May Wrap-up & June TBR: Time to get back in the game!

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!)

Blog Posts

Reviews

Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

[Ugh. This is just unacceptable.]

Memes

Tags

Infinity Talks

Miscellaneous

Looking Back: Monthly Favourites

Music

Harry Styles
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…)

TV

The 100

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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?

12 Monkeys

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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.

How was your month? What did you read? What are you reading in June?

21 thoughts on “May Wrap-up & June TBR: Time to get back in the game!

  1. What a coincidence! I just downloaded When Dimple Met Rishi today and am meaning to read this month! I also picked up Jennifer Niven’s first novel, All the Bright Places. I think I’ll need to follow suit and pick up Holding Up the Universe, too!

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    • You’ll probably get to it first, so I’m excited to hear your thoughts when you’ve read it 🙂 And, omg, I just realized I added the wrong book. I’m reading All the Bright Places, not Holding up the Universe. Oh, dear! I’m going to edit it right now 😀

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  2. Oh, wow! Seriously? That makes it even more amazing! We have exactly the same two books on our June TBR! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on those books, too!:D ♥

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    • Yes! I don’t know how I mixed them up. I just looked at my Goodreads and I added that one to my Currently Reading, which is where I got the cover from for my post. So I guess I just assumed that was the right one 😀
      And yes, that IS amazing. We’ll be like a very small book club 😀

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  3. Harry’s carpool karoke was so solid! I loved it! I really like you ideas for new content. All of them sound great and I would love to read writing tips and collabs would be cool.

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  4. Yaaasss!! Isn’t that a POTC reference? Love it! I definitely need to step up my book reading speed and write more reviews as well. Been slowing down with that lately but NO MORE! Only have 6 months left in the year and its now or never to get my butt in gear lol

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  5. I have been in a series reading slump all month too and I need to up my game because I’m getting behind on reviews🙈 I have exams this month so I’m planning on getting back into it in July. I’ve read 3 of the 4 books on your TBR and I loved all of them!

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  6. I hope you will get out of this slump soon! ❤ Also, I found out that having a schedule and everything just really helps me to blog , without taking the fun out of it – but that's because I like being organized. Anyway, it definitely took off a bit of the pressure for me and helped me stay ahead and motivated to blog with what's coming next. I hope this will work out for you 🙂
    Also, you have a fantastic TBR, can't wait to hear your thoughts on all of these books!

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  7. My friend is OBSESSED with the 100! She ships Raven and Murphy and calls them her “trash queen and king”. XD And I hope you get out of your slump soon! Slumps suck. 😦 ❤ And I REALLY need to read I'll Give You the Sun and All the Bright Places!

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    • Ooh, I LOVE Murphy. Yeah, he’s a bit of a jerk sometimes but he doesn’t pretend to be something he’s not, you know? And, yeah, I’ve heard from a lot of people they’re shipping him with Raven but I’m not really on board yet 😀
      Thank you. I’m doing much better already, but I appreciate the support ❤
      All the Bright Places is really good so far!

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  8. Oh no about the reading slump! I hope you’re able to get out of it soon. I can relate about being in a slump except for a blogging one instead of a reading one. The last two weeks of May I had zero motivation to blog and am now terribly behind because of it. But on scheduling, I’ve found it really helpful if I set aside one day each week to schedule posts for the next week. It keeps me posting and blogging most of the time. Good luck with all of that and I hope you have a fantastic June! Also, hope you enjoy I’ll Give You The Sun – I love that book. 😊

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    • I think I’m going to do something similar. I’m looking for a routine of some sort, which will help me get organized and stay on my game. So setting aside one day a week to plan posts and brainstorm might be a really good idea.
      Thank you. I hope you’ll have a great month too! 🙂

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  9. Totally understand the hesitation in publishing a wrap-up, but you still went through some great books and had plenty to share with us! I like the ideas you’re setting on the table in order to get back in the game. A schedule would definitely be cool; some people don’t enjoy it too much but hopefully it’ll work wonders with you! 😀 At the end of the day, it’s okay if you don’t post anything for a while! It’s much more fun to blog and post anything when you feel like it and want to do it! 😉 Hope the books you’ll be reading in the near future will be awesome! Happy reading! 🙂

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    • I’m working on creating a schedule as we speak and, so far, it’s going well. Now all I have to do is stick to it 😀
      Oh, you’re right. At the end of the day, blogging should be fun. It should never feel like a chore, which is why I took that mini-hiatus 🙂

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