How have you all been? I’ve missed you blogging friends! Attack of the Book Slump left me pretty much M.I.A for the last three months – I’m so sorry! For some reason, reading – and anything and everything to do with it – just completely left me behind like some kind of adverse food reaction. It hasn’t been this bad for several years but as work life got ramped up and crazy (*eye rolls*), the usual solace I found in escaping into the pages of books suddenly seemed like hard work. I stopped listening to audiobooks and bookish podcasts, I didn’t even read or keep up with my blog or Goodreads accounts – zilch!
I have literally gone from being 4 books ahead of my 2021 reading target to being 6 books behind! For anyone who has asked me about reviewing their books or sent me an email or blog comment during these past few months, I’m dreadfully sorry and I will definitely get around to catching up soon.
In teacher life – I have 9.5 days in my current place of work before I am escaping onto a new adventure – still teaching but at an entirely different school setting! Pandemic aside, the last two years at my current workplace have really taken chunks out of my soul – my mental health reached new lows, but finally… the end is nigh! My new school is so fantastic and I feel incredibly proud to have been given a job there. I know the workload and expectations are going to be higher than ever given what I’m walking into but I can’t wait to belong to part of a bigger team again.
Elsewhere in life, the cinema is finally open again – I am loving being back in front of the big screen. I’d forgotten quite how loud the IMAX speakers could be until I heard Godzilla’s almighty ROAR! The horse racing yard that I am a part of has had the most spectacular start to the season and the horse I actually own has won 2 races! We’re all super proud of him. There is a whole vibe of positivity and celebration in the air at the moment which is definitely boosting the spirits.
The rest of this Wrap Post follows my usual format (Past Reads, Current Reads, Upcoming Reads, Films/TV, Music/Podcasts, Pokemon Go) so feel free to skip any irrelevant parts!
What I’ve Been Reading
So, somewhere along the reading road I hit a few bumps. March saw an incredible mission to try and complete the Taylor Swift themed ‘Tis the Damn Readathon which was challenging but great fun. You can read my wrap for that here.
April then saw me surrounded in the worlds of The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox and House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas, both of which I loved (I mean, SJM never fails to have me reaching for the tissues!).
In May I read absolutely nothing! 🙈
June saw my self-imposed NetGalley deadline guilt kick in and I finally picked up All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue. An intriguing YA debut based around a mystical tarot deck – review coming up next week!
I’m currently reading These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden which is definitely satisfying my need for a more adult fantasy novel. There’s a lot to sink my teeth into but I’ve just about reached the halfway point.
I have Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim and She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan in my NetGalley reading pile which are both exciting, upcoming July releases. Rumour has it, I’ll be getting them both as physical copies very soon as well… 👀!
I have a review request from Brittany Willows for her Urban/YA Fantasy novel Bloody Spade and I am also part way through graphic novel series called Fiery Crown by Charles Cutting which I’ll be making real efforts with over this Summer. Watch this space for these reviews!
What I’ve Been Watching
I have unfortunately succumbed to the Bridgeton hype! I wasn’t exactly bowled over by the storyline but I did love the costumes and the set-dressing! The return of the cinema has been so welcome and I’ve managed to go at least once, if not twice a week – thank goodness for my Cineworld Unlimited Card! I had my first 4DX experience for Fast and Furious 9 which was. So. Much. Fun. It’s not quite the immersive experience that the Avatar Flight of Passage ride is at DisneyWorld but it definitely kept me awake late on a Friday evening!
Looking back at my Netflix viewing activity from April, May and June – I now know what may have added to the diversion away from reading… enter: The Bold Type! This is one of my favourite shows ever! I’m so sad that Season 5 is going to be the finale but I’m praying it comes to Netflix soon; I have to keep blitzing past the spoilers on Instagram!
- Love Wedding Repeat [Film – Netflix]
- The Bold Type [Seasons 1-4 – Netflix]
- Shadow and Bone [Season 1 – Netflix]
- Things Heard and Seen [Film – Netflix]
- Ibiza [Film – Netflix]
- Something Borrowed [Film – Netflix]
- The Perfect Date [Film – Netflix]
- Bridgerton [Season 1 – Netflix]
- The Woman in the Window [Film – Netflix]
- Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant [Films – Netflix]
- Second Act [Film – Netflix]
- In the Shadow of the Moon [Film – Netflix]
- Can You Keep a Secret [Film – Netflix]
- Friends: The Reunion [Sky]
- Game of Thrones [Seasons 1-3 – Sky]
- Ugly Betty [Season 1 – Disney +]
- Godzilla vs Kong [Cinema]
- Cruella [Cinema]
- A Quiet Place Part II [Cinema]
- In The Heights [Cinema]
- Fast ad Furious 9 [Cinema]
- Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard [Cinema]
- Dream Horse [Cinema]
What I’ve Been Listening to
- Fearless (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift
- Staying at Tamara’s – George Ezra (this album always gives me major summer vibes)
- The Lion’s Roar – First Aid Kit
- In the Heights (film soundtrack)
- Dolly Parton’s America (podcast)
Pokemon Go Update
Sometimes it feels like PoGo is the one constant in my life – even if just for 5 minutes everyday! 🙈😂
April, May and June’s Shiny Haul
My Trainer Code: If any fellow Pogo players want to add me, my trainer code is: 8327 7170 2277
And that’s a wrap! How are you all doing? What are you looking forward to this July? If you’re a Bold Type Fan or Shadow and Bone fan feel free to let me know or send me a comment about what you thought of the series!
As always, drop me a comment to chat! ☺️