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!
How has your May been?
Picture books: 20
Graphic novels: 0
Middle Grade: 10
Young adult: 10
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
ARC: 4 ( 2 e-ARCs from Netgalley)
Author Interviews: Harriet Whitehorn
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!
Wanderings: Game of Thrones Tapestry in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I also took part in:
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 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!
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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