May Wrap-Up

And another month bites the dust. What a year this is turning out to be. I can’t wrap my head around what’s happening in the world right now and I’m not just talking about this crazy virus.

Lockdown measures have been eased here but I’m still staying safely in my own little bubble. (Two hours later) Right, scratch that. Things have changed in the meantime and the in-laws are coming over this afternoon. FFS. I hope you and yours are all safe and healthy too! ❀️

As always, thank goodness for books! And I actually have been reading in May. A bit more than the previous months even. Maybe I’m finally getting over that pesky reading slump. You may have noticed I also took the time to change my blog theme. I’d had the same one for three years. It seemed it was time for a change. Please do let me know if something isn’t working for you or if you’re finding things hard to read or anything like that.

Right, books then! Let’s see which books managed to be removed from the TBR.


Would you look at that! Okay, so it’s one more than previous months but whatever, I’ll take it! All excellent reads too but one stands out and will definitely be on my list of books of the year. Care to guess?


Still not entirely sure audiobooks are the right fit for me. I get frustrated because it takes me so long to get through them. I often completely space out and don’t know what’s going on. And when I’ve not had time to listen for a few days, I find I’m confused because I can’t quite remember what came before. Old fart amnesia, what can you do? But, I’m really enjoying the Maeve Kerrigan series. The narrator is fab, and that’s saying a lot coming from me. I’m awfully picky when it comes to narrators.


Book buying mojo still working like a a charm, although at a slightly more sedate pace than normal. I also got my preorder of We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker from Goldsboro Book (sprayed edges, baby! 😍)


Finished The Last Ship. Really enjoyed it too although the last two seasons weren’t as good as the first three. Still, the eye candy made up for a lot πŸ˜‰

Heard a lot about White Lines on Netflix so decided to give it a go. Full of extremely unlikeable characters and with quite a lot of it being in Spanish, I didn’t think I’d would hold my attention. But it did. It’s okay, I guess, even though the ending was somewhat disappointing but I expected more.

The other half, who’s a big Tarantino fan, wanted to watch Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and I thought “hey, it’s Brad Pitt” so I’ll watch along. Good grief. What a waste of time that was. The highlight was picking out all the famous faces making random appearances.


20 Books of Summer
Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Longlist

Review | The House Share by Kate Helm
Review | I Made A Mistake by Jane Corry
Review | He Started It by Samantha Downing
Review | Killing Mind by Angela Marsons
Review | Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins
Extract | The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John

Huh. That’s not a lot. I thought I was stepping things up. Must have dreamt that πŸ˜‚


There should be more reviews this upcoming month as I tackle the 20 Books of Summer challenge.

And there’s also this :

June 8 : Blog tour | Review | The Last One To See Her by Mark Tilbury

June 16 : Blog tour | Review | The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith

June 21 : Blog tour | Review | Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds

And that’s it! Summer is here! It’s probably going to be a weird one but as long as the sun is out, I’m good! Wishing you all a fabulous month. Stay safe, keep reading! Until next time! 😘

  30 comments for “May Wrap-Up

  1. May 31, 2020 at 10:54 am

    We’re watching White Lines too. It’s from the creator of Casa de Papel, which we devoured, so we had high hopes… A little too high as it turns out. Bit of a flimsy story but summery, and I do love the Mancunian accents so not a total loss πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„ Still have a few episodes to go.

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    • May 31, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Flimsy indeed. I honestly forgot at one point we were supposed to be solving a murder mystery. πŸ˜‚

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      • June 2, 2020 at 10:58 am

        I’d completely forgotten until I read this message πŸ˜‚

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  2. May 31, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I might get to white lines this week πŸ˜‰

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  3. May 31, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Well, we know why I enjoyed White Lines πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ Love the gif too πŸ₯°

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  4. May 31, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    I’m quite tempted by White Lines as we are coming to the end of Narcos, but thinking I might have had enough of crazed drug dealers 🀣

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    • June 7, 2020 at 11:45 am

      This is more Ibiza party and drugs scene but I see where you’re coming from πŸ˜‚


  5. May 31, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Loved Narcos. Just finished Ozark…White Lines might work next!!

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  6. May 31, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Some good books there Eva, I listened to Becoming by Michelle Obama and absolutely adored it. Happy reading xx

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  7. May 31, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Hey look at you, what a great month!!
    We have been watching Ozark. Finished season one last night!
    I still need to read Whatever It Takes!! Becoming was an excellent audiobook, Michelle Obama in her own voice. πŸ™‚

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    • June 7, 2020 at 11:48 am

      Paul Cleave is so underrated. I barely ever see people talk about him!

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      • June 10, 2020 at 4:12 am

        True! We need to spread the love! Maybe I can add him into my 20 Books of Summer.

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        • June 10, 2020 at 2:41 pm

          Great idea! Which one would you go for?

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          • June 10, 2020 at 4:13 pm

            His newest – Whatever It Takes. If you are interested I would love to buddy read it, but I can’t do it until July or August. My daughter is getting married this month and I have been very busy. My reading is taking a hit! 😦


  8. May 31, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Wow that’s a fantastic bookish month! I’ve just finished my 6th book this month but disappointed it wasn’t more than that but can’t complain really considering that my focus is up and down at the mo. Thank you for watching the Tarantino film, I won’t bother now, even though it does have Brad Pitt and Leonardo in it. Hope you’re visit with your outlaws is okay with lots of sunshine and wine! πŸ₯‚ xx

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  9. May 31, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    So glad you’re enjoying the Jane Casey books! Yes, I find audiobooks take a lot more concentration too – a whole different skill to reading. But a good narrator makes all the difference!

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    • June 7, 2020 at 11:46 am

      I’m glad it’s not just me. I see people say how they listen while cleaning and the like and I just can’t do it.

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  10. June 1, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Hamnet was SO good. It is (so far) my favorite book of 2020, with Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce right behind it.

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  11. June 2, 2020 at 11:08 am

    That’s quite a month! I am glad you managed to read and enjoy it πŸ™‚ I love seeing Becoming here! xx

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  12. Yvo
    June 2, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Looks like you had an excellent bookish month! And I’m definitely tempted to watch White Lines. xD xx

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  13. June 3, 2020 at 3:20 am

    yikes! looks like you were busy. i listened to the audiobook for Where the Crawdads Sing and loved it.

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