Instead of participating in the Monthly Rewind meme, every three months I’ll update the world on my life from the previous season. Enjoy the Seasonal Rewind!
Through the Lens
Tasha received galleys of her gorgeous fantasy this season, and I was so excited to see and hold this as an almost-book! (Pre-order here.) My brother also graduated college in May, moved to a new state, and is now working for a big aviation company. I’m so proud of his hard work and dedication! And finally, I managed to get a copy of my All-Time Favorite Hands Down No Question Auto-Buy Author Kate Morton’s next novel, and I was blown away.
Clarissa has another book deal, and I gained another client! But apart from work highlights, life has been blessedly quiet in terms of activities, and bizarrely stressful in getting everything crossed off the to-do list. Just keeping ahead of work, preparing for this choral festival in Greece in a week, and finding the little things in life that make me happy.
Bookmarked in the Community
- “How I’m Writing My Story of Motherhood” @ So Obsessed With — Hannah’s journey as a mother, and how it has impacted her identity, her daily life, and her hobbies, was so encouraging and refreshing to read. She reminds the reader that not everything about motherhood is sunshine and rainbows, but to take each moment with joy as really put her mind at ease. I hope to be the same one day!
- “Itinerary Update” @ Belle of the Literati — Hello, Kelly, Hannah wasn’t the only one who noticed your absence! So glad to see you back and motivated on the blogging front. Kelly updates her readers on life and reads and travel, and I enjoy her very matter-of-fact update through and through.
- “Hi, It’s Me” @ GReadsBooks — Ginger has been going through a grieving process lately since her dear Daisy’s passing (and my heart still breaks for her), but she gives her readers and update on life and how she’s doing. I think what she has to say can really apply to any of us going through tough times. Self care is very important.
- “10 Nonfiction Books About Mental Health” @ The Pretty Books — Speaking of self care, Stacey has a great list of accessible, readable nonfiction books about mental health. Some of them you may know through online comics, some through pop culture media, but whatever it is, you ought to try these! As someone whose first degree is in psychology, I can’t tell you enough just how important it is to know yourself and your breaking points, and to take care of your mental health just as well as you care for your physical health.
Popular Posts on Scribbles
Ignoring my MSWL post, which gets hundreds of hits a month…(yay!)
- Book Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
- Book Review: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
- Deal Announcement: Clarissa Harwood, Historical Fiction (see her recent blog post here!)
- Book Review: The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik ★★★★
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton ★★★★★ (review to come closer to pub date!)
Royals by Rachel Hawkins ★★★★★
Progress Update on Reading Challenges
Required Library Books: 8 / 17
The Passion of Dolssa || Big Little Lies || The Zookeeper’s Wife
Saga Volume 1 || The Night Bookmobile || Sweetbitter
The Psychopath Test || Planetfall
Fun Library Books: 5 / 5
Marillier & Gabaldon Challenge: 0 / 8
Rock My TBR: 8 / 16
Overall Challenge: 22 / 50
On TV/Netflix: I watched an embarrassing amount of Netflix, partly new and partly rewatches. New to me was “One Day at a Time,” which my client Nina kept telling me to watch for ages and I’m so glad I eventually did. What I’ve been rewatching lately are the GBBO shows, because it brings so much joy after a stressful day. And a mix of the two, I’m finally all caught up on Call the Midwife! Also, there was no way I was going to miss out on the Royal Wedding on TV. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS
On Film: Beau and I finished Downton Abbey (first time watching the show for him, probably the third or fourth time rewatching the show for me), and finally saw The Greatest Showman through Redbox. My brain and heart and soul was destroyed by Infinity War, so please let’s not talk about it…
In the Shopping Bag: I’ve had some…issues and anger and frustration regarding my wardrobe, so I purged over half of it and purchased half to replace. I’m excited to play around with the new pieces, and I’m glad they fit and feel good. I’ve also been doing a lot of preparation for this Greece trip, which has included better shoes, a floppy hat (I don’t wear hats!), and general travel stuff (snacks, medication, Euros, etc). Nothing exciting, just practical!
Miscellaneous: Still going strong with WordBrain and Forge of Empires on my phone (LOLOLOLOL omg), and I’ve recently stumbled across Chip & Jo’s house renovation app, Flip House. I’m spending ridiculous amounts of time on that before heading to bed!
Looking Toward the Future
July through September will be packed with activities. July is pretty much entirely my choir’s trip to Greece for the Festival of the Aegean, followed by lots of Emily Bronte celebrations at my library (girl is turning 200 on July 30th, so we better celebrate). One mama-to-be is having a baby shower too, with a baby closely following the next month! And, hmm…I feel like more is happening in these months, but it’s probably all dominated by this trip. I’ll share some pictures with you next Rewind!
What have you been up to this season / this month? Any new obsessions or good reads or great music? Share some of your favorites here, and let me know if I should check out any great blog posts!