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I cannot believe that May is finally over. May has been a slow month, one filled with curfews, semi-lockdowns and working from home. The best part for me is working from home. Fewer distractions and more flexibility and it provide me more time to read.
I don’t mind staying home, but I dread the long lines I have to face when I go shopping for essentials. It is a nightmare and the whole concept of social distancing gets thrown out the door. Don’t get me started on the requirements of wearing masks. Those things will kill you quicker than any virus. I only wear one when I enter a place of business.
The curfews and the lock downs are not good for our struggling economy. Several persons have lost their jobs, tourism and the export market has taken a hit because of the closing of the ports. Schools will remain closed until September. Online classes have become the norm, but the drawback to that is not every household can afford internet service so some students are at a disadvantage. Businesses are slowly returning to normal and churches are allowed to reopen, but members are required to wear masks.
At the time of writing this post there were no recent cases of COVID-19, for which I am grateful, but I know we cannot become complacent as it seems this virus will be here for quite some time.
On the Blog
This month I read fourteen (14) books, and reviewed eleven (11) of which four were audio books..broken down as follows:
- [5 May] She Loves Me by Melissa Foster ★★★★★
- [7 May] Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich ★★★★½
- [11 May] Luca by Sarah Castille ★★★★½
- [12 May] Rocco by Sarah Castille ★★★★
- [18 May] This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf ★★★★½
- [19 May] Southern Storm by Natasha Madison ★★★★½
- [20 May] Seduced by a Demon King by Felicity Heaton ★★★★½
- [21 May] 48 Hour Lockdown by Carla Cassidy ★★★½
- [25 May] Shakespeare Burning by Charisse Moritz ★★★★½
- [26 May] Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter ★★★★
- [27 May] Ares by Felicity Heaton ★★★½
Reviews for Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn, Paging Dr. Hook-up by Mika Jolie and Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle are scheduled to be posted in June.
My favourite romance was
My favourite thriller was
At the time of this post I am 17 books ahead in my Goodreads Challenge
Some of the books I have planned for June
- Timeless & Timeless Encore by Kaylene Winter Blog Tour - March 25, 2023
- 🎧︎War by Laura Thalassa Buddy Read Chat Review withBrandee @Unconventional Bookworm - March 23, 2023
- Second Wives by Carey Baldwin - March 21, 2023
It does make me worry going forward what we will do, there is no way we can stay lock down forever! I especially worry about school and our economy. I know being locked down has not been good for my kids mental heath. Glad you are safe and healthy!
Children do not like confinement so I know the lock downs are taking a toll on them.
I don’t care for wearing a mask either. The masks that we had were really uncomfortable so I bought something different for my family to use and it is much better. I like staying home but this has been really rough for a lot of people. I can imagine how tough it would be in an area depending on tourism.
You had a great reading month! I hope you enjoy The Summer Deal as much as I did! Have a great June!
Masks aren’t fun to wear for long periods of time. I’m still on the lookout for ones that are a bit more comfortable to wear. I do think they are important though. I have quite a lot of books that I want to read this month, but we’ll see how many I actually get to. LOL
They are definitely not comfortable. It is stifling and itchy.
Thanks for sharing stay safe
I wish I could read as fast as you so I could catch up to my backlog, you are amazing!
Thnaks DJ. I owe it to the fact that spent less time watching tv shows. 🙂
You had a great reading month!
Looks like you had a good month.
We still have cases but are slowly reopening. I’m against it. What can I say…
I too am not keen on the re-openings, but we just have to live with it and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves.
I am glad you didn’t have any new cases, ours continue to climb. Yeah, we wear a mask wherever we cannot maintain social distancing. Hope June is a better month for all.
Definitely trying times. I love working from home, because my commute is so long, and my lifestyle is pretty much the same as it was before the quarantine. I loved the new Shalvis book. I hope you enjoy it too
I enjoyed the previous books in the series, so I definitely have high expectations for this one.
Times have definitely changed fore sure. I’ve been lucky and haven’t run into long lines in the store, but it may be because of the time of day I go, which is normally super early. I’m glad you’re safe. Sending lots of air hugs, RO
You look like you had a great month. I’m dreading long queues to get in the shops once the rain arrives or the cold weather.
Ooh, I absolutely adore Melissa Foster! One of my favorite authors, by far 🙂
I hate wearing a mask, but just wear it when I need to be out and about because I’m high risk. This month has dragged. I feel like time has been so slow since the end of March! I’m glad you had such a good reading month!
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
Excellent monthly wrap up.
I agree….these closures are ridiculous. And I hate the face mask I have to wear it for work and I am not sure if I can keep doing it, I am already looking for another job because I have anxiety and its just not good for you long term to wear one. And there have been more deaths in suicide than covid deaths. I can imagine the deaths of other illnesses like cancer has risen highly too. I just want to return to normal life again.
Looks like you had a great month of may. I love the cover for She Loves Me. I am really loving Melissa Foster more.