Let’s Rewind: May 2021

I don’t know why, but I really haven’t been in the mood to do a wrap-up post lately. Every time I thought about it, I decide to do something else, which is why I was able to post a few reviews recently, lol.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.

Not much happened in May other than catching up on doctor appointments, hanging out with a friend, and visiting family I hadn’t seen in a year, which was fun and much needed. Other than that, I read and tried to save but ended up buying too much anyway. I’ll try again in July.

One fun thing I did was travel on the train to another state. I’ve only ever done that twice, and I really enjoyed it. Would love to do it again for a longer trip, maybe cross-country.

A fun thing I did in May was participate in the Wyrd & Wonder fantasy-celebration event. With the exception of the book below, I only read fantasy books, comics, and picture books in May.

I ended up reading a total of 14 things. Check out my W&W wrap up for the other 13 books.

I completed The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris in May. It’s a contemporary thriller about a young Black woman working at a publishing company in NYC where she’s the only the Black female employee. But one day another Black woman is hired and weird stuff start happening. (I go into more detail in my review.) The book isn’t at all what I expected or what it’s hyped up to be. I liked it at first but slowly lost interest until I was seriously tempted to DNF it.

I do hope I go back to reading longform articles one day, but for now, I have nothing to add in this section.

Around the blog-o-verse

Quest Log the Last (onemore.org)

— Imyril recently posted this, but I’m including it in my May wrap-up post because she lists the wrap-up posts of all Wyrd & Wonder participants. Check them out to get some amazing fantasy book recommendations!

Some stuff I pubbed

In May, I posted reviews of some of the best books I’ve read so far this year:

“Black Buck” by Mateo Askaripour

— Contemporary novel that’s also a satire about a young Black man working in sales at a startup company in NYC.

“In the Garden of Spite” by Camilla Bruce

— Historical fiction novel about a female serial killer. It’s based on a real person.

“The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry” by C.M. Waggoner

— Fantasy novel about a fire witch who joins a band of other female magicians to protect a young heiress. There is a bit of a mystery subplot to it.

And that was May for me. I didn’t even watch much of anything.

So far, June feels exhausting. I just feel so tired.

Hopefully July will be better.


20 thoughts on “Let’s Rewind: May 2021

  1. The great thing about round-up posts, though, is that they can inspire us to reconsider whether we even want to be doing the things that we’ve let slide; sometimes it’s a good opportunity to start new habits instead, or, else, we realize that we are revitalized by habits we’ve let slide, and then we get back to spending time with them. I hope the rest of June helps feed rather than drain your mojo!

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  2. I have never been on a train, at all. I need to rectify that soon. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Sad to hear about that you didn’t enjoy ‘The Other Black Girl’. I just grabbed it last week

    Have a lovely weekend

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    1. Taking the train is so relaxing and a great way to read too, if you don’t get motion sickness.
      Thanks, hope you’re having great June too.
      Totally understand that. Hopefully our energy will pick up soon.


    1. Same here. I was trying to slow my perception of it earlier in the year by not planning too far ahead in hopes that it’ll seem like time is going by slowly, but that didn’t work.

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  3. I’m not surprised your tired , haven’t you got like THREE jobs?
    That’s exhausting even reading !

    You’d need to jump those train’s without them though , maybe a fourth job as the driver , Two birds one stone!

    Go for the Adirondack if available!!
    You could give us discounts 😁

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        1. I’m still trying to decipher Amtrak’s website about the Adirondack!!!
          Appears that cat’s are purr-mitted on this train.
          (And cat’s have voting rights in Canada!!)
          A liberal people truly!

          Sadly there would be some rules regarding roof surfing.


  4. I also feel really exhausted this month! It’s hard keeping up with posting content so I ended up talking a week or two off unintentionally after Wyrd and Wonder ended (I don’t even know how long it was tbh). It’s been a really weird year. I feel like I have short bouts where I feel pretty normal and then I blink and I haven’t done anything for months….

    I hope you start feeling less tired! And thanks for reminding me that I have to catch up on all the Wyrd and Wonder posts I missed out on!

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