MAY 2017 | Wrap-Up

What a whirlwind May has been! From final exams and moving back home at the end of the semester to starting work again, it feels as though things have been in a constant state of change. Now that May is over and done I feel like everything is finally settling down into a regular routine again, which is such a relief.


In May I read a total of 8 books:

  1. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 4 by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  2. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  3. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  4. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
  5. Sartoris by William Faulkner
  6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  7. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  8. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

Whoa… May is the best reading month I’ve had in a long time. (The end of the semester works wonders for extra free time!) Because I read so many fantastic books actually going to pick two favorite books of the month: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather and Sartoris by William Faulkner. I love them both for different reasons, but they both gave me a similar feeling of OH MY GOODNESS I MUST TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. (Sorry, mom, for rambling about the brilliance of Cather and Faulkner for far too long.)

It feels so great to be back reading and reviewing again!


May was a huge transition month for me. Not only did I move off of my college campus to go back home for the summer, but I also started working and realized that I’m now halfway through college. (Eeek!) It feels strange to know that I have nearly four months of summer break ahead of me before school starts again in September. Such a long expanse of time seems like it will stretch on forever right now, but I have a feeling that it will fly by in no time.

Now that I’m back home I’ve been taking advantage of my newfound free time to read and blog as much as possible. I’ve also had more time to take #bookstagram photos with my new camera, which is really exciting.

On a different note, lately I’ve been watching the original Twin Peaks TV show and I’m obsessed. I only have around ten episodes left until I finish the series, which I’m hoping to do in the next week or so. You have no idea how hard I’ve tried to avoid spoilers online– I hate having endings ruined accidentally!


Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:

How was your month of May? What was the best book you read? Did you do anything really fun or exciting? Let me know in the comments section below!



23 thoughts on “MAY 2017 | Wrap-Up

  1. Congratulations on being halfway through! That’s an accomplishment. I just bought Ember in the Ashes, so I’ll have to go find your review and see what you thought! It was difficult for me to pick a best book this month, I really loved Hold Back the Stars

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    1. I didn’t *love* An Ember in the Ashes, but I didn’t *hate* it either… it was just sort of meh for me. Mostly I was frustrated by the dual love triangles going on. One love triangle is bad enough!

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    1. Thanks!! It does feel amazing, and a bit scary, but also exciting and relieving and like a huge milestone…. can you tell I’m feeling a million feels?!?!?! 🙂 ❤

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  2. The camera looks good! I’ve got a new camera in May as well for my channel and I definitely feel you. BTW the feature pic of monthly wrap up looks really professional!

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  3. Oh thank you so, so much for featuring two of my posts, I feel honoured! ❤
    Also, congrats on being halfway through college, this is fantastic! Enjoy your months off, Holly! 🙂

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  4. Really sounds like you had a fantastic reading month! I mean.. you got to read a Dostoyevsky book! It’s actually one that I need to read soon too. 😀 I do hope you enjoy the coming vacation and have an even better reading month! Happy reading! 😉

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  5. Ooh, so lucky to have a professional camera like that! I only use an iPhone to take my photos, and it’s pretty good, but I really want to pose in my photos, and I need a tripod and a camera for that! And I really want to watch Twin Peaks! I should watch it before I get spoiled (like I ALWAYS do). XD

    Thanks so much for linking back to my post about the pros and cons of writing book reviews! ❤

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    1. You should definitely watch Twin Peaks!! It’s strange and bizarre and sometimes doesn’t make sense but it’s also hilarious and witty and it’s so easy to become invested in the characters. ❤

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