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So Long, May | Wrap Up

 

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BOOOKS:

I read a total of 17 books, which is 12 more than my target this month.

  • I read three graphic novels this month; The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power, Nimona and Lumberjanes, Vol. 5: Band TogetherThey were brill, and made my work breaks 1000% times better.

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  • Next I picked up Alice Jones: The Impossible ClueThis was a fab mystery, with a heroine I adored, and I’m really excited to read more of this series.
  • Then I read The Girl of Ink and Stars, and The Island at the End of Everything, both by Kiran Milwood Hargrave. Both blew me away. Great concept, gorgeous writing and a fast paced plot = my perfect books.
  • My non-fiction pick of the month was Queen Victoria’s Granddaughters 1860-1918, which I listened to on audiobook on my way to work. I’m nosy, and love finding out interesting tidbits, and this was a really interesting look at the very different lives Vicky’s granddaughters had, although I’m not sure audio was the best format to listen on.
  • I read the sequel to one of my fav books of last year, Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl. This was probably even better than Cogheart. It was unputdownable, I adored the new adventures we went on, and I’m very, very excited for the next book in this brilliant series.

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  • I also picked up a poetry collection–The Princess Saves Herself in this One. This was a quick, empowering read that made me immediately want to write poetry.
  • One of my most anticipated reads of the year, The Hate U Give, was amazing. LITERALLY AMAZING. I cried when it was over, and I’ve rec’d it to everyone since. Just beautiful writing, and Angie Thomas is a talent and a half.
  • I read a book that’s been on my TBR FOREVER, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell. This was lyrical and magical and made me want to book tickets to Paris ASAP.
  • My classic of the month was Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Although I’m a Lizzie Bennet fangirl through and through, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this re-read. I also watched the BBC TV series and swooned over Dan Stevens.

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  • Finally, because I’m a creature of habit, I re-read the entire Percy Jackson series. I’ve re-read this every summer since I was about 13, and I love it. It’s funny, well written and has corny jokes.
  • I was *meant* to read Mary, Queen of Scots this month for my non-fiction pick, but I just wasn’t in the mood! I’ll finish it sometime this summer.

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  • I drafted and re-drafted and re-drafted my query and synopsis, and got some very helpful feedback from friends.
  • I polished my WIP, send it to some of my CP’s, and polished it some more.
  • I was shortlisted for the Wicked Young Writer Awards! Check out mine, and all the other finalist’s entries, here.
  • I started my dissertation *cue badly bitten fingernails*
  • I went to my Writers’ Group, and snapped this bad boy on the way home:

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I love a good sunset.

  • I wrote an article all about panic attacks and how to recover from them for the babes over at The Olive Fox. 

What I’ve been up to?

  • As you can see, I got a lot of reading and writing done this month, and that was because I had a pretty bad hypermobility month. Dislocations and sore joints for weeks. Because of this, I missed some events and seminars I was really excited about. Although this sucks, my condition is all about ups and downs, and sometimes I just have to roll with it. Thankfully, I’m feeling a lot better now!

 

Blogs you need to read:

  • Tania’s blog has become a must read for me. I just wish I had her styling ability (check out this wonderful outfit post here), and her tips on accessibility are so helpful for me–I know I get really nervous heading to new places because stairs are sometimes VERY scary for a person who’s knees like to dislocate!!
  • I ADORED this post on Imposter Syndrome from the lovely Beth.
  • If you’re a writer, check out this excellent post by Hayley on finding your voice.

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One thought on “So Long, May | Wrap Up

  1. 17 books!! That’s how many I’ve read in a year, haha. (Unless I count picture books? Then that might be 17 a day 😁) Love that you turn your hypermobility downtime into doing something you love–reading and then sharing those books with us. You rock!

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