Okay - this was the month that I went ALL IN on Sarah J. Maas books. I saw Becca post on Instagram about the second book in the Crescent City books, and basically I started reading it and never looked back. But I did manage to read a few other books this month, too.
Since I'm still sloooowly transitioning into this new year, I thought it'd be a good time to share my favorite books that I read over the past year. I don't keep a close count on how many I read, but I think that it was between 70 and 80, so there are lots to choose from! I'm not narrowing this down to any specific number - just sharing the books that I really loved (not in any particular order).
My reading always dips this time of year... I get sucked into watching TV and movies and lean into just relaxing and tuning out. I do hope to make it through a few books while I'm off, though! I have some new books that I'm really looking forward to getting into. As always - leave me your recommendations in the comments!
This week was kind of rough for me. I started the week already feeling exhausted, and the weather definitely did not help bring up my energy levels at all! I actually have a fun weekend planned, though - my first show back through the Cultural Trust! I feel safe about going because they're requiring either vaccinations / negative tests PLUS masks, but it's still going to be strange to be around that many people! I'm so excited to see a live show again, though. It has been SO long.
Again, this was not my best reading month. I got sucked into a rewatch of The X-Files and couldn't stop watching episodes long enough to really do a lot of reading. I also started a few different books and had to pause them because I just couldn't get into them. Right now, my brain is struggling to deal with deep stories - I just don't have a great focus or attention span right now (hence the TV binges). I'm sure it'll come back eventually, but for now, I'm just reading what I enjoy!
This was not my best month for reading - I just found it hard to get in the right mental space a lot of the time (see this post about being overwhelmed as a sort of explanation). But I picked up a few lighter books and that's helped me get back into it again. Even though the list is shorter, it has some of my favorite books of the year on it!
It was another good month for reading for me! There were a few books that I flew through in a day or two. I continue to notice that when I have my iPad out and available (and charged) I'm so much more likely to read a few pages here and there. I've been reading (instead of watching TV) while I drink my first cup of coffee, and while I do my skincare at the end of the day, and it's just such a great way to bookend (pun intended...) my day.
This wasn't my absolute best month for reading, quantity-wise - there's been a lot going on and I just found it hard some days to get into the reading groove. But there were some really excellent books in this month's reads, so it's not a loss at all. And since one of the things I'm most looking forward to doing at the beach is reading, I'm sure next month I'll have lots more books to share.
Happy Friday! This week has been busy for me - one of those weeks where I fall asleep almost instantly when my head hits the pillow (I don't even make it through my 10 minute Headspace meditation!). I'm actually writing this post from the lovely patio outside at Bakery Square with a Starbucks in hand, rather than from my house, which has been a lovely change of pace. I'm hoping that you all are enjoying some sunshine, too - and some caffeine!
I spent some of this month in a bit of a reading funk. I just couldn't find the attention span or concentration to get pulled into a book. So I did a little more book hopping than I usually do, and found my groove again! And now I'm back to getting lost in in a book, out on my deck in the sunshine. Here's what I read in May!