I Saw Some Bands and Forgot How to Read // May Monthly Wrap Up



This month would have been a complete trash fire if it wasn’t for the fact that at the very last minute I was able to see All Time Low, but more on that later!! Thanks for sticking around whilst I’ve been absent โ™ฅ.


I bought some books this month!!! I also won a giveaway that Louise @ Foxes and Fairytales hosted on Twitter and chose History is All You Left Me, so thank you so much again Louiseย ๐Ÿ˜˜

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera โ€ข The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan โ€ข Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology edited by Danielle Binks


Compared to April my reading this month was TERRIBLE. I only managed to read 2 full books, but do I get extra points because they were books that I actually own??? No. Okay… I have like under 100 pages ofย History is All You Left Meย and I’m so mad at myself that I haven’t been able to finish it??? I’m just in such a slump right now.

root The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2)ย Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

root by Melissa Tripp ||โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… || – This was a really lovely poetry collection! Honestly, I can’t remember too many of the poems but I know I enjoyed them whilst I was reading them and I did annotate quite a few things.

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan || โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… || – I’ve been waiting for this since last year and honestly I was a little disappointed. I originally rated this 5 stars because I just love this world SO much, but the more I think about it the more I realise this wasn’t a 5 star read. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVED it and there were so many great elements. It just didn’t connect with me as much as the first book did? I’m still SUPER excited for the third book though.

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology edited by Danielle Binks ||ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… ||ย – AHHHH. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!!!!!! So many wonderful stories by heaps of awesome Aussie writers! There were so many stories I never wanted to end like the ones by Amie Kaufman and Lili Wilkinson which were both amazing WLW stories. I loved Will Kostakis’ story too. I’m gonna try and write a mini review for this and talk about each story more.

Giant Days, Vol. 3 (Giant Days #3)ย Camp Half-Blood Confidential

Giant Days, Vol 3 by John Allison (writer) and Max Sarin (illustrator) || โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… || ย – This is honestly one of my fave comic series and I’m so happy I FINALLY continued with it. It’s so much fun and the characters are so brilliant. I highly recommend this even if you’ve never read a comic before! It’s a contemporary one so you don’t need to worry about any superhero stuff, haha.

Camp Half-Blood Confidentialย by Rick Riordan || โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… ||ย – I know a lot of people say it’s time for Rick to give the world of Percy a rest, but I am not one of them. I thought this was a really fun addition! It was really interesting learning more about the history of Camp Half Blood. I just love Rick’s writing style so much. He’s hilarious.


So, I spent the first half of this month being incredibly depressed because I couldn’t see All Time Low when they came out here. Then the next thing I knew I was in Perth (I live 5 hours away from where bands play in my state) and buying a ticket 3 hours before doors opened. I was kinda anxious because I’d never been to an 18+ show in Perth. Iย was super paranoid about the security not believing my ID because I barely look 18 never alone in my late 20s lmao.

Whilst I was waiting in line The Maine walked right past me TWICE and I was too fucking awkward to say anything so I just kinda stared at them??? Then I found out after the show they were hanging at merch in between Neck Deep’s and All Time Low’s sets and I’m so emo that I missed them!!!

Anyway, the show was FUCKING AMAZING. Honestly one of the best shows I’ve EVER been to.

The Maine were first and I’m so happy I finally got to see them after like 10 years of waiting, haha. I can’t even begin to explain John’s stage presence??? It was unlike anything I’d ever seen. I SWEAR we made eye contact during English Girls and I DIED. Even though they only played a 6 song set they all put so much into it. John also threw water at the crowd and it all seemed to end up in the spot I was in so I was like drenched lmao.

Neck Deep played next and they were good, but I’ve kind of lost a lot respect for them after the vocalist said some shitty things about feminism on Twitter and made a triggered joke. The mosh pit was insane during their set, I got kicked in the face like 5 times from people crowd surfing. I love being in a mosh pit though so I was loving it. I know a lot of dudes seem to think that girls can’t handle themselves in mosh pits, but I like to think I can do a relatively good job, haha. I just kinda stood there and chilled though lmao. I went with the crowd pushing and managed to go from like being 10 rows back to being about 4 or 5. A girl who was like right behind me actually passed out during their set jfc, but the crowd was awesome and Neck Deep even alerted the security so I’ll give them props for that. She ended up being fine once she had some space and some water.

I’d seen All Time Low once before at a festival, but seeing them headline was INCREDIBLE. My show was pretty small, but I’m really glad it was because it felt like I was seeing them back in 2007 or something? Their energy was next level and for the first time in a long time I felt safe and happy and stress free. They make a lot of dumb jokes, but like it was something I really needed and it was great to just be able to laugh and not worry about anything. They played a bunch of my favourite songs like Six Feet Under The Stars, Therapy, Missing Youย and Jasey Rae. It was especially surreal seeing Six Feet Under The Stars because that was the first All Time Low song I ever heard. I also never thought I’d get to hear Jasey Raeย live either so that was such a cool addition to the setlist.ย Admittedly, up until they released Nice2KnoU I haven’t been the biggest fan of their new songs. They sounded so good live though! It’s like whatever the studio versions were missing came through during the live performance. I HATED the studio version ofย Life Of The Party, but it sounded INCREDIBLE live.ย I managed to get to the barrier for their encore and seeing Dear Maria live will never get old. Even though it was slightly better last time I saw them because I got to interact with Jack, haha. Alex also did a shoey on stage (some dumb Australian thing were you drink beer out of a shoe – don’t even ask) and it was fucking hilarious. I’m just so, so, so happy I was able to see them because it had been FOUR years.

I didn’t get to meet anyone after the show because I had to leave straight away, but it was still such a wonderful experience. It’s kinda hard to take photos when you’re having people crowd surf on you, but I got some dodgy videosย ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

I also spent too much money on merch (seriously band tees in Australia are like $40 and it’s honestly the only time I’ll ever pay more than $20 for a shirt).

Anyway, to get a little serious now….. Going to shows and seeing live music is one of the only times I feel truly alive. It helps me escape from the self-hatred in my mind. To wake up to the news about Manchester just a few days after I’d been at a concert myself absolutely broke me. I’m still reeling from it. I can not imagine how Ariana and all the people involved felt. My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone. Concerts are supposed to be safe spaces. Music is about healing and bringing the world together. To see something so hateful and horrific happen at a concert is soul crushing. Those kids should have come home from having one of their best nights of their life.

In more of a general life sense things are…. not good. I just feel kinda hopeless and pointless. I’ve skipped out on going to important appointments and trying to fix it now just seems like too much work, haha. Things at home are bad. I don’t know. I hate being so negative on here and talking about these kinds of things, but I’m also trying to teach myself to let things out instead of bottling them up.


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Iย decided to check out Rick and Morty because suddenly EVERYONE was talking about it and it was so not what I was expecting, haha. It’s kinda weird? I’ve rolled my eyes a lot during it. However for some reason I couldn’t stop watching and there have been some really good moments. I finished season 1 and started season 2. I really should have been watching Sense8 because I have been waiting SO long, but I just don’t have the attention span for that show right now. So I watched a cartoon instead because I’m an ADULT!!!!!

THERE’S BEEN SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC THIS MONTH MY SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HAS LIKE ALMOST 50 SONGS ON IT ?????ย I thought I was going to hate the new Paramore album, but the more I listened to it the more I loved it?



Yep. I’ve sucked BIG TIME at blogging and honestly I’m probably gonna be sparse until I can sort my life out a bit more. I’ll probably be back sooner than later though because I miss this place and I miss you guys and when I don’t blog I realise how little I actually do??? Haha.

Some posts from this month:

I’m also extremely behind on comments and blog hopping. I’m super sorry, omg. I’m going to try and catch up soon. I’m just really tired??? Thanks for sticking with me โ™ฅ


Would love to hear your thoughts on any of the books I read this month!

What were some of your favourites from May?

I hope you all had a great May and an even better June.

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46 thoughts on “I Saw Some Bands and Forgot How to Read // May Monthly Wrap Up

  1. You do not have to apologize from going out and living life! I’m really glad you enjoyed seeing shows (living vicariously through you). I know music is my safe place as well and I’m glad you have that in spite of other crap going on in your life. I think you know this, but if you ever need to chat about anything, I’m here for you. โค

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  2. I’m glad you had such a great time seeing All Time Low live, I love this band so much as well! โค I'm so sorry to hear you've been having a rough time lately, sometimes it does help not to bottle everything up and let it all out. Always here if you need to talk, I hope things will get better soon, sending you love โค

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  3. Oh no! I hope I’ll enjoy The Dark Prophecy more than you did ๐Ÿ˜“ I’m really looking forward to reading it!
    And yay, I’m glad you liked the Camp Half-Blood Confidential! It seems really cool ๐Ÿ˜›
    I’m glad you had such a good time at the All Time Low concert! I don’t like concerts because they’re really loud and crowded (and I’m kinda short so I can never see anything hahaha), but it sounds like you had a really good time! And I’m sorry about all the stuff that’s going on at home and in the world in general – I hope you feel better soon โค
    My best friend watches Rick and Morty haha. I’ll probably give it a go at some point ๐Ÿ˜›

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    1. I definitely didn’t hate it!! I just didn’t have the same experience reading it as I did with The Hidden Oracle? And honestly I think it’s because THO was mostly set at Camp Half Blood whereas this wasn’t , haha. It’s so fun! And it made me love and appreciate Annabeth even more than I already did. Can’t wait to see what you think of it ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank youuuu โ™ฅ Haha, that’s understandable! I’m really short too so it can definitely suck. I normally hate crows and lots of people, but for some reason at concerts I love it?

      It’s definitely very interesting ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. Oh okay! That sounds more positive ๐Ÿ˜€
        That’s good tho! Must be nice to enjoy crowds every now and then ๐Ÿ˜…


          1. Moshing is literally so terrifying to me. Like every time someone talks about it my brain goes aaaaaaa ๐Ÿ˜‚


  4. Ahhhhh I’m so happy that you got to see The Maine! ๐Ÿ˜€ Isn’t John amazing? He just has this way about him that makes everything better. That’s so exciting you got to also see All Time Low, what a freaking killer line up! Their setlist was awesome! Seriously I now just want to sit in my room and listen to ATL & pretend I’m 16 ๐Ÿ˜› You were so close by the end that’s amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad you had a good month! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you!!! I’m so happy I was able to make it ๐Ÿ˜€ He was AMAZING. I really wish they had Neck Deep’s spot because 6 songs wasn’t enough ๐Ÿ˜‚ They put on a show like they were headlining though. It was wonderful. HAHA, that’s literally what I’ve been doing since I got home ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. That’s good to hear! Yeah 6 songs is so short, that’s almost like a set on Warped Tour, but they always manage to get so much in so I know exactly what you’re talking about when you say they put on a show like they were headlining. They are so amazing ๐Ÿ˜€
        HA! Not going to lie I ended up listening to ATL last night… might do it again tonight! ๐Ÿ˜›


        1. I really hope they come back and headline one day soon. I still can’t get over John’s stage presence. Honestly so amazing. Haha, yes!!! I’m listening to their new album right now. I’m pretty nervous because I’ve been kind of indifferent about their new songs, but fingers crossed I end up loving it.

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          1. The Maine are a top fave band to see live because of John.
            I’ve only listened to Dirty Laundry as of yet, and I thought it was catchy, I need to get back into their music, I kinda fell off the wagon a few years ago. I hope it’s good too!


              1. Me either! I listened to the album, or well part of it last night and I’m liking it. It sounds like all their old sounds blended together in a poppy kinda way… if that made sense, but I agree I need to listen to it again in order to really love it.

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  5. I’m sorry things still aren’t going great for you lovely, like I said though they WILL get better. I think you still had a great month, i’ve had months where I’ve not managed to read anything so finishing 2 and doing a bunch of posts too is fab ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. You got to see All Time Low AND The Maine!? Seriously jealous right now because I’ve never seen either live and the fact that ATL sang some of their older songs. I have a feeling I would have cried or something ๐Ÿ™ˆ. That’s incredible that you ended up getting to go see them. Sorry things have been rough lately though. I hope everything starts looking up for you, Lauren. And that June is better than May was! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•


    1. I’m so so so grateful it all worked out. I’ve never done a concert so last minute in my life, haha. I did cry several times ๐Ÿ˜‚ ESPECIALLY during Therapy and Missing You. I really hope you can see them live soon!! And thank you so much โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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      1. Oh man I could definitely see myself crying during Therapy. I love that song so much. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I actually think they’re coming here sometime soon, not completely sure. But if they do I’m going to have to try to get tickets. ๐Ÿ˜


  7. I’m glad you got to see so many bands and YAY merch! I love getting merch (it is expensive lol). I’m sorry things have been hard for you personally, though. I hope you know that my DMs are always open if you ever want to chat about it…or just chat about anything really! I hope June is a little better for you โค

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook


  8. History Is All You Left Me <3<3 Hope you're enjoying it, despite the slump!
    Ah, I'm so happy for you that you still got to go see All Time Low and The Maine. I totally agree with your feelings on live shows, it should be a safe place, somewhere where you can have one of the best nights of your life…
    So sorry that May has been so tough for you. Sending you all the good vibes, and please know that we're always here if you need to vent. Bottling up is never good. Hope your June will be amazing โค


    1. I am loving it a lot! I’m so wanting this slump to be OVER so I can continue with it because I want to see what happens, haha. It was such a needed stress relief for me and it should be like that for everyone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thanks so much, Lindsey โ™ฅ


  9. I still havent finished Begin End Begin, I’m slowly reading a short between other books but so far I’ve loved Amies, Lilis, Wills, and Alice Pungs stories they’re just so aussie and amazing:D Its the YA rooms book of the month so I’ll finish it before the book club meeting *hopefully*

    Even though you didn’t finish a lot of books you read ones you really liked so I’d count it as a good month โค


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