March 2020 Wrap Up & April 2020 TBR

TBR & Wrap UpOh boy, a lot has gone on since we last spoke!

First of all, Happy Easter Sunday to those of you who celebrate it.

Second of all, I hope you are keeping well or as well as you are able, both physically and mentally.

I am hoping to spend the majority of my day face down in a pile of chocolate. You’d be forgiven if you think that’s an Easter Sunday occurrence but worryingly this seems to be an ‘every day’ occurrence while we’re in social lock-down.

I’m very concerned that I’ll be unrecognizable to friends and family when we’re allowed to see each other again.


(actual footage of future me trying to leave the house)

I was going to do the Top 5 Tuesday meme this week which was all about ‘thing’s I’m enjoying while in isolation’ but I didn’t on account of me throwing a bit of a temper tantrum.

Why was I in such a mood?

First of all – I am someone who has so many ‘indoor hobbies’ it hurts; reading, writing, blogging, creative lettering, yoga, gaming, napping (it counts), multiple Netflix series I would love to watch, and for a little bit of salt in the wound – even my cat is an indoor cat and she’s plenty entertaining.


Essentially my introvert superpower has been activated.

I got over my temper tantrum on account of me being an actual adult* but I initially sulked because I saw the Top 5 as things other people were able to do that I didn’t have time for.


Like I said, I got over it. I understand that those things are what are keeping people mentally well. I shouldn’t begrudge anything a thing and don’t!

I’m incredibly fortunate that I’m still employed and able to work from home but on account of being in HR it’s been an incredibly stressful couple of weeks and I may have even had a shower one evening just so I could ugly cry it out. 


I think it was made worse that in the ‘bedding’ period of people going through social isolation lots of people were complaining about being bored and it didn’t help that I was being grumpy and stressed out.

Now, I can’t guarantee that the ‘stress’ part of it is going to go away anytime soon as we’re desperately trying to work things out which are brand spanking new but I’m feeling less like a mardy cow bag which can only be good!

The above is my gloriously lengthy excuse – I mean, explanation – as to why I have not done any friggin’ reading and pretty much failed my #Hamilthon challenge.

It is what it is my little cherry tomatoes!

What I've Been Reading

Monstrous Heart

I read one book and that was the ARC for Monstrous Heart.

Although on the plus side I did manage to get the review up or once – whoop! You can read it here.

Sexy Stats.jpg

One book was read and that one book received 3 stars from me. That’s pretty much all I’ve got!

What Will I Read

I’m not setting myself any book reading goals for April.

It’s already the 12th April and I haven’t picked up a single book. In fact, I haven’t picked up a single book since finishing Monstrous Heart at the beginning of March.

I’m not quite in a reading slump because this is actually not about the want to read but the desire to do other things (like hand-lettering) and not having the time to achieve it all.

If I get to a book, fantastic. If not, well there’s a lot going on right now.

What Have I Been Up To

See above rambling!

Sorry I don’t have anything more to add. I’ve been doing a fair bit of hand lettering in my free time because I find it takes my mind off of things so that’s probably about it.

I haven’t even been putting my contact lenses in. Ugh, the effort.

Blog Hop

Nope. Didn’t do it.

Gosh guys, how much do I suck?!

Can I even call myself a book blogger at this point?!

My life has been work, eat, sleep, eat, work, eat, eat, sleep, work, hand letter, eat, sleep.

Please tell me that you’re managing to somehow to enrich your lives in beautiful ways?

Can you also please reassure me that elasticated waistbands will be on trend in a few months time because I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m going to be wearing forever. 

Come and talk to me in the comments and tell me what you’ve been up to.

What have you been doing in isolation? Are you working from home? Are you a key worker? If so, you’re doing wonderfully, we love you. We love you very much.

I will get round to answering all comments whilst I’m done eating.

Fine, that’s #lies. I’ll answer them whilst eating.

12 thoughts on “March 2020 Wrap Up & April 2020 TBR

  1. Oh Gerry, don’t feel guilty. I have enriched my life in the beautiful ways of eating pizza for lunch, ice cream for snack and peanut butter for my 2am dinner. While people are dying I snack. So… Hang in there, things seem to have begun changing?

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    1. I have been having breakfast, second breakfast, brunch, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. Plus snacks in between. It’s like I’m living in an all inclusive all something 😛

      I just need to start introducing exercise back into my life otherwise I really will be rolled everywhere when the lockdown lifts. We’ve had our lockdown extended until 7th May and then they’ll be another review. They’ll only be able to lift it once they know that infection numbers have decreased. It’s the sensible thing and I’d rather we did the sensible thing then rush it and have there be issues for people!

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      1. Okay okay, I’m on the Hobbit diet too, I admit it. 😂 Especially because I quit cigarettes, I keep shoving things in my stomach. 😂

        Ha, I exercise once per week, I’ll up it soon, there are cool exercise videos of various type on popsugar fitness on Instagram, and on the site too. 🙂 Yeah I know, as long as it takes. :/

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          1. Hahaha same here! I hate exercise with a passion of a 1000 burning suns. I’m doing cardio/dance exercises because anything that needs you to do pushups or planks, or anything where you have to lay down on the floor is a nope from me. 😀

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  2. Ok so imma bout to rant a lil bc I totally feel you about the stress.

    I am off work bc of everything but my mom is a nurse and we’ve been quarantined and it finally ends today! But I have to say I can totally relate to this post. The entire time I was quarantined I couldn’t get into a book like… at all. My dad was living in a hotel as to not get sick and my mom was basically living exclusively in her room and I took care of all the cooking and cleaning-err.. excessive bleaching– so she didnt touch things. I was constantly worried she was gonna get sick and it was just too much. I wound up in this terrible depressive state and just kept baking bc I found it theraputic.. so basically I’m eating a lot of dessert. So I binge watched Riverdale and Legacies and showered every 3 to 4 days. It has been a really rough time mentally. I’ve slacked on my blog and honestly if I could just get into ANY book I would be happy.

    But now for good news my dad is home today and we are all able to be in the same freaking room! Mom is able to leave her bedroom without a mask! My mom didn’t get sick and my family is no longer split. While obviously this isnt over and every day that mom goes to work we could risk winding up back in quarantine… right now it feels like a win. My dogs have gotten lots of snuggles and I hugged my parents today.

    So I’m sending virtual hugs your way

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    1. Oh gosh, it sounds like your life has been more stressful than mine! How are your parents now? Hopefully your mum is still ok and you and your family are able to have contact? I am so unbelievably grateful for all medical front line people at the people (well I always have been grateful) but now more than any is when we need them the most. This is why it’s so incredibly important that people continue the social distancing and lockdown methods. I know its so hard for a lot of people and people are concerned about how to make a living but we need to protect each other and those taking caring of us when the need arises. It’s so important.

      Sorry to hear that it took a toll on your mental health, I’m not surprised it did and not surprised you couldn’t feel motivated to pick up and read. Reading and using your brain takes energy and if its energy you don’t have to spare than it just cant be done. Binge watch whatever, bake whatever and do what you need to do. Hopefully though the fact that your family are out of quarantine will help.

      Give those dogs extra snuggles from me! I keep harassing my cat and she is totally over it.


      1. We are finally out of quarantine and none of us got sick so I think that’s a win! When we were done being quarantined we just all hugged and it was honestly the freaking best. I think that we’ve all been so stressed in this time and I’m just glad to hear that I’m not alone in feeling this way.

        I’m still having trouble finding motivation to do things, but I’m making it! My dogs love snuggles so they’re all about the extra lovin. Idk how they’ll be when I go back to work though!
        Being able to all sit in the same room and watch a movie is incredible, but at the same time now we’re kinda sick of movies. We tried to go hiking today but all the parks were closed… So we’re just going stir crazy. The dogs help a lot and having each other just is so so so much better. Have my fingers crossed that mom won’t get exposed again, because I don’t think I can do that again. Mentally and emotionally it was just too much. But I’m SO glad that we’re all physically fine. I think a lot of us are having difficulties with mental health during this time and sometimes it’s just nice to know that other people get it.

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        1. I think the cracks are appearing in a lot of people’s ‘solidness’ if that makes any sense? People will show it in different ways though and their limits will differ as well. Never judge yourself against someone else’s coping ability, do what you got to do!

          I find that I’m super slow at doing anything, even thinking about getting motivated for something requires motivation I don’t have. It’s just… ugh.

          Am really glad that all is physically well though! I really have my fingers crossed that it continues!


    1. I’m feeling quite work productive at the moment which is good but I’ve been so busy with stuff that I’m now feeling the strain! I think people can give them selves a pass for not feeling/ being productive. Times are odd at the moment!


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