May Wrap-up 2021 #Books #BookReviews #MayWrapUp #Music

Seriously, I can’t believe it’s June already! May went so fast for me. It wasn’t a super productive month as far as reading due to all the outdoor work and planting that needed to be done. We also had a wonderful reunion with a good friend of the family and his little daughter. We hadn’t seen them in over a year due to the pandemic. The kids were like in another world. I’ve also spent a little more time streaming and watching true crime videos on YouTube. That can take up a considerable amount of time if you let it.

So, now that all of our planting is complete, I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get more reads in for June. I’ve also decided to slow down on my NetGalley reads because I’ve requested too many at once. Reading a handful of books with late publication dates always slows down posts for the blog because I just went back to requesting ARCs a few months ago. I’d like to keep my ARCs manageable so I don’t have too many deadlines. It stresses me out to have too many waiting, and right now I have five NG reads on my list.

So, let’s see how May turned out!

In May I only reviewed 4 books; one was for Shabby Sunday, but I did have a few other reviews on Goodreads for books that will post this week. I’ll include those for June, which will likely be a much more productive month.

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Among The Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Red Rover by Christopher Krovatin

I did one Shabby Sunday for What the Witch Left. I’m hoping to at least share two shabby books in June.

Music Monday posts always seem to stay right around four to five posts a month because they’re favorites, which I rarely miss. For May I shared these songs:

Queen – “I Want To Break Free

Lauren Daigle – “Hold On To Me”

Steve Winwood – “Back In The High Life”

Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away”

BJ Thomas Tribute – “Hooked on a Feeling” plus other favorites

Flower Friday went well for May. I shared these flowers:

Columbine Update

Kittens & Pendulous Begonias

Oscar Peterson Rose

I shared our children’s book haul:

This Week’s Reads are always fun posts to share. Many times I don’t end up reviewing every single book I read, so these posts are a nice way to share what the whole family is reading that week. I shared three This Week’s Reads posts for May.

Week of May 5th

Week of May 12th

Week of May 26th

For Mother’s Day my oldest children bought me the John Wick 1-3 Blu-Ray collection and a special Blu-Ray (tin) edition of The Wizard of Oz. We had a John Wick marathon in May. The Wizard of Oz honestly didn’t look that much different from the regular DVD edition, but I love that it’s in a collector tin.

One show my husband and I watched on Paramount Plus was Coyote, with Michael Chiklis. He’s one of my favorite actors, and my husband talked me into watching it. So far there’s only one season with six episodes. It was pretty intense, but it’s upsetting to learn that the show hasn’t been renewed, or cancelled. Nobody knows whether or not there will be another season, and it ends on a HUGE cliffhanger. We’re still awaiting Yellowstone, which was supposed to be released in June. We also became aware that some of our favorite shows including The Last Kingdom and Ozark will be ending after this next season. What a bummer! Especially for The Last Kingdom because there are a handful of books left in that series.

That’s pretty much it for May. As I mentioned earlier, there were other books that I read and didn’t share on the blog, including many children’s books. I’m hoping to get back to sharing This Week’s Children’s Books because my youngest daughter and I have come across some real gems here lately.

How was your month for reading? Does your reading slow down in spring? Let’s chat in the comments section!


37 thoughts on “May Wrap-up 2021 #Books #BookReviews #MayWrapUp #Music

  1. Wow, you had a busy May–and got a lot of reading done! We are huge Wizard of Oz fans in my house, so that collector tin is awfully appealing. Sorry about Coyote. I haven’t seen it, but I hope it gets renewed. There’s nothing worse than when a favorite show ends on a cliffhanger with no news of renewal.

    I’m fairly new to NetGalley, so I only request one book at a time. Once, I request two, and was worried they would both come in at once, but, thankfully, they didn’t.

    I read most every evening but in the summer I also spend weekends reading poolside, so my reading tends to increase in warm weather!

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    1. One book at a time is wise! I’m getting there. That’s interesting that you get good reading in for summer. I’m planning on spending more time by the pool, so I’m hopeful to pick up the speed. If only I could stay off YouTube. 😂
      Thanks for your thoughts, Mae. Happy reading. ❤️

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    1. I remember chatting with you a little bit about this when I wrote up my A-Z challenge post for John Wick. Now that I’ve seen all three films, I can say with certainty that the first will always be my favorite. The second and third are more intense, IMO, and the cliffhanger endings drive me crazy! I also noticed that as much as I love the third movie, it’s too drawn out at times. It seemed far-fetched that he didn’t die with that high dive over the building. I hated the ending of 3, and now we have to wait until 2022 for 4. 😂 Overall, I’m happy with all three movies though regardless.

      Did you end up enjoying the third? I remember you were waiting to see how that one would pan out, which would then determine how you felt about the second. Hope you enjoyed it!

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        1. Oh, without a doubt! The first Matrix movie is my favorite and the others didn’t meet my expectations at all. My husband is just the opposite and praises the franchise. Sometimes I question why they keep going on with sequels, don’t you? I can never get enough John Wick though, and I’m thankful for 2 and 3, but I wonder how they’re going to move on with The Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) in 4 now. His character has grown on me. Hopefully it’ll be great.

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        2. I heard that JW 4&5 were being simultaneously shot so as to be released soon after the other.
          I’ll watch them but unless they return to the primal grittiness of the first film, I’ll not be buying anything beyond the first.

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        3. I read that too, but then I read that Covid changed everything, and supposedly they’re only filming 4 now. Not sure how accurate that is. I’ll watch it/them regardless like you mentioned. I’m hopeful! 👍

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  2. We’re in the middle of watching the third season of Yellowstone before the new season releases. I didn’t know this upcoming season would be the last – hubby will be in mourning once I tell him. It’s one of the only shows he watches. I also need to slow down on requesting ARCs from NetGalley. I have a record number on my shelf right now, but there are so many good books coming out!

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  3. I’m holding back on NetGalley too. I have enough review requests and books of my own I want to read to keep me going for years! 😅
    The rose is beautiful. I haven’t heard of that one.

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  4. I enjoy blog hopping and reading wrap ups. I have to say I love Music Monday and your music picks!! I might have to jump on board this meme. Chris Stapleton is a favorite of mine too. “Tennesse Whiskey” on a summer evening is so relaxing. Generally, you can’t really go wrong with him nor can you go wrong with John Wick. 🤣

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    1. Thanks so much! It would be awesome for you to jump on board with Music Monday. I always enjoy seeing what people are listening to. “Tennessee Whiskey” is hands down my favorite song by Chris. It’s nice to see that we have some things in common!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 😉


    1. I’m so behind in reading, Yesha, but I’m hopeful I can catch back up in June and July. Summer is always a little slower for me I guess. Hope you’re doing well. I checked for a post from you today and didn’t see one. Did I miss it? ❤️

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  5. You had such a good, full month, M! I had missed the FF post about the rose and enjoyed catching up on that. It reminds me a little of our camellias when they open fully. I hope your have a great June and can’t wait to see your content! ♥️

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    1. Thank you, Jen. We are loving the rose so far. It’s full of blooms, and I have another one coming up either tomorrow or next Friday that I think you’ll love. So far it’s been a real good year with flowers, veggies, and herbs.

      We don’t have camellias, but I hope we will one day. You have such beautiful flowers! I’m not sure if those work in our zone or not. 🧡 You have a wonderful June too!

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  6. Your May looks productive enough as is! As you said, you read children books as well but decided not to share them on your blog! In addition to that, sometimes you are busy outside your blog and social media – with socializing and everything! I am so glad you got reconnected with your family friends 🙂
    I hope your June will be an even better one, happy reading, Jenn ❤

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