May Round-Up

May Round-Up

May has been an incredibly busy month, like every month before it seems! I have attended a few bookish events, including the London book launch for Louise O’Neill’s The Surface Breaks, a YA Fantasy Panel with Sally Green, Taran Matharu, David Owen and Alice Broadway and Oliver Jeffers at the V&A.

I gained quite a few books, largely thanks to these events and my local Scout Group which had a book sale where all the children’s books were 4 for £1 and adult books 5 for £2! You can’t blame me for buying a few, right?

I’ve only been in one country this month, but did take our entire year group camping, which was amazing!

See my monthly round-ups for January, February, March and April

How has your May been?



Books read

Total: 43

Picture books: 20

Graphic novels: 0

Middle Grade: 10

Young adult: 10

Adult: 3

Non-fiction: 1

Poetry: 0

It’s hard to choose from so many fantastic books, but my favourites this months were The Surface Breaks, Sky Dancer, Lockwood and Co. (yes I know that’s three books…ok, ok…The Hollow Boy if you must know!), The Last Wolf (picture book), Renegades, Spellslinger and The Last Wolf: The Hidden Springs of Englishness.

Sources of books

Library: 23

Bought/Owned: 15

Won: 0

ARC: 4  (  2 e-ARCs from Netgalley)

April Posts

Book Reviews: The Way You Make Me Feel, The Company of Eight, The Accidental Recluse, Stuck.

Author Interviews: Harriet Whitehorn

Multilingual flashcards: Beetle, Cheetah, Princess

Unfortunately only a few this month as things have been busy – will work hard to create some more next month.

Language Learning: Haven’t posted any specific language learning posts this month – need to post more!

Other posts:

YA Shot Event 2018: Human Rights in YA Books

Wanderings: Game of Thrones Tapestry in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Book Rainbow: Green Books Part 1, 2

Oliver Jeffers at the V&A

Would you rather…? (Bookworm Edition)

I also took part in:

Waiting on Wednesday: The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Black Wings Beating, The Storm Keeper’s Island

Six for Sunday: Questions for Authors, Questions for Publishers, Questions I always get asked

Reblogged posts: Asian Lit Rainbow Book Recommendations, Book Review of Rebel Soul, Interview with Maddie Frost, Interview with Kristen Ciccarelli


May Achievements and Highlights

I attended some more bookish events: London launch Event for The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill, YA Fantasy Panel with Sally Green, David Owen, Taran Matharu and Alice Broadway and Oliver Jeffers at the V&A.

Took part in blog tours for The Way You Make Me Feel, The Company of Eight and The Accidental Recluse

Took 150 7-8 year olds camping, each group spending two days doing activities and one day staying overnight. Managed to bring everyone back safe and happy and had a wonderful time – despite how little sleep you get, I love residentials! Next month I will be off to Wales with a large group of 10-11 year olds to climb Snowdon!

I didn’t manage to post every day this month so I am a little disappointed in that – real life somewhat got in the way! So my plan is to schedule a few more posts for June to tide me over what is sure to be another busy month.

In other blogging news, I have just discovered how to ‘tag’ posts and why I should be doing it. Those of you who have been blogging for longer will probably be shaking your heads at me right about now, but, better late than never, right?!

Had my best day for blog views ever on 30th May and have continued to grow in followers and views this month.

Have been adding more photos to Instagram and starting to get to grips with that! I am in awe of some of the beautiful pictures on bookstagram.

Have been invited to take part in a blog tour for one of my most-anticipated reads this year – watch this space!

May Favourites

Watched Deadpool 2 at the cinema – it is more of what made the first one great so, if you liked the original movie, you should probably enjoy the sequel as well!

Continuing to watch the U.K. version of Being Human – on Season 2 and still really enjoying it, although I have to say it has got a lot darker very quickly.

Have been getting back into listening to classical music – I used to listen to a wide variety when I was a kid but haven’t recently. One of my all-time favourites is Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. – if you haven’t heard it before, it is completely worth a listen! Unfortunately the version of Rachmaninov himself playing isn’t great quality…

so perhaps try a version by Lang Lang, one of the most amazing pianists in the world.

A recent favourite is Hilary Hahn on violin. I had listened more to contemporary violinists in the past, but I love Mendelssohn and this version is sublime.

Would you like to see a feature on some more great pianists and violinists?

Plans for next month include: Writing all my reports, going to Wales with Year 6, Interviewing some more authors and trying out some book-folding art! How about you?

What did you think of my monthly round-up for May?

How did your month go?

Would you like to see more posts like this?

Let me know in the comments!

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, 43 books is incredible! I also saw & loved Deadpool 2 in cinemas 😀

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    1. Because I’m a teacher I also include lots of picture books which are quick reading! Deadpool 2 was a lot of fun! I also read Renegades this month which has made me want to rewatch all the X-men movies. 🙂

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      1. Ah, fair enough! They’re also very fun reads too ;P Ooh I haven’t seen Renegades but I love X-Men, so I might check it out!

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      2. I put off reading it for ages because I had heard mixed reviews and I loved the Lunar Chronicles form the same author so was worried I would be disappointed – but I really enjoyed it! If you like X-men at all I imagine that you will love it too!

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  2. Elaine Howlin says:

    That is an impressive collection of books!! I’m hoping to read The Surface Breaks soon, I loved her book Asking For It.
    I love Being Human!! The last season got a bit odd though… I’ve never seen the US version so don’t know what it’s like in comparison.


    1. I’ve read Only Ever Yours but not Asking For It yet – just waiting for it to come in in my library! I really liked The Surface Breaks – I thought it was really well done! I loved Season 1 of Being Human, Season 2 seems a lot darker and weirder but still enjoying it. I’ve never seen the US version, but, apparently the vampire is called Aidan after the actor who plays Mitchell. I have a bad habit of abandoning TV series around Season 3 so am hoping that I can stick with it!

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      1. Elaine Howlin says:

        I love Aiden Turner *swoon* Just watched And Then There Were None, a 3 episode series based on Agatha Christie’s book, with him in it and I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it. I was sucked into it from the beginning.

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      2. Ooh, I will check that out! I just got the DVD of Desperate Romantics, a BBC series he stars in too – it’s about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of painters in London. Not sure when I will get around to watching it but it looks good too! I also keep on hearing great things about Poldark…


      3. Elaine Howlin says:

        I just added Desperate Romantics to my list! I’ve watched some of Poldark and read the first book of it. It’s pretty good but it wouldn’t be a favourite

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      4. I haven’t read it or seen it yet…someday perhaps!

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  3. ruthinrevolt says:

    Wow, what a busy month! Congratulations on growing your blog, too. Keep it up 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you! I am only now realising just how much I don’t know about blogging – so I have a lot to learn! Thanks for your posts about blogging too as they are so helpful 🙂

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  4. KD says:

    Oh Wow, check out that list of books!
    Congrats on the successful camping trip!

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    1. Thank you! I needed a few days to catch up on sleep afterwards!

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      1. KD says:

        I’m sure. Lol. That’s an active age group!


  5. Priyasha says:

    Awesome post 😍

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  6. AJ says:

    Wow 43 books and you took all those children camping! I think you deserve a medal:)

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    1. lol, thank you very much! I love the residential trips but you need a few days to recover afterwards!

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      1. AJ says:

        For sure!! What grade are your students?

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      2. Year 3 so aged 7-8. It is a great age to teach!

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      3. AJ says:

        That’s our grade 2 which is my favourite grade too!

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      4. I like how they’re big enough to be able to do quite a bit but still little enough that they;re not so self-conscious yet 😀
        Not ‘too cool for school’ yet!


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