Hi guys, and welcome to my May wrap up!
As you may know, I’ve been in a bit of a reading (and blogging) slump for a few months now. But while I still have some slump after-effects, I can safely say that reading-wise May has been A LOT BETTER. I read quite a few books, and a lot of nice, fluffy, feel-good contemporaries amongst them, which I credit completely for helping me get out of my slump. That, and my k-pop and k-drama obsession, which I still love to pieces.
So without further ado, let’s talk about everything that happened in May!
The Upside of unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Well, this story was not only cute and adorable, but also super relatable and diverse. The perfect read for when you’re looking to get out of a reading slump or even when you’re just looking for something to read a day away with. It mostly got me out of my reading slump, so thanks for that Becky!
Rating: 4 stars | Check out my full review here.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Queens of Geek is an adorkable and inspirational look at fandom life, friendship, love and being happy with who you are. It’s the perfect pick-me-up book, the perfect read to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity. A must-read! I am seriously tempted to quote almost every single page, because it’s so awe-inspiring and swoon-worthy.
Rating: 4,5 stars | Check out my full review here.
The Love Interest by Cale dietrich
This was my single most anticipated book of 2017 and I’ve been talking about it pretty much non-stop since finding out about it. And now I finally got to read it and… I didn’t like it that much. I still love the concept of the love triangle turned upside down and the teenage spies and the making fun of all these YA tropes. And I did REALLY ENJOY the first half or so of the book. But then, it all kind of fell flat. A certain plot twist took away all my enjoyment of the book and ruined the character development for me and I also had several issues with the ending. Not sure if I still want to write a full review about it, since I’m so bummed.
Rating: 2,5 stars
A COURT of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
This was a re-read in anticipation of the release of ACOWAR and I can safely say I still loved this so, so much. My favorite book in the series, hands down.
Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
After a year of anticipation following A Court of Mist and Fury, my favorite read of 2016, the next and final installment in this series, A Court of Wings and Ruin, is finally here. And while it was great and I loved it and this series as a whole, I was also… just a tad disappointed. Because the unfortunate truth is that it did not live up to my expectations, or match the gloriousness that was ACOMAF. And while I couldn’t think of a bad thing to say about ACOMAF, I have several complaints about ACOWAR. Check out my review for the full rant and gush.
Rating: 4 stars | Check out my full review here.
Death Note, Vol 1: Boredom
After my intense obsession with Death Note: watching the anime, the movies, the TV show and even the musical – I finally caved and splurged on the entire manga collection. I’m savoring these babies one at a time and started with volume one this month. And yes, I still LOVE this!
Rating: 4 stars
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
OMG, this was just THE BEST! A few trusted blogger friends already read this and were raving about it, so I just had to speed it up and start it myself. And they were so, so right, because I adored this one. If you love adorable stories, important issues discussed while still being cute and fluffy, diversity, cross-dressing, music and amazing friend groups, this is the story for you!
Rating: 4,5 stars | Full review to follow
Top Ten Tuesday
- 30 May 2017: Most Anticipated Books For The Rest Of 2017
- 23 May 2017: 2017 YA Contemporary Releases For Your Summer Beach Bag
- 16 May 2017:The Best & The Worst Fictional Mothers
- 9 May 2017: Ten Things On My Reading Wish List
- 2 May 2017: Top Ten Dreamy, Whimsical Book Covers
Something Different Sunday
This month, I started a new post type, called ‘Something Different Sunday’. Basically, this is where I take the time to talk about anything BUT books. Because as much as I love books (and I do really love books) I also love a lot of other things. So this is where I talk about those topics, which can include anything, from any of my music, tv or movie obsessions to just rants or discussions about topics that are on my mind. In May, I began with two of my biggest obessions lately: K-pop and Death Note!
I have to admit I don’t even have a monthly playlist this month. So what did I listen to? Well, I still haven’t been able to escape the K-pop obsession that has taken me captive for the past 3 months. It is the perfect music for me right now and has been crucial in keeping me going. So while I haven’t listened to a whole lot of different music, I have been slowly but steadily growing my personal k-pop playlist, which you can check out below.
Some of my faves this month:
BIGBANG – If You (Acapella)
BTS – Spring Day
Cross Gene – Na Hago Nolja
The few times I didn’t listen to any k-pop were the times I listened to new albums by some of my favorite artists. There is After Laughter by Paramore, One More Light by Linkin Park and Crooked Teeth by Papa Roach. Of the three, I think my favorite by far is the Papa Roach album. I like After Laughter and One More Light, but not as much as I would have wanted to. Maybe I just need to listen to both of them some more, but right now I’m just not quite feeling the love. I hate to say this, because some people may call me a bad fan or whatever, but I prefer their earlier sounds. I appreciate the new stuff and am all for bands growing and updating their sounds, but it’s just not 100% my thing right now…
Legend of the Blue Sea
In this gorgeous drama, the love story between a Joseon-era mermaid and a town official repeats itself in modern times, when a mermaid falls in love with a con artist. I absolutely loved this drama. The story was super captivating and intriguing and the chemistry between the two leads was amazing. Not to mention it stars Lee Min Ho, who has quickly become my favorite kdrama actor, AND it has funny and sincere mermaids, charming con-artists and cute hackers.
This is the story of Kim Shin, a 939-year old immortal Goblin and protector of souls. He is searching for his bride, who is the only one who can end his immortality and give him peace. During his search he also ends up rooming with the Grim Reaper, who has no memory of who he used to be. Though I haven’t finished this drama yet (I’m about halfway), I am absolutely in love. The characters feel so real and well-rounded, it is surprisingly funny and the bromance is just THE BEST. Also, that soundtrack <3
Though I have loved The 100 from the very beginning, I feel like every season has just been so consistently amazing! Season 4 was no exception: I adored it and was on the edge of my seat for pretty much every episode. The moral dilemmas these characters face are so intriguing. I have no words and I can only gush. I love these characters so, so much and I only hate that I now have to wait so long for the next season. Only downside to this season: I really didn’t like the direction they took Jasper’s character in. He was one of my favorites in the earlier seasons and I think he deserved better.
- Job hunt is still ongoing and it’s been tough.
- Despite this, I’ve been focusing on the positives, such as:
- I’ve had a lot of dance rehearsals since we have 3 performances at the end of May and beginning of June. I’m already 2 shows in and so far they went well so I’m a happy camper.
- Had a lunch date with one of my best friends I hadn’t seen in months and had dinner with a few former colleagues. It’s been fun catching up.
- I have started studing Korean. I originally wanted to study Japanese, but I also want to be able to do it on my own and Japanese (especially Kanji) is just too difficult to study by myself. Not to say that Korean is easy, but the Hangul at least is easier. It’s more like an alphabet which I taught myself rather quickly. Of course, I still read SUPER slowly and I don’t yet understand most of what I’m reading, but I’m already loving it. And this way, at least one day I’ll be able to know what I’m singing when I’m singing along to my k-pop playlist…
- Things to look forward to: in just two weeks, I’ll GET TO SEE GOOD CHARLOTTE AND SLEEPING WITH SIRENS LIVE. And a few weeks after that I get to go to Werchter festival and see Linkin Park, Blink 182, System of a Down and Jimmy Eat World live! Super excited, obviously 🙂