Sunday, 2 June 2019

May Wrap-Up!


As predicted, I didn't write any posts in May, but that's okay as I had exams and other stresses happening -yay...
Although I have not done much this month, I have taken every opportunity I can to read and managed to read 8 books!!! They weren't all long books but it's still a good accomplishment!
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Books read:


The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor
4 stars

This book was a fun and twisty read, yet also dark and creepy which I enjoyed. It was fast paced and wrapped up nicely at the end which I appreciated. I was very surprised to find out that this was the author's debut novel so I'll definitely keep an eye out for future books by her as I reckon she'll write some really good stuff. I am pleased I got this book among the unknown books, full post about it HERE.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill)
5 stars

As you know, I love the wizarding world and everything to do with it, so I find it really interesting to read more detail about the beasts and their characteristics (although Aaron and I decided that they missed a few out). The main star of this book is the absolutely stunning illustrations by Olivia Lomenech Gill . I love the style and the colours are beautiful.



The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
4 stars

I admit I did watch the TV series before the book but I still really enjoyed the book. If anything, I believe the book was less brutal!! Can we just talk about that end though???? Cliffhanger or what?!


Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
5 stars

This was a nostalgic read for me and it was perfect for my mood. I read this series a few years ago and met the author (who is lovely) and I was really obsessed with the characters. I decided to reread it this month as I have a lot of stressful things happening and I needed something I knew well and had good memories connected and this was the perfect read. I was considering rereading one book a month as it is such a long series but I'm not sure yet.



All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman
5 stars

One afternoon the sun was out so I decided to take full advantage of it and to go by the sea and read. It was sooooo lovely. And this book!!!! I love it. It made me feel so human and the storyline was so sweet. It is also really short so perfect to read in one sitting and I believe that everyone really needs to read it!!



One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
4 stars

This book is pretty much the breakfast club with a lovely dose of death. Although there was never a point where I was fully invested in the storyline, I did enjoy the book and got through it quickly. I did not guess the ending although I know people say it's predictable. I am clearly thick or wasn't immersed enough to pay attention.





Secrets For the Mad by Dodie Clark
4 stars


I am pretty sure that anyone who has read my blog knows my love for Dodie. This was another book I read to destress and relax. Although some of the themes are pretty raw and emotional and got to me a bit, overall the book is like a nice, warm hug.



Art Matters by Neil Gaiman (illustrated by Chris Riddell)
4 stars


I love the illustrative style of this book and combined with the messages it presents it is quite inspiring. It is short and quick to read but has a positive impact as a result.






Favourite stuffs:


Cactus

This may seem strange.. and it is.
This month I sat through 18 and a half hours of Graphic Design exams. Although I love the subject, sitting in silence for that long is horrible and terrifying.
What has this got to do with a cactus?
Well, my teacher knew how scared I was and as he couldn't interact with me during the exam, he put a cactus on my desk to remind me that he was cheering me on. It is random but was a really nice gesture and to celebrate the end of the exam period I got to keep the cactus, so now it is living happily on my windowsill.
(I admit that it was annoying when it got knocked over and the rest of the exam I had mud all over my computer keyboard...)



Dodie's new single - Guiltless!!!!

I am so so so so obsessed with this song!
I think it's one of my favourite she's written.
It also has a stunning photo!
Does any more need to be said? I think not, go and listen to it!!!!!!
Link to it - HERE!






Stuff bought/gained:

Books:


As I got quite a few books (no self-control) from charity shops this month, I'm just going to list them instead of talking about them individually.

  • The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine (I know, they are not in order but they were just the ones I could find that I didn't have yet)
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman


Baby Nifflers:







Yes I'm 18 years old, and yes I bought stuffed toys. I see them more as comfort pets? Haha, no, let's face it, I thought they were adorable and I had gone to the shop with the intention to treat myself and thought they'd be a great addition to my Harry Potter collection. (Not sure Aaron's cat had the same opinion).

Liquid Luck Tea:

To wish me good luck for my exams, I was given this Liquid Luck tea. I love tea and this one is caramel flavour which sounds amazing. Although I have already completed some exams, I have not tried the tea yet but I am planning to before my next one.



Things done:

Exams, exams, exams, exams, revision......
Oh. and work.
Other than some small trips to read by the sea or secondhand book shops, I have really not done much this month. But the end is in sight!!!!!

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You have no idea how much I procrastinated when writing this, it has basically taken me all day!
Also appreciate my notes I made for myself...


Kaitlin 

9 comments:

  1. Yayy! Mia is famouusss! (and looks very grumpy :3)
    I am sad my cactus died..
    I listened to Dodie's song before youu :P
    I take full responsibility for bringing you to charity shops so that you could find all those books ;) And the Baby Niffler day was great fun :D
    -Aaron

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    1. Pretty sure she was asleep at first...
      It was very tragic but you can be the adoptive father of mine!
      Not fair!!! I should have hid behind the bar at work and listened to it!
      Haha yay

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    2. Haha, probably. She does a lot of that!
      It was. Haha, okay :D
      ;P

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  2. I loved The Handmaid's Tale. I read it twice and it was better than the first.
    Good luck with your exams!
    Vivien @ Pages of Wonderland

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    1. It is a very good book! What's your opinion on the second one she's planning on releasing?
      Thank you!!!!

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    2. I would love to read the second novel, but I fear it won't be as great as the first. She's probably having deja vu writing it because she's in the same environment [politically] she was when she first wrote it.

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    3. I feel the same. I am curious to read it but also scared of being disappointed.
      Haha yes I know what you mean

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  3. Love the cactus! What a wonderful gesture.
    I am screaming over the baby Nifflers, and I want them so badly!!! (I'm older than you, and I still love stuffed animals).

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    1. Yes it was a lovely reminder.
      Yay! Now I don't feel so bad!

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