Remember six months ago when we were all like: ‘woo, 2020! New decade, new start!’? Seems like a long time ago now, doesn’t it?
I think we can all agree that so far, 2020 has sucked. I mean, we’ve been dealing with a literal pandemic that has sent countries into lock downs, interfered with daily life on a huge scale, and sent economies crashing and burning. And we’re not even close to being on the other side of it yet.
And then in the past few weeks the news and social media have been reporting the horrific killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, making him the latest in an endless list of black people who have suffered this type of brutality at the hands of police. Ever since there have been huge protests across the world and a massive response online to the Black Lives Matter movement.
And maybe that’ll be one good thing to come out of this year: huge numbers of people are protesting, signing petitions, donating money, promoting Black voices, books and businesses, and talking about the need for change online. There have never been more resources around on how you can help the movement, and help bring about change.
Here’s a handful of posts and websites that share lists of the petitions you can sign, places you can donate to, and how you can educate yourself and become a better ally:
On a personal note, this month hasn’t been overly eventful with the UK still for the most part in lock down. We are now allowed to meet up with people from other households outside though, so I did get to see my Mum and Dad in person the other day, which was so amazing after over two months of not being able to visit! It was so good to see them, but definitely weird that we still all have to sit miles away from each other, and I couldn’t even hug them goodbye or anything.
So this month’s reading has been pretty abysmal… Looking back at my Goodreads I apparently only read 2 books!
To be fair, the first book I read did seem to take me forever to read, as it was pretty long! I started out with Blood Song by Anthony Ryan which I loved, even if it did take me a while to get through it.
I then read the third and final book in the Shadow of the Fox series by Julie Kagawa: Night of the Dragon. I really enjoyed the series as a whole, but this final book in particular was amazing. It was really fast-paced and there was tonnes of action, but also some really emotional moments.
Right now I’m in the middle of I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. It’s my first Alice Oseman book, and I’ve heard such amazing things about her writing, so I feel like my expectations are set really high… So far I’m not completely blown away, but it’s early days yet!
I do think I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this month though. I’ve been really struggling to choose what to read next, as I just don’t know what I’m in the mood for right now. My work is still super crazy though, and with everything else going on I don’t know that I’m in the right head space right now. Hopefully this slump passes soon though!
Speaking of slumps, I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like this month either… After the epic 60,000 word month I had in April, I slacked a lot in May, although I did successfully complete the book I was working on, and I’ve plotted out another novel idea I’d like to write.
I also entered a short story in the Write Practice Summer Writing Contest too!
I don’t know why summery weather always makes me want to listen to Pop Punk! This month’s favourite tracks include:
‘Always Attract’ by You Me At Six
‘Check Yes Juliet’ by We The Kings
‘Dear Maria, Count Me’ In by All Time Low
‘MakeDamnSure’ by Taking Back Sunday
Apparently all I posted this month was my Fantasy Reading Recommendations… I think the theme of this post has pretty much been ‘I didn’t do as much as I intended to!’ Hopefully I’ll do better next month!
I have been having a bit of a blog spring clean though, going back over old posts and sprucing them up and stuff, and it is getting me excited about blogging all over again!
So how has your month been? How have you been coping with recent world events (I really hope you’re all doing OK!)? What have you been reading?