You know what they say: “April showers bring May flowers…” Well, this past month of May was certainly in full bloom! From making it over halfway through Trinity term, doing the usual summertime-in-Oxford activities, and hosting friends and family when they come to visit, I’ve barely had time to breathe lately. May was a whirlwind of so many twists and turns that I won’t soon forget. Here’s what I was up to in May:
- Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
- Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
- How to Be Both by Ali Smith
- Grant by Ron Chernow
As you can see, I definitely read fewer books in May than in recent other months. Not only have I been incredibly busy writing essays and doing all the fun things that Oxford in summer has in store, but I’ve also dedicated most of my audio book time to finishing the 48-HOUR LONG audio book of Grant by Ron Chernow. I’ve been listening to it off and on since Hilary term (February maybe?) so it feels like such an accomplishment to have finally finished it. I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoyed Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton biography!
+ MOVIE: This isn’t technically a movie, but my favorite thing I watched this month was definitely John Mulaney’s new comedy special Kid Gorgeous. I’m not usually one for stand-up comedy, but for some reason I find John Mulaney absolutely HILARIOUS. Not only are his stories simultaneously relatable and oddly specific, but the way he delivers them always cracks me up. Plus, he gets bonus points for having a bit involving an epi-pen!
+ MUSIC: Shout out to Bastille for FINALLY releasing new music! They released their new song “Quarter Past Midnight” earlier in May with an album likely on the way. I was ecstatic to hear that this is a surprisingly upbeat song by Bastille standards–yet another great song to belt out as I dance in my dorm room!
+ FOOD: Probably fish and chips because I ate it SO OFTEN when my brother visited me for a week. I’ll miss it when I go back home!
+ PLACE: This may sound random, but I think my favorite place I visited in May was the Emirates Stadium in London, home of Arsenal FC. I’ve written an entire post about it that will be posted in the coming weeks so I won’t go into too much detail here, but touring this stadium was AMAZING.
So much happened in May that I don’t even know where to begin. My college’s semester ended back home, which not only means that all of my senior friends have actually graduated (so. many. emotions.) but also that all of my college friends are now on summer break. It sort of feels like summer here–the weather has been gorgeous, particularly by British standards!–but there are still plenty of books left to read and essays left to write. Lately I’ve been trying to balance fitting in last-minute Oxford things with doing school work and prepping for the summer and senior year, but it’s a tricky balancing act to sustain. Here are some photos that will capture my last month better than the my loss of words can:
Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:
- One Lovely Blog Award | 4
- A Year of Oxford Reading Lists | Holly Goes Abroad
- Feminist Fridays: Postcolonial Literature, Feminism, and Unexpected Enthusiasm
- A Classic Couple: Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The Secret History
Here are some posts that I loved reading this month:
- Lucy shares her recipe for NUT FREE maple syrup flapjacks and talks about the stress of being an “allergy family”
- Mandy speculates about what kinds of books Captain Hook would read
- Camilla shares her no-so-good childhood reading habits
- Vera discusses how to feel better during reading slumps
- Beth shares books that remind her of Oxford (my favorite city!)
- Lisa takes a hilarious look at the “how-to” books on her shelves
- Hannah explains her empathy for Daisy Buchanan
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!