐Ÿง  mental health rep โ™ฟ๏ธ disability rep ๐Ÿž body positivity
๐ŸŒ‘ dark themes ๐ŸŽฎ nerd references ๐Ÿˆ sport references
๐Ÿงธ middle grade ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ young adult ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ new adult / adult
๐Ÿ“” hardcover ๐Ÿ—’ paperback ๐Ÿ“ฑ ebook
๐Ÿ’ฅ graphic novel ๐ŸŽง audiobook ๐ŸŽ gift
๐Ÿฅฐ friend pick โฐ ARC / review copy ๐Ÿจ Aussie author / #loveozya
๐Ÿšซ DNF ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ buddy read ๐ŸŒ€ reread
๐Ÿ“š Beat the Backlist ๐Ÿญ PopSugar

Emoji table for reference

the books

Book
Author
Series
Symbols / Year of publication
Rating
Cover
A Favour for a Favour Helena Hunting All In #2 โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ
2019
4 A Favour for a Favour by Helena Hunting
A Secret for a Secret Helena Hunting All In #3 โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ
2020
3 A Secret for a Secret by Helena Hunting
Little Lies Helena Hunting โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿง  ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ
2020
3 Little Lies by Helena Hunting
All Rhodes Lead Here Mariana Zapata โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ
2021
3 All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata
Siege and Storm Leigh Bardugo Grishaverse #2 โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ“š
2013
4 Grishaverse 2: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising Leigh Bardugo Grishaverse #3 โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ“š
2014
5 Grishaverse 3: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Tokyo Ever After Emiko Jean Tokyo Ever After #1 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ โฐ
2021
4 Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Butterface Avery Flynn The Hartigans #1 โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿž ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ
2018
3 Butterface by Avery Flynn
Six of Crows Ligh Bardugo Six of Crows #2 โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐ŸŒ€
2015
5 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Muffin Top Avery Flynn The Hartigans #2 โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿง  ๐Ÿž ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ“ฑ
2018
3 Muffin Top by Avery Flynn

the faves

Best book of the month was Ruin and Rising, by far. I really enjoyed it. Far more than I actually expected it to. Especially after only giving Shadow and Bone 3.5 stars, and I would have given Siege and Storm the same if I was giving out half stars still. Honestly, I was so close to giving S&S 3 stars, but the ending pushed it to 4. Just. But Ruin and Rising was excellent. I know it’s somewhat controversial, but I thought the ending was really appropriate the the characters. Also, I did a reread of Six of Crows and changed my rating from a 4 to a 5. I love this series more every time I read it.

I also want to give a shoutout to Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean. It’s one of the better review books that I have read this year. Honestly, it was so good, and exactly what I needed. But also, I hope there’s like 19 more books in this series. โค๏ธ

what i did

Thank goodness I actually took notes of what I did in May and June!!

  • I got my first and second COVID vaccination in May!! As someone who is immunosuppressed, I fell into one of the first categories to get this, as if I got COVID, I wouldn’t be able to fight it. Which is super bad.
  • I also we shopping at IKEA with my mum for Motherโ€™s Day
  • I signed up for 24 in 72 hour arcathon โ€“ and I read nothing (wild success?!)
  • We went for a date night at the movies!!
  • I also started redoing posts for SEO, and am SLOWLY working my way back through all of my old posts
  • I learned that there is a Peppa Pig episode (Mr Skinny Legs) where they say that spiders won’t hurt you. And that the episode was BANNED in Australia, because we have 3 types of spiders that will actually kill you, and a whole host that will just poison you, but you may not die from their bites. And where I grew up we had a bunch of the deadly ones living around the farm. So, that was fun!

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gaming

  • I played some Animal Crossing: New Horizons in May… and I have not played it since. ?
  • I have, however, been playing a LOT of The Sims 4. But I can’t remember which I expansion pack I was playing this many months ago.
  • By the end of June, I think I was still playing only 2 campaigns of D&D. There’s Tikke, my rogue kobold in our dungeon campaign, The Under-Mountain. And Karou, my cleric tiefling, in our sailing campaign, Into the Big Blue. I actually made virtual figurines of all of my characters (as in, every characters I’ve ever played) on Hero Forge. One day I might get them printed and painted, but for now, it’s nice to create and make tokens from them.

tv and movies

Things I watched in May and June were:

  • Shadow and Bone episodes 5-8
  • Community season 5 episodes (we watched a couple of episodes, but we essentially quit after Donald Glover left the show)
  • Tom Clancyโ€™s Without Remorse
  • Fleabag season 1-2 (AMAZING โ€” HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!)
  • Pride and Prejudice (rewatch x 4)
  • Pride and Prejudice BBC series (rewatch)
  • Sense and Sensibility BBC series (rewatch)
  • Persuasion (2007)
  • Mansfield Park (2007)
  • American Gods season 3
  • Pitch Perfect (rewatch)
  • Pitch Perfect 2 (rewatch)
  • A Quiet Place
  • A Quiet Place Part II (in the cinema!)
  • The Road to El Dorado
  • The Emperorโ€™s New Groove (rewatch)
  • Love, Victor season 1
  • The Way Home
  • The Last Skywalker (rewatch)
  • Clarksonโ€™s Farm season 1

I’m sad to say that you’ll be seeing a lot less Pride and Prejudice on here from now on. Netflix removed it in June on the Australian version (I was probably the only person watching it…) so from July you’ll be seeing a very different looking list!!

on my blog

Top 5 Tuesday for May was all about adaptations. Book, movie, better, worse and wishlist!! Let’s just say, I was feeling inspired by the Shadow and Bone tv series!! May topics were:

I also participated in a Let’s Talk Bookish post, about why I read middle grade books. It was fun, and I keep meaning to join more often, but alas, time has not permitted me yet.

June’s Top 5 Tuesday was definitely not themed. It was a bit of a mish-mash of topics, but it was fun anyway. June topics were:

I do prefer a themed month, but some months I just have random prompts that don’t really fit with anything else. And June just happened to be one of those months.

on your blogs

I was so behind on blog hopping that it’s actually embarrassing. My personal inbox was out of control. Like, I had over 700 unread emails, which I’m 92% sure were all blog posts. But also I have lost things like postage tracking receipts for all the things I’ve been buying in lockdown… So I really needed to have a giant clean-up (and visit a lot of posts too).

I have caught up now, but I’ll share some posts in my July-August wrap up. (Because there sure won’t be many books read!!)

How were your last few months?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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