May Wrap-Up ✨

Hey everyone! May is over, which means so many things. It’s winter and the days are finally getting cold. Last week there were days still at 20 Celsius, so I hope now that June is here there will be some actual cold weather.  The end of May also means that I am on a uni break! All of my assignments are due by 8 June, so then for around five weeks I can think more about my blog and writing. I’m very excited – I plan on redesigning my blog, too!

Books I Read

I read five books in May. This is better than usual! I have to read five books a month if I want to reach my goal of 60 books, and so far I have read 22 books (two behind schedule).

1. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

DNF

Technically I did not finish this book, so does that mean I cannot include it on the list? Oh well, don’t care! I usually like Marissa Meyer’s writing; however, I couldn’t connect with the plot or characters. I also couldn’t keep up, so I had to put it down.

2. The Vegetarian by Han Kang 

FOUR STARS

I read this for a uni presentation, but I kind of regretted it because it didn’t relate to my topic very much (ecocriticism). Who knew that a book called The Vegetarian wouldn’t be much about being a vegetarian at all? I still really liked it and thought it was nice and whimsical.

3. Skylarks by Karen Gregory

FOUR STARS

Skylarks was really fun to read and it was the first (I think) young adult contemporary I’ve read set in England. (Coincidentally, the last book I read, Radio Silence, was also set in England.) I liked the romance in this book and the overall message. The main character was also very unique and relatable.

4. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

FIVE STARS

The adventurous aspect to Starry Eyes made this book really stand out for me. I loved the whole idea of two people who don’t like each other having to spend a week in the wilderness together. I loved everything, from the lesbian mums to the cool love interest – it was a great book.

5. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

FOUR STARS

Radio Silence was such an addictive read for me; so much so that I spent half a day reading the remaining two thirds of the book, which is not something I often do. What made it addictive was the friendship between the main character and the creator of her favourite podcast on YouTube. It was so fun to read.

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Currently Reading

I am currently reading Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

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June TBR

I’m running out of books on my bookshelf! I should be getting two books in the mail this month, so in July I’ll be all out of books. My pre-order of Leah on the Offbeat took so long to get shipped and should come soon. What is the point of pre-ordering if you could just buy it when it comes out and you would get it faster that way? I’m definitely not pre-ordering a book again. A Thousand Perfect Notes comes out soon, which means I’ll most likely buy it if I see it in the store.

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart (ARC)
  • Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

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Movies I Watched

I’m pretty sure I only watched two movies in May and I saw both of them at the cinema.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

7/10

I liked the first Deadpool because it had humour in it and Deadpool 2 was no exception. This movie was good but I just came out of questioning Deadpool’s morals. Don’t you think he’s a bit of a hypocrite? This is why I don’t watch many action films, I just end up picking apart one aspect of it that no one else cares about. But there were some funny parts, especially in the end credits when Ryan Reynolds made an appearance.

Tully (2018)

7.5/10

I liked Tully the most when I researched it afterwards. There’s a really interesting aspect to it that I didn’t fully get at first, but I had an inkling. It showed motherhood in a realistic way and overall was a good story.

Goals

May Goals

I wrote some goals for myself last month, so let’s see if I was able to complete them.

  • Read five books. Yes!
  • Write 5000 words. No 😦
  • Write two blog posts per week. Nope, I only posted three times overall. 
  • Look for a part-time job. Omg I actually got a job?? It hasn’t started yet, and it’s only a weekend job, but it’s something!
  • Study for three to five hours per day. Hmm…not really. About four days a week I did, though.
  • Get at least 75 on every assignment. Nope! I didn’t for one of them (still salty about it). The other two marks I got were over 80, so that was nice. And for the test that I did I apparently got the best mark out of the tutor’s two classes – that’s literally never happened to me before. 

June Goals

My goals for June are a little bit different because I have a lot more time on my hands.

  • Read five books.
  • Write 10,000 words.
  • Post to my blog two times per week.
  • Redesign my blog/research redesigning it.
  • Go to the gym four-five days per week.

Something fun I’m doing in June is that I’m volunteering for the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne. I’m really excited about it!

I hope you all have a great June!

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7 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up ✨

  1. Ahh I’m honoured to see ATPN on the list!! I hope it’s in bookstores near where you are haha. (Also I think Australia sucks at preorders?! I just now got delivered a book I preordered from an indie Aussie store that came out in…March. Freaking March. Ugh.) And YES THE COLD WEATHER IS COMING! I’m in FNQ and it’s like winter is half a myth. 😂I still am in shorts half the day gah! I really love the cold though so bleh.😂

    Also agree about Renegades and RADIO SILENCE IS AMAZING. 😍

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    1. Of course, I’m super excited to read it!! I’m sure it will available for me somewhere, like Dymocks maybe?? Ah yes pre-orders are annoying, well I’ve only done it once but it took over a month!! Haha I’ve been to Queensland so I get that. It’s actually pretty cold here in Melbourne, which I’m really happy about!! You couldn’t wear shorts during the day here 😂
Agreed, I loved Radio Silence 😍

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