Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2015
May didn’t start off too great for me. The weather was awful, work was pretty stressful, and I was still trying to deal with everything that happened a year ago. I lost my mum at the beginning of May last year and I am still trying to process that loss. It’s been pretty tough.
It picked up a little bit towards the middle of the month and I read a couple of really awesome books that finally managed to get me over my reading slump (I hope for good). It wasn’t so much the amount I read but the fact that I enjoyed the hell out of every book I picked up.
I have had such a hard time with picking up books, getting halfway through them, and then discarding them. Not because they were bad books – it’s more that I am a total mood reader at the best of times – and I just didn’t seem to be in the mood for anything.
here are the books i read in May:
Only four books read this month but I loved, loved, loved, loved them! A Court of Thorns and Roses was my first Sarah J. Maas book – I really need to read Throne of Glass even more desperately now. Honestly, this book was just terrific.
I also read Uprooted which I won in a giveaway (thanks to Mel @ The Daily Prophecy again!) – and it absolutely blew me away! Such an awesome story which managed to be really creepy and unsettling – especially for a young adult book. I had chills just reading some of the scary parts.
The Darkest Part of the Forest was my first Holly Black read – and it will most definitely not be my last! I can see why so many blogger friends have raved about her writing.
I also finally read Bear, Otter, & the Kid. It was a really good read as well. Not quite as spectacular and the above three books but it was certainly a worthwhile read and I really enjoyed it.
I am now in the middle of reading The Wrath and the Dawn – and it is bloody fantastic too! I love it when you get a good reading streak – long may it last!
I haven’t been keeping up with my Challenges as much as I would have liked. I am still falling behind with the reviewing part rather than the reading part but I need to pick up with both (just like last month).
A Court of Thorns and Roses will count towards the Flights of Fantasy Challenge and the Fairytale Challenge (review is forthcoming).
Uprooted also counts for the Flights of Fantasy Challenge and the Fairytale Challenge (or at least it will when I get the darn review up).
The Darkest Part of the Forest will count for the Flights of Fantasy Challenge, the Fairytale Challenge, and the LGBT Challenge.
Bear, Otter, & the Kid will also fit nicely into the LGBT Challenge.
what i watched in May:
Game of Thrones!! We are in uncharted territory now for book walkers – and it is amazing not knowing what is going to happen. Usually I spoil myself silly with most shows (and I have always had an advantage having read all of the ASOIAF series) but I really like being utterly surprised at the direction the show is taking (although note to showrunners – all the rape is getting a bit hard to stomach).
I have also been watching Outlander which finished at the weekend. Incredibly harrowing stuff in the last couple of episodes. Sam Heughan really acted his wee cotton socks off. Such an amazing performance from him and the rest of the cast.
The Returned also finished its run in May and I am not really all that sure about the direction the show has taken. I have seen some of the original French version but I am not someone who is usually all that bothered when remakes diverge from the original source material. Saying that, the end of the show was just… odd. It ended without any kind of resolution at all and let the viewer with more questions than it answered. You can tell one of the showrunners from Lost was involved. 😉
I also watched the first episode of Daredevil and I quite enjoyed it. Will definitely watch the rest of the series as it is up on Netflix to view in its entirety.
what else i got up to in May:
I have gotten really back into gaming. I am thoroughly enjoying Life is Strange and have played all the the available episodes (twice!) and it just gets better and better with each installment.
I have also been buying quite a lot of vintage young adult books again. I’m not sure why I enjoy it so much but I really like finding and sourcing old favourites and picking up those I missed out on the first time round. I think I have started a new ‘collection’. 😉
here are the posts i wrote in May:
- [1 May] Best of the Best: May Madness
- [2 May] Stacking the Shelves #66
- [3 May] Night World series
- [4 May] Brin’s Book Buzz: May 2015
- [4 May] The Find Me Tag (Books to Fit Each Category)
- [5 May] Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read
- [6 May] Waiting on Wednesday: Soundless
- [6 May] Why May 6th is a hard day for me
- [9 May] Stacking the Shelves #67
- [11 May] The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson ★★★★
- [12 May] Top Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet
- [14 May] Spotlight + Giveaway: Spelled by Betsy Schow
- [16 May] Stacking the Shelves #68
- [16 May] Read Play Blog #11
- [19 May] Top Ten Favourite Book Covers
- [23 May] Stacking the Shelves #69
- [26 May] Top Ten Beach Reads
- [28 May] Hell House Strikes Again!
- [29 May] Famous People on Book Covers #1
- [30 May] Stacking the Shelves #70