When I was thinking about what I’ve read and watched in May, I realised I haven’t actually finished a book this month.
My habit of half reading a book has returned.
There’s just so many good books to read at the moment! My brain cannot cope or focus on just one, so I’ve flit between several.
I’m sure I’m not the only one guilty of this. If you don’t have a pile of books that you’ve half started or half read then you’re a very committed and focused person!
Instead I want to read all the books I have and read them right now. So I do, but then it takes much longer to finish them. Oops.
The list of what I’ve watched this month includes some long TV series so you’ll see where I’ve spent my time!
So, let’s start with…
What I’ve read in May (well half- read)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Highly recommended and so far, it is a really interesting read. There’s a cast of twelve characters and the book follows their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. I haven’t read anything like this before and I’m looking forward to seeing where it leads.
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
After reading (and loving) Flatshare I had to start The Switch. It’s another unique storyline from O’Leary – Leena has to take a sabbatical and escapes to her Grandmother, Eileen’s. They then decide to swap houses; Eileen goes to live in London and look for love (at eighty) and Leena stays at her Grandmother’s house in Yorkshire.
I wasn’t instantly hooked with this, but I was with Flatshare, which I finished in a few hours. But I am enjoying it.
Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
This was one of the May reads for Beth’s Book Club and it’s filled my Flatshare/rom-com book hole. It’s a brilliant premise – a couple take the same tube every morning to work, one day, Daniel puts a message in the newspaper to the cute girl he sees on the train. Nadia (cute girl) doesn’t see the note until she gets off the train and her friend texts her to tell her about it. And so the near-misses and almost romantic moments begin!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I always return to Jane Austen’s books, as sometimes I prefer to read the stories than watch them. Pride and Prejudice along with Persuasion are my favourites, and I love to dip into them from time to time.
Our Little Lies by Sue Watson
This is similar to the Shari Lapena novels I love. It’s a domestic thriller and I haven’t reached the point where everything is revealed yet, I’m at the beginning of the tension of everyday life. I can feel that something is about to change at any moment and destroy the lives of everyone in the neighbourhood.
What I’ve watched:
Grey’s Anatomy (TV Series, Amazon Prime, 16 seasons)
Yes, I’m late to the party, but Grey’s is worth the hype. I’m now on season five of the medical drama and it’s got everything, romance, drama, family conflict, careers. It’s a must watch!
Modern Family (TV Series, Netflix, 10 seasons)
I mentioned this in last month’s post, but I am loving Modern Family. The final two episodes aired this month and it was the perfect ending to a hilarious and touching series. I have started rewatching it already, and I still laugh out loud at each episode.
Gifted (Film, Amazon Prime)
I absolutely love this film. I first watched it on the plane to LA a few years ago and then watched it on the flight home as well. It’s got a star cast with Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer and Mckenna Grace, and a really unique storyline.
What I’ve watched on YouTube:
Abbie shares midsize outfits and hauls on her channel and this month she recreated her favourite outfits from Friends. I absolutely loved it! Such a creative idea and her outfits are spot on. I’m a Friends fan, can you tell?
Ellie Rose Tyrrell
I love Ellie’s Girl Talk series and I absolutely loved her most recent one with Charlotte Price. They discuss breakups, body image, especially the outdated idea that you need to be skinny to be attractive to men, and hair removal. It’s so relatable and thoughtful.
Also, Ellie always provides me with a much needed reality check. I sometimes fall into old habits or mindsets of what I should be or what other people would want me to be, so discussions like this are really helpful to avoid that!
What have you read or watched this month?
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