It kind of feels surreal to me that May has already come and gone. I don’t know why, but mentally, I’m probably still stuck in April? Anyway, it was a pretty decent month for me? Nothing too out of the ordinary, but let’s start with the usual – the books I’ve read!
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (2 stars)
- Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney(4 stars)
- The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston (5 stars)
- My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth (4 stars)
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! OR find me on Storygraph, where I have become more active this year. My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above, if there are posts for them.
As far as my reading goals go, I have to say that I’m very pleased with myself. I’m still ahead in terms of books and pages, similarly to last month. I enjoy not really feeling pressured by a looming backlog or anything like that. It has been such a solid year for me so far.
I’d love to tell you something exciting about the past month, but there wasn’t that much happening. I did, however, end up meeting up with one of my closest friends from my time in Canada (who is coincidentally from Germany, a neighboring country of mine). It has been FIVE whole years, but I couldn’t be happier for having seen her again after all this time! It still felt the same, as if we had just talked the day before. I really do be missing people and social contacts …
Some of you may also remember that I moved into an apartment by myself by the end of last year. Well, now, like half a year later, I finally have some plates and cutlery with more than two matching pieces. I could, technically, host up to six people. I doubt I’m gonna do it, but I feel like I’m nailing this adulting stuff by just having the option now.
MOST POPULAR POSTS OF MAY 2022
As every month, I’d like to take the time to spotlight which posts drew the biggest crowd to the blog. It was a surprise to me how different the top 5 looked to previous months.
- Should YOU Read “The Atlas Six”? (What I learned from my reread!)
(originally posted March 2022)
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy that this post was thriving. First of all, I love this book, but secondly, I like seeing posts I put a lot of time in be succesful.
- Along for the Ride Book vs. Movie
This is a new post where I compare Sarah Dessen’s story and its Netflix’ adaptation. Pleased it found an audience!
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Book Review)
(originally posted in December 2020)
It’s not number 1 this time, but it’s still here!
- Are Harry Styles and I compatible (readers)?
This post took forever, so I’m glad it wasn’t a waste of time. I did think, with the album release, it might be even more interesting to people, but I’m pleased with what I got.
- Are Pedro Pascal and I compatible (readers)?
(originally posted December 2021)
While this was a reading experiment that wasn’t performing particularly well for a long time, it sure is gaining momentum now.
MY FAVORITES OF THE MONTH
WHERE DO I EVEN START!? Most of you probably already noticed that I went down a bit of a rabbit hole in terms of new Star Trek content and I absolutely fell in love with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds! Is my crush on Anson Mount as the very charismatic but also kind of funny Captain Pike involved in this development? Well … yeah, very likely. But I’ve really come to love this whole universe.
Secondly, we got to see Vol. 1 of Season 4 of Stranger Things and I binged it all after work on release day. I literally didn’t think there were enough hours in the day to finish it, but somehow I couldn’t be stopped and earned myself a massive headache – totally worth it though! A season that is much more horror than before, but that had me completely spellbound. Now, if my favorite characters (new additions included) could all survive, I’d be very grateful!
I finally, finally, finally finished my Harry Styles reading experiment. It’s always so satisfying when you get done with one of these and this one in particular took ages. I don’t know why I decided to read almost double the books I usually do, but I did … it was a wild ride.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention The Dead Romantics! That book was on my most anticipated books of 2022 list for the longest time and I’m so happy to report that it didn’t disappoint. There’s nothing better than a book being exactly what you need at a certain moment and The Dead Romantics certainly filled that role.
ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE
Please also visit some fellow bloggers and share the love! Here are some posts I enjoyed in the past month:
- Stephanie determined whether these “old” book titles deserved the second life they were getting through TikTok.
- Kristin celebrated five years of blogging with an extensive Q&A! CONGRATS!
- Lia relaunched “An Ode to Fiction” with a new look and future plans!
- Saima recommended some fantastic dark academia books.
- Jayati branched out into reading new genres.
- Lashaan reviewed a classic TV show from the mid 2000s – Avatar: The Last Airbender!
- The Orang-utan Librarian had some library assistant confessions for us.
- Joy recommended some books based on Met Gala looks of 2022.
- Marie talked about why she blogs in English.
- Sophie gave a fun step-by-step guide to Fantasy worldbuilding.
MY OTHER POSTS
MOON KNIGHT REVIEWS
TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED
- Along for the Ride: Book vs. Movie
- Conversations with Friends: Book vs. TV Show
- Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #16
- Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #17
- Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #18
- Kat’s Weekly TV & Movie Recap #19