You are officially reading the post of someone legally named Greyson and I am so fucking happy!
So obviously February was a bit of a landmark month for me and boy was it packed! And March looks to well an truly have earned the name Adelaide uses for it, March Madness.
Introducing The Structured TBR
Last month I introduced my new structured TBR! So here is a quick overview for those who want to follow along.
☁️ 5 books a month ✅
☁️ 1 backlist ARC, if I have any 📥
☁️ Read new ARCS ON TIME 📤
☁️ 2 owned backlist books 📖
☁️ 3 diverse books 🌏
☁️ 10 entries from Rejected Princesses ✨
☁️ 5 entries from Bygone Badass Broads ⚡
☁️ 1 library book in either physical, ebook and 1 graphic novel format 📚
│The Raven Boys│✅│
│The Raven King│❌│
│Yaa Asantewaa│Mary Bowser│Nwanyeruwa│Nana Asma’u│Nanny of the Maroons│Agontime and the Dahomey Amazons│Josephine Baker│N
zinga Mbande│Arawelo│Ida B. Wells│Rejected Princesses│✅│
│Queen Arawelo│Stagecoach Mary Fields│Sarah Breedlove AKA Madam C. J. Walker│Alice Ball│Nwanyeruwa│Lorraine Hansberry│Bygone Badass Broads│✅│
So I knew when making my TBR last month that I probably wasn’t to get to all of these but wanted to see how I would go for my first structured TBR and I’m not entirely disappointed.
I wanted more from this one and it never quite got there.
Love love love! Even better the second time. You should see how many tabs I used. It’s going to take me forever to log all the quotes I marked.
I’ve linked my original review but I might do a new one at some point. .
│The Boneless Mercies│April Genevieve Tucholke│📥💚│🔆🙏🏻🚺│📥🌏│🔮│✅│★★★│Read Feb 18│
Uh this was fine. It was entertaining and I loved the whole women seeking glory thing but it could have been more engaging. This is a really journey heavy book and those just aren’t my cup of tea.
│Queen Arawelo│Stagecoach Mary Fields│Sarah Breedlove AKA Madam C. J. Walker│Alice Ball│Nwanyeruwa│Lorraine Hansberry│Bygone Badass Broads│Mackenzi Lee│📖🌏⚡│🔆🚺│✅│Read Feb 7│
│Yaa Asantewaa│Mary Bowser│Nwanyeruwa│Nana Asma’u│Nanny of the Maroons│Agontime and the Dahomey Amazons│Josephine Baker│N
zinga Mbande│Arawelo│Ida B. Wells│Rejected Princesses│Jason Porath│📖🌏✨│🔆🌹🚺│✅│Read Feb 16│
Really glad that I’m using this year to finally read these two books and so far I am loving learning about 15 different women from history a month!
│The Dream Thieves│The Raven Cycle #2│Maggie Stiefvater│📖│🏳️🌈🔆🌹│🔮│📖🌏│▶️│
So I kinda got into a bit of a slump at the end of the month and it really isn’t this books fault and is entirely because I’m not giving myself down time to do “pointless” fun things.
│The Surface Breaks│Lousie O’Neill│📲📚│🏳️🌈♿️🌹🚺│🌏📚│▶️│
Book of the Month
│Sadie│Courtney Summers│📲📚│🏳️🌈🧠🌹🚺│📚🌏│✅│★★★★★│Read Feb 14│
This book is fucking brilliant. Like God has blessed us and her name is Courtney Summers and it’s just so fucking good.
│Average Rating: 4.1★│▶️ 3│
Structured TBR Pass or Fail?
│Must Read: ✅ 4/5│📥 1/1│
📤 0/0│📖 1/2│🌏 4/3│✨ 10/10│⚡ 6/5│
│Allowances: 📚 2/1 P or EB | 0/1 GN│
This month was a bit of a fail but I expected as much as I have only just started to implement it! I knew I’d have a few kinks to work out as I went!
I didn’t quite reach my 5 book goal and I didn’t read 2 owned backlist books.
I also read 2 Physical/Ebook library loans so that broke the rules too.
Next month I’m going to bring my library loan all together so I can only read 1 physical book or one ebook or one graphic novel to make room for my backlist.
I’m also planning on adding audiobooks!
Past Grey Reads
Film & TV
│Drag Race All Stars│Season 4│✅│
│Jessica Jones│Season 2│❌│
│The Young Pope│Season 1│❌│
│Brooklyn Nine-Nine│Season 6│✅│
│One Day At A Time│Season 3│✅│
│I Am The Night│Season 1│❌│
│The Favourite│🎥│2018│🎬 Yorgos Lanthimos│🌟 Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz │★★★★★│
This was so fucking funny and just good.
So there’s a little story time for this that I’ll get into further down the post.
│Drag Race│Season 4│📺│2012│💭 RuPaul│🌟RuPaul, Michelle Visage│Watching weekly episodes│★★★★│
Fave One-liner This Season: “Yeah, well some of us don’t have to force story-lines to get air time” -Farrah Moan.
I am so mad at that ending, don’t talk to me. Also I was really hoping RuPaul would not be a judge on the new UK edition of Drag Race and I am nothing but disappointed.
│Brooklyn Nine-Nine│Season 6│📺│2013│💭 Daniel J. Goor, Michael Schur│🌟 Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz│Watching weekly episodes│★★★★★│
This is great. I am actually all caught up! I really loved the episode that focused on Jake and Rosa solving an impossible case.
│One Day At A Time│Season 3│📺│2017│💭 Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce│🌟 Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez│★★★★★│
I started watching this with mum and then binge watched the rest by myself and then got my aunt to watch the first two episodes of season 1 and then started watching the rest of season 3 with mum again.
│I Am The Night│Season 1│📺│2019│🎬 Patty Jenkins│🌟 Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays│★★★★│
So I did start this but I’ve not been great and keeping up with new episodes…
I’m excited to see how it continues though!
│The Umbrella Academy│Episode 1│📺│2019│💭 Jeremy Slater│🌟 Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda │★★★★★│
This was a wild ride and I am looking forward to seeing how it goes.
│The Girl King│🎥│year│🎬 Mika Kaurismäki│🌟 Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist │★★★★★│
I mean at this point I might as well be on a hunt for sapphic royalty.
It was a bit made-for-tv-movie for me but I still enjoyed it.
│Russian Doll│Episode 1│📺│2019│💭 Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler│🌟 Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee│★★★★│
I had no idea what was happening but It was fun and I’m hoping to get to the rest of the season at some point.
│The Bold Type│Season 1│📺│2017│💭 Sarah Watson│🌟 Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy│★★★★★│
I started this on the very last day of the month because I was anxious and sad and needed something to calm me down and make me happy… Or so I thought.
What I actually needed was a cathartic watch of women kicking ass and tackling lots of issue and to just cry and cry and cry which is exactly what I got from The Bold Type and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!
Mostly I’ve just be listening to music I can belt out and cry…
│Dodie│Sick of Losing Soulmates│Monster│Human│She│Burned Out│Secret For the Mad│
│Troye Sivan│i’m so tired…│
│Noah Cyrus│Mad At You│Sadness│Good Cry│
│Julia Michaels│Anxiety feat. Selena Gomez│Happy│Deep│What a Time feat. Nail Horan│
│Billie Ellish│idontwannabeyouanymore│lovely w/ Khalid│when the party’s over│
│Ruin My Life│Zara Larsson│
Past Grey Watches
Use Your Words Highlights
│Krystin @ Here’s The Fucking Twist│Opinion: Withdrawing My Support of ‘Woman in the Window’ & AJ Finn Is Creepy AF.│True Crime Tuesday: The San Francisco Witch Killers│
│Lauren @ Northern Plunder│Announcing Blogs & Tea | Online blogger help group│
│Rain @ BOOKDRAGONISM│HOW TO CONQUER YOUR TBR PILE IN SIX (OR SEVEN) WAYS│
│Destiny @ Howling Libraries│BEST OF 2018: HORROR│
│Jamieson @ Jamishelves│some of my favourite tropes in books│BOOK TAG (ORIGINAL): Books I WANT to read, but don’t want to READ│
│Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads│Heroine by Mindy McGinnis: A Harrowing Tale About Addiction│Ace Reading Recommendations from An Arm and A Meg! ♠️│The Ultimate YA Romance Reading Recommendation List: 80+ Romances to Fall In Love With This Valentine’s Day!│
│Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books│HOW TO STAY POSITIVE WHILE BOOK BLOGGING│
│Marija @ Inside My Library Mind│The 5 Star Rating System: Why It Does (Not) Work and How I Rate Books│
│Kelly @ Just Another Book in the Wall│MY CONVERSION TO AUDIOBOOKPHILIA // FIRST LISTENING EXPERIENCE AND SURPRISES│THE VALUE OF TEEN VOICES IN THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY + PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT!│
│Shealea @ Shut up, Shealea│21 SAPPHIC ROMANCES THAT’LL MAKE YOUR HEART SOFT ON VALENTINE’S DAY│
│CW @ The Quiet Pond│Collab: Balancing Book Blogging and Life│
│Madeline @ Caffeine & Writing Dreams│How to Cut Adverbs for Stronger Writing // & When It’s Okay to Use Them│
│Kat @ Novels and Waffles│Stand Out Above The Crowd // 4 Ways To Make Your Free WordPress.com Theme Look Different From Everybody Else’s│My Branding Journey + Four Questions To Ask Yourself While Rebranding // ft. A Free Downloadable Checklist│How in the World I Make My Graphics // A Step-By-Step Tutorial│I Font It That Way // How to Choose the Right Font for Your Blog│By Any Other Name // 5 Steps That Will Help You Choose An Awesome Blog Name (ft. A Free Worksheet!)│This is The End // Q & A Session + A Secret Reveal│
Past Month In Review
☁️ Start floor exercises ❌
☁️ Start regularly going for 40-minute walks ✅
☁️ Read 5-7 books ❌
☁️ Get my mental health plan ❌
☁️ Book a therapy session ❌
☁️ Service my car ✅
☁️ Get a massage from mum ❌
☁️ Try and take a mental health day ❓
☁️ Have my name change official!!!!!! ✅
I know I did terribly but I kind of took a mental health weekend. I mean I worked both days but I just relaxed and didn’t go for my walks because I have a bad blister and I think my body just needed the break.
I Left the House
I had to get my car serviced on 7/2 and seeing as I can’t really rely on anyone to help me out and mum was working I had to drop off my car and then find a way to kill time without a car for several hours. So I decided to use my free birthday movie ticket and caught a train to the nearest cinema for that chain.
Two main positives from the whole adventure:
- I took public transport for the first time in years and didn’t have an anxiety attack.
- The Favourite was amazing.
And then I got my car back from the service and they told me everything that was wrong with it and how much it was going to cost and so that was no great and there were some tears and a panic attack but I don’t know. Hopefully I can work it out.
I was only 80 steps away from hitting 14000 steps on 12/2 so I’m very proud of that!
On 14/2 my aunt came to stay with use for a few days while my cousin was busy having her baby only 5 minutes away from us. In hospital. I feel like I need to clarify that… It’s my cousin’s second baby, he didn’t come until 16/2 I’m pretty sure, and he’s pretty cute I have to admit and hes very calming to be around like my nephew who’s birthday is only a couple of days before.
Speaking of my nephew. It was his birthday 14/2 so we visited him and hes walking around and his whole personality is changing now that he can run around and he’s just so cute I die a little every time I see him. I can’t believe he’s 1 already!
While my aunt was down she made mum and I dinner and cheesecake (15/2)!!!! The dinner was surf and turf which I’ve never had before and it was delicious! and the cheesecake she made from scratch, only going off what flavours I wanted, WITHOUT A RECIPE. My mum nearly died when she was told that. It was so good and I desperately want more… So basically now I have to try and visit her once a month just so I can have cheesecake.
I Did Things
I made myself some protein oat cups (19/2) from scratch WITHOUT a recipe and they’re actually really good considering I had no idea what the fuck I was doing???? It was also the day I officially got my new birth certificate and my name change was complete!!!!!! now I just have to do all the hard part which is changing everything.
On 22/2 I cried and literally have no idea why. Like there wasn’t anything that triggered it…I just cried. I really need to book a therapy session…
On 25/2 I decided I needed to play the sims and then wasted basically a whole day because some of my mods/ccs were broken and so I was having to figure out which ones it was to get rid of them.
26/2 I actually got to play the sims and I just really needed it??? I also changed my licence over to my new name!!!
On the 27/2 I decided to open a new bank account with a different bank because I haven’t been that happy with my current one for a while. But i didn’t have enough points of ID yet so I can’t access the account…and I didn’t discover that until after I already gave the details to my work so thats where I was paid so that was NOT. GREAT. Thank god my mum could help me out with money until I paid again (hopefully in my old account until I get my new licence in the mail otherwise I’m??? Kinda?? Fucked???
So basically the 28/2 was me crying and fighting anxiety attack while on the phone trying to find SOME way to access my own money… It did not work… I hopefully it is all worked out next week but also I’m not holding my breath.
Past Month Ahead
What a month!
What did you do this month?
What did you read?
What did you watch?
What posts did you write that you’re super proud of?