So. Another month of social distancing and staying home. How’s everyone doing? I’m not super affected by the staying home thing since that’s just my normal life (because chronic illness), but I am feeling all the stress of everything. It’s still difficult to get all the food and supplies I need from the store. I still worry about my grandparents getting sick. I still worry about someone in my house getting sick. I worry about what’s going to happen when I inevitably need things like dental work. Everything is more difficult and stressful. I feel for everyone being affected by this in so many different ways. And it just makes me so angry that so many people are out there complaining and protesting and seriously not caring if the rest of the world lives or dies, as long as they can get their hair cut and party at the beach.
I also still have an injured foot because every time it starts feeling a bit better, it suddenly gets worse again if I even look at it the wrong way, so that’s making everything even more difficult.
Anyway, that’s enough about that. My birthday was in April, but I didn’t do anything. I asked people on Twitter to draw me sexy vampire boyfriends, and that was fun. (Hopefully no one minds that I’m sharing their tweets!) I also made myself into a vampire and by that I mean, I took some selfies, and they gave me a vampire vibe, so I figured I might as well lean into it 😛
HOW did I not know it was your birthday?! Do I have permission to add you to my birthday/blogoversary calendar?
Also, here is your very sexy vampire. And yes, I had to erase multiple times to create this complicated drawing. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/Yv1h6lBCMi
— Nicole Hewitt (@NicoleMHewitt) April 21, 2020
Here's your gift. pic.twitter.com/dy9900wqel
— Jasyn Thetic 🖤❤ (@JasynThetic) April 21, 2020
My sister drew you a sexy boyfriend. Happy birthday!! 😁 pic.twitter.com/U00FSRNeHt
— Luana 🐉 (@i_mthestorm) April 22, 2020
Happy Birthday!! I made you a vampire 🧛♂️ pic.twitter.com/m9FaIUjvaN
— 🏳️🌈Croik aka Melanie (@Croikster) April 21, 2020
I wasn't aiming for "slightly androgynous vampire lord" when I started taking photos, but I feel like it's where I landed, so I've decided to lean into it.
— Kristen (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@whykristenburns) April 24, 2020
Other than that, just listening to a lot of audiobooks and sometimes podcasts. Talking on the phone with my grandma every day. Playing a bit of Code 7 when I can. I’m working on some art, but with my problem that causes headaches from using electronics, it’ll probably take me a while to finish and not even be that good. And that’s about it for me!
I’m kind of not sure I want to keep blogging. I mean, I do, but it’s difficult with all my health problems, and now the added stress of everything lately. But now I have 20+ reviews already made that I want to post, more that I’ve written but not put together into a post yet, discussions and recommendations and other fun kinda posts… And I don’t want to throw all those out. I could just take a break, but then I feel like I’ll never come back and no one will even be following me to see the posts at that point anyway. I’m considering the idea of just not doing reviews here anymore, maybe just posting my thoughts to Goodreads/Amazon, and saving my energy for discussions and stuff. But now that I’ve been doing reviews on a blog for five years, I feel like it would feel wrong to me to stop. And blogging is one of the only hobbies I have left, so I don’t know. I don’t expect anyone to have the answer, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot.
Books I Received for Review:
Nothing this month.
Books I Finished:
To make this simple, I enjoyed all of these books except Lost Boy, Xom-B, and Bull. And The Legend of Diablo was only ok. The standout of the month was Highfire—really fun and heartwarming!
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
Oatmeal on the Bottom Chobani Yogurt
It’s Greek yogurt with oatmeal on the bottom that you mix into the yogurt, and it’s delicious! I especially love the apple cinnamon flavor. I’ve been eating one or two a day, when I’m able to get them from the store.
In Case You Missed It:
Here are the highlights:
– I reviewed some m/m paranormal/urban fantasy books about psychics and mermen that I enjoyed.
– I reviewed How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton, a super fun and cute m/m romance about a dog shifter that I loved!
– I shared the free and cheap software I use for blogging, art, etc.