May was full of exciting, wonderful chances and opportunities.
May was the beginning of BEAUTIFUL weather, the Typewriter project (as well as other projects), Ramadan, beginning and end of exams, beginning of HOLIDAYS, and many other exciting things!
This month WAS a fantastic reading month! I’ve been reading a LOT more books and started ACTUALLY reviewing books on Goodreads!!! All links take you to my book review. I’m doing quite GREAT in my 2017 reading challenge on Goodreads, I mean 20 books ahead of schedule = #GOALS.
THE HOBBITby J.R.R Tolkien⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I loved the description, the dialogue, the world-building, IT WAS SO MAGICAL, all of it. An all time favourite.
INSURGENT by VERNOCIA ROTH ⭐⭐ – This book was like a crisp packet. 90% air and waffle and OH MY, HMM, let’s sort through my feelings and then the beautiful crispy ending full of the juicy ACTUAL STUFF. #Disappointed
GEEK GIRL by HOLLY SMALE ⭐⭐⭐ – It was ADORKABLE. There are so many wonderful friendships, unique characters and bubbly moments.
REBEL OF THE SANDS by ALWYN HAMILTON – ⭐⭐⭐.5 – HEY, we got a wonderful balance of world building, plot and character development in JUST 300 pages, Of course, I loved it?
INK AND BONE by Rachel CAINE – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT WAS ABOUT BOOKS? A fantasy mixed with dystopia, a dash of word fangirling and a magical library mixed in, does it get any better?
HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE by Jennifer Niven ⭐⭐ – I REALLY don’t understand why this book was hyped so much because seriously, it was your mediocre YA love story added with the checkbox of ‘DIVERSITY’ and DONE, everyone is loving it. WHAT?
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon ⭐⭐⭐ – A light, fluffy read: quick, simple and straight to the point. It had its flaws but in general a good breezy book for a summer’s day!
THE GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT Girl by Monica Hesse ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I absolutely loved this book. With a backdrop of World War 2, Monica Hesse creates a world full of grief, despair, rebellion, mystery and above all FREAKIN’ SO MANY EMOTIONS MY HEART NEARLY DIED, okay?
DIVERGENT – I had already read it from the library but decided to purchase it
ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus – OMG! I haven’t read it yet BUT I ACTUALLY GOT ACCEPTED FOR THIS! I’m so excited to read!
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – This sounds pretty interesting and THAT COVER THOUGH *dies*
MOANA – I finally watched the hyped up Disney film and I pretty much LOVED it! It was magical, and about the sea and voyages, it was wonderfully diverse and funny and just in general, a great family movie.
I didn’t watch much this month, actually, though I re-watched The Book Thief.
EXAMS – Yeah, I had exams which weren’t THAT important but they were important if you know what I mean. I practically failed all of them even with all the revision and stress and GOSH, I’m so glad they are over! May was also filled with millions of exams, homeworks, and revision*
*Apparently, Americans, specifically those in Texas, are a bit confused with the word ‘revision’ which basically means re-learning materials and work in preparation for exams. Just thought I’d clear that up
HOLIDAYS – I’ve got a 1-week break so more time for books and blogging! The weather IS SO HOT over here I’m dying. Seriously, I’m sweating right now. *sweats*
RAMADAN – Today is officially the first month of Ramadan and I want to wish all Muslims a blessed month and good luck to all those fasting this year ❤
MACHESTER – Well, guys, I’m pretty sure you all know what happened at the Ariana Grande Concert and I am deeply sorry for what happened. I want to wish all the hope and love to all lives affected by the attack and I hope everyone is now safe and recovering after what has happened.
MENTAL HEALTH – Sometime during May, there was a Mental Health Awareness week and though I didn’t get a chance to talk about it then due to being a goldfish, I want to mention how IMPORTANT mental illness is! It is not something to joke about and dismiss. It REAL and I just want to say KEEP ON FIGHTING to everyone
STATIONERY TINY HAUL – I bought a bunny pencil case and some fineliners from Paperchase which are adorable. (BEST STATIONERY SHOP #EVER)
DESIGN CHANGE – I’m still thinking of completely renovating my site but for now my header has changed just a little SO CHECK OUT my site and tell me what you think?
BAKING – This month, I got back into my baking groove, whipping up some buttercream cupcakes and rich brownies #yum
BULLET JOURNAL & PHOTOGRAPHY – My BuJo really suffered from Exam Blues this month so it’s definitely gone downhill! I’ll be reviving it next month though. I’ve scheduled about 3 posts for next month and I’m feeling SO ON TOP OF THE WORLD. And I’ve been taking loads of bookish photography so there’s that.
BULLET JOURNAL POSTS I LOVED
- Analee @ Booksnacks shares her bullet journal and how she uses it for book blogging
- The Introverted Extrovert talks about her bullet journal
- Tabi @ Busy Bee Blog shares her BuJo spreads
WRITING POSTS I LOVED
- May @ The Writing Writers gives advice on how to find meaning in your poetry
- Allison @ A Farm Girls Life introduces Wordcrafters 3
- Light Writes helps you out with finding your writing voice
- May (another post by May because I can’t enough apparently) @ Forever and Everly tells us the symptoms of being a writer
BOOKISH POSTS I LOVED
- Baile @ Nerd In New York delves into the Muslim rep in books
- Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook tells us how blogging has changed her
- Anj @ Seaweed books sympathises with us over reviewing books
- Cait @ Paper Fury entertains us with types of reading moods
- Lia @ Lost In A Story discusses movie adaptations
- The Well-Thumbed Reader lists her bookish pet peeves
- Blots of Ink And Words relates with us about bookish struggles
BLOGGING POSTS I LOVED
- Sasha shares her experiences without WIFI
- Steph @ Scale It Simple rants about how blogging is not about the money
- It Starts At Midnight tell us what makes her a happy blogger
MEMBER SEARCH TA – Calling all writers, graphic designers, photographers, The Artitsics is taking in new members and LIKE BASICALLY JOIN UP BECAUSE WE NEED YOUR FABULOUS-NESS, OKAY?
THE BOOK BLOGGER AWARDS – Joce @ Write Through The Night held the book blogger award where we got to vote for our favourite bloggers. Surprisingly, I won an award (THANKS, GUYS) as well as so many others. It was s wonderful to see, so click that link!
THE TYPEWRITER PROJECT – I launched my FIRST ever writing series and GOSH, it’s exciting but SO much work. I got over 35 applicants and emailing.Sorting everything out was one big job. I just want to say THANK YOU to all who signed up, re-blogged and spread the word – it means THE WORLD to me ❤
100 TWITTER FOLLOWERS – Excuuuuuseee meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee while I just die silently over here, after just 2 months on Twitter, I reached 100! *hugs all of you*
AWARDS, TAGS SHOUTOUTS – People actually calmed down a little with tagging me.
- Still, Tabi nominated me in The Positive Blogger Award (Still squealing over this)
- and Holly in the Sunshine Blogger Award which was awesome.
- Also Rosinalee really kindly stated that I’m one of her favourite bloggers? That is so sweet!!!
- I was also on Top Comments in Sasha @ The Stylish Dreamer so excuse me while I fangirl!
I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE A SMALL PARAGRAPH TO THE MANGO QUEEN, MAY. SINCE THIS MONTH WAS MAY AND SHE IS CALLED MAY, I WOULD LIKE TO PAY MY RESPECTS. MAY @ FOREVER AND EVERLY HAS GOODREADS! *CELEBRATES* ALSO MAY TAUGHT ME ABOUT CHANGING FONT SIZE STUFF SO THAT’S GREAT.
- More Typewriter Project posts
- A Book Fantasy Feast – Tiny Reviews
- The Book Blogger Life
- Review of Ink and Bone
- and like loads more but surprises!!! #evil MWHAHAH
How was your May? Favourite reads of this month? Oh and discuss your highlights of the month too! Best blogging moments? Have/having exams – how did they go? Have you read any of the books I read this month?Link to your wrap-up posts-I want to know what you guys have been up to! ALSO, ARE YOU JOINING THE ARTISTICS???
Kirsty Chronicles – I just thought I’d HAVE to shout out this awesome, awesome blogger WHO HAS SUCH A PRETTY BLOG and WONDERFUL CONTENT. You simply must check out her blog, it is #goals. Plus, Kirsty is an awesome blogger too, so that’s always a bonus!