Getting Outta This Slump & More Monthly Wraps | May 2016

Posted June 1, 2016 by Zeee in Monthly Wraps | 8 Comments

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Last month’s deets on I Heart Romance & YA

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Happy new month, Bookworms!  May has been pretty kind to me.  I mean, I am now getting out of this stupid blogging slump and I am really happy!

May was also when I started traveling again for work.  So, I’m pretty much exhausted.  Oh, and did I tell you that I am also presenting to about 80-100 people? EEEEKKK! I did NOT expect this!

On a good note, Owlcrate’s May box is perhaps my absolute favorite because I have been waiting to read Everland by Wendy Spinale since I found out about it!

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This is also my last Owlcrate box for a while.  I may write a full review of all the 6 boxes I received from them soon!

Also, if you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that Pierre surprised me last week!  I WAS TOTALLY NOT EXPECTING IT and I felt like I was back in high school!  So, Pierre and I didn’t celebrate anything this month but he just surprised me.  Just because.  I am still astounded at HOW he knew what to get me!

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He bought me a Spellbook wristlet and an Olde Book Bag from Think Geek!  I am just thrilled!  I am currently using the wristlet, but I still haven’t used the bag!  Ah, my husband picks the nicest gifts!  I remember the butterfly in a jar he bought me! *love*

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may-challenge-dataBehold the lovely graph!  Here are the deets:  I read 9 books in May, with 3 rereads: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale, and Passions of a Wicked Earl by Lorraine Heath.  It seems that I was in a historical romance kick last month (I’m really happy about this, by the way).  I reviewed 4 books this month, read one book for the #ShelfChallenge (see Devil in Winter), and read 4 physical books!  I am making some progress here!

reading-progress

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Ahhh QoS is still killing it at the longest book read!  This may be overshadowed by ACoMaF (once I’m done reading that thing…if ever).

last-months-reads

 

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I see a trend here, by the way!  I think I will be in historical romance cloud for a while!  Well, until a good YA comes along!

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No book stands out as a favorite read for the month of May.  I am equally sad but optimistic that I will be picking up a fantabulous, amazeballs read in June.

last-months-reviews

  1. [4 May] Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
  2. [10 May] Anyone but Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
  3. [10 May] Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
  4. [18 May] The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
  5. [18 May] The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel One StarOne Star
  6. [27 May] The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

discussions-on-blog

  1. [2 May] Book Events and an Epic Blogging Slump: A Mash-up | Monthly Wraps April 2016
  2. [3 May] Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Ships I want to See in 10 Years
  3. [4 May] Behind the Marquess’ Mask by Kristen McLean | Excerpt + Giveaway
  4. [8 May] Currently Reading Ep 5
  5. [12 May] ABEA: An Intro Post
  6. [13 May] ABEA: Blog Aesthetics
  7. [21 May] Blogger Insider: Nominated for an Award!
  8. [22 May] Currently Reading Ep 6
  9. [23 May] Bookish Discussions: Do You Read Books on a Whim?
  10. [24 May] Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed More on My Second Reading
  11. [30 May] Bookish Discussion: Fictional & Non-Fictional Places I Want to Visit
  12. [31 May] Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Romance Summer Reads

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Alas!  I wasn’t able to go to any events last month.  Well, I did choose between Sarah J. Maas and my hubs and I chose him!  LOL

There also wasn’t a lot of bookish events that I was interested in this month, so I’m not worried.  I did go to my VERY FIRST book club!  It was fun!  I won’t be able to go this month because I have to pick-up Pierre from the LAX, so I won’t be able to make it.  AGAIN, the choices! *wink

movies-television

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Pierre and I started to watch BBC’s Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch AND OMG!  I was blown away!  I want MOAAARRRR!!  So, obviously, I still have 2 more episodes of season 3 to finish because I am waiting for Pierre to come watch it with me.  I usually only watch TV series when he’s here.  Weird. *shrugs*

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I also watched Alice Through the Looking Glass all by my lonesome.  I picked the first showing on a Friday and there were hardly any people at all!  That was me being my usual #introvert self.  I thought it was okay.  Uhmm… a little bit weak?  The Red Queen’s backstory/evilness was weak, to be honest.

On my list to see would be X-Men Apocalypse , World of Warcraft and Me Before You.  I think I will be seeing Me Before You this weekend and wait until Pierre comes back to see Apocalypse and World of Warcraft

random-thoughts

  • I have been tinkering around with the idea to start a booktube channel.  Hmm, thoughts?  I will probably do a couple of test videos and see if I like it or if it is too much of a hassle.  I have ideas running through my head right now about a theme and possible topics.  So, stay tuned.
  • On another note, I also have a story running up and down my head!  Gaahh I hate it when my brain goes ADHD on me.  BUT to be fair, this has been going on for a couple of months now and I think I just need to start writing.  Encouragements appreciated!
  • I also rearranged my shelf!  Again, this is related to thought #1.  I also think that I have too much Funko Pops that I know what to do with!  To be fair to the Pops, I only have a few… and I think it’s too much.
  • I am really happy with the way my Bookstagram is going!  I’m still joining the daily photo challenge hosted by Lisa and Becca @ Lost in Literature but I don’t stress out as much as before if I can’t post daily.
  • I received a few YA ARCs last month aaaand I’m having a really hard time getting into them.  I’m a little scared people.  Is it the end for my YA obsession?!  PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO!

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How was May treating you bookworms?  Any good bookish news (aside from the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer!)?



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8 responses to “Getting Outta This Slump & More Monthly Wraps | May 2016

  1. I love all your graphs and wrap up sections of this post! I need to try more like that myself. Would you say that more traveling helps or hurts with how much you get to read? I know my mom said when she was traveling all the time she read more because of the airplane and being in the hotel rooms alone. Hope you have a great June, you can check out my end of the month post in the link below!
    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted…May End of Month Wrap Up PostMy Profile

    • Hey Lisa! If it was traveling for pleasure…maybe…but I have been pretty busy even while traveling that I just stay in the hotel and sleep! It’s usually overnight, but it’s a busy overnight stay so…. 😀

      Thank you for saying you love the graphs! You can totally do this on your blog, too! 🙂

  2. Yay for watching and loving BBC Sherlock. I just love that show and I seriously need more too. Don’t forget to watch the Christmas special that aired after Season 3!!! I am hoping to see Me Before You this Saturday with my mom and sister. I just recently read the book and loved it and my sister is flying through it right now! I hope you find a YA book that you really love. Sometimes if you get sent random books, they aren’t the right ones for you. Maybe find a historical fiction?

    -Lauren
    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…The Art of Being Normal by Lisa WilliamsonMy Profile

    • I have a few YA historicals lying around that I need to read, but mostly my mood is calling for historical romance! I’m actually going to read Marrying Mr. Winterbourne this weekend…and hopefully finish it! LOL 🙂