May was probably one of the hardest months of the year. Quarantine depression is hitting STRONG around here and life is not even close to getting back to normal where I live. Our social isolation rates have been below 50% for weeks, the curve is showing no signs of slowing down, we’ll be reaching the absolute saturation of the health care system is less than 2 weeks now and the politics are talking about re-opening the city already! We love it here! *-*
Also, the news of the past few days have been terrible and incredibly triggering. I’ve pretty much stayed away from social media because some of the news are just horrifying. Regardless, I’ve definitely been trying my best to educate myself and helping as I can and I hope y’all are doing the same. 💛
- I’ve started my yearly re-watch of Gossip Girl. I feel like watching Gossip Girl at least once a year has become a tradition for me. It is one of my favorite shows of all times and I decided to start in mid season two this time around, since I’ve already watched S1 sooo many times. It makes me happy to revisit my favorite characters and storylines, even if they’re all a mess.
- It’s finally getting coldddd! You know your life has had nothing nice to documment when one of your highlights is about the weather. But fall has finally hit and I’m currently writing this post wearing a hoodie under my blanket. It’s been delightful, as I love the cold! It is a bit depressing though, because I’ve always associated the cold with festas juninas (popular street celebrations in Brazil that happen around June and July, aka winter), but because of corona we won’t have any this year. ):
BOOKS I READ
The first book I finished was Not So Pure and Simple, by Lamar Gilles which dedicates itself to discuss double-standards, toxic masculinity and sex education. Our protagonist can be incredibly unlikeable, as he has a lot of sexist ideas, but it was necessary in order to tell such story and growth. This book was still really funny and intertwined well the use of social media and social issues. Not much happens, that’s true, but all the discussions are relevant AF so it compensates.
Continuing my re-read of Harry Potter, I picked up the third one. The story is definitely becoming more intense and I felt much closer to the characters, especially to Harry. I love learning more about the marauders and the relationships between Harry/Remus and Harry/Sirius warmed my heart so much. Hermione is such a badass in this book as well. It was a really great time.
The Brightsiders is my second Jen Wilde book and centers around Emmy, drummer of the band The Brightsiders, who’s the best definition of bisexual chaos. She’s trying to repair her not-so-good reputation and making a bunch of other mistakes in the process. This book is very diverse, as I expected, with bisexual rep, Korean-American rep, gender queer rep, etc. I liked seeing the representation and, honestly, Alfie might be my new book boyfriend. He was SO swoony and attractive and awesome. But this book actually frustrated me more than anything – it felt repetitive, juvenile and the writing consisted of as many pop culture references you can make in 15 seconds.
Yes, I will be reading an incredibly diverse & progressive book in one second and then picking up Twilight in the other. With the announcement of Midnight Sun, Twilight has been back on my radar. I even got back on twitter just so I could comment on it, lol. This book is far from perfect, but damn it was entertaining. I still find it to be way too slow and descriptive, but the banter is A+. Also, book Edward > movie Edward.
The main reason why I picked up Tash Hearts Tolstoy was because of the ace rep, but there are a lot of other great elements about this book! I really enjoyed how realistic it was when it comes to the ~internet things~, the writing was really engaging too. and I loved the focus on friendship. However, I felt like the ending took a really unnecessary overdramatic turn, none of the characters felt particularly memorable (with the exception of Paul) and it annoyed me SO MUCH how this girl acted like her parents having a baby was the worst thing to ever happen to her.
The Dangerous Art of Blending In was an interesting ride. Major trigger warnings in this one for domestic abuse (physical and emotional), homophobic slurs, public outing and homophobia. There were elements I really did not like in this story: first, the fact all female characters were decipted as villains was pretty bad and the fact there was no *actual* discussion on what’s helpful for someone who could be going through a domestic abuse situation made me frustrated. I did like the romance, though, and it was a very layered novel, but definitely not perfect. The fact it’s own voices also means a lot!
To Have and To Hoax is a really fun historical romance about a failed marriage. It was my first time reading historical romance and I really liked it, even if the writing style was hard to get through at first. I think there’s a lot of potential for this to be a series, as the side characters and side relationships were all really interesting. However, I do not think this book will be for everyone, as it is deeply about miscommunication and the characters making every thing too much of a drama than it actually needed to be. I still liked it a ton and would definitely consider reading more from this author!
I have no idea what awaits in June. Maybe, things will really get back to normal. Or maybe things will simply get even worse! For now, I’m trying to keep a positive mindset and focus on what I know will happen – the Olympic Games readathon that I am already prepared for – and the return of Premier League, which will allow football to distract me, at last.
How was May for you? Any new songs/artists you recommend? What was the best book you read this month? Let’s talk!