The month of May was incredibly warm. We had some hard days, I certainly dnf-ed more books than I have ever done in a year and I melted into a puddle a few times. But there were for sure some good days with lots of Merijn cuddles. This post is fairly on the large size because of the #wyrdandwonder instagram challenge. But it was too much fun not to share.
# Read 60 Books
Read this month: 15
- To Green Angel Tower part 1 (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn 3.1) by Tad Williams – 3,5 stars
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – 4,5 stars
Out of Time by John Marsdan –DNF
- Bones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves – 4 stars
ID-Crisis by Pepper Kay– DNF
- The Lost Library (The Lost Library 1) by Kate Baray – 3 stars
- The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo 3) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars
- Ruthless Magic (Conspiracy of Magic 1) by Megan Crewe – 3 stars
- Into the Mystic volume 3 (anthology) by various authors – 3,5 stars
Space Unicorn Blues by T.J Berry– DNF
- This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee – 3 stars
- Fawkes by Nadine Brandes – 2,5 stars
- Furthermore (Furthermore 1) by Tahereh Mafi – 3,5 stars
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – 4 stars
- The Stone Sky (Broken Earth 3) by N.K. Jemisin – 4 stars
- To Green Angel Tower part 2 (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn 3.2) by Tad Williams – 4 stars
- Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns 1) by Kendare Blake – 3,5 stars
- Queens of Fennbirn (Three Dark Crowns 0.5) by Kendare Blake – 3 stars
I had my first DNF roll of my reading years. The first one was a novella of 125 page too but since I struggled to get to page 30 I figured the rest of the story wasn’t going to be worth it either. The second dnf is a library book I just could not get into and as I have so much to read I figured after 49 pages I’d just leave it. It is a library book so I can just easily return it. Apparently that helps with the DNF factor. But I also dnf-ed a review copy that wasn’t working for me. I’ve never done that before.
The dnfing kind of messed with my reading in the middle of the month and because of that I didn’t hit the amount I’ve been hitting the first four months of the year. Even so, this is still a great amount and on average still better than what I did last year so yeah.
# Unread Books
Total unread books on shelf start of April – 222
Books read in May (that count) – 6 + 2 DNF + 2 Unhaul
Books bought/received in May (no ebooks) – 12
Total unread books on shelf end of May – 224
# Unread Ebooks
Total unread ebooks at the end of April – 18
Ebooks read in May – 6 + 1 DNF
Ebooks bought/Received in May – 11
Total unread ebooks end of May – 22
# Beat the Backlist
Backlist books read in May – 7
Total – 58/80
# Library Love Challenge
Library books read in May – 3
Total – 28/48
⌘ I figured out WHY Merijn was such a troublesome toddler last month. He has started his second round of molars! Instead of lots of sleep trouble we now get behaviour troubles. Le sigh. And the next one doesn’t seem to want to come through. Ugh.
⌘ The month started of so hot and we had days with 26 to 32 degrees celsius. We also ended the month super hot. The heat makes me so cranky and Merijn also does not know what to do with himself. He then prefers to hang on mom and be naughty so those were fun days. Not. Even so I did get him a small pool to cool down a bit even if it is just with our feet in it. This was a moderate succes. The second half of the month was also super hot and this is just too hot for me to be honest. We just get a too humid heat.
⌘ For our 4 your wedding anniversary we took Merijn to a orchid park with animals. He loved it.
⌘ You will have seen that I updated the graphics when my blog turned 3. I also updated the pages at the top and expanded the review index. There are also cute headers in this dancing out of post now.
⌘ For Pentecost we went to my parents for the long weekend. We left Saturday afternoon after husband got home from work, took the 3 hour drive and were there by dinner. On Sunday we spend some time playing and Merijn went of this huge big kids slide. And in the afternoon we went to the beach so he could see the ocean and feel the sand. He loved it as expected. After some shopping on Monday morning we left in the afternoon to go back home.
⌘ I’ve been having a lot of back pain. Right now at least once every week for a few days. It is hard with Merijn because I do still have to pick him up for things and to pick up after him or when I have to run after him and such.
⌘ I hit 600 followers on twitter and 800 on the blog. Yeay! Thank you all so much. I also had my 3 year blog anniversary this month and I would really appreciate if you all would fill in the survey that you can find in this blog post.
⌘ I’ve noticed that I am nowhere near where I need to be depression wise. I cope. I function to a point. But I think that is mostly because of the medication. I think if we would take that away, I’d fall pretty far down pretty fast. I didn’t mention that to the doctor just yet but I did say things weren’t going great so we are continuing for another 3 months.
⌘ I ordered these 3 gorgeous ribbon book marks from Letters & Lights.
⌘ On the last day of May we had the last night of the volunteering season. I volunteer with people with intellectual dissabilities. Every 2 weeks we come together on a Thursday evening to play darts or other theme evenings. The last night of the season, the break for the Summer, we always have a bbq. We got lucky. We had terrible rains in the afternoon but just before we started it was dry. It was a fun evening.
⌘ The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves 1) by Sally Green
⌘ Bones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves
⌘ Furyborn (Empirium 1) by Claire Legrand
⌘ The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer
⌘ Into the Mystic volume 3 (anthology) by various authors
⌘ The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth 2) by N.K. Jemisin
⌘ The Righteous and the Lost (Chimera 1) by Tyler Ellis
⌘ Reaping Havoc (Reaping Havoc 1) by A.J. Rose
⌘ The Lost Path by Amelie Flechais
⌘ Ruthless Magic (Conspiracy of Magic 1) by Megan Crewe
Top Ten Tuesday
Books I Own With My Favorite Color on the Cover – Surprise, It Is Yellow! / Books I Disliked but I Am Really Glad I Read (for Bragging Rights) / Best Character Names I would Totally Use for a Pet / Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live in
Book Haul #32 – Goodbye April / Dancing out of April 2018 / Three Years A Dance with Books – A Graphic Update and a Blog Survey! / How I Read Multiple Books at the Same Time / Playing the Number Games with My Shelves 2018 / To Challenge One Self for the Summer
⌘ The Mummy 2017 / Movie / DNF
I tried, multiple times. But the movie couldn’t capture me for a minute and I don’t like Tom Cruise. ._.
⌘ Dr. Strange / Movie
I thought this was okay? It just reminded me a bit much of Stark, personality wise, you know. But Stark was actually funny… I am curious to see him interact with everyone else though.
⌘ Agend Carter / Season 2 / Ep 4 – 10 / Finished
I really have to say that I found this season very lacking compared to the first season which was everything I wanted from Captain Carter. And I can kind of see why it was cancelled. I can’t imagine this second season having caught that many people’s interest.
⌘ Agents of Shield / Season 1 / Ep 1 – 9
While I was watching Captain Carter, husband sped through the four seasons of Agents of Shield. I saw some of it here and there and I got curious so here we are. I like it so far!
⌘ Lost / Season 1 / Ep 1
I saw this over 10 years ago and remember so little that it was basically a new watch. Husband wanted to give it a go. But I’m not sure we will continue.
⌘ San Andreas / Movie
This was just a random movie that was on. It was hot, I didn’t feel like doing anything and so I watched this. Could have done without the romance or the dramatic revival at the end there, lol.
⌘ Ant-Man / Movie
We are trying to prepare for Civil War slowly so when it comes out on dvd we can watch it. So this was up next. It was actually better than I expected and I think I liked it better than Dr. Strange
⌘ Rewatched: The Mummy 1999 / The Mummy Returns / Scooby-Doo: Camp Scare!
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