Hi everybody, and welcome to my May wrap up!
My May has been quite busy and hectic, but I still got a fair amount of reading, TV and music in. My reading is still not completely up to my usual levels yet – this month I mostly read the Heartstopper comics and then a few books with mixed results. But I did watch quite some TV! Oh, and that TV influenced my playlists a lot too. So let’s just get into what I read, listened to and watched this month!
Heartstopper Vol 1-4 by Alice Oseman
In May I rediscovered my love for the Heartstopper series when the TV adaptation came out (read why I thought Heartstopper was the most perfect adaptation ever) so naturally, after I finished my rewatch of the TV show, I did a re-read of all 4 volumes. And yep, I still love this wholesome, simple yet beautiful story so, so much.
Rating: 5 stars
The Twice-Scorned Lady of Shadow (Guild Codex: Unveiled #3) by Annette Marie
This was the most epic installment so far in the Unveiled series. It was a gripping, brutal, hopeful and shocking ride. Get ready for long-awaited truths, shocking revelations, painful discoveries and most of all… the long and excruciating wait until the finale on September 9th!
Rating: 5 stars | Read full review
The Other Half of the Grave (Night Huntress #1.1) by Jeaniene Frost
The Other Half of the Grave is the story of Halfway To The Grave, but told from the POV of Bones instead of Cat. I just re-read Halfway to the Grave in April and immediately dove into The Other Half of the Grave afterwards. Does that mean I basically read the exact same story twice, just told from a different perspective? Yes, it does. Does that mean I regret my decisions? No way, this was amazing! I loved the little nuances we learned this time from seeing things through Bones’ eyes and I’m already looking forward to seeing the events from book 2 through his eyes too.
Rating: 4 stars
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) / It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) by Jenny Han
I was craving a nice YA contemporary and with the TV adaptation of The Summer I Turned Pretty coming in June and given how much I love Jenny Han’s To All The Boys series, I thought her Summer trilogy would be perfect. It wasn’t. I still started book 2 because book 1 ended pretty cliffhangery and I still wanted to try at that point. But I just couldn’t bring myself to start book 3. This series was so FRUSTRATING to me. None of the characters are likeable (well, I did kind of like the moms but that was it) and I could not get into the romance at all (with either love interest). I’m still gonna give the show a chance in hopes they will fix some of the things I didn’t like, but I don’t have high hopes.
Rating: 2 stars
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
This was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2022, and it did not disappoint! I LOVED every minute of Book Lovers. The banter, the sisterly bond, the book love, the romance, the BANTER! This was a super addictive read and I thought it lived up to the hype completely.
Rating: 4,5 stars | Full review coming up
Top Ten Tuesday
One-Word Reviews For The Last Ten Books I Read
Books With Bookish Characters On My TBR
Books I Was SO EXCITED To Get… But Are Still Standing On My Shelves Unread
Swoony Quotes from Recent Reads
My 4 Types of Comfort Reads: The Books I Reach For Over & Over Again
Can’t Wait Wednesday
Quote It Wednesday
Something Different Sunday
This month my playlist has been completely taken over by the soundtracks of two queer teen tv shows: Heartstopper and Young Royals. And of course, also some kpop. (I have no regrets.)
Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?
One of my favorite songs from the Heartstopper soundtrack, this is such a fun catchy song and I also love the video so much! (Thanks so much Dini @ DiniPandaReads for introducing me to the video!) I want this video to become a movie, please and thank you.
Baby Queen – Colours of You (Nick and Charlie Version)
Another Heartstopper song! I love the original version of this song too, but this softer piano version is just a whole other level <3
Omar Rudberg – It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane
PSY ft Suga – That That
Business Proposal is a kdrama that has recently dominated the Netflix charts and for good reason! I definitely recommend this show if you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted rom-com to escape into for a little bit. If you love tropes (especially fake dating), and a fun balance between hilariously derpy scenes and a swoony romance, this is definitely worth the watch. It’s available on Netflix and only 12 episodes, so it’s great for binge-watching! (Check out my full review here)
One Of Us Is Lying
Though I haven’t tried the book and probably won’t – because I have read some negative reviews and spoilers about the ending and do not like that ending and what it implies about mental health – I still really wanted to try the show. I had heard it did something different with the ending and the trailer just seemed really intriguing. And I honestly LOVED this show – it was intriguing, the characters were well developed and the interactions on point – but then the final episode was just AWFUL. While I did like that they changed the ending from the book ending, I also thought this ending made absolutely no sense.
HI AND WELCOME TO MY BIGGEST OBSESSION OF THE PAST MONTH! After watching and loving Heartstopper in April, I started seeing a lot of social media posts comparing it to Young Royals, a show I hadn’t heard of before. Young Royals is a six-episode Swedish show on Netflix that’s about the Swedish prince getting into some trouble and being shipped off to a boarding school. There, he becomes friends with a working-class choir boy and their friendship quickly turns romantic. Isn’t that premise already amazing? I absolutely ADORED this show and already flew through the 6 episodes in just a few days. There is going to be a second season though (they just wrapped production, so hopefully soon) so the wait will hopefully not be too long. Full review to come later this week because I need to gush some more 🙂
I started a rewatch of The OC, a show I used to love when it aired years ago. I’m only 8 or so episodes into season one, but I’m loving reliving Seth and Summer’s relationship and also all the drama. Also, I of course started watching the new season of Stranger Things. I’m 3 episodes in so far and whoa this may be the creepiest season yet? But I am loving it a lot so far!
May was a busy month at work, so my apologies if I’ve been a little absent on the blog and late with commenting and blog hopping. My evenings have mostly been spent crashing in front of my TV. I have a week off now and then I expect June to be busy as well, but after that things will hopefully be a bit calmer again for the summer.
Things that made me happy this month:
- I’m having a week off work right now together with my husband and we’re enjoying our vacation time! We’re mostly staying at home and going for a balance of chores and relaxing, so it feels productive and yet chill too 🙂
- I had a quality day with the BFF this month (we went shopping and had sushi).
- I went to a dance performance by my old dance school. It was the first time I saw everyone again after I quit dancing 2,5 years ago and I loved re-connecting. Though I still really miss the people I felt… okay… with not being on stage myself, which confirms I made the right choice to quit. It was super nice though to be able to see a dance show as a spectator instead of a dancer!
THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
- The first birthday and birthday party of my goddaughter <3
- BTS comeback!
- The new season of The Umbrella Academy and the new show First Kill on Netflix!