Lately With Lila | Spring 2020 (March, April, & May 2020)

Hello, dear friends! It’s been a pretty odd three months for everyone I’m sure. If anything, spring 2020 has proven just how quickly life can change! It’s also weird to be alive during such a strange and historic time. I can only imagine the stories we’ll tell future generations about this truly bizarre time! I think the most thing that seems most mind-boggling is that we’re so technologically and scientifically advanced…and yet, the entire world has had to shut down because of something so basic and natural as a virus…It really shows how far science still has to go!

Anyhoo don’t mind my tangential ramblings. We’re not here to talk about that godforsaken virus—we’re here to wrap up my bookish life and my favorites from March, April, and May 2020!

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BLOG NEWS/UPDATES

  • I made a few very slight changes in the design of the site. See if you can spot them!

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BLOG POSTS

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BOOKISH STUFF

READ

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a massively fun, wild ride and definitely a satisfying ending. If you’re looking for a fun, minorly spooky series, check this one out!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m not exaggerating when I say this book took me literally three years to finish but I’ve finally made it through and now I’m hooked!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was cute and fun and I really appreciated all the diverse representation, but I wish there had been more depth to the characters and more complexity to the plot.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fun ride this was! The story wraps up pretty well at the end, but I can’t help we get to see more of these gals and their adventures!

TBR

Since I’m just getting out of a reading slump, I decided not to set out even the loosest of TBRs for right now. TBRs tend to make me feel stressed and rebellious, which in turn tends to lead me right back into a slump. So for now, I’m just hoping I’ll read and finish something 🤷🏽‍♀️

BOUGHT

ARCS ACQUIRED

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MARCH & APRIL 2020 FAVORITES

Definitely check out my good things post for other recent faves!

MOVIES/TV

Never Have I Ever

The show I’ve definitely been most obsessed with is Netflix’s new teen dramedy, Never Have I Ever. Produced by Mindy Kaling, the show follows an Indian American teen girl named Devi (along with her family and friend) as she navigates her way through high school. The show is surprisingly touching, especially in its portrayal of grief, and will left me alternately cheering, sobbing, and sighing “Awww!” I binged half the season in two days and I’m excited to continue!

Outer Banks

I also checked out Netflix’s other new teen show, the action/adventure/drama show, Outer Banks. The show stars a ragtag gang of mostly lower class misfits (the “pogues”) in the Outer Banks who stumble upon a boat wreck which places them in the smack dab in the center of a dangerous mystery. It’s a tad slow going at first, but I’m pretty intrigued to see where it goes, especially given that I particularly love treasure hunt stories!

MUSIC

Eve Cornwell’s Playlists

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Hailee’s Playlists

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My Own Spring Playlist

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Lifestyle

Learning Hand Embroidery

I’ve been using time in quarantine to learn hand embroidery and it is such a relaxing creative outlet for me! Basically, I started following this science communicator, Lauren, on Instagram (fyi her handle is @stitching_hew, for those interested) and she uses hand embroidery to teach about neuroscience. I saw all of her neat designs and that she was offering a couple of patterns for free on her blog and decided I wanted to teach myself the art! I looked up some tutorials on YouTube and it’s been great going so far!

OTHER

Eve Cornwell

one of my biggest recent faves is Eve Cornwell’s YouTube channel! Eve is a recent law school graduate who makes content that’s, like, 50% fun videos about law, law school, and the realities of being a lawyer and 50% lifestyle videos. I love her sarcastic yet peppy personality and her down-to-earth, casual discussion style. I always leave her videos having fun and having learned something. Seriously, check out her amazing channel!

The Bridge

I recently got into the sci fi audio drama podcast, The Bridge and, whoo chile, has it been a ride! I pretty much was instantly drawn in and fell in love with the story and the mysterious and quirky characters. The Bridge follows a radio show made for those crossing the Transcontinental Bridge, a futuristic bridge spanning the ocean and connecting the continents. As we listen along, we get to know the loveable crew of Watchtower 10 and start to real9ize that they’re more than they initially seem and that something strange and possibly sinister may be afoot! Definitely give this fun and gripping podcast a listen!

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AROUND THE BLOGISHPERE

FOR READERS

FOR BLOGGERS

FOR FUN

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MARCH, APRIL, & MAY 2020 MEMORIES

March, April, and May were…well, they were a trip, if I’m being real with y’all. It feels like these past three months were really hectic and yet…I was pretty much confined to the house the entire time? I think it’s just that it was just a big adjustment period. I mean, my family and I had to adjust to quarantine, my school moved to remote learning, and, on top of that all, my mom contracted COVID-19. Thankfully, my mom has made a full recovery after two weeks of being very sick! Unfortunately, though, I ended up getting two weeks behind in my schoolwork as a result and I haven’t managed to catch up, meaning I had to take incompletes in both of my courses. Luckily, I have very understanding and flexible professors, who are willing to do all they can to help me out, so I’m thanking god for that!

But, believe it or not, there were a few bright spots in these past two months! My friends stuck by me and we spent time together everyday, whether it was by text, by phone, or by video. We also adopted a stray cat! We’ve named him Snoopy and he’s the best boy ever!

I also redecorated my room a bit (which I somehow managed to do despite the fact that it’s still an absolute mess) and I’m really pleased with the results!

I went for a colorful bohemian look, with a floral duvet from Urban Outfitters as my bed cover and a tapestry portraying a color image of the tarot card “The Sun” hanging behind the head of my daybed. I also covered the other wall next to my bed with art, posters, and an old map and looped fairy lights around my bed frame. Ultimately I’m in love with the result and I’m happy to have personalized my space a bit more!

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FORWARD THINKING

It’s really hard to say what’s gonna happen in the near future. May 28, 2020 marks the start of Phase 1 of reopening for my hometown area, but the Washington, D.C. area (including my hometown area) is still one of the largest Covid-19 hotspots in the US and, being the seat of government, the county/state/national officials are being very cautious about reopening. With that said and given we still don’t have a vaccine, I’m skeptical about non-essential institutions and shops staying open for longer than a month or two.

Anyhoo, all of this to say that everything is just so uncertain. The only thing I am certain of is that due to receiving an “Incomplete/Covid” grade in both my Spring 2020 semester courses, I now have to complete my coursework and finals over this summer. But other than that, it’s all up in the air…

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SPILL THE BEANS!

  • How has your spring been?
  • What books have you been reading?
  • What are some of your recent favorites?
  • Is there anything you’re looking forward to coming up soon?

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17 thoughts on “Lately With Lila | Spring 2020 (March, April, & May 2020)

  1. Ah thanks for sharing my post! It looks like you had a really good season and accomplished many things 🙂 Wishing you the best going forward !!

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  2. Okay first of all, I LOVE how you structured this post. It looks so damn good, please teach me your ways. I’m in awe. I’m also on my way to read many of the posts you recommended.

    My time has been okay, I guess. I feel like I’m between before and after scenes where everything is just a loop.

    (P. S. Thanks for linking to my post!)

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing my post! It makes me so happy to know you liked it! You definitely recommended some very interesting posts I will be checking out!
    I recently heard about the new Veronica Roth book and it sounded quite interesting, can’t wait to hear what you think of it!
    Your room looks amazing! I love that big bright sun, I must say it also reminds me of tarot and such things which I love
    Hope you stay safe and that everything works out!! ♥

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  4. This is such a great list!! And your books?? It’s just impressive! We’re talking about a great deal of books here lol anyway, love your blog post recommendation and of course, your book reviews! Happy reading Lila with all of the books you’ve just bought!✨

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  5. I feel exactly the same way as yours with Mooncakes, I think it’s adorable and I love the diversity but I wish there is more depth to the story. I can’t wait to read Decks of Omens!

    I hope June will be a great month for you! My government wants to reopen the economy in June too “no matter what”, even though we have one of the worst testings in the world and so far, the government doesn’t seem to take this pandemic seriously 🙃 Oh well.

    Stay safe!

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  6. I’m going to check out The Bridge for sure! As times get weirder I am finding a lot of comfort in audio content.

    Amazing selection of books! I hope you enjoy Ninth House. I read it a few weeks back and LOVED it. I need the sequel, like, now.

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  7. Thank you so, so much for sharing my posts, I’m happy you enjoyed them ❤
    I'm so glad you liked the Deck of Omens, I have it on my TBR and am both curious and a little nervous to read, I hope I'll enjoy it as much as you did! 🙂 and SO happy you got Daisy Jones, I love this one SO much. ❤
    I've binge watched Never Have I Ever as well and it was such a good show, I loved it and the characters so much!
    I hope you'll have a lovely June, take care ❤ ❤

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  8. It’s truly a strange time now. I’m so sorry that your mom has been sick, but it’s a relief that she’s doing better now!

    I’m happy to hear that you liked The Deck of Omens! I haven’t yet gotten around to reading it, but I really liked the first book! I also watched Never Have I Ever this month and it was such a great show, I hope it gets a second season! 😊

    Thank you so much for featuring my post! 🥰

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