Books & More – May 2020 edition
I don’t know how everyone is doing but my life can’t get much more boring as it is right now, honestly! And I actually like it boring – BUT it also doesn’t make it interesting. lol
So, what have I been up to?
Besides listening to quite a few audiobooks, I haven’t read as many regular books as I usually do.
I just finished a historical fiction audiobook, The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams, and the connection to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor made it quite the fascinating read for me. Two month ago I watched the first two seasons of The Crown, and I just loved the overlapping connection.
I also finished Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen, a YA novel, that was quite good, but I also felt so OLD reading it.
Before that I listened to The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. I’m still thinking about it, there were a couple creepy and excellent scenes that had me squirming in my seat.
And before that I finished my sixth Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novel, Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. I’m on a roll, and I feel like there is a chance for me to finish them all by September.
I also can’t forget Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore. It wasn’t as compelling as I thought it would be, but I’m very happy that I can check off another book from my 2020 book challenge.
And YAY I finally finished Catch & Kill by Ronan Farrow. It took me way longer than expected, but I did it.
I had a kind of embarrassing book-haul
I bought ONE physical book since the last Books & More edition.
In April I saw that Powell’s in Portland was shipping books for free, and I took the opportunity to grab a couple Anne Bishop hardcovers, that weren’t available anywhere else besides used book stores. BUT I didn’t realized that I only ordered TWO whereas I was missing THREE books in the series. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I put them on my shelf and realized that my series was still incomplete.
So, I had to find myself the missing copy, and I was lucky to find it at a third-party seller on Amazon. Powell’s was already sold out!
I’m kinda failing at adulting
I’m still working hard on keeping a daily routine, with so-so results. And I actually found out something new about myself, I’m HORRIBLE at it. Usually with going to work, long hours and a real schedule, there was a forced routine to most of my days. And my weekends have always been kinda lazy, besides outings with friends etc. But now, since I can spent my days anyway I want to, it’s been really HARD to be productive, besides Bookstgramming, blogging, and reading. It’s a bit eyeopening if I’m honest. And not in a good way. It’s shocking that I never knew that about me and I’m definitely not liking it.
The few regular books I read these last few weeks
Two weeks ago I read one of my most anticipated books of the year, The Switch. And it was actually as good as The Flatshare. Different but with the same enchanting and charming writing, thanks to a super talented author.
I did a re-read of an old Nora Roberts, The Witness. I’ve forgotten how much I enjoyed this one. Again, NR to the rescue.
And I read the latest book by Alessandra Torre the The F List, it was something easy and I finished it in one sitting – one afternoon/evening.
Also this hasn’t happened in a long time, but I read books these last few weeks that I didn’t even track on Goodreads 😳, mediocre from beginning to end.
Something to think about
I mentioned above that I finally finished Catch and Kill, and I must admit it was a much harder read for me than She Said, which I loved. When I talked to Happiest When Reading she brought up an interesting point, that it might actually depend on which book is read first. It got me thinking, because the same happened to me when I read The Giver of Stars and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. So maybe, that’s something I need to consider when it comes to books that cover the same topic.
Some posts I loved
Up for some music?
I’ve been really enjoying all the COVID songs people come up with. Thought you guys might enjoy it.
And last but never least, what I’ve been watching….
I’ve fallen into a hole called OZARK, it’s dark and gritty, and utterly addicting. Jason Bateman has always been a favorite actor of mine. I loved him ever since Arrested Development, This Is Where I Leave You and especially in Bad Words. I finished all three seasons, and now all I can do is wait until 2021. AND I need a new series to binge on. Any ideas?
So, tell me, what have you been up to? What has happened in your neck of the woods? Anything I should be reading, watching, listening to?
Books & More – May 2020 edition