May Round-Up

May Round-Up

May Round-Up

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?

Check out my monthly round-ups for January, February , March and April.

Books read


Books read

Total: 45

Picture books: 9

Graphic novels: 0

Middle Grade: 13

Young adult: 14

Adult: 7

Non-fiction: 4

Poetry: 1

Sources of books

Library: 30


Won: 2

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.

May Posts

Book Reviews: Crown of Feathers, Romanov, Herstory, Perfectly Preventable Deaths, The Wise and the Wicked, Stepsister.

Mini-Reviews: Girls in Politics

Waiting on Wednesday: The Lost Tide Warriors, The Princess Who Flew With Dragons, Containment, House of Salt and Sorrows.

Library Loot: Clockwork, Curses and Fossils; Family, Dreams and Secret Agents; Magic, Memory and Climate Change; Independence, Love and Being Different; Society, Magic and Warriors.

Six for Sunday: 2018 Books I Must Read, 2018 Books I need to Reread, 2019 Books I Want To Read, 2019 Books I’m Excited For,

Other: 5 Things I’ve Learnt from a Year of Blogging, Win a book of your choice – book giveaway! (closes 12th June so still time to enter!)

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!

harleyinthesky street team

May Favourites

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?

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Jules_Writes says:

    That is an impressive amount of books read.


  2. May has felt like a very long month to me as I’ve had quite a bit on during it e.g. exams, a university meeting and a few other bits and pieces, and it feels like it’s went on forever 😂. It’s mostly been okay though, and I’m VERY pleased that I managed to read 17 books amidst all the things that were going on!
    I’m going to see Aladdin tomorrow, which I’m really looking forward to and I’m glad to have your recommendation as well 😊. I remember liking the girl that’s Jasmine a lot in Lemonade Mouth, which was my very favourite Disney Channel Original Movie!
    Amy x

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    1. Hope you enjoy Aladdin and I’m sure that you’re glad to have all your exams over now! 17 books is extremely impressive, especially considering what a jam-packed month it has been! I’ve never seen Lemonade Mouth (like most movies) but I thought that Naomi Scott was perfect as Jasmine! Let me know what you think when you see it! x

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      1. I’m just home from Aladdin- WOW WOW WOW is about all I can say. I loved basically everything about it, and I totally agree Speechless was a stunning addition to the soundtrack. 😍💜

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      2. So happy you loved it! I have been listening to the soundtrack pretty much constantly since I got back! And the second time Jasmine sings Speechless is just incredible!

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      3. I’ve got the soundtrack on right now, as it happens! I thought the changes were so well done- they fit seamlessly into imo. I’m genuinely baffled by anyone who thought it was awful; I thought it was spectacular in every way possible! I thought Mena Massoud was a brilliant choice for Aladdin as well as Naomi being the perfect Jasmine!

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      4. Yes, I was quite impressed with him too although Ben said he thought he was a bit ‘wooden’ at times. I think that Will Smith did a fantastic job as Genie, although I liked it best when he did his own thing rather than try to copy Robin Williams. Jafar seemed a bit too psychotic, whereas I always thought that he was quite dignified n the animation! Overall, I really loved it! Glad you did too!

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      5. I have to admit I loved Mena enough that I was probably blind to any flaws 😂. I agree Jafar was a bit more openly evil than in the original, but I quite liked what the actor did with it and he captured the menacing vibe so well. I was SO impressed with Will Smith- he really put his own spin on it and made the role his, which I don’t think many actors could have done so brilliantly. The Fresh Prince reference gave me absolute LIFE as well! I was literally sitting squealing in the cinema 😂

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  3. I can’t get over how many books you’ve read! I thought I did well with 11 in May! We watched The Umbrella Academy too and loved it, and Aladdin!

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    1. I’ve only watched the first episode of Umbrella Academy but really liked it – unfortunately we have now started 4 series which is stressing me out a little – need to finish a few! I read a lot, but lots are also picture books or shorter books which helps! 🙂


  4. Rachael says:

    I was very excited to see Slug Needs a Hug on your May reads. We found this in the Library this week and I was thrilled as I didn’t know about it but love Tadpole’s Promise (have you read that one?) I loved this one too!

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    1. LOVE Tadpole’s Promise – it’s one of my favourites to read aloud as the shocked silence from the kids at the ending always makes my day! I guessed the twist in Slug Needs a Hug earlier in the book but was still very pleased to spot it as hadn’t heard of it before.

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      1. Rachael says:

        Same here, I always put Tadpole’s Promise on our Valentines day table at work 😆 The twist in Slug is easy to guess but I just love seeing him with all the different bits on! Did make me chuckle.

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  5. The Happy Book Blog. says:

    Jeez! You read a lot of books and congratulations🥳🎉 that’s a lot of people interested in your blog😀 Lyndsey.

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    1. Thank you! I have always read a lot, but it wasn’t until joining Goodreads that I actually kept track…I myself has no idea how many I read until then! It’s quite fun to look back, especially as I am terrible at remembering the titles of books I’ve read which makes it tricky to recommend them to others unless I can check!

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      1. The Happy Book Blog. says:

        It’s my pleasure and I never keep track of what i’ve read(maybe I will start)And like you, I am very forgetful and prone to forgetting book titles, in my case, I think it’s an age thing, lol.

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      2. It’s just one of those things, isn’t it? Good luck if you do decide to start keeping track – I really enjoy seeing how many books of a certain genre, etc I have read each year!

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      3. The Happy Book Blog. says:

        Yes definitely and I think I will keep track, i’m curious to see how many I can go through. It will be interesting.

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  6. Jasmine says:

    Wow, you read so many books in May! We have one in common: Stepsister 😊

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    1. What did you think of Stepsister? I was a bit cautious starting it but ended up loving it!


  7. Rachael says:

    Also – have you read I Love You Stick Insect by Chris Naylor-ballesteros? If not, I think you’d like it.

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    1. I haven’t no, I will look it up! I love picture books with a bit of dark humour (I love Stuck by Oliver Jeffers and I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, etc) Thanks for the recommendation!

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      1. Rachael says:

        Oh yes, Klassen is fab – have you read his collaborations with Mac Barnett? The shape trilogy is fab and I think you’d love The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse.

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      2. I have only read Triangle -need to read the others! Loved The Wolf, the duck and the Mouse. Also read another one (title escapes me) where they’re digging a hole and keep missing out on finding cool stuff!

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      3. Rachael says:

        Yes, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, that’s also good! Square and Circle are amazing too, but Triangle is my favourite!

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      4. Well done! I don’t know I even review books when I cannot remember titles or what any of the characters are called. Goodreads is indispensable!

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  8. I absolutely LOVED Crown of Feathers. And I have also been told to check out Umbrella Academy, I think it sounds good.

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    1. I’ve just watched the first episode and it has me intrigued! Can’t wait to read the sequel to Crown of Feathers!

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      1. Me neither! It was my favorite read of the year so far

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