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!
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 | 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.
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.
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:
- April ’19 Recap | Summer is Approaching!
- Top 5 Most Relatable Book Characters
- The Pancake Book Tag
- Fake It Till You Break It Blog Tour | An Excerpt + Giveaway of the Book
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 😅).
- May @ Forever and Everly and CW @ The Quiet Pond share recommendations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books and Cait @ Paper Fury give recs for Mental Health Awareness Month
- Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads shares a list of Latinx sci-fi and fantasy.
- Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink asks us if we genuinely like the content we create and consume, which was super thought-provoking.
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders, Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks, and author Adiba Jaigirdar hosted an awesome series called Muslim Voices Rise Up.
- Cait @ Paper Fury talks about the best and worst parts of being a book blogger and an author.
- Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads give a tutorial on making DIY sprayed edges, which I am definitely going to try.
- Kat @ Novels & Waffles (who, side note, got a new blog, which looks absolutely beautiful!) continues her book cover designer interview series with Jess Cruickshank, who did the amazing cover for Hungry Hearts.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books interviews Kristina Forest, author of I Wanna Be Where You Are.
- Franziska @ Books & Peonies redid her sister’s bedroom and it looks stunning.
- Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads posted a fantastic reference list of book community acronyms, which I really needed when I first started blogging.
- Priscilla @ Twirling Pages shares weekly goals for a summer of self-improvement and self love, which was so inspiring!
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!
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.
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
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!)