Tomorrow is the first of June, and we’ve yet to have anything resembling a spring in my part of the world. Meanwhile, I know some of you are dealing with heatwaves and crazy up and down weather. If anyone still doubted that climate change is real, they only have to look at the state of the planet at the moment to get a clue.
Anyway. I’m trying to stay positive, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to have much of a summer, either. A colleague of mine told me that there’s an old expression in French–“Les deux hivers se touchent“–which basically means that the two winters meet in the middle, with no other season in between. That’s what this year feels like so far.
But it’s almost June, and regardless of the cold and rain (and snow, a little higher up), it will mean the official start of summer, and we have lots of fun things planned for June. We’ll be going to a wedding and a concert, and the latter will mean a weekend away for me and my husband (in Italy!)
On the reading/blogging front, it’s been a quiet month. I’ve been very busy at work since what feels like forever, but part of that has been preparing for an audit that took place this past week, so things should be slowing down a bit. It’s meant that I haven’t had a lot of free time, and what I’ve had has been spent mostly off-line. I am reading, though, and this month I finished five books and hope to finish two more over the weekend.
In May, I read:
Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker
Deadly Games by Lindsay Buroker
Conspiracy by Lindsay Buroker
Blood and Betrayal by Lindsay Buroker
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (review coming soon!)
You may notice a theme there. I think because of all the work-related stress, I really needed to read something for pure entertainment, and the Buroker’s ‘Emperor’s Edge’ fantasy series definitely fit the bill. I’ve downloaded the latest one, which just came out this past month, but I’m determined to finish up a few other books before I read it (although I really, really want to know what happens with Amarynth and Sicarius).
I also hosted my first ever readalong this month, of Charlotte Brontë’s Villette. This will be finishing up in the next few days, and it’s been great. It’s also inspired me to read more Brontë books–I’m planning to start The Tenant of Wildfell Hall soon.
I participated in Trish’s Pin It and Do It challenge for the month of May, but that pesky lack of free time meant I didn’t get much done. I think I made a new recipe or two, but that’s about it. And #Estellagram didn’t really happen this month, either. Oh, well.
I’ve got some great books coming up for review in the month of June, so be on the lookout for those. And I hope wherever you are that the month of June is one full of fun and (at least a little) sun.