May Update: Reading, Watching, Listening and Life


The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

The Spanish Love Deception has been so hyped up on TikTok and Instagram that I bought it without even reading the blurb. I totally bought into the buzz and was very surprised when it arrived at my door and was almost double the size of another book I ordered at the same time. Dang. This book was looonnnng. At almost 500 pages, our main characters Catalina and Aaron divvy around a lot. I wanted to love this book but I also got to the point where I had to force myself to finish it.

But, so many bookstagrammers are obsessed with Aaron Blackford, so I think I might be the problem.

You’ll love this if: you like broody, possessive book boyfriends.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Can Emily Henry do wrong? According to a lot of people on Goodreads, yes, she can. But not to me. I loved Beach Read. I liked You and Me on Vacation. I was totally and completely enamoured with Book Lovers.

If you’re looking for something that is all romance, this isn’t the book for you. It focuses a lot on the sisterly relationship between main character Nora and her sister Libby. But, love interest Charlie is a big part of Nora’s story.

You’ll love this if: you dream of taking your summers in a small town.

Falling For My Brother’s Best Friend by Emma St. Clair

This is my first Emma St. Clair read and it was very enjoyable. Falling For My Brother’s Best Friend is a sweet novella that centres around Chelsea and Mason who become roommates while Chelsea’s brother is working overseas.

Chelsea’s brother John sets her up on blind dates that turn out to be disastrous and serve to bring Chelsea and Mason together. The novella was quick and enjoyable, even though the dates were a little outrageous.

You’ll love this if: you’re looking for a quick, sweet palate cleanser between novels.

Court(Shipped) by Savannah Scott

Another short and sweet novella that kept me entertained during countless hours of feeding babies this month was Court(Shipped) by Savannah Scott.

Felicia and Gregg have an insta-love kind of chemistry and the real-life kind of relationship problems that are relatable.

You’ll love this if: your ultimate book boyfriend is a pure-blooded Italian.


Note to Self by Payton Sartain

I’ve been following Payton Sartain since she started her blog almost ten years ago. She’s since moved on to focus on Instagram and her podcast Note to Self by Payton Sartain.

I love her honesty and some of her blunt comments. Some of my favourite episodes centre around Q&As. If you’re interested in some millennial content from a fashion influencing background, this is your podcast.


I’ve been embracing the adult in me and watching the news. Yep. That’s right. I’ve been jumping into real life and it is depressing. Economic crises around the world, violence and all round bad stuff. Being a stay at home mum means that I can get trapped in my little bubble of writing, reading and being home with my kids. It’s important to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world outside my home.


May has been a month of love and heart bursting moments, as well as sleep deprivation and frustration. I’ve been trying to focus on getting our life admin done (bills, buying, scheduling etc.), which means there has been minimal time for writing. I’m hoping to get back into a good writing routine in the next month since I’m already behind on the goals I set last month. I’m chomping at the bit but I’m stuck in the gate.

It was also my first Mother’s Day as a mama of three under three. In spectacular three-under-three style, there were a few tantrums and changed plans and we ended the day with a picnic on our front lawn with my favourite takeout.


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