Bookish: May 2019 Wrap Up & June 2019 TBR

TBR & Wrap UpOh heckin’ heck. 

The slump that sunk it’s teeny tiny claws into me in April grew some bloody teeth and bit down harder in May.

I said that April contained the grandest of book slumps but I was lying. I was lying to you, to myself and to whatever bookish deity that was shaking its head at me.

At least I maintained consistency. Sure, that consistency meant one book was read the entire month but hey, who’s counting?

I am! I am counting and I counted ONE BOOK. Again. For a hot minute it looked like I wouldn’t even be consistent with that and I was on track to read nowt.

It’s ok because the only way is up. Right? Guys? Right??


What I've Been Reading

what happen's now

What Happens Now? is an ARC due for release in August which I read in May because I needed something light and fluffy which contained the nutritional value content of a stamp. ARC review is pending.

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If I thought April was not a good reading month then May was even worse. I read one book in April and one book in May but at least I gave the April book 3 stars (The Confessions of Frannie Langton). Unfortunately What Happens Now? was a 2 star read for me and didn’t quite free me from the slump.

What Will I Read

Maybe two books?

I’m determined to make June a better month. Absolutely determined. 

At this stage two books would be double my current reading rate so I’ll take it. Four books would be even better but if I’m honest, let’s not get too excited.

Ok, let’s get excited anyway.

I am in fact, currently reading a book. Phew.

So here we go, June’s crazy plans:-

  • Once Upon a Curse: 17 Dark Faerie Tales by Various (I’m currently reading this one so that’s something)
  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal (an ARC for May that I should have read by now)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke (an ARC for July that I’m actually super psyched to read)
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (part of my Mini Magic Challenge)

Cross all your fingers and all your toes and pay homage to the keeper of the books.

What Have I Been Up To

I’ve been working an excessive amount again but things should hopefully be turning a corner as we now have a temp coming in to help us for six months. I’m hoping this will actually help with the reading slump as one of the reasons I haven’t been reading is because my brain has been nearing burnout.

It was my lovely husband’s birthday in May and so I treated him to a nice steak dinner and a shopping trip in Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays!


A while ago I may have mentioned that I was participating in the NYC Short Story Challenge where you are given a genre, a subject and a character and then have to write a 2,500 story in 8 days.

I was given comedy, incompetence and an astronomer and was very pleased to have been placed 3rd in my heat for my story ‘Stars’ where I then advanced to Round 2.

For Round 2 I was given spy, disorganization and a computer programmer and had to write a 2,000 story in 3 days. Unfortunately I didn’t advance to the final round but I placed 5th in my heat and received an Honorable Mention for my story ‘The Spider in the Hive.’

Spy genre is 100% not my thing. I don’t read it and I don’t even watch it for TV or movies so I feel like I spent the first day researching the spy genre and all that entailed! Because I really cant get into the spy genre I twisted it a bit and made it spy-fi: spy fiction with a science fiction lean.

I would have loved to have advanced to the final round but I’m so chuffed to have been placed 5th with that HM – especially with a genre that I don’t even like! I’ve received feedback for my story and I had such fun doing it that I’ve signed up to the NYC Flash Fiction Challenge which starts July!


Last but in no ways least building work has started on our house. We’re getting a new conservatory and doing our dining room because it hasn’t been done for a million years. I’m guessing.

This is what is looks like at the moment – not so pretty but we have plans 😉


I’m hoping that everyone’s May’s went better than mine but it does seem that I’m the outlier with this particular month.

Let me know what you’ve got planned or if you’ve read the books I’m planning on reading and what you think of them!


12 thoughts on “Bookish: May 2019 Wrap Up & June 2019 TBR

  1. How cool about the flash fiction challenge, and congrats on doing so well even though you didn’t take the grand prize! I also don’t read spy fiction so I wouldn’t even know where to begin… 5th is impressive!!!

    I hope June is a much better reading month for you, Gerry!

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    1. Thank you very much! Yeah… spy fiction isn’t exactly my ideal genre so I’m very pleased to come 5th in my heat with a honourable mention!

      June’s not looking so great but hey, it is what it is!


  2. Goodness, I am sooo looking forward to Pan’s Labyrinth too! I am a huge fan of Cornelia Funke, and though I’m a bit too creeped out to watch the entire movie, that’s on my bucket list for a future day. I requested it too not long ago, so fingers crossed. 😊

    By the way, congrats on placing 5th for the short story challenge! I mean, who cares if you’ve read only one book, the short story is a much more awesome accomplishment in my opinion!

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    1. I’ve not read any Cornelia Funke but I do know who she is so I’m very hopeful that this is a winner for me!

      Oh gosh I love the movie! It’s 100% creepy and there’s still some scenes which I find incredibly tense even now and I know what happens. It’s absolutely one of my favourites though because it’s the dark, adult fairy tale of my nightmares and yet it shows so wonderfully well that humans are more monstrous at times than monsters. It’s strangely beautiful in some places too though, if you watch it you’ll know what I mean!

      Thank you very much! It’s a good little accomplishment to have had!

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      1. My favorites of Cornelia Funke’s is The Thief Lord (and maybe Inkheart), so hope you love it; I am most certainly excited to pick up a new book of hers for the first time in years. 😊

        I didn’t know this movie had such themes, so I’m more willing to watch it now! My high school teacher showed me a clip of that monster that puts its eyeballs on its hands (am I thinking of the right movie?), so I just thought it was more of a horror movie lol. I’m on vacation rn at home, so maybe I’ll borrow it from the library this week!

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        1. Yes, there is definitely a monster that has eyeball hands and he is truly a horrific creation. That whole scene is just amazingly tense and Doug Jones just suits those kind of role because of what he can do contortion wise. It’s such a layered movie with pretty much scenes of violence from the get go but it’s not gratuitous, it sort of brutally highlights some horrific times and horrific people.

          Definitely watch it, I’d love to know what you think!

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          1. I watched it!!! Oh my goodness, that ending was so bittersweet. It’s great that the MC got a happy ending herself, but still, she kinda died? I didn’t know whether I should be crying or not lol.

            Also, the villain was great! Loved the ending because I began to feel sad when he hands his son over and asks to tell him his name when he grows up, but then they tell him no before killing him. Movie kinda subverts redeeming the villain by reminding you that dude’s done some vile stuff, and the last emotion you should feel for him is pity? It’s kinda cool they rejected romanticizing him in the end. 😀

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            1. Oh definitely cry, I know I did. It was such a wrenching end and yeah, kind of happy? But still incredibly sad.

              Oh I didn’t feel sad at that bit with his son at all, for me it was such poetic justice, the one thing he cared about he doesn’t get and after all he did to people it was just so deserved! I honestly love the movie though, it’s one of my absolute favourites.

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              1. Exactly, he deserved it! Movies nowadays try too hard to humanize their villains, but some villains don’t deserve romanticization after all the shite they’ve pulled. Loved that blunt reminder at the end there. 😀

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