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Month in Review

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4 books.  That’s all I read in May.  4 books.  Wow.
Admittedly, I didn’t have a lot of time to be reading, but even when I did, I just didn’t feel like it.  For some reason, the books I picked up weren’t speaking to me.  The Knockoff ended up changing things, but I’m still not feeling things when it comes to the books I’m selecting.  I really hope things will pick up in June.  
Here are the books I read in May with their GoodReads ratings:
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza ***** The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham ***** Shifting Stats by Patricia Paddey ***** Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney ***
Challenges
The Classics Club (1)
What I’m Looking Forward to in June

Reading more.  Actually, I’m very excited that Kevin Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend is coming out this month.  This month I’m really going to focus on just reading what I feel like, rather than what I have or getting my hands on new releases, so I can get back into a good reading groove.

Month in Review: Non-Bookish Things

May was a different sort of month for me. I started my new job which means I’ve been reading less and watching less television.  I miss not reading as much, but missing the television is okay with me.  I know that once school is out I’ll be doing a lot more binge watching though.
Watching
Television
Of course, I’m still watching my Toronto Blue Jays. Something about us Toronto sports fans, we enjoy the pain.
My television show watching was all over the place. I’ve really only watched bits and pieces of television shows rather than my usual watching one season of a show at a time.
I’m still working through season 2 of Broadchurch, almost at the end.  I started watching Episodes and really like it but am only a few episodes in.  My husband and I FINALLY started watching season 4 of The Walking Dead, but again we only made it a few episodes in.  
I did watch the entire series of Scrotal Recall on Netflix.  If you can get past the terrible title, it’s actually a really cute show.  I watche…

"The Knockoff" by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

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Forty-two-year-old Imogen Tate has returned to her job as editor in chief of Glossy magazine to find that her twenty-something former assistant Eve Morton has taken over.  Eve is fresh out of Harvard Business School and had decided that the high-fashion magazine, best known for its 768-page September issue, would be better off as an app.
But she isn’t stopping there.  Eve has fired all of the “grey hairs,” the older and experienced staff members, and replaced them with a heavy rotation of lookalike twenty year olds who text, tweet, and instagram throughout meetings.  Organic foods and nap rooms are always available not because it is a supportive place to work but because employees are rarely allowed to go home.  And then there are the co-ordinated dances to BeyoncĂ©'s music.
Imogen, a part of the old guard of fashion journalism, refuses to let Eve take over the magazine but it quickly becomes apparent that if she is going to hold on to her power, she needs to get up to speed with …

"Hello From the Gillespies" by Monica McInerney

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For thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has faithfully sent out her Christmas letter to friends and family around the year.  Titled “Hello from the Gillespies,” it has always been full of good news from their beautiful homestead in the Australian Outback.
But this year, Angela can’t bring herself to write the usual cheerful letter because there’s been very little cheer to speak of.  Her husband is having difficulty keeping things together on the farm.  Her thirty-two-year-old twin daughters have come back home after suffering embarrassing career meltdowns.  Her third daughter is deep in debt having failed at yet another job.  And her ten-year-old-son spends all of his time talking to his imaginary friend.  
And so Angela decides to write a letter full of the truth, not holding back anything.  Of course, it’s purely a cathartic exercise, she doesn’t actually plan to send it out.  But it does get sent and it results in fracturing the family. But when Angela is in an accident and suffe…