My Goings On in May:
- We have been working on junk art! This is an incredibly fun activity. You should check out my post about it if you haven’t yet. I’m thinking I’ll do a monthly update on our creations!
- I’ve been consumed with all things PUPPY! Our new little fluff will be coming home this coming Saturday, so we’ve been watching videos and getting prepared!
- Even with those amazing things happening, May of 2020 has felt … hard, especially here at the end. Some days it really does feel like our society is imploding, and I wish there was some way to fix it ALL. I went to a local protest for George Floyd yesterday—it felt better to do something than nothing, but it still doesn’t seem like enough (I’m researching other ways to help and where are the best places to donate to). And now with so much violence happening everywhere … it all feels a little hopeless, and I just pray that we eventually get to positive outcomes.
Features & Discussions:
My 2020 Reading Progress:
I didn’t read much this month. I’ve just had a hard time focusing on books, and I’m finding that I’m harder to please lately—I think it must be a “me” thing and not necessarily the quality of the books I’ve been reading. I’m hoping I get out of this slump soon!!
Still, I’ve read 59 books so far this year, putting me 18 books ahead of my (lower-than-typical) Goodreads goal.
May 2020 Reviews
- The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds | Review
- The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar | Review
- Lucky Caller by Emma Mills | Review
- Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions by Henry Lien| Review
- The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston | Review
- Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling | Review
- Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling | Review
May Best of the Bunch:
(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)
My MG decision was really tough this month! I absolutely ADORED Rex Dexter, but Momentous Events feels like a really important book, and it seems strange to compare them. In the end, I cheated and went with both.
For YA, I chose Lucky Caller. This is just the type of book I need right now!!
2020 Goals Progress:
Progress: 9/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy)
I didn’t really write any actual discussions this month! I mean, there was a Fun with Spam post and a post about my junk art, but I don’t feel like either of those qualify? Guess I’d better start discussing books!
My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!
I’ve Been Impersonated on Instagram!!
Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)
All Those Deleted Drafts
Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It).
The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner
The Cybils Awards Finalists! Which Books Do You Hope Will Win?
My 2020 Goals & Challenges
2019 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)
My Bookish Goals for 2020:
My Writing Goals
- Finish first draft of my Selfish Giant retelling. I did decently on this in May, but I need to work harder. I took a look, and I’m actually decently close to the finish line, so I’ve told myself I need to get this to critique partners in July. I can do it!
- Attend one writing conference and at least one online class. I signed up for the online summer SCBWI conference.
- Read writing craft books and resources. Okay, start a book in June? (I just keep changing the name of the month here. That seems like a problem.)
- Edit A Memory of Magic. Not on the schedule for June because I’m focusing on Selfish Giant.
My Reading/Reviewing Goals
- Review (requested) review books within two weeks of publication. Ugh! I am … not doing well with this lately. I have been having the hardest time reading lately—and “required” books feel doubly hard to read. I don’t know what to do about that.
- Review two backlist review books per month. I only read one this month. (See my sad explanation above.)
- Here’s the spreadsheet I created specifically for my backlist ARCs and review copies. (This was adapted from one of the tabs on Val @ Reader Voracious’s 2020 spreadsheet). Hopefully seeing this list here monthly will help keep me on track!
Don’t forget to link your May wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. And enter the giveaway!