The latest Lenny Letter pointed out to me that we are half way through 2017. I should have had this figured out already, but that particular information has me a little bit floored.
May was a weird month. At the beginning, I was a waitress, with little hope of not being one in the near future. Then, pretty much out of the blue, I was offered an internship at a magazine I did some work experience at a few months back. So I’m there now. Temporarily. I have not processed it yet. I had to interview a chef yesterday and I barely stopped myself saying yeah it’s like that in the restaurant I work in.
Come August I most likely won’t have a job, but I’m trying really hard not to think too much about that.
Life = Up. In. The. Air.
For so many reasons. There’s a general election happening in the UK this Thursday. It also came pretty much out of the blue and at the start I was so determined not to care about it.
Not caring about things isn’t really how I roll.
If Theresa May and her awful Conservative government get back in my heart will be broken.
My brother turned 27.
And my blog turned 2.
Whaaaaaaat?! As per usual, I do not know what to make of any of it.
So, that being the case, let’s review the month.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Feelings: I want to sit in a busy city centre and hand out copies of it to everyone I see.
The Rules Do Not Apply – April Levy
Feelings: An interesting look at survival in the face of life fucking you over. Truthfully, I didn’t get as much from this as I hoped I would, but I really enjoyed Levy’s fearlessness is describing her infidelity, her miscarriage and her wife’s alcoholism.
A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Shwab
Feelings: This past week I reread Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London books just because I really needed to think about something other than the election. I know that this series will be a similar sort of comfort reread for me in the future. If you need to say goodbye to reality for a little while (and who doesn’t, honestly? This series’ll do the job).
Play It As It Lays – Joan Didion
Feelings: A dark novel about ennui and suicide. Absolutely riveting. Adored it.
I also wrote…
Should characters be likeable?
OTHER THAN BOOKS: Some recommendations you didn’t ask for…
To Read: This fascinating piece about 13 Reasons Why (which I still have not watched. Sorry. I will! I promise!) and whether such frank and – from what I hear – graphic depictions of teen suicide help the problem or contribute to it.
To Watch: Handmaid’s Tale. All of the trigger warnings. I have only watched one episode and I haven’t psyched myself up to watch to second but OMG Necessary viewing. I LOVE Elisabeth Moss.
To Listen: Gone Now the new album by Bleachers. In the past couple years I finally shed any pretensions I had about having a ‘cool taste in music’ and admitted I love straight up POP. As such, Jack Antonoff is essentially my musical hero and boyfriend.