May ’19 Recap | Summer is Here!

Hello friends! To those of you who are now on summer break like I am: congratulations! We made it! I actually didn’t finish school during the month of May (my last day was only two days ago), but I’m writing this post a bit late, and I cannot contain my excitement about summer finally arriving.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into my recap of the month of May!

May '19 Recap | Summer is Here!
Books

Surprisingly, despite the fact that I had to deal with final exams at the end of May/beginning of June, I was still able to read more books than I did last month. (I read seven books in May.) (I think it’s because I read three very short graphic novels meant for children much younger than me, but shhh.)

I still read fewer books than I was hoping, and I’m 10 books behind on my Goodreads goal, but you know what? It’s progress. And now it’s summer, so I’ll have free time to read all the time!

Favorite Books Read in May:

Out of the seven books that I read, these are the three that I enjoyed the most.

Book covers are from Goodreads and link to the books’ respective Goodreads pages.

Crazy Rich Asians Things Fall Apart Jedi Academy

Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan | I read this book through a combination of the audiobook and the ebook, which was an interesting experience, and I really enjoyed the book in both formats! I’m hoping to watch the movie sometime soon.

Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe | My final read of the year for English class, and of the ones that we read this year, this was one of my favorites.

Jedi Academy (reread) | Jeffrey Brown | The Jedi Academy series is super fun and sweet. Two of the three graphic novels that I read this month were from this series, and although it’s meant for younger kids, I am a firm believer that children’s books can be read and enjoyed by people of any age.

New Books:

The Art of Breaking Things Leah on the Offbeat Six of Crows Crooked Kingdom

The Art of Breaking Things | Laura Sibson | This is my current read, and it’s super good so far! Thank you so much to the author for so kindly sending a review copy my way!

Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli | I’ve already read this one, but I had some money left over on an Amazon gift card, so I decided to order the paperback so I could have it on my shelf for when I decide to reread it (which will definitely happen because I LOVED this the first time around).

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo | SIX OF CROWS!! I loved the first book, and I can’t wait to read the sequel now that I have a copy.

Blogging

I did alright with blogging this month…I missed a few posting days, but honestly, I had finals, so I wasn’t really expecting to be able to post twice every week.

Most Popular Posts from May:

My Favorite Movie & TV Adaptations of Books Using My Bullet Journal to Prepare for Final Exams in 2019 | School Bullet Journal Update #4

More Posts:

Favorite Posts from the Blogosphere:

This is a new section that I’ve been wanting to try out! I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers include links to other people’s posts in their recaps, and that’s always helped find super cool posts, so I decided to try it out!

I’m still super behind with my blog hopping, but here are some great posts that I read in May (although some were posted at the end of April because I’m so far behind 😅).

Recommendation Lists

Discussions

Tutorials

Interviews

Miscellaneous

Bookish News:

And here’s another new section that I’m excited about! This will be by no means comprehensive, but I’ll be using this section of my recap to talk about some bookish news that I’m excited about.

  • BBC is adapting the His Dark Materials series and Lin-Manuel Miranda is in it!! (Here’s the trailer.)
  • Riveted Lit has the Hungry Hearts anthology up as a free read this month and I’m SO EXCITED to read it. (You can read it here.)
  • Netflix is turning Erin Entrada Kelly’s book Hello, Universe into a movie! (source) More motivation for me to get around to reading it.
  • Also, this is not recent news but I just found out about Netflix’s Babysitters Club adaptation and I’m SO excited.

That’s all I’ve got for now because I forgot to bookmark any other exciting news, but I’ll keep track of things this month so I can have more news in my June recap!

Favorites

Glee | I talked about Glee in my last recap, but I watched a bunch more of it it in May and I have now finished season two. I’m still loving it!

Avengers: Endgame | I finally watched the latest Avengers movie and…tbh felt like crying like the whole time because it was so sad but it was also SO GOOD! I cannot wait to watch Spider-Man: Far From Home next month.

Bohemian Rhapsody | I watched this in my choir class and it was super good, and it also inspired me to listen to more Queen this month which was pretty cool.

Phases | My sister is really into this band called PRETTYMUCH and I was hesitant about them at first, but I actually ended up liking some of the songs that she made me listen to, especially the ones from their new EP, Phases.

Life

May was pretty busy with school and everything, but some pretty fun stuff happened as well, like my softball team winning our championship! Anyways, because I had a lot going on, I didn’t complete all of my goals, but I got some of them.

Goals from May:

  • Schedule blog posts in advance ❌ I think I might’ve done this for one or two posts? But now that I don’t have to deal with homework and studying, I’m ready to actually get back into the swing of planning and writing my blog posts ahead of time.
  • Use my phone less ✔❌ This is one of those goals that’s a work in progress—I think I did alright this month, but there’s always gonna be room for improvement. (I kinda wanna try one of those challenges where you don’t use your phone at all for like a day or a week or something? We’ll see.)
  • Get new plants ✔ I got three little plants at Home Depot and I love them! I kinda wanna get another one too, hehe.
  • Organize my clothes ❌ This is something that I didn’t get around to but will absolutely tackle in the month of June.
  • Post on Instagram consistently ✔❌ I was on a roll at the beginning of the month, and then I just…stopped…
  • Go to bed @ 10:30 on school nights ✔❌
  • Work on writing
  • Read 9+ books ❌ 7 books were read, so I was kinda close.
  • Catch up on blog hopping ❌ I did make some progress though!
  • Start finals prep in advance ✔ Although many of my goals leave much to be desired, I am very proud of myself for studying so hard during May.

Goals for June:

Due to their lack of completion, a bunch of these are being recycled from last month.

  • Schedule blog posts in advance
  • Use my phone less
  • Organize my clothes
  • Post to Instagram at least once a week
  • Work on writing
  • Do an art project
  • Read 9+ books
  • Catch up on blog hopping
Let's Chat

I hope you all had a wonderful month! Let me know in the comments—how was May for you? Do you have any exciting plans for June? And very importantly, are you a Glee fan??? And which character is your favorite? (No spoilers though please!)

♥ Annie

May '19 Recap | Summer is Here!

17 thoughts on “May ’19 Recap | Summer is Here!

  1. Pingback: June ’19 Recap | Being Busy and Also Preparing for Something Really Exciting! – Blossoms and Bullet Journals

  2. May has gone well for me. I am glad I am out of school.
    I have a quick question for you. I know you bullet journal, and I have been bullet journaling for several months now. The problem is, I have a hard time staying caught up. Do you have any tips?

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  3. Thank you so, so much for mentioning my posts, Annie, I’m so happy you enjoyed them! ❤
    Happy summer and happy summer break ahh this is so very exciting, definitely missing that part of being a student haha 🙂
    I’m really glad you enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians, I had such a fun time with the book and I loved the movie! Hope you will too 🙂
    Have a wonderful month! 🙂

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  4. Ahh, happy June! Congrats on being done with school. ❤

    I had to read Things Fall Apart for school this year, too! I didn’t love it as much as you but I didn’t hate it either. We read it earlier in the year, and for the rest of the year in random Kahoot games someone would always sign in as “Okonkwo”…

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Crooked Kingdom! I really liked it. I recently bought Six of Crows too because I just needed it on my shelf.

    GLEE. I LOVE GLEE. I watched it last summer and I was immensely obsessed, to the point where I finished seasons in literal days- like not even a week, just a few days. Haha, but anyway, season 3 is my favorite so I’m glad you’re on it now! A lot of people stop watching after S3, since some of the original cast graduates, but I really recommend continuing because there are new cast members who are also great and a lot of things still happen with original members in the later seasons. I can’t pick a favorite?? Maybe Kurt but IT’S SO HARD I LOVE THEM ALL.

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    1. Ah thanks Olivia! Lol we do Kahoot too and people always have the funniest names. We haven’t done any Kahoots since reading the book but some of my friends did make these flower things out of actual yams to give to our English teacher because the book talks about them so much 😂

      I’m feeling pretty confident that I’m going to really like Crooked Kingdom! I totally understand what you mean about loving a book so much that you want to have a copy even though you already read it.

      OMG GLEE!! Haha, that’s awesome. My sister did tell me that some of the later seasons aren’t as good, but I’m sure I’ll still watch them anyway. Ah yes I love Kurt so much. But I think Brittany might be my favorite? I don’t know though, like you said, I love them all!!

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