Read: After I do by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Dumplin' by Julie Murphy, The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and I Know I Am but What Are You by Samantha Bee. Oh, and I reread A Court of Thorns and Roses for the epic release of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This was a great month for books. It actually felt like a huge relief putting book club on hold this month and having a free read month. Obviously, Sarah J. Maas' books were amazeballs. I think my next favorite was The Serpent King. It made me feel all the feels. I was practically in tears as I was reading it. I also really loved After I Do. Somehow I felt it relatable and unrelatable at the same time. It was a super perplexing feeling. Oh, and Samantha Bee is such a bad ass feminist bitch. I'd read/listen/sponge up anything she has to say.
Watched: Lady Dynamite starring Maria Bamford on Netflix. Maria is a pretty kick ass female comic, probably my husband's favorite. She comes off a bit cooky and somehow it tickles my funny bone. Plus other comics made cameos on the show. You should totes check it out!
Listening: I'm going to start this off by saying country music isn't my favorite genre. With that in mind, I've fallen in love with Kacey Musgraves. Especially her "Follow Your Arrow" song. I'm from a small town and the lyrics really resonate with me. We are all different and should judge less and worry about ourselves more--that is Kacey's writing in a nutshell. I'm still not a fan of country music but I'm a big fan of Kacey's.
Also this month:
1. BookCon 2016
Honestly this was probably my highlight of the summer if not the entire year. This was the best time ever and you should totes check out our recap. I loved being surrounded by 5,000 other bookish nerds. It was great!
2. Finished my Stashbusting Quilt Top
This happened on literally the last weekend of the month. I'm not the best at gauging how much time something is going to take but I love how this came together. I love the patchworky, vintagey feel of it. Plus, it is pretty neat to have fabric from almost every quilt I've made come together in scrap form to make up a whole other quilt. Sorry, I get pretty nerdy about quilts.
I've been obsessed with the styles of Modcloth for a while now. As is most of the blogsphere, I think. Heather is also always looking fly as hell in her Modcloth fashions. They are a tad pricey but I'm pretty sure the quality is totes worth it. I've been a tad obsessed with New Girl lately and have fallen in love with Jessica Day's wardrobe all over again. You would think Netflix would be a great alternative to spending money, but it just isn't the case for me. I end up falling in love with the wardrobes of Jessica Day, Rachel Green and Kimmy Schmidt and then think it is necessary to restructure my entire wardrobe around their styles. It's a problem.
In May I read two really powerful books that I want to share: Asking for It by Louise O'Neill and Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jack Krakauer. Both books address in different ways how instances of rape are handled and the aftermath of those cases. Asking for It is a work of fiction that tells the story of Emma and how she was raped at a party. It tells of her life before the rape and after and the drastic differences. While it's fiction, it feels very real and mirrors a real life case that happened a few years ago. Missoula is an investigative look at 5 cases of rape in the college town of Missoula, Montana. It details different cases and the way they were handled by both the college and the police department and the breakdown between what is happening and how the victim is treated. Again, both very powerful and upsetting reads but two that I think are very important.
I saw The Jungle Book TWICE in May and it was fantastic. I went in with no expectations and came out so pleasantly surprised that I will recommend it to everyone. I also started rewatching the Marvel movies in order as they are listed in Wikipedia. We went to the drive in and saw the double feature of The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War. About 10 minutes into Civil War I realized I had never seen Winter Soldier or a few other Marvel movies so it was time to watch them in order. So far we've rewatched Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Next up is Thor!
(I also fell asleep during Civil War so I have no clue what happens in that one. The movie was second and didn't start until 11pm!)
May was my month of catching up on podcasts during my daily commute. I focused on Breakfast for Dinner, which might be my hands down favorite podcasr. The only downside of being caught up is that now I feel lost with out listening to Nicole and Dago during my drive each day.
Also this month:
1. Queen B Lemonade
I took my second trip to Chicago in May (both trips were in May!) and it was to see our Queen at the Formation World Tour. Guyssssss.....this was everything. I cannot even give words to the emotions and feelings that there were when seeing Beyonce live. It was an amazing experince, worth every single penny I spent to get there. She put on one of the best shows I've ever seen, one of the best things I've ever seen in my life. If you can get yourself to Bey show, do itttttt.
Jen and I went to Chicago (both of us for the first time!). Check out our exhaustive recap here. I would say this was one of the best times I've ever had. If you are a book lover, you need to attend BookCon at some point.
3. Summer Kickoff
School ended for my beebs and summer got a kicked off in May. We went to the drive in, spent Memorial Day poolside with friends, and I have gotten to eat on so many patios that my heart is bursting with happiness. This summer is on track to be one of the best around and May really was able to get me excited for my favorite season.