And that’s a wrap for … May!

May didn’t quite turn out the way we had expected.

The other half had two weeks off work and we had some plans. Nothing set in stone but still. The weather promised to be brilliantly sunny and warm, which it was, and we considered a day or two by the seaside. Introducing Millie to sand and water, getting her used to the idea of not being home for a bit and learning she will always be coming back here and for me also, a change of scenery. I’ve seriously had it with these four walls and my garden, no matter how pretty it looks. It’s all I’ve seen for the last two years.

But no. First, our dishwasher decided to die on us. We had to go out to buy a new one, someone had to come install it and then that someone had to come back on another day because it turned out he screwed up the installation. Our car unexpectedly needed its MOT done. I say unexpectedly because the other half didn’t think he needed to have that done this year so the car in the garage for its check-up and actually queuing in line for the MOT test. More hours wasted.

And then. We had planned a bathroom renovation. Should have been a rather simple job. Take out a bath and put in a walk-in shower. A one day job. Sigh. Not. Because for some reason, our previous plumber decided to remove a whole chunk of tiles behind the bath. Which we didn’t know about until this new plumber removed the bath, obviously. So now a whole section of our bathroom walls needed to be re-tiled and it needed time to dry and whatnot … ultimately turning a one day job into a three day job! And a more expensive one too. πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Between all of that, mother-in-law needing surgery (all went well, she’s doing great), gardening work, the usual appointments you make when you’re not working, waiting for deliveries, in-laws … well, in case you didn’t yet realise, the day(s) at the seaside never happened. I never even made it near the car πŸ™„πŸ˜‚.

In other news, the neighbour from hell is finally gone! And of course, NOW, after years of trying, I finally manage to convince the other half we should move house. Men πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ. Anyway, we’ll see. Our budget doesn’t seem to stretch as far as we thought it might because the housing market has gone completely insane. 😳

Time spent in the garden, then. On the left, Millie is surveying her kingdom, making sure the pigeons don’t come too close. On the right, she’s showing off her silky-smooth stealth mode mere seconds before she “attacked” me πŸ˜‚.

On the left, the “but nooooo, I wasn’t digging a hole” face. And on the right, not-so-proudly showing her new name tag, which I bought from Etsy. She hates it. It tinkles like a bell when she moves and she’s not at all impressed 😳. Too bad because I love it and I’m the boss. Ahem.

On to the books. I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise when I say it was a bad reading month for me. But the end result was even more shocking than I thought.


I don’t even know what to say. And I can’t pick a favourite either so no book of the month. Let’s just quickly carry on, shall we.


Well, okay, that could have been worse. Right? Because it felt to me that it was a bumper month of new releases so 9 isn’t all that bad. I’m not sure who I’m trying to convince here.


With huge thanks to the publishers.


Review : Angela Marsons – Six Graves
Review : Jo Spain – The Last to Disappear
Review : Gillian McAllister – That Night

Guest Post : Louise Fein – The Hidden Child

Signed up for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge

So impressive. Seriously mind-blowing. I don’t know how I manage to do it all, to be quite honest. Shut up. 😬


June 6 : Blog tour | Review | Sabine Durrant – Sun Damage
June 13 : Blog tour | Review | Jack Jordan – Do No Harm

Should have some reviews that are not for blog tours since I signed up for that whole 20 Books of Summer thing so you know. 😬

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for reading. Hope June treats you all well. Happy reading! xx

  24 comments for “And that’s a wrap for … May!

  1. June 3, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Milly’s looking great…love the ‘stealth mode’ πŸ˜‚ Sorry your plans didn’t work out though.

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    • June 8, 2022 at 8:36 am

      That’s definitely when the hunting side of her crossbreed comes out. I feel like a deer πŸ˜‚.

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      • June 8, 2022 at 10:21 am

        Just be prepared for the pounce…πŸ˜‰


  2. June 3, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Wow what a disappointing, frustrating and expensive month for you! Glad the neighbour has gone though and hope your new one is so quite you forget they’re there. Love the name tag for Millie and the photos. xx


    • June 8, 2022 at 8:38 am

      The neighbour’s place is empty for the moment so it’s delightfully quiet. On that side at least 😬.

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  3. June 3, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Millie is coming into her own and it’s so nice to see her cheeky personality. Sorry to hear your plans went wrong, I know those jobs that will only take an hour or so well!!!!!

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    • June 8, 2022 at 8:39 am

      I’m glad I’m able to share some of her personality in photos and it comes across. We are the only two people who get to see that side of her still. Oops.

      There’s not such job that will only last an hour. They lie, whoever they are. πŸ˜‚


  4. June 3, 2022 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for my Millie fixπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

    Yay! Congrats on losing the neighbor from hell. Sorry about all the unexpected stuff but that has to be a salve.

    Tessa convinced me to add The Favor so I’m in a library queue for it. Enjoy your new haul, EvaπŸ’œ

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    • June 8, 2022 at 8:42 am

      You’re welcome, Jo! I had a fun video too but it was too big to upload. I’ll have to figure out another way to share those. xx

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  5. June 3, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    You’ve had a fraught month, so not surprising you didn’t get much reading done. Never mind, a new month now. Glad you’re shut of the neighbours from hell and Millie is looking very chilled x

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    • June 8, 2022 at 8:47 am

      It’s a good excuse. But I’ve been reading a lot less on the whole compared to a few years ago and I can’t really figure out why. Oh well. A new month indeed. Hope June treats you well, Jill! xx

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      • June 8, 2022 at 2:43 pm

        Thanks Eva, about to disappear on holiday for two weeks so looking forward to that. A nice quiet cottage we’ve been to before – hopefully lots of reading to be done. Just aiming to get all my posts scheduled before we go. xx

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  6. June 5, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Oh no that does sound like a complicated month! Millie is adorable at least though, and yay for no more neighbor from hell… And the book haul doesn’t look that bad either. πŸ˜‰

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  7. June 6, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Millie looks quite happy to have stayed home, and she’s more important than you – sorry! πŸ˜‰ So… your TBR has gone up then?

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    • June 8, 2022 at 8:50 am

      Millie is perfectly happy never needing to leave the house. Whatever is on the other side of the front door is scary as hell! (I’m reading Sharon Bolton’s The Dark. Millie makes a valid point.)

      Yes. Yes, it’s gone up. Pretty badly, actually. I know this because a few weeks ago I had space on my shelves and now I don’t. πŸ™„πŸ˜œ

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  8. June 6, 2022 at 1:37 am

    UGH! May was so not thrilling and sorry about all that stuff, altho I can see Millie is a character to be reckoned with. At least there is joy in her, sweet girl. June–June will be your month.

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    • June 8, 2022 at 8:45 am

      There really is. It’s such a shame nobody but us gets to experience that side of her. Yet. We keep hoping that will change.


  9. June 6, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Ah, sounds frustrating month! That stealth mode is so good. I hope June turns out much better.

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  10. June 11, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    The photos of Millie are priceless, especially her stealthy one! So much personality! I hope June is a calmer month for you and I hope you get to venture out soon. I can totally relate to that.


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