May 2021 Wrap-Up

Time’s just flying by and I have lost all track of what’s happening. I did, however, read an astonishing amount of books this past month, which was only possible because some of those were no more than 40 pages and included a lot of poetry collections, but still … I read a bunch! I love that for me. Let’s check out what was on my list:

  • The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin (3 stars)
  • On the Shortness of Life by Seneca (3 stars)
    It is astonishing to me that, after 2,000 years, we still struggle with similar problems. This series of short essays wasn’t always something I agreed with, but it raised some very interesting points.
  • Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav (4 stars)
    This poetry collection was so easy to get into. I found a lot of passages I could identify with, while others were so specific that it almost felt like intruding on someone’s personal life.
  • The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman (5 stars)
    This is “just” a printed version of the inaugural poem Amanda Gorman wrote, with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey. Nothing beats watching her perform it though.
  • Where Hope Comes From by Nikita Gill (5 stars)
    Another poetry collection, this one with a focus on the year 2020. I found it very emotional to read and do not recommend it if you don’t want to be reminded of the pain of the pandemic (which we’re still in).
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4 stars)
  • Galatea by Madeline Miller (3 stars)
    Miller’s short story – Galatea – is bound to break your heart, like most of her writing will.

The Nature of Witches  On The Shortness Of Life: De Brevitate Vitae (A New Translation with Image Gallery and Seneca Biography) (Stoics In Their Own Words Book 4)  Love Looks Pretty on You  The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem  Where Hope Comes From: Poems of Resilience, Healing and Light  Malibu Rising  Galatea

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! My own reviews (where there is one) you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above if there are posts for them.

So, what’s new? I have further reduced my time on social media (although it’s still easy to reach me via DMs if there’s ever something I need to know or you want to talk about) and it has been very freeing. I barely check my timeline, I tweet something every other day and then log off again and just enjoy not giving my opinion on all things? It’s not that I have nothing to say or talk about, but … does the whole world need to know? The answer is likely “no”, so I reduce my interactions mostly to brief reactions about what I’ve watched recently. It honestly works for me.

I haven’t drawn or done much creatively once more and I’m not sure June will be the month for that either. It’s going to hold a lot of changes for me and we shall see how that might also affect my blogging schedule (been going “strong” with at least 2 posts each week minimum). For now, it looks like the Canada thing needs to be buried, which saddens me but is something I’ll just have to deal with. I think a lot of lives have been interrupted/disrupted/changed during the past year and if letting go of that dream is what it means for me, then it could have been much worse I suppose.

During the past months, my blogging friend Stephanie @Adventures of a Bibliophile has really inspired me with her reading experiments. Be it about books she read based on her zodiac sign or letting Buzzfeed decide her next reads, it is always sure to be fun and a unique to her experience. Now, I’m not saying I’m going to copy her, but I have started my very own reading experiment. I wanted it to be something that felt very true to me and that you would all hopefully enjoy as well. I’m not ready to disclose what exactly my post will entail, but having written about it here will give me that accountability to go through with it! I’M SO EXCITED!

MY FAVORITE THINGS

Since I spent less time on social media apps, you might think I spent less time in front of screens, but that’s not entirely true. I still watched a whole lot, for example also the TV adaptation of Panic by Lauren Oliver. Fair warning, I forgot everything there was about the plot, except for random details, but I had a good time. The concept of the game within the story is pretty reckless and stupid, all of it is a very teen angst filled show, but I was entertained.

I’ve also started to delve into fan fiction a bit, just because I think it’s such an amazing outlet for all the creative people out there. I love reading my friends’ takes on Charmed (which are often better than canon) such as katasstropheee‘s or amandapanda425‘s works (to just name a few). But also all things Marvel related, where I’m especially excited to see the Why Me? fic continued once the Loki show will air. Reimagining already existing worlds can be so satisfying and I might try my own hand at it while my motivation for my original novels is lacking.

MY OTHER POSTS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

THURSDAY MOVIE PICKS

VARIOUS BOOKISH STUFF

TRAILER POSTS


What are some things that shaped your May? What are you looking forward to in June? Let’s chat a little bit and I hope you are all happy and healthy!

15 thoughts on “May 2021 Wrap-Up

  1. 40 books in one month: Amazing! Don’t short change yourself by saying there were “short.” I’m struggling to keep up with my 2 books/month challenge. In May I completed the draft of my latest novel. It’s been creeping out of me for way too long. June is all about turning it into a competent draft for beta readers.

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    • Hahaha “only” 7 books. Some of them had around 40 pages. If I had read 40 of anything, I would have been amazed haha
      I wish you the best of luck with your draft! Hope it comes together in June 🙂

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  2. I had a good May. I got a couple of publishing acceptances for stories and articles and made a profit as a vendor at a convention (which was in one of my favorite places on Earth). And I’m hoping June is even better. My birthday is this month, it’s Pride Month, and there are more chances for my work to be accepted. Plus another convention, if the organizer can find a new venue (last one was canceled due to COVID).

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  3. May was so busy for me overall. I don’t even know where the time went. I’m glad I’ve been able to take this week off just to recharge my batteries.

    I’m happy to hear that the social media break is making a difference. I think it’s healthy to have that detachment from social media because it can get so consuming.

    I am so excited about your reading experiment. I already know it’s going to be epic based on what you’ve already told me.

    Now, I had no idea Madeline Miller had written a short story and it wouldn’t be a Madeline Miller book if it didn’t break your heart haha.

    I hope you have the most wonderful June, even with all the changes. 😀

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    • Oh, I didn’t know you were off work this week. GOOD FOR YOU! ENJOY!!!

      It has really done wonders for me to not check my timeline so much. My anxiety has diminished quite a bit and I can actually fall asleep at night instead of doomscrolling for hours.

      I’m so excited for the reading experiment too! I hope to develop speed reading powers just so I can finally publish the post hahaha

      Madeline Miller will do that, break your heart that is.

      HAVE A GREAT JUNE, LOIS!

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  4. Sorry to hear Canada is not going to happen 😔 I really hope you find a good alternative that makes you happy ❤ I’m also curious to see what your reading experiment is about, things like that can be so much fun 😄 I hope you’re having a good June 🥰

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    • Thank you, Caro! I’m SO excited to share the reading experiment, but I’m nowhere near done with the books yet haha my own impatience is getting in the way now haha
      I hope you have a fantastic June!

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  5. I’m really glad you got to read a lot this past month, even if I’m still a little disappointed The Nature of Witches wasn’t a total hit, ahah. I think I love that book cover too much and, I don’t know, it’s sad when the content just doesn’t match haha.
    It’s so good you’ve been able to step away from social media a bit and that it made you feel better. I need to do that as well. Some days, I manage to, mostly on the weekends, but once the working week comes back… ugh. It’s an addiction, really.
    I hope June will treat you kindly, I’m sending you all the love and very excited about your experiment!! 😀

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    • The Nature of Witches was a disappointment to me, but that doesn’t mean it will be to you as well. Maybe I have lowered your expectations and that will ultimately help your reading experience? You never know!
      I really barely scroll through my timeline and I know that’s a luxury, but it has helped me personally a lot. I also feel like I’ve become more creative again instead of fixating on my feed.
      Thank you so much, Marie! I hope you will have a fantastic June now that summer is right around the corner ❤
      (can’t wait to share the reading experiment!!!)

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