The Soundtrack of My Life – Track 6

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This week I’m back and I’m adding one of my favorite all time songs by my all time favorite band. This won’t be last time I feature them, but I chose this song first because it is without a doubt my favorite song of theirs. This band means so much to me and every time I come back to them, there’s a familiarity while at the same time it’s like I’m experiencing their music for the first time. I just love them and I believe that they are the best band of all time. 

Track 6: While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles

Lyrics

Written by George Harrison

When it came to The Beatles, the stars were John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Nearly every song the Beatles released was written by the songwriting pair Lennon-McCartney. However, George Harrison is absolutely underrated as a singer and writer. Especially when the shadows of John and Paul were so large. They were larger than life personalities and George was “The Quiet One”. 

For those who are unfamiliar with The Beatles, George Harrison often played lead guitar for the band and sung backup. He had two standout songs during his time with The Beatles. Something, which is off of Abbey Road, one of the best love songs ever. And While My Guitar Gently Weeps which is off of The White Album. It stands out especially during a time where the band was already starting to fracture. This song certainly reflects how Harrison felt about that, but I think the lyrics say a lot more than just how he felt about the band. 

When I talk about this song, it’s not just the lyrics or the music. It’s everything. The lyrics fit the song perfectly as they are almost haunting. The Beatles were never shy about writing lyrics that reflected the world they lived in, from Revolution to Blackbird, they wrote about war and racism that was prevalent then and is still prevalent now. While My Guitar Gently Weeps isn’t specifically about a certain event, but it’s a look through at the world through George Harrison’s eyes and how the world could be so much better. In my opinion that will continue to be relevant until there is real change. 

My favorite part of this song is the guitar playing which was performed by Eric Clapton.  I don’t know anything about guitar mechanics, but they did a very good job to make it sound like the guitar is truly weeping. There are two guitar solos in this song and the first blows me away. This song is worth a listen to just to hear the guitar, and honestly, if there was a version without lyrics then I would still listen to it. 

George Harrison died in 2001 from lung cancer and I wish he could’ve known that his music would transcend time. That 50 years later, While My Guitar Gently Weeps would still be as effective as it was then and would go down in history as one of the best songs ever. In my opinion, he truly created a masterpiece that rivals anything John and Paul wrote during the entirety of The Beatles’ career. 

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Chantel’s Journal Week Two (07/08/18 – 07/14/18)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

So, you know how this is supposed to be a reading journal? Well, it’s Thursday and I haven’t read anything since Saturday. I’m not surprised at all. I went to my mom’s house which ended with me buying a PS4 Pro, then on Sunday, I went to the beach with a coworker and her friends and family. It was a lot of fun and I got sunburnt.

The days this week have been going by like molasses to me. The heat wave of the summer has finally hit and I’m just exhausted. In between keeping caught up with Big Brother, playing with my PS4, and trying to get some sleep, I haven’t carved any time out for reading. At all. If I’m being honest, this is more like a normal week. The days go by slow and the week is over before I know it.

Even now as I’m writing this, I’m playing The Last of Us Remastered. My attention span is incredibly short, which is why reading is difficult for me. I wish it wasn’t that way. I wish I could read as much as Caidyn, but it’s not the way my mind works.

For the record, I did DNF Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green. I only DNF a book when the thought of reading it just sounds like a chore. Unfortunately, that was the case here, but Caidyn and I should have a pretty interesting review coming up soon because he has a completely different experience as a transman than I do as a ciswoman.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

So, it’s the end of my week and I still haven’t read at all, but I’d like to talk about something else. Call of Duty. Now, considering this is supposed to be a reading journal (oops), one might find this subject odd. Honestly, I’m playing Call of Duty for the first time on my own and what’s the point of having a journal when I don’t write about what I’m doing. Let me clear though, I suck at this game. I always die from grenades, it takes me multiple times to figure out what my mission is because I don’t look at the mission objectives and my aim is fucking terrible. I am so bad at this game that I wouldn’t dream of doing any online multiplayer.

So why do I keep playing it? Well, it’s a stress reliever. I hate to say it, but shooting at nameless, faceless enemies is relaxing. I am not a violent person. I have only shot guns a few times in my life and frankly, it provided a nice relief as well. CoD isn’t the same as that is at all, but I think I understand the appeal of the franchise. CoD is not the type of game I’d normally play, but I can appreciate the relief it provides after a long week or day at work. That being said, it gets very old and repetitive really quickly. 

Lately, I’ve been gravitating more toward video games for relief instead of books. Sometimes video games don’t require as much concentration. I can zone out while playing CoD or Crash Bandicoot. Or while watching tv. I think that’s why I haven’t been reading a lot lately because I just need to zone out after work. Reading is one of those things that require my full attention. Attention I don’t always have the energy to give.

Chantel’s Reading Journal Week One (07/01/18 – 07/07/18)

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

There is a very simple reason for deciding to journal about reading. I’m hoping the journal will keep me in check with reading, but considering how I always fail at journaling…we’ll see. Since January of this year, I’ve really struggled with reading. I read nine books that month and it’s been a struggle to get through one in the last five months. I just want to share this with you, our readers, just so that you can understand and maybe even relate to what I’m going through.

This hasn’t been just a slump but a reading ditch I can’t seem to crawl out of.

Not only that but I’ve wanted to increase my presence on this blog for some time now. Caidyn is often very excited about how our audience is increasing, but his posts are the majority of what comes out of the blog. That’s not his fault. It’s mine and only mine. If I can’t provide you guys with witty reviews, then I want you guys to know what’s going on with me. Sometimes it’s reading, but most of the time it’s not. Trust me, I want it to be.

There are many projects I want to do on the blog, some I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. Almost a year. I’m hoping that will come to fruition soon as I’m excited for you all to see it! In the meantime, you’ll hear from me with my series The Soundtrack of My Life and if anyone is interested in doing a graphic for it, I would be happy to talk with someone. I’m not a graphic designer nor do I draw, but I’ve wanted something specific and original for The Soundtrack of My Life.

41 pages: Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green

  • Holy shit you guys, I actually made progress in this book. I can’t believe it!

33 pages: The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

  • Definitely excited to continue reading this book, but not sure how I feel about the different points of view.

I can’t believe I read today and I’m mildly impressed. However, this is just the start and throughout the week we’ll see how things go.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Today was long. I worked from 12:30pm until 8:00pm so I knew when I got home I wouldn’t have a lot of energy to read. I had spent most of my morning reading Becoming a Visible Man. I would like to finish it and be able to move on to this month’s BW Book Club pick which is Sing, Unburied, Sing. Honestly, if I can finish Becoming a Visible Man, The Book of Essie, and Sing, Unburied, Sing this month I’ll feel accomplished. Oh yeah, I need to read Goblet of Fire too.

35 pages: Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green

  • This book is definitely a textbook on Transgender history as well as Green’s experience in the early 90’s San Francisco. There are definitely things that relate to today, but this book feels incredibly outdated at a time just because things have changed so much in the 12 years since this book was published.

25 pages: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

  • I’m very frustrated with how I’m struggling to read this. I read a bit before I work today, but it wasn’t much. This book is gigantic and right now it feels like a hill I can’t climb. I really love the Harry Potter series and yet I feel very much stuck in a rut. Perhaps it’s this slump, but you would think that I’d be able to read Harry Potter at least. (Might read more before I go to sleep. Spoiler: I did)

13 pages: The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

  • I’m really not sure why Liberty is a POV character, but I’m hoping we’ll find out as the story continues to unfold.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Today is hard. I’m definitely feeling overwhelmed by the amount I have to read this month. However, I would be very proud if I could get back to reading. Even if I hate forcing myself too, sometimes I just have to pick up a book instead of turning on the tv. Which is especially hard on a day like today where I am just exhausted. I did pick up Sing, Unburied, Sing from the library so that’s something. I’m honestly excited to continue reading it and The Book of Essie. I do like Becoming a Visible Man but I’m not reaching for it. And of course, Harry Potter is comfort food to me. I think I’m finally at the first task, but still not even 50 percent through the book. I’m lucky if I can get a chapter of each book a day. That seems to be my pace right now.

8 pages: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

  • Got a bit of reading in, but I was falling asleep as I was reading it on my Kindle.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I got some nice quiet reading time this morning before work. I read a chapter of The Book of Essie and I feel like there is some kind of twist coming. There are a lot of questions so far that aren’t being answered. That’s honestly the reason I’m still reading it. There is something coming, and if not then I would be really disappointed by the buildup and the lack of a payoff. Plus, the plot is very meh. She is planning to marry a boy she doesn’t know because she’s pregnant. To me, that’s a lot of blah. Mainly because it’s a bit boring and Essie is very blasé about the whole thing. Who knows what will happen next.

14 pages: The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

  • Caidyn says this book has him intrigued but I don’t think I’m feeling it quite yet.

16 pages: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

  • Harry and Ron are annoying the hell out of me with their stupid fucking fight. They are acting like children. Harry threw a fucking badge at him. Frankly, they are making themselves out to look like assholes by not apologizing and being stubborn about this whole fight. I’m getting sick of it.

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Sometimes, I don’t even realize two days have passed until they are long gone. Time is very weird that way. I haven’t read much (read: at all) the last few days and I’m asking myself why. I think that a large part of it has to do with work. I work full time and I’m on my feet for up to 8 hours a day. That’s exhausting for me to do five days in a row. Then I get mentally exhausted by dealing with my coworkers and customers all week. One asshole customer can really bring me down and there is often more than one.

The end of this week felt like a wave that pulled me under and I’m only now reaching the surface to capture my breath. Unfortunately, that means no Soundtrack of my Life post this week. I will have one coming on the 21st of July, but I couldn’t make it happen this week. For that, I apologize because I try and stay true to my commitments.

Doing this blog is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It requires a lot of my time and sometimes I’m not willing to give up that time, but this blog has allowed me to write, to read, to share my thoughts with an audience and frankly that’s why I keep doing it.

Total pages read this week: 185

  • I definitely read more than I have in a long time but I could’ve definitely read more. Especially because I’m behind in almost all of my reading.

The Soundtrack of My Life – Track 5

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This week I’m adding one of my all time favorite songs to The Soundtrack of My Life. The song has almost no context for my life except that it’s a love song. If you haven’t guessed, this will come up often. Like every week. I’m a romantic at heart.

Whenever I hear this song I can’t help but close my eyes and get into the music and lyrics. This is just one of the best songs of all time. Yes, this is my opinion but I think there are plenty of people who would agree with me.

Track 5: Tiny Dancer by Elton John

Lyrics

Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin

The most bizarre thing about this song is that Elton John, a queer icon, is singing about a woman. While I don’t think he was publically out when this song is released, it’s important to recognize that he was not writing these songs alone. The duo of Elton John and Bernie Taupin is legendary in music and listening to this song it’s clear why.

The song has an epic feel to it and it builds from Elton John just singing while playing the piano to a song that’s hard not to sing along to once the chorus hits. It’s a wonderfully crafted song with an amazing chorus that’s easy to remember and hard to imitate. In my opinion, that’s what makes a great pop song. It’s easy to sing the lyrics and hard to sing on key.

However, it’s not just the lyrics and John’s singing that gives the song the epic feel. The music feels epic as well. The way John plays the piano is likely why he is so revered as an artist and I only wish I had that much talent. In a way, his piano playing is an extension of his voice. In my experience with songs, instruments often fade into the background and the voice is on full display. However, there are exceptions. Tiny Dancer is one of those exceptions for me. You can tell Elton John is not only singing his heart out, but he is playing the piano with just as much passion. The combination of his voice and the piano is magical in my opinion. This song is only one example of what music is capable of and how much it means to me personally.

I would like to talk about the most recent Tiny Dancer cover by Florence + the Machine. I suspect I will end up talking more about her later on because she is incredible, but I digress.

There are a lot of things I love about the original composition of Tiny Dancer. I’m someone who loves covers and I love them when they are done well.

I feel very confident in saying that Florence + the Machine’s cover of Tiny Dancer is one of the best covers I’ve heard. This is because her voice is perfectly suited to the song and the epic feel that comes with the chorus. She does not change the pronouns in the song (the lyrics are talking about a woman) which makes this song incredibly queer and therefore I love it. By the way, this is just my interpretation and how I feel about the song. Some artists don’t change pronouns in songs they cover out of respect for the artist and that’s okay. I don’t know Florence’s reasoning but there aren’t that many songs out there about ladies singing love songs about other ladies. Let me enjoy this.

So, if like Caidyn you have terrible taste in music and aren’t a huge fan of the original Elton John version, then I highly recommend the Florence + the Machine cover and I will be putting it down below so treat yo earholes!

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The Soundtrack of My Life – Track 4

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I was going to publish this on Saturday but plans change and I get tired after working 40 hours a week. However, it’s your lucky day because it’s my birthday and I get to gush about a song (and video) that I’ve loved for a long time. So sit back and relax as I introduce you to a new song and/or a song that is horribly underrated.

For those of you who might not know, Queen is one of my favorite bands of all time. Probably my second favorite band ever. I feel like everyone should know about Queen, and if you haven’t heard of them. Go listen. Now. “We Will Rock You”, “We Are the Champions”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “Don’t Stop Me Now”. Go now. Listen.

Now based on my love of Queen, you might think that I’m going to feature a Queen song for my special birthday song. But oh no.

I’m featuring a song by an artist who is a huge Queen fan and even created their stage name from a Queen song.

This song also samples a Queen song and features Queen’s guitarist Brian May.

What on earth could I be talking about? None other than…

Track 4: Yoü and I by Lady Gaga

Lyrics

Written by Stefani Germanotta

“Yoü and I” was released as the fourth since off of the smash album Born This Way, yet I never hear it talked about in the same breath as “Born This Way”, “Bad Romance”, or “Poker Face”. I think that’s a huge disservice to the song. For me, “Yoü and I” was Gaga’s first single that didn’t sound like a dance club song. It was a song I didn’t expect from Lady Gaga who had once sung about taking a ride on a “disco stick”.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Lady Gaga. “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance” changed my fucking life. Lady Gaga is amazing but this is the song that made me love her.

This song samples “We Will Rock You” by Queen and I can hear it, but it blends in with the song. The song starts with a slow guitar riff and goes into the piano and then that familiar drum line lifted from “We Will Rock You” comes in and I’m taken in by the song. Then, there’s the guitar solo and it’s one of my all-time favorites.

Not only is the music in this song fantastic, but the lyrics are too. It’s obviously a love song and I feel it. Gaga’s voice is so raw and real unlike in any of her other songs. It feels stripped down while still having an electronic sound to it. I absolutely love it and I think it was a precursor of the shift in her music.

And now we are going to talk about the video for this song because it is something else. It features:

Mermaid Gaga
Mermaid Gaga
Lady Gaga as Dude
Gaga as a dude
Whatever the fuck this is
Whatever the fuck this is…
Gaga making out with herself
Gaga making out with herself
What the fuck
Um…murder…
Mermaid sex
And of course, mermaid sex.

Seriously though, I love this music video and how random it is. I distinctly remember showing everyone I could this video because it was so bizarre. I’m going to leave the full video down below if you want to watch it because I would highly recommend it.

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The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamera

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the unbinding of mary reade

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has no influence on my rating. 

DNFed @ 17%

1/5 – The unthinkable has happened. Caidyn and I both DNFed the same book. However, I think I’m a little more upset because I wanted this to be good. This is the last review I wanted to write. 2018 was supposed to be the year of queer lady pirates! Unfortunately, this was so unbelievably mediocre.

I hate being so harsh because I hate writing negative reviews. I do. As a writer, if someone didn’t like my book it would crush me. Because I hate rejection. I was rooting for this book. When I saw it was Read Now on Netgalley and that I would actually have a chance to read it, I was genuinely excited. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2018 and when the date was pushed back to June instead of March, I was bummed.

However, I’ve never been more disappointed in a book in a long time. Maybe ever, I don’t know. It could’ve been incredible. It could’ve been so good and it wasn’t. You guys, I didn’t even make it to the queer romance! That has only happened on other time with A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Another book that Caidyn and I both DNFed too.

I guess the ultimate lesson here is that queer lady pirates alone won’t make me like a book. I just know that there are too many books to read and not enough time for me to read something I just can’t get into or enjoy.

 

The Soundtrack of My Life – Track 3

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Track 3: Love My Way by The Psychedelic Furs

Written by Vince Ely, Tim Butler, John Ashton & Richard Butler

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Since I’m having trouble reading, I thought you guys would like to hear about another song that I adore. I mean, I don’t want you guys to forget about me.

Don't forget me, Adele

The next song on The Soundtrack of My Life is one that I discovered recently. It’s one of those songs I’ve heard before but never knew what it was called or who sang it. I’m sure that even though the title might not sound familiar, you’ve probably heard it too. Especially if you listen to 80’s music. Personally, I love the music from the 80’s. It has a lot of cheesiness but is also very genuine. Ever heard a cheesy 80’s love song? I’m sure you have, but that perfectly describes 80’s pop music in my opinion. The song I’m talking about today is the epitome of 80’s cheesiness and it’s called “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs.

I have to upfront about something. I only know about this song because of Call Me By Your Name. Let me be frank, I hated that movie. I don’t want to get into it now because I could easily start ranting if I don’t contain myself but I’ll try not to. The only reason I bring up Call Me By Your Name is that this song is featured in a scene featuring some hilarious white boy dance moves from Armie Hammer. I’m not exaggerating when I say this scene was my favorite. In contrast to Armie Hammer’s inability to dance, Timothee Chalamet is smooth as he practically glides across the dance floor. This scene stood out to me with brief scenes in the trailer and in the movie it stood out even more when placed with “Love My Way”.

timothee dancing in CMBYN

I looked up the song immediately after seeing the movie as it was the one highlight. From the opening notes, everything in my body feels lighter. Like I’m dragging around a weight constantly and the only thing which can lift it is this song. I would describe the music itself as light and airy. I listen to a lot of music which is slow and heavy, but this song is anything but. I don’t blame anyone who wants to dance to this song, no matter their skill level.

armie hammer dancing

Actually, this is pretty much how I dance.

Now, why does this song belong on the Soundtrack? It doesn’t have anything to do with the lyrics honestly. It has more to do with how danceable and singable the song is. If I’m at home and this song comes on, my body moves and my mouth sings. Neither of which I am good at, but when I’m alone it doesn’t matter. Instead of causing an emotional reaction in me, this song causes a physical reaction and that alone is enough to land it on The Soundtrack to My Life.

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The Soundtrack of My Life – Track 2

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Welcome back everyone to Chantel rambles on about music. Basically, I am building a soundtrack for my life as one would create a soundtrack for a movie. That’s one of the ways I see music, these songs define me and hold a special place in my heart because they make me feel something and I just want to share my passion with everyone.

Track 2: Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

Written by: Hy Zaret

Lyrics

If “Latch” is the song that plays when I meet the love of my life, then “Unchained Melody” is the song that plays at our future wedding. This song is my favorite love song ever and I don’t know if anything can ever top it. I think this song is best known for its appearance in the movie Ghost while Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze are doing pottery. In that way, I think it’s seen as a cheesy love song while playing over a very suggestive scene. However, outside that context, I think it’s one of the best love songs ever written and recorded. It’s so simple in its melody and lyrics and the vocals are amazing. You’ll notice a pattern with the songs I choose for The Soundtrack of My Life, they all feature amazing vocals where you can hear what the singer is feeling. If I can feel it, then the song will connect to me far more than just a random song on the radio.

When the singer sings “I need your love,” I feel it in my bones. I’m a person who has a lot of feelings. I can easily get overwhelmed by my feelings. If I’m feeling sad, it overwhelms every part of me including my face and body language. If I’m happy it’s clear in my body. If I have a crush on someone, I light up and I can feel my entire body get warm. As a result of wearing my heart on my sleeve, I usually embarrass myself when I have a crush on someone. Whether it’s blushing or brightening up or talking their ear off for an hour. This situation isn’t relevant right now at all.

And now after that brief interlude, back to the song. “Unchained Melody” is a timeless song in my opinion. The vocals are soft, the drumbeat is simple, the violins are playing in the background but in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the vocals. It also builds from quiet and soft to passionate in its short 3 minutes and 35 seconds so that by the end of the song it has earned every emotion it pulls from you. It’s the singer being vulnerable with the person he loves and I think that’s incredibly beautiful. It’s such a simple thing to sing about how much you want someone and how much you love them, but I feel like it’s rare to have someone put so much feeling behind it. If nothing else, this song will make you believe in love.

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat cover

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – 4/5 (no review)

(Chantel)

4.5/5 – I just want to state upfront that I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was adorable and I loved reading from Leah’s POV because I found her very similar to myself in a lot of ways. We both swear like sailors, we are both fat, we are both queer, and sometimes we come off like assholes. Especially in front our crushes. I can totally understand how some readers will find Leah off-putting, but I related so much. Let’s not forget that she’s a teenager and has a lot of angst, a lot of resentment toward her father for leaving her and her mother, being fat in a world that says that’s wrong, not being as well off as her friends are, and has a crush on her best friend’s girlfriend. I mean, there’s a lot going on there.

I have found that Becky Albertalli’s books take place in a world where everyone gets a happy ending. This is a sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda which I thought was delightful and had a similar happy ending. However, having lived the whole “have a huge crush on a straight friend” scenario, it was hard to see this book as realistic. Perhaps, I just have bad luck or Leah has really good luck. Either way, there were times where I was taken out of the story because of how well things seemed to go. Well, most things.

I also felt the pacing and the slow burn of Leah and Abby’s relationship could’ve gone differently. Instead, Leah did a lot of assuming and there was a lot of back and forth between the two which made up the majority of the drama in the story. However, other conflicts were ignored or dropped altogether and I think it would’ve fit better. Such as, Leah’s concern for Nick and how he would feel about her and Abby dating. That got brushed aside and I thought it could’ve been a huge part of the conflict in the book. I would’ve also preferred that Abby was upfront about her sexuality and feelings for Leah earlier in the book, but that is less bothersome to me.

I would like to point out a scene that rubbed me the wrong way when I read it and after I thought about it a little longer. There is a conversation between Leah and Abby in which Abby admits that she came out to her cousins as being “a little bit bi”, unfortunately, Leah completely disregards her personal label as not being a real label. There is no resolution to this scene and Leah doesn’t apologize for dismissing her label which could be harmful. However, the way I interpreted the scene was that Leah is an imperfect character and just because she is bisexual doesn’t mean that she is a perfect representation of a queer character. I see this as a flaw of Leah’s character in that she sees everything in black and white and rarely sees the grey in situations, but I would’ve preferred that she apologized to Abby for what she said because everyone should be free to label themselves as they want.

Overall, I’m so happy this book made it to number one on the NYT bestseller’s list. It’s so wonderful to see the books that are being bought in YA and I want this book to be as popular as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I will absolutely be buying a copy of this book soon and I would highly recommend it if anyone is looking for an adorable f/f contemporary romance.

 

Update from Chantel

Hey everyone! Chantel here! In the wrap up for April, Caidyn mentioned that I would put out a post of my own and here I am.

Here’s the truth, ever since January when I read the best book of all time #kweenevelynhugo I’ve been in a really bad reading slump. No seriously, all I’ve read in the last four months is Harry Potter. That’s not true, but I feel like it’s all I’ve read.

April was pretty much the low point for me. I didn’t finish any books at all. I started multiple but I still haven’t even finished Prisoner of Azkaban and I didn’t think that would be a struggle at all. Or All Out which I haven’t touched in weeks. I’ve felt very upset about this because I expect more out of myself. Reading doesn’t come easily to me and sometimes it’s more difficult than normal.

So that’s why I’m writing this post. I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay and I’m still here, but that I’ve been struggling with reading. I think things are starting to look up. I just finished a book today (I wrote this on Sunday), so look out for a review coming soon. I think it’s about going back to the reason I started this blog in the first place. To have a place to talk about books.

I don’t know if I’ve kicked this reading slump for good, but I know that right now I’m optimistic and I might not finish another book this month but I’m okay with what I’ve read.