Wow, this month went fast! A quick half-term in school, our residential (taking the Year 3s camping!), a blogger brunch at MCM Comic Con and lots of reading! I honestly don’t know where this month has gone…
How has May been for you?
Picture books: 9
Graphic novels: 0
Middle Grade: 13
Young adult: 14
Sources of books
ARC: 9 ( 4 e-ARCs from Netgalley)
Books read that count towards the #YARC2019 Reading Challenge: 3 (Total so far: 21 )
Oh dear, I am going off track on my challenge – need to get reading all those wonderful books by Asian authors on my shelves!
Highlights this month have included: Perfectly Preventable Deaths, Crown of Feathers, Stepsister, Vite for Effie, House Without Walls, Toffee, The Wise and the Wicked, The Flatshare, Circus Mirandus.
Mini-Reviews: Girls in Politics
May Achievements and Highlights
- Being invited to the very first MCM Blogger Brunch at MCM Comic Con was incredible. I met so many lovely authors, bloggers and publicists and came away with tonnes of great reads! I did ‘cosplay-lite’ with a tribute to Kiki’s Delivery Service and really enjoyed myself!
- My blog reached 950 followers and my Twitter reached 2500 followers – thank you to everyone who listens to my rambling!
- I joined the street team for Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I have loved both of her previous books, Starfish and Summer Bird Blue, so I am really excited to be part of a group getting excited about her next book, due out in Spring 2020. It is my first time being part of a street team, but I am looking forward to it!
Food/Drink: I have been trying to make an effort to get back into eating healthily again, although crisps are my downfall as I just love them! Finally having a proper garden, I have already planted carrots, chard, tomatoes,raspberries and strawberries. We have an apple tree which is forming some fruit and my herb garden now has mint, oregano, lemon balm, basil, rosemary, thyme, fennel and a chilli plant. I am planning to get some raised beds put in and hopefully growing fresh food will encourage me to snack on fruit and vegetables rather than crisps!
Skincare: I have gone back to using the Garnier Moisture Bomb night cream which is amazing, although it seems to be in the process of being discontinued in all of the shops that I have been into. Such a shame as it really works for my dehydrated skin! I am also using the Simple SPF30 day cream as the weather is getting sunnier. It is really cheap and provides UVA and UVB protection so I love it!
TV/Film/Music: We are still slowly, but steadily working our way through Rise of the Phoenixes and I don’t want it to end! I have watched a few episodes of Korean Odyssey, a modern-day retelling of Journey to the West. It is quite cheesy, but a lot of fun and has a great soundtrack. The story follow Jin Seon-mi, a woman who has been able to see ghosts since she was young and how her life gets turned upside-down when she accidentally frees Son O-Gong (Monkey!) from captivity.
I also talked my partner into watching the first episode of Umbrella Academy and I REALLY like the look of it so hopefully we will watch that next!
We went to the cinema to see Aladdin. At first I was a bit unsure but ended up loving it. I love Jasmine’s new song, Speechless.
What did you think of my monthly round-up for May?
How did your month go?
What are you looking forward to next month?
Let me know in the comments!
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Thanks for reading!