May Wrap Up

This last month I said screw you to my reading slump and read all the things, and I actually enjoyed almost if not all of them?! WHO EVEN AM I?! I know, A bad-ass reader who doesn’t take no shit unless its from unicorns!
May was a truly an eye opener month, I realized a lot of things both personally and here on the blog that really pushed me to make a change (my post: Gaining Perspective.), and those changes have really helped and benefited me a lot. I’m not stressing as much as before, and I am actually enjoying reading again–which by itself is a miracle.
A time has been had.
But other than that, May has been chalk full of some great storytelling; so grab some popcorn, get a snuggly blanket, maybe even some lemonade for summer purposes, and check out all the things I consumed for the last 31 days!


† denotes an ARC/book received in exchange for my honest review.

5-4 Stars

  • Birth Of A Baby Daddy by Piper Rayne – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Shopping for the Billionaire by Julia Kent – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Witch’s Touch by Rosie Wylor-Owens – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Faking Ms. Right by Claire Kingsley – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick  – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (BR w/ Jamsu)
  • Giant Days Vol. 1 by John Allison – RTC – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2-3.5 Stars

  • The Lying Hours by Sara Ney – REVIEW – ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Once Upon A Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson – RTC – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

1 Star

  • NONE


  • NONE

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New section, who dis? 
I am a super advocate of promoting each other and supporting others in the book community, as I always say–we are small, but we are hella mighty! So I honestly gasped when I realized (yeah it took me this long) that I didn’t have a dedicated section to the blog posts that I loved this month from all of you! So this is me rectifying that!

The month of May with music can literally be defined by two things: Eurovision and Country. I think I can honestly say that I am totally okay with this predicament 😂. As always here is a playlist of songs that I’ve had on repeat this month!

  • Drugs & The Internet – LAUV
  • Wow – Zara Larsson
  • If I Can’t Have You – Shawn Mendes
  • Every Time I Hear That Song – Brandi Carlile
  • Arcade – Duncan Laurence
  • Soldi – Mahmood
  • Sebi – Zala Kralj & Gasper Santl
  • God’s Country – Blake Shelton
  • Nightmare – Halsey
  • Spirit In The Sky – Keiino
  • There Was This Girl – Riley Green
  • Love Ain’t – Eli Young Band
  • Beer Never Broke My Heart – Luke Combs
  • Alcohol You Later – Mitchell Tenpenny



  • The Secret Life of Pets 2 – REVIEW – 🍿🍿🍿🍿.5
  • The Imitation Game (Netflix)
  • Twilight Saga: New Moon – REWATCH
  • Twilight Saga: Eclipse – REWATCH
  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – REWATCH
  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – REWATCH
  • Boss Baby – REWATCH
  • The Secret Life Of Pets – REWATCH


  • Chicago: Fire (NBC) – Season 7: Ep. 20
  • New Amsterdam (NBC) – Season 1: Ep. 21
  • The Voice (NBC)
  • Songland (NBC)
  • The Bachelorette (ABC)
  • Chicago: Med (NBC) – Season 4: Ep. 20
  • Game of Thrones (HBO) – Seasons 8: Ep. 4-6
  • Buffy: The Vampire Slayer (Hulu) – Season 2: Ep. 1
  • Living Single (Hulu) – Seasons 2-3
  • Hanna (Amazon Prime) – Season 1

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How was your May? Let me know!

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  1. Gerry@TheBookNookUK

    June 1, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Yay! Well done for kicking the slump, long may you continue to kick its bottom!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 1, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      thank you!!! I took great pleasure in watching the slump hobble away wounded and defeated. Long may the reading reign! 😂

  2. Jinjer

    June 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I loved reading this post SO MUCH! LOL’d a couple times. Congrats on reading ALL THE BOOKS!!!!! Nothing better than coming out the other side of a reading slump!!!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you! I am glad I could brighten your day a bit with my shenanigans! And I agree, the light at the end of the slump is glorious! <3 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. TheCaffeinatedReader

    June 1, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Aww Sam thanks for including my post!
    Now, I need to know, how do you feel about Boss Baby I’m assuming you don’t hate it if you rewatched it, because that movie secretly cracks me up. (Also, have you seen The Storks?)
    Go you for no 1 star or DNF books for this month, you kicked May in the gut and showed it who was boss lol. I’ll be snooping your playlist btw so expect random messages from me claiming to love songs that you put on here because it’ll happen lol.
    I love that you’re taking time to really shape this blog to represent YOU and I’m so glad you’re going to put more of what you want! I can’t wait for June <3

  4. Kimberly

    June 1, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I love your playlist!!!

  5. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    June 1, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    HECK YEAH YOU VANQUISH THAT SLUMP. (but also don’t take shit from unicorns, Sam, I know it’s shiny and colorful but it’s still poop 😂) omg look at all those 4 and 5 star reads! what a month. and thank you for including my post! 💕
    I thought I’d spent more time watching TV than my TVTime app is reporting, so I guess one of us is lying? (though it could be that I just forgot to put in what episodes I watched … so either I’m lying or I’m lying, I guess.) but I got to catch up on The Bold Type and B99 and some of Fresh Off the Boat so I had some good laughs post-finals. hopefully June doesn’t turn into potato-ing in bed with my laptop instead of reading or doing productive / healthy things, it’s so tempting 😅

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 2, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      *kicks slumps butt a little more for emphasis* LMAO but they shit glitter so is it really poop? 🧐
      Yay for getting caught up though! I still need to watch the Bold Type (I think I left off in the middle of season 1?) Fingers crossed that you get a nice balance of potato-ing and productivity this summer! <3

  6. sepiareads

    June 2, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Yay for getting out of your reading slump! Looks like you read some great books. I only read 3 in May because exams, which I’ve been complaining about forever but I’m planning to read much more this month.
    I see you’ve watched Hanna, I keep seeing that on Amazon Prime. Is it any good? I haven’t heard anything about it.

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 3, 2019 at 8:32 am

      At least exams are over now! Here is to hoping you can relax and enjoy your time!
      Hanna was pretty good, I enjoyed watching it enough to continue the series when the second season is released but it wasn’t mind blowing. I do however think it is better than the original movie. WAY better.

      1. sepiareads

        June 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm

        I didn’t even know there was a movie 😂😂. Shows how little I know of it. I’ll check it out but first need to watch everything else on my list 😁

  7. Catarina @ Pages & Plots

    June 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Arcade & Soldi are such an addiction, THEY DON’T LEAVE MY HEAD

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 3, 2019 at 8:32 am

      OMG SAME!!!!!!!!! Literally they are constant bops in my life currently lmao

  8. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    June 3, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Look at you punching the slump in the face! I am so glad you had such a good reading month, love, and thanks so much for linking to my posts. you are the true mvp

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 3, 2019 at 8:37 am

      I am glad too! I honestly thought the slump would never end! lmao! And THANK YOU for writing those masterpieces! Quality content they are! <3

  9. Kristina

    June 3, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Wow, lots read indeed !! I’m happy that all of thoses were enjoyable. I’m also happy to hear that the changes you made were good ones, Stress is definately not a good thing to have !
    Ohhh I’ve still yet to see Life of pets 2 – mostly wanna see it because I wanna see Buddy again ! ahaha of course me and dachshunds.. 😅.
    Hope you have a wonderful June !

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 4, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Thank you! Dachshunds are the greatest and Buddy was cute in this one though a very small role he has in this one compared to the first. I too hope you have a great June!

      1. Kristina

        June 4, 2019 at 10:07 am

        Aww we didn’t saw him much either in the first .. not enough for me anyway 😂

  10. Michelle

    June 4, 2019 at 4:43 am

    You’ve read so much! I’m so proud of you!! I don’t want to know how many books I’ve read in May.. I think it’s maybe.. 2? or 3? And now I’ve started batmonitoring and I don’t think I’ll be able to read more. But! I prepared a lot of blogposts for this months challenge 🙂 And I’m back on Discord. I haven’t thanked you for checking in with me during my time away. thank you <3

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 4, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Thank you! I’m proud of me too! 2 or 3 is still a really great number and you should totally feel proud of it! I am!
      You batmonitoring is the coolest thing ever and if anyone disagrees they can fight me.
      I am so proud of you and all that you accomplished, and I’m excited to see your challenges! AND I AM HELLA GLAD YOU ARE BACK ON DISCORD BECAUSE WE HAVE MISSED YOU TERRIBLY.
      <3 you!!!!!!

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