Month in Review // I Think I Need To Delete Facebook Again – May

Well. It’s Been A Month.

I don’t know if I have much more words in me to sum it up better than that.

But I suppose I should try.

I read a lot, I spent too much time of Facebook, I got really fucking angry, I went to the movies, I had dinner with mum, work had me wanting to pull out my hair, I got into a fight with my Nana and had a meltdown while I was visiting my aunt. Oh and a went on a hike and almost died.

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Month’s TBR

percy jackson and the lightning thief percy jackson and the olympians PJATOSkylarks│✅│

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes│✅│

Sharp Objects│✅│

Wishful Drinking│✅│

Made You Up│✅│

Blue Lily, Lily Blue│✅│

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief│✅│

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Click the stars for my review . . . if I’ve posted one. probably not though.

wishful drinkingSmoke Gets in Your Eyes│Caitlin Doughty│🎧│🔆🙏🏻🧠🌹│🌏│🎧││★★★★│Read May 3│

Skylarks│Karen Gregory│📥💚│🏳️‍🌈│📥🌏│★★★│Read May 8│

Wishful Drinking│Carrie Fisher│🎧🧠🚬│📫│🌏│🎧│★★★★│Read May 21│

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief│Percy Jackson & the Olympians│Rick Riordan│📖│♿️🧠🌹│🤔📫│📖🌏│✅│★★★★│Read May 22│

Secrets For the Mad│Dodie Clarke│🎧🏳️‍🌈💋🧠🌹│📫🗳│🌏│🎧│★★★★★│Read 24│

sharp objectsSharp Objects│Gillian Flynn│📖🙏🏻🧠🚬🌹│📫🗳│📖🌏││★★★★★│Read 28│

Blue Lily, Lily Blue│The Raven Cycle│Maggie Stiefvater│📖│🏳️‍🌈🔆♿️🧠🙏🏻🌹│🗳│📖🌏│✅│★★★★★│Read 31│

│Lady Margret Cavendish│King Christina of Sweden│Julie D’Aubigny, AKA la Maupin│Sybilla Masters│Sybil Ludington│Bygone Badass Broads│Mackenzi Lee│📖│🔆🚺│📖🌏⚡│▶️ 39%│

│Tin Hinan│Hatshepsut│Emmy Noether│Ka’ahumanu│Katie Sandwina│Garcia Mendes Nasi│Sayyida al-Hurra│Matilda of Tuscany│Moll Cutpurse│Nellie Bly & Elizabeth Bisland│Rejected Princesses│Jason Porath│📖│🔆🌹🚺│📖🌏✨│▶️ 34%│

Book of the Month

made you upMade You Up│Francesca Zappia│📚🧠🌹│📫│🌏│📚📕★★★★★│Read May 14│

Read Round Up + Averages│▶️ 2│❌ 0│🚫 0│🔄 0│💫4.3│⏱ 11 Days│

Structured TBR Must Read│ 8/5│📥 1/1│📤 0/0│📖 3/2│🌏 8/3│ 10/10│ 5/5│

Structured TBR Allowances│📚 1/1│📲 0/0│📕 1/1│📗 0/0🎧 3/2│

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Girls with Sharp Sticks│Girls with Sharp Sticks #1│Suzanne Young│📖🌹🚺

Does this go against my rule of buying books I haven’t read yet? Yes.

But Destiny @ Howling Libraries loved it so I’ve made a completely sensible choice.

So, fight me . . . me.

nevernightNevernight│The Nevernight Chornicle #1│📖│Jay Kristoff│🏳️‍🌈💋

Do I already have this on Kindle? Yes.

Am I breaking my own rules by purchasing a physical copy of this book even though I haven’t read it or anything else by the author and I already fucking have it? Also yes.

BUT!!! It get’s an exception because I know I’m probably gonna love it and then end up buying it anyway because everyone and their dog loves it and also its a fave of Piera Forde and I would trust her with my life.

But mostly, I bought it from a thrift store for only $4. That’s a steal.

The Secret History│Donna Tartt│📖│🏳️‍🌈│

A week after finding Nevernight in a thrift store, I found this bad boy in another one for only $2!!!

I am still yet to find what I originally went into these thrift stores for; a winter coat. Damn it.

But at least I got some books so the trips weren’t a total waste.


Past Grey Reads

☁️ Grey Reads // Everything’s On Fire and I Couldn’t Be Happier – Girls of Paper and Fire

☁️ Grey Reads // Bloody Moors & Candy Castles – The Wayward Children 2 & 3

☁️ Grey Reads For Mental Health Awareness // Love Doesn’t Cure All (Thank Fuck For That) – Made You Up


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Month’s TBW

game of thrones posterGame of Thrones│Season 5-8│✅│

The Bold Type│Season 3│✅│

Brooklyn Nine-Nine│Season 6│✅│

RuPaul’s Drag Race│Season 11│✅│

Avengers Endgame│✅│

The Hustle❌│ – Mum and I are watching it this weekend though! Thanks Hoyts Move of the Week. 

Pokémon Detective Pickachu❌│

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile❌│

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Watched

Game of Thrones│Season 5-7│📺│2011│💭 David Benioff, D.B. Weiss│🌟 Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington│

I’ve just started the new season (only one episode in) and I’m shitting bricks because the reactions I’ve seen on social media have . . . not been good.

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The Bold Type│Season 3│📺│2017│💭 Sarah Watson│🌟Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy│

This is exactly the show I need in today’s political climate.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine│Season 6│📺│2013│💭 Daniel J. Goor, Michael Schur│🌟 Andre Braugher, Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz│Watching weekly episodes│

I swear I only ever watch episodes the day the one I’m up to is about to expire on SBS On Demand.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race│Season 11│📺│2009│💭 RuPaul│🌟RuPaul, Michelle Visage│Watching weekly episodes│

I am in mourning. This season was a mess. I still haven’t watched the finale. I’m stressed.

Grace and Frankie│Seasons 1-5│🎥│2015│💭 Marta Kauffman, Howard J. Morris│🌟 Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston│

My mum started watching this ages ago and I would occasionally watch with her but not really pay attention because how would a show about two old ladies be interesting for me????

I was wrong.

I’ve binge watched all the episodes on Netflix and god was it good. I love Frankie so much, I mean she’d people one of those people I could only handle in small amounts in real life but watching her wreak havoc on everything she touches?? An icon.

I love Coyote and Brianna so much! I feel like they each represent an opposing side of my personality, with a little Bud thrown in, if we’re being totally honest. If you wanna know what it’s like in my head, watch any scene where these three characters interact.

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Avengers Endgame│🎥│2019│🎬 Anthony Russo, Joe Russo│🌟 Brie Larson, Winston Duke, Karen Gillan│★★★★

I loved it and hated it.

Also, I don’t care how much that female avenger scene was straight up pandering, I nearly cried.


Past Grey Watches

☁️ Grey Watches // I Hate It So Much I Love It – A Christmas Prince

☁️ Grey Watches // It Has To Be A Shit Show – A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

☁️ Grey Watches // I Wanna Bone Jude Law and Kate Winslet – The Holiday


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Use Your Words Highlights

☁️ Year in Review // Readathons, Diverse Reads & Structured TBR Success – Quarterly Check In

☁️ Top Ten Tuesday // Screen Adaptations I LOVED, Ones I NEED & And Ones I NEED NOW – Page to Screen

☁️ Top Ten Tuesday // Collector’s Editions, Women’s History and My Dream Family Library – Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

I really wish I could include a Grey Learns post here but I didn’t have it in me to do it, that shit takes so much time and brain power. But I promise I’ll try to do one for Pride month!

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Blogosphere Highlights

Buckle up, it’s a long one.

│Krystin @ Here’s The Fucking TwistMy Favorite Murder Mentioned My Blog and I’m Losing My Fucking Mind.Opinion: Banning Abortion Doesn’t Stop AbortionTrue Crime Tuesday: Bobby Joe LongA “Here’s The Fucking Twist” Giveaway!

│Destiny @ Howling LibrariesSHELF TOUR TIME! #1 — INTRODUCING MY TBR CART!

│Elise @ The Bookish ActressBlogger Recognition Award: I Share My Origin Story, and Give Blogging AdviceYour Lack of Interest In Anything About WLW Does Not Exist In a VacuumManaging the Life & Blogging Grind, part one: How I Operate My Week

│Anna & Charlotte @ Reads RainbowBOOK RELEASES: MAY (I)BOOK RELEASES: MAY (II)BOOK RELEASES: MAY (III)
BOOK RECS: BOOKS SET AT BOARDING SCHOOLSBOOK RECS: THE GREAT BIG LGBT REC LIST
BOOK RECS: ADULT LIT (I)BOOK RECS: ADULT LIT (II)

│Vicky @ Vicky Who ReadsBookish Acronyms 101: A Book Community Beginner’s Guide to the Lingo!Latinx Science-Fiction & Fantasy You HAVE to Pick Up!If You Liked . . . #16: Underrated Queer Novels

│May @ Forever And EverlyMy (Mostly New) Recommended Ownvoices Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!!It’s Pride Month and Unsurprisingly I Have an All-Queer Book TBR to Celebrate!!!

│Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane BooksHOW TO FIND YOUR BLOGGING VOICE AND YOUR BEST BLOGGING-SELF18 YA BOOKS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTHBOOK BLOGGING WITH ANXIETY12 YA BOOKS WITH GREAT FRIENDSHIPS5 REASONS I KEEP ON WRITING BOOK REVIEWS

│Fadwa @ Word WondersYA BOOKS WITH “HEAVY” TOPICS ARE NECESSARYHELLO ANXIETY, MY OLD FRIEND. – #MENTALHEALTHAWARENESSMONTH

│Multiple Authors via Fadwa @ Word Wonders#MUSLIMVOICESRISEUP

Gail @ SheIsAWonder via Fadwa @ Word Wonders│#DIVERSEBOOKBLOGGERSDISCUSS : JEW-ERASURE IN FANDOM

Hannah @ The Book Thief without Words via Fadwa @ Word Wonders│#DIVERSEBOOKBLOGGERSDISCUSS: JEWISH BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Nadia @ Our Worlds of Words via Fadwa @ Word Wonders│#DIVERSEBOOKBLOGGERSDISCUSS: THE “HIDDEN GEMS”: WHY ARE F/F ROMANCES SO HARD TO FIND?

CHRISTINE @ THE UNCORKED LIBRARIAN via Eline @ Lovely AudiobooksLibrary Audiobooks: Overdrive vs Hoopla│- for US & Canada residents.

│Zara @ Copper PoetWhy My Chronic Illness Makes Me Feel Like A Failure

│Ayah @ DystopianCitznSensitivity Reading Services

Kathryn Tory via Lauren @ Northern PlunderHow Bad Books Make Me a Better Writer | Guest Post from author Kathryn Troy

│Olivia @ Purely OliviaMy Pride Month TBR // 6 Books With LGBTQ+ Characters That I Want to Read in June!

Marija @ Inside My Library MindChit Chat: The Idiosyncrasies of My Reading

│CW @ The Quiet PondWant to Read More Diverse Books? Here are Six Tips to Diversify Your Reading! Book Recommendations with Varian – Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month! Books By Maori and Pasifika Authors

│Julianna @ Paper BlotsThe Pros & Cons of Reading Challenges/Readathons (ft. upcoming diverse challenges you can join)

│Aurora @ Aurora Librialis7 Books to Cure Your Game of Thrones HangoverYour Favorite Female Friendships as Book Recommendations

│Molly @ Bi Bookish BabeAnnouncing the “Queers gone by” reading & art challenge!64 book recommendations for Queers Gone By challengesDisabled blogger/youtuber directory (100+!!)LGBTQ+ Blogger/Youtuber Directory (100+!!)LGBTQ+ Writers Wanted

│Mahana @ Sapphic Library“I Want [Insert Trope Here] But Sapphic!” Friend, Do I Have Some Good News For You

│Madeline @ Caffeine & Writing Dreams5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Blogging (It’s My 1 Year Blogiversary!!)Dear “Aspiring” Authors // How to Stop Aspiring & Start Being

│Kaleena @ Reader VoraciousARC Request Templates (Email & Profile)Share your love for backlist books on social media with the weekly meme #backlistboost

Rita @ Bookish Rita via Kaleena @ Reader VoraciousReading Around the Globe: Rita in Portugal

Wesley @ Outsiders And Misfits via Kaleena @ Reader VoraciousReading Around the Globe: Wesley in Belgium

Nandini @ Unputdownable Books via Kaleena @ Reader VoraciousReading Around the Globe: Nandini in India

│Jen @ Bookworm Jen via Kaleena @ Reader VoraciousReading Around the Globe: Jen in Wales

│Nandini @ Unputdownable Books10 Most Interesting Asian Myths and RetellingsReading 101: How to Fit Reading Into Your Daily Schedule

│Cait @ PaperfuryMENTAL HEALTH MAY | YA ANXIETY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM YOUR LOCAL ANXIOUS FISH (ME)

│AbbieeI’m Publishing My First Book! (+ What it’s About + What it’s Called + When it’s Coming Out)Want to ARC-Read My Novel? (+ Cover Reveal + Blog Tour + Preorders!)

│Amy @ Golden Books GirlFive Books That Remind Me of Panic! At the Disco Songs

│Louise @ Foxes And Fairy TalesBooks Recs Based on Your Fave Game of Thrones Characters

How can I choose just a few when Y’all are all putting out such good content.


Past Month In Review

☁️ Month in Review // I FINALLY CHANGED MY NAME – February

☁️ Month in Review // The Month From Hell – March

☁️ Month in Review // So Many Readathons! – April | Part 1

☁️ Month in Review // Greyson Unplugged – April | Part 2


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Month’s Goals

1e7d3576-ba46-4a11-9339-07a1eb8ac20f.jpeg☁️ Start walking regularly again because boy have I been hella fucking slack without any good reason! 

I’ve been walking more than last month, but it’s still not great.

☁️ Keep up with taking detailed notes while reading each book ✅

I’ve been really great at this! I just have to make sure I have my Google Doc ready to go for ebook reading before I start reading because it’s too hard to set up on my phone. Templates are helping with that though . . . well they would if it wasn’t for the fact I keep changing how I want it formatted with every book!

I really fucking wish I’d started doing the detailed notes thing before I read the first 2 Raven Cycle books that I’m still yet to write reviews for, months later.
But you live and you learn. Hopefully I can just go off the quotes I have saved and form some sort of notes that way.

morialta trail.jpeg☁️ Try and enter all the quotes for the books I read last month??? 

I tried but I read so many books! I’ll get there.

I don’t have a functioning laptop, just a desktop computer (in hindsight I know I should have gotten a laptop but whatever) and I like to watch TV while I’m entering quotes but my mum is using her laptop to study and I don’t like type large amounts of stuff using just my tablet or phone. But I am buying a keyboard for my tablet tonight (23/5) so that will hopefully mean I can start getting on top the quote entering.

(1/6) HAHAHA I bought the keyboard and hated it so I returned it and I’m saving for a second hand laptop instead.

☁️ Visit my aunt again! ✅

I did, it kind of went to shit and I left early but I went!

☁️ Apply for some full time work 

So, I’m not applying for work now because I’m still too anxious. Instead I’m enrolling in a course to help build my confidence.

I Nearly Died

morialta stairs.jpegSo my mum took me on a hike and it was beautiful. I got to see a waterfall, and the clearest water I’ve ever seen, and I looked out over the trail from inside a cave.

But to get to the cave I had to climb a lot of steps and I ended up having my first asthma attack in 15 years.

And because I hadn’t had one in so long, I never take a puffer with me anywhere anymore, so then I had a panic attack while having the asthma attack and cried while mum tried to get me to calm down and I watched a 3 year old walk up the steps, perfectly fine.

But the view was breath-taking and I still pushed myself to make it to the waterfall and cried once I got there because I’m a wreck. I’m looking forward to going again, we’re going to make it a monthly thing, but next time, no cave.

Mother’s Day

morialta cave.jpegFor Mother’s Day, my mum, brother, and I went out for dinner and I got to meet my brother’s adorable kitten, Loki. He’s so cute, I was nearly crying over how cute he is. Listen, I am an emotional wreck lately. I just love baby animals so much.

Then Mum and I went to see Avengers: Endgame, with mum not having finished Infinity War, so I had to give her a quick catch up before it started. And I still haven’t watched the last Ant-Man movie but I could join the dots for the most part.

It was a great night out and I didn’t once want to strangle my brother so that’s always a win in my book.

Weekend Away

morialta waterfall.jpegSo, as you can imagine I was desperate to go on my weekend away to my aunts.

I listened to a whole audiobook on the way there, from start to finish, so I was starting it on a good note.

Unfortunately, I did not sleep as well as I did last time, not even close. And my mental health is severely affected by my lack of sleep so that wasn’t great.

I Enrolled in a Course

So, since my mum could see that I still was super anxious about applying for jobs, she enrolled me into a course on bookkeeping so I would gain a bit more confidence before diving into the job-seeking world again.

I’m hoping it won’t affect my ability to blog too much, but I’m also realistic so there’s a chance I might have to go on hiatus again soon. Hopefully after Pride month because I was really looking forward to doing a special pride Grey Learns.


Past Month Ahead

☁️ Month Ahead // Writers Week, Comedy & Too Much To Do – March

☁️ Month Ahead // Going Off Grid – April

☁️ Month Ahead // Mental Health Awareness – May


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What a month!

I fell like I say that every 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?

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29 thoughts on “Month in Review // I Think I Need To Delete Facebook Again – May

  1. Family drama I can relate to. It’s so hard when you are close to one person but they are around someone very toxic or there’s someone whose opinion you respect yet it seems like they put you down all the time. It’s upsetting and infuriating all at once.

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    1. Thank you Kal!
      The only thing holding me back as that I have such a big family and all my cousins have got little babies now and they post videos of them and I don’t won’t to miss the special moments they share. My mum deleted her facebook already so I wouldn’t be able to use her account to see them, unfortunately. But boy, I probably should do it anyway…

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  2. I haven’t watched Grace and Frankie yet, but I’ve been meaning to and your gushing makes me SO EXCITED to start it!! I have really high expectations because one of the writers was also a writer from Friends, which I loveeee. Also, the Bold Type = gold. It’s.. amaaazing.

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        1. The finales are always torture! They’re always shocking but also make sense which is a testament to the writing!
          I’ve been watching the new Charmed now that I’m up to date on the Bold Type because I needed another feminist series and it’s so good 😍

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