May Wrap Up 2016

And we have officially entered the year’s halfway mark. Where has the time gone? 

This has been a very, very, very slow reading month and I’ve found myself in a bit of a slump. I’ve just not really been in the mood to read. On top of that it’s been so hot and sunny here (which is a rare occurrence) that I’ve been outside most days so I’ve been slacking on the commenting. 

With this reading slump hitting me in full force, I have made some progress in checking off my TV watch list. I’ve finished Season 5 of The Walking Dead. The current season of The Flash and Arrow have both come to an end and I’ve started watching the first season of Grimm. So something good has come out of the slump.

In terms of life moments, things have been busy. To start, Middle-Earth has been calling me for quite some time; so I had to answer and I am off to New Zealand for the month September, which basically means I’ve spent the past few weeks planning and organising and saving up. I’ve also found myself working 3 part time jobs, which is chaotic and tiring but hey, every little helps. 

This is how May treated me blogging wise. 

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater: 5/5 Stars

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: 4/5 Stars (Review to come)

Features at My Midnight Musing

Top Ten Tuesday
3rd May: Characters I’d Like to Revisit
10th May: Non-Bookish Websites I Frequent
17th May: Books I Picked Up on a Whim
24th May: Book I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed
31st May:
 Beach Reads

Waiting on Wednesday
4th May: Wayfarer
11th May: Carve the Mark
18th May: History is All You Left Me
25th May: A Conjuring of Light

Tag/Awards
7-9th May: 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
20th May: The Alphabet Book Tag

Favourite Posts in May

Jesse @ Books at Dawn treated us to this wonderful posts reminding everyone that Bloggers Are Humans Too. There’s been a bit of drama regarding “hate comments” and this post was a nice reminder to everyone that, yes, we may disagree about books and such but at the end of they we should all be respectful to one another. 

Aentee @ Read at Midnight treated us to these two wonderful posts. One on Why Shipping is Important to Her, which basically sums up my shippers heart. The second, is a wonderful Blog Graphics Tutorial.

Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner responds to the controvertial comments that caused some outrage among booktubers and bloggers. The Latest Booktube Explosion

Astra @ A Strangers Guide to Novels provides two insightful posts on When Hype Kills a Book and Why Blogging is Like a Full Time Job.

Regina @ The Bibliothèque basically summed up all the reasons we find ourselves drawn to those bad boys in The Ultimate Bad Boy Discussion.

Ari @ The Daydreaming Book Worm asks if Reading Slumps Are Really Our Enemy?

Summer @ XingSings sprinkles a good dose of positivity into the community with her post detailing all The Things That Make Blogging Worthwhile. I loved this post and it well and truly highlighted all the ways blogging has been beneficial to my life.

Jorelene @ Page Chronicles offers some Blog Related Advice and Q&A in celebration of reaching 500 subscribers.

Aila @ One Way or an Author treats us to this insighful post explaining Why YA is so important to Young Adults. Also over at Happy Indulgences she posted this wonderful discussion on how we can Agree to Disagree, And Still Stay Agreeable. Again, it all comes down to respecting one another’s opinions, even if we don’t agree with them. Reading is a personal experience and everyone has a different interpretation of the books we read, that’s what makes it so interesting.

Nick and Nereyda @ Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite Book List tell us about their Co-blogging experiences and tips and also provide this interesting discussion on Why Disappointing Series Might be a Good Thing.

June To Be Read List.

I’m not going to even try and set a TBR list for this month because my mood has been all over the place and I can’t guarantee that I’ll even pick up a book. 

However, I am hopeful that when this dreaded slump lifts, I will devour Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything and whatever else catches my eye.

TV wise, I hope to continue my binge watching sessions and I plan on completing the first season of Grimm and watch the short lived Firefly series.

Life has been chaotic in terms of work but at the moment my plan is to basically save up as much as I can in preparation for New Zealand.  Also, if anyone has been or lives in New Zealand feel free to send me some tips on place to see and such. Never fear, our Hobbiton tour has already been booked! 😀

Blogging wise, May was a very slow month for me.
How did May treat you?

 

 

 

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27 thoughts on “May Wrap Up 2016

  1. Where has the time gone indeed? It’s crazy how fast time is flying… it feels like all of a sudden I’ll be 50 years old. D:

    Sorry to hear about the slump, but hey! Other hobbies are just as important, haha. Hope you have fun in New Zealand – is it just going to be a full month of traveling? I’ve only been to the north island.

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    • Ugh, I know. It’s insane how fast things come and go. I think the older I’ve been getting, the more I’ve been looking back on all those wonders that made my childhood so wonderful. Pokemon and Spyro the Dragon being one of the top ones haha.

      We’re going for a full month and have decided to stick to North Island because there’s so much we want to explore. We have a general route but it’s a matter of fine-tuning everything. I’m so excited! I’m going to see my hobbit-hole home 😛

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  2. Thanks for featuring my post! 😀

    One good way to cure a book slump is to stop reading the book that is causing it. Last month I was reading two books that I just couldn’t get into. I was on my third week of reading both of them and that is not like me at all. So I decided to DNF both of them and then I ended up reading 3 more books after that! All cured 😉

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    • You are very welcome.

      That is actually some really good advice. I’m terribly stubborn when it comes to DNFing. I feel bad for not finishing but I might just read around until I find a book that sticks and then I can turn to the other books when my mood feels like. In the mean time I will be binge-watching away, so if there’s any show that you feel I need to watch now is the time to recommend them. 😛

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  3. Thanks so much for the feat, Lois ❤

    I hope you get out of that slump soon enough, although if it's because summer is coming and it's just too nice outside then it's not such a bad thing haha 🙂 Or maybe I only say that because I don't get that much of sun in gray northern Germany. Either way, I am sure the slump will eventually go away 😀

    Btw, NEW ZEALAND? I am soooooo jelly!

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    • Haha. The fact that we’ve basically had a week of hot weather is an impressive feat for Wales. I’ve got to make the most of it.
      I’m not going to stress over the slump cause I know it’ll eventually pass…hopefully. 😛

      It still doesn’t seem real. We literally planned and booked everything within a week and now it’s just about saving up which means taking on as much work as I can manage.

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  4. Are you sure it’s a reading slump? Or a book hangover after The Raven King? 😉 But perhaps to get you out of your slump… we could read MHTN. I ordered it last month and the book came in. So just let me know when you feel ready to get back into reading. 🙂

    And yay for your trip in September! That is going to be so wonderful.

    Also, thanks so much for featuring my post this month, Lois! I feel so honored! T.T ❤

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    • haha it could be a combination of both. I am definitely up for a buddy-read. I just ordered the book and it should be here sometime this week so I’ll let you know when it arrives. 😀

      It all kind of came about very suddenly and unexpected. Like we decided to go on the Saturday and by the Wednesday we’d planned a route, budgeted and booked everything. Basically the months leading up will all be about saving up.

      Your post was everything and with all the negativity and drama it’s nice to have a burst of positivity. 😀 ❤

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  5. I’m so behind on The Walking Dead. I really need to catch up! Especially because everyone wants to talk about it everywhere I go and I’m forced to plug my ears, haha. I tried the spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead, but I’m not sure how I feel about it and I haven’t made it past the first episode.

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    • I’m sad to say I’ve already been spoiled for season 6 but I am determined to finish it by the end of the month haha. I honestly had no idea there even was a spin-off series but I’ve never been drawn to them so I might just give it a miss for now.

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  6. I’m so glad you loved The Raven King 😊 It’s also good to hear you enjoyed Passenger, I’ve been meaning to read that for a while but I just keep getting distracted haha.

    Great collection of links, too! I’m definitely going to check a bunch of them out.

    And I hope you enjoy your holiday in NZ!

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    • haha I know what you mean with the distractions. My TV shows have basically taken over my life at the moment. Well, that and the sunshine, got to soak up the sun while I still can. 😛

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