SUMMER READING START & NETFLIX: May 2020 Wrap Up

IMG_2733May was another month having to adjust to the new normal we live in, with plenty of books & TV and a few more life happenings. In short, I graduated from college (virtually), read a lot of books, started grad school (virtually), and started working on my summer tan!  Since my state has had one of the most severe amount of outbreaks, we’re still primarily home as some stores and business slowly start to re-open. I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work from home and take graduate school courses online, so I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time still home this summer.

Since I now do monthly If We Were Having Coffee posts and Fangirl News, I’ve decided to not include the Life Happenings section in my monthly wrap ups. I’ll add some tidbits about life lately in my introduction but I’ll be getting into more detail about my life and anticipated bookish happenings in those respective posts.

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The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass | 3/5 Stars

The One was actually my least favorite book in The Selection trilogy. America annoyed me the most  out of all three books, and it threw in so many new elements that were too late, considering that this is the last book in the trilogy. I know The Heir and The Crown are considered sequels, but I’m not sure if I see myself picking them up.

 Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | 4.5/5

 I totally now understand everyone’s love for this Chriistna Lauren favorite! Hazel is one of my new favorite protaoginsts of theirs.

 The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (ARC)

 The Jane Austen Society is a hot new book of the summer. I think this one will really appeal to women’s fiction meets historical fiction fans or fans of Austen .

 Well Met by Jen DeLuca | 5/5

It was really no surprise that Well Met became one of my favorite rom-coms! The male protagonist, Simon, in this enemies-to-lovers romance set during a summer Renaisssance Faire quickly became one of new bookish boyfriends.

On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe | 4/5

Mary Alice Monroe is such a staple in women’s fiction, so I was very excited to review her latest release, On Ocean Boulevard. This book was such a better way to transition into the summertime.

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee | 4.5/5

I’ve been living for dystopian, but also glamorous YA series. The Dazzling Heights is my favorite book in The Thousandth Floor trilogy.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | 4/5

It took a few friends to convince me to do so, but I gave into the hype and read Where the Crawdads Sing. It’s definitely worth the hype and its story took a turn I wasn’t expecting.

 The Towering Sky (The Thousandth Floor #3) by Katharine McGee | 4/5

The Towering Sky was a satisfying conclusion to The Thousandth Floor series. It wasn’t my favorite in the series, but I liked where it leaves most of the characters.

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon (ARC) | 5/5

For sure one of my favorite books of 2020, I feel absolutely in love with Rachel Lynn Solomon’s Today Tonight Tomorrow! I loved EVERYTHING about this one and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

All the Right Mistakes by Laura Jamison (ARC) | 4/5

I love books featuring female friends from college (trust me, it’s a thing), and All the Right Mistakes was a really enjoyable read about five friends whose secrets get exposed when one of them publishes a tell-all book.

Becoming by Michelle Obama (audio) | 4.5/5

It me over a month and a half to do so, but I finished the audiobook version of Michelle Obama’s Becoming. A few of my friends and I read this at the same time.  I really loved Michelle Obama’s narration, and it’s such an interesting look at her life before and during being First Lady.

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Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall (Netflix) – If there’s one thing you should watch on Netflix from May, it’s Ben Platt’s concert! I’ve been listening to his album Sing to Me Instead since last fall and I live in regret that I didn’t see him live, so I’m so glad it’s on Netflix. His performance was amazing. I loved the moments in between songs when he talks to the audience. 

Selling Sunset S2 (Netflix) – Reality TV has been my favorite escapism, right next to reading. My favorite Netfix reality show, Selling Sunset, came back this month. Set in the extravagant world of Hollywood real estate, it is such an addicting show. There’s going to be a third season premiering on August 7th.

Shtisel S1 (Netflix) – After enjoying the Israeli version of Baker and the Beauty (update: I tried watching the American version and only got through the first three episodes), I dedicated to explore more Israeli shows, which led me to Shtisel. It’s considered to be one of Netflix’s best international shows and I can’t help but agree! I’m excited to watch the second season in June. An American version has been optioned for Amazon Prime.

Workin’ Moms (Netflix) –Another Netflix favorite of mine came back in May: Workin’ Moms! I flew through the first 8 episodes and highly recommend checking out this show’s first four seasons – I’m not-so patiently for the fifth season – if you’re in the mood for female-led comedy.

Friends With Kids (Amazon Prime) –Everyone knows I love rom coms in both book and movie form. I’m a big fan of Adam Scott, and Friends with Kids had been on my to-watch list for a while. Although I wish it had ended differently, this is such a funny and relaxing night watch.

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Reviews

WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS SOONER: Well Met Review

AUSTEN LOVE: The Jane Austen Society Review

SUMMERTIME READ: On Ocean Boulevard Review

FAN FAVORITE ROM-COM: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating Review

GIVE ME DYSTOPIAN YA DRAMA: The Thousandth Floor Review

READING HYPED YA: The Selection Series Review

COMPLICATED COMEDY: Brunch and Other Obligations Review

Other Bookish Fun

If We Were Having Coffee: The Graduation Edition

SUMMER READING TO-DO: Summer 2020 Most Anticipated Releases

Fangirl News Round Up #4: Rom Com Covers & Tons of TV

My Top 5 Sarah J. Maas Books

Recent TBR Additions: May 2020 Edition

COMPLICATED COMEDY: Brunch and Other Obligations Review

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What did you read or watch in May? Share in the comments!

6 thoughts on “SUMMER READING START & NETFLIX: May 2020 Wrap Up

    • It is so, so good! So many great YA contemporaries coming out this year, but hands down Today Tonight Tomorrow is one of the BEST!

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