Hello, friends! It’s time for another wrap-up post. I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again: I can’t believe how fast this year is going. We’re almost halfway through already! It’s crazy, isn’t it?
Today I’m say goodbye to the month of May with a wrap-up post. Usually, this is one of my absolute favourite posts, but I’ve been dreading writing this one for a couple of hours now. As you may or may not know, I took a mini-hiatus this last month. I was in a negative head space, which resulted in not reading and blogging at all for more than two weeks. Two weeks might not seem like a lot of time (and it isn’t) but if you’re writing a wrap-up post, that’s half the month!
Suffice it to say… this is going to be a short wrap-up.
Books read in May
- Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan: 3/5
- Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner: rating and review to come (soon, I promise!)
Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
[Ugh. This is just unacceptable.]
- Waiting on Wednesday #2 – The Color Project
- Top Ten Summer YA Reads
- Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017
Looking Back: Monthly Favourites
This one has taken my completely by surprise. I’ve never been a Directioner (that’s what the fanbase is called, right?). Honestly, I can’t name more than two of their songs and I barely know all their names. But, let me tell you something: I’m so glad they decided to split up (sorry: I meant “taking a break” What’s the deal with that anyway?) because I’m loving their solo careers. Especially Harry’s.
It all started with The Sign of the Times, which is an absolutely amazing song, but I reeeallly started crushing on him (That’s right. You heard me! I’m crushing on Harry freaking Styles of all people.) after I saw him in James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke. I mean… the hair. The accent. That VOICE. *swoon*
For all of you that think I’ve lost my mind…please watch it before you judge.
(Isn’t he like really funny? Just me? Alright, I’ll see myself out…)
That season finale left me completely mind blown. It was amazing, the perfect ending to what I think is the best season so far. And now we have to wait another year??? Like, how am I (and my Bellarke heart) going to survive?
This is another show that I’m completely obsessed with and another one you have to wait an entire year for (what’s up with that? Seriously). But it’s so worth the wait, though. Yes, it’s completely abandoned the original material (the movie 12 monkeys with Brad Pitt) and yes it’s a bit wacky (everything is possible with time travel in this show) but I LOVE IT. It’s just a good show to binge-watch with a big bucket of popcorn.
Looking forward: How I’m getting back in the game
First of all, I need to get out of my reading slump. There are so so many amazing books waiting for me to read that all I have to do is pick one up and start reading it. But the getting started part has been hard lately. I’ve been really busy and instead of honouring my reading time during my commute, I’m choosing to listen to music or, you know, to try and fall asleep while I’m travelling to work. Which, ironically, makes me feel even more tired than if I’d read the whole journey. So no more music and no more dozing off.
Second, I’ve come to realize that I need a schedule, a system, a plan of action or…something that’ll help me stay on top of my blogging game. Procrastinating and winging my posts isn’t going to get me anywhere. So that’s what I’m doing right now. I’m trying to come up with a blog schedule so I know exactly what to write and when to publish it. This obviously doesn’t mean I have to stick to the schedule all the time. My schedule is more like what you would call… a guideline.**
** Brownie points if you understood that reference. Hey, there’s another one. Double brownie points if you can guess that one too.
Third, I’m thinking of new content to add to this blog. I’m thinking about writing-related posts (how to finish writing that novel, how to edit, how to brainstorm, how to go from idea to plot, etc.), but also more reviews (maybe reviews for classic books too because I want to add more reviews and I read lots and lots of classics in Uni?) and maybe even guest posts and / or collaborations (any volunteers??). I’m just brainstorming, but if there’s anything you’d like to see, please let me know!
My June TBR
You probably know that I’m really bad at sticking to a TBR. But is that going to stop my from setting a new TBR? Nooo. Definitely not. So here it is.