Monthly wrap-up – May 2020

Hi friends!  ☀️ It’s almost June, yay!

in real life

Another month gone by I don’t really want to dwell on for long. The world is a mess, so well. I hope you all are taking care of yourselves and are taking some time to educate yourself in case you’re not aware of everything happening, because this is so important. Listen, donate, support as much as you possibly can. I retweeted some resources and threads and please check out this link for more information and to DO MORE, read this thread and donate, if you are able to.

On my current month, May has been sunnier and warmer a little bit where I live and it has been filled with still working full-time remotely (and trying not to lose it), trying to get some sunshine in the garden I’m lucky to have at home and just trying to keep my anxiety at check, so… I guess that’s a lot. 

June promises, I don’t know what, and I don’t want to think too much about it right now. Just, taking it day by day and doing my best.

As always, Take care of yourselves and your loved ones, friends, I’m sending you lots of love, positivity and light.

on books

I’ve been changing things up a little more this month, I guess? I read two adult books and one fantasy read and, despite my TBR being filled with sad, emotional books, I just can’t turn to them right now so I’m escaping with some other kind of stories: contemporary, fluffy reads and one fantasy book.

I feel like this is a trend that will go on?

As for my reading: I haven’t read as much I did, before everything, you know. I still worked remotely full-time in May and it’s been exhausting and, with everything else, I just don’t seem to be reading 6 books a month anymore. I’m sad, but apparently I can’t clone myself, sooooo there’s that.

📖 Books I read

THE LEARNING CURVE ☂️ I really enjoyed this book! If it was a bit lengthy for a contemporary read, I love the character growth, the romance building up, I laughed and also loved the whole conversation of women at work, women having a family and women wanting to juggle both.

BEACH READ ☂️ I expected this to be a fluffy romance read and it was way heavier than that. Still, despite me being a bit thrown-off by it, I ended up really liking the romance and chemistry and the characters, too. » read my full review.

THE BEST LAID PLANS ☂️ This was very entertaining, I was so hooked. I’m a sucker for the friends to lovers trope so I liked it, but still think this book didn’t really deserve the “sex-positive” label, as the way it talks about sex, virginity and losing it and the slut-shaming just… nope. » My sister Nyx wrote an excellent review about it and I 200% agree.

 

SPIN THE DAWN ☂️ I finally read one of my most anticipated reads, YAY! This was a really hyped book and I’m happy to say I ended up enjoying it a lot. The writing, the world and the romance were wonderful.

THE MALL ☂️ I had fun with this one, overall… even if I think it lacked a little depth in the themes and character development departments. Still, I found this to be very entertaining!

  • Goodreads Challenge: 27/60 books 🔥 Still a little ahead of it all, YAY!
  • Year of The Asian Reading Challenge: 3/10 books, yaaay!

📖 Currently reading

I’m changing genres again and giving this lovely book a try. So far… well, it’s really, really good.

 

in-real-life

I mentioned it in my previous wrap-up: I’ve been trying to write a YA contemporary book with my sister and… well, it’s been going okay, actually? 

I haven’t taken every single day to write this past month, since, well, I couldn’t with life and working and everything, but I’m still trying to be proud about the progress I, and we, have made on this story. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and I really really hope this continues.

I’ve also been thinking about what’s next for some of my other stories and… well, I’m still thinking, but it feels nice and good and just right to move along with writing projects.

  • Words written : 9 704

on the blog

It has been a very exciting, very busy month, blogging wise. I’m exhausted but also very happy by all the work we put in this little corner of the book blogging community this month and so thankful for all of your support.

I’m SO proud that my sister and co-blogger has started writing book reviews this month! She wrote three book reviews: The Best Laid Plans, The Edge of Anything and The Lucky Ones and I’m biaised but thought they were fantastic. I’m excited for her to always post on the blog with me more!

On another note, I’ve been feeling inspired lately and have a couple blog posts ideas I hope I can make happen this June, too.

If you enjoy my work, you can support me on ko-fi right here if you wish to. I also happen to have an Amazon wishlist.

📖 Book reviews

Click on the book covers to be redirected to our reviews.

💻 Book blogging

 

📚 Book discussions & tags

 

I’m kind of proud to have been able to read some great blog posts this past month. Blog hopping has been complicated, exhausting and, not going to lie, sometimes overwhelming and I am trying to deal with it on my own time and to enjoy myself, instead of feeling obligated to do it all, because I just can’t, especially lately.

That being said, I am and will always do my very best to spread the love for book bloggers’ work! So here’s my selection of posts I enjoyed this month!

📚 Books & Reading

💻 Book Blogging

📝 Writing, Lifestyle & Other Posts I Loved

Is there a blog post you are particularily proud of this month? Feel free to send it along with your comment!


How was your May? I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves, sending you tons of love.

What were your favorite books this month? Are you ahead on your reading challenges? Tell me everything in comments!

 

 

 

 

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70 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – May 2020

  1. Oh my gosh. I LOVE Melissa Nathan’s books!! The Learning Curve is probably my least favourite of the 5 she published, but they’re so great nonetheless. I hope you get a chance to read Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field (it’s her retelling for P&P), and The Nanny is my favourite. If you like those, I also read a book called Back After the Break by Anita Notaro around the same time there were published, and it’s still one of my all time favourites.

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  2. I am glad the writing is going well or okay (?) for you and Nyx. I have made pretty great progress the last month myself, but this past week has been terrible. I’ve been an anxious ball of nerves and have only been able to focus on very few things. like posting somewhat regularly on the blog before the end of the month.
    Keep taking your time with things! There’s no use in any of us getting to a breaking point, when we can just take a couple steps back and take care of ourselves first. Thanks for always being a great friend, Marie ❤ I hope June treats you well.

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    1. Thank you, Kat! ❤ I get that so, so much and need to remind myself to take time to…. well, do nothing and just check in with my anxiety, because I don't do that too often and…. well that's not good at all ahah. ❤ Thank you, and always ❤ I hope June will be a good month for us both 🙂

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  3. I read all of Melissa Nathan’s books years ago, and really loved them. I think The Nanny was my favourite, but I can’t quite remember. I definitely need to reread them though!

    I really want to read Beach Read. It’s only £2.99 on Kindle at the moment, so I might buy it when I get paid on the 11th (I know it’s not much, but we’re a bit tight at the moment).

    I love your ‘Around the Blogosphere’ lists, by the way. It’s a lovely way to visit new people 🙂

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    1. Ohh that’s great to know, I’ll have to give it a try then, thank you! 🙂
      I hope you’ll love Beach Read, it was a lovely read 🙂
      Thank you so, so much, Hanna! Have a lovely month 🙂

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  4. I feel you on blog-hopping – I love reading blogs and commenting, but I haven’t had the time or inclination recently, as I’ve been preparing for my exams. I haven’t even seen that Nyx has started writing reviews!! I’m excited and happy for her, and can’t wait to check them out! 💜 (Because, yes, I’ll absolutely catch up on blog-hopping one of these days!!) I’m incredibly excited for Beach Read, so I’m glad to see that you liked it a lot! I didn’t know about the deeper themes, so I’ll be mindful of those going in. (I love illustrated covers, but they really make books seem kind of light? Plus the marketing also concentrated on that aspect..) Either way, I hope June will be a great month for you & Nyx both, and best of luck for your WIP together. 💜
    PS: Thanks for featuring my post, it’s been so nice to see people finding it useful or simply interesting. 💜

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    1. Best of luck with your exams, Veronika! and don’t worry too much about blog hopping. It’s a little bothering to get behind and not to be able to do it as often as you’d like, but you’ll get back to it in your own time! ❤
      I agree sos much with you about illustrated covers, they do give lighter vibes immediately and.. .Beach Read was lovely, but it wasn't all light ahah 🙂
      Thank you so, so much! and of course, I loved your post ❤

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  5. I’m glad it has been a bit sunnier for you lately and I am sending you lots of well wishes for current times !! ❤ I definitely think it is important to educate yourself as well !!

    It looks like you've read a couple of books and I'm glad you enjoyed some of them, I've seen a lot about Beach Read and I'm glad you liked it !! I think it would make me want to go to a beach if I read it haha !! I'm glad you liked Spin the Dawn as it was an anticipated read for you.

    I'm glad you have been having fun on your WIP and any progress is good progress. It all makes a difference !!

    Thank you so much for sharing my post, I'm so glad you enjoyed it !! ❤ I hope you have a wonderful June and get to read some good books !!

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  6. I’m so happy about the good weather. It’s something I really needed. We had rain from Christmas till April (with 4 dry days!).

    We all need to keep our distance and slowly life will get better if we do that
    Things are opening back up here in The Netherlands, so life is getting a bite more “normal” over here.

    Have a good month with loads of sunshine and good books!

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  7. I always love to read your Monthly Wrap-Ups, I don’t know how to explain but it always make me happy to see how much love, attention and genuinety (is that a word? haha) in your posts and everything that you do 💛 You have attracted my attention to a couple of books I might check out 🤫 And really inspired and motivated to with all of the content you have been creating lately, whether with writing stories or on the blog, so I want to say a big congrats to Nyx and you! 👏🏾
    Oh, and thank you so much for featuring my posts 💛

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  8. It’s been such an intense week, especially this previous week. I don’t have energy to participate outside of donating. 2020 is a whole mood already.

    I think I saw Spin the Dawn on spotify, I’ll have to give it a try!

    The Mall sounds like fun too, I need to experience the 90s again.

    Much love to you both!

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    1. It has been really intense, I agree. Let’s hope things will get better. 💛
      Thank you so, so much! I hope June will be a lovely month to you and take care of yourself! 🙂

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  9. Ahh Marie i really want to read beach read!! Everyone loves it so much and I just read my first Adult Romance (You Deserve Each Other) and i loved it SO much and now i want to read all of them!! and I’m actually 9 books ahead of schedule on my GR Challenge (50 books) which I’m really happy about but I don’t know how long I’ll keep it up aha. I hope you have an amazing June ❤

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    1. Ohh I want to read You Deserve Each Other as well, it sounds like such a great read, I’m so happy you enjoyed it 🙂 and wow, congratulations on being SO ahead on your schedule, I’m rooting for you!! ❤
      Have a lovely month!! ❤

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  10. Amazing wrap-up Marie! I hope the anxiety will get better in June and I am even now more excited to begin Beach Read this month!

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  11. It’s exciting that you’ve been writing with your sister and that she’s writing reviews for the blog! Best wishes with your continued shared writing adventures!

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed SPIN THE DAWN. I hope you enjoy GRACE AND FURY. I haven’t read the latter, but I keep hearing great things about it!

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  12. Sending you all the love and light too, Marie! I hope you have a wonderful June and I definitely feel you with taking everything day by day. *virtual hug*❤️ Congrats on your writing progress, blogging, and the reading you accomplished! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed Spin the Dawn because I feel like it’s been on my TBR for ages, and I’ve been a little hesitant due to me usually not reading fantasy. Hearing you enjoyed it made me want to read it more though! As always, a lovely recap xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Olivia ❤
      I hope you'll give Spin the Dawn a try and will enjoy it, it was a really wonderful read and I loved the writing so much 🙂
      Thank you! ❤

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing my post, Marie 🥺 I’m so happy you liked it ❤
    It's also so cool that you're writing a book with your sister! I hope you guys' writing process goes well. I firmly believe that you'll be a published author some day ❤ Also, I'm so glad that you enjoyed Beach Read! Romance isn't my typical genre, but I've heard such good things about it
    Hope you have a lovely June, Marie ❤

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  14. Thank you SO much for mentioning my post, Marie, that means so much to me, I’m happy that you liked it ❤️ & without a doubt, these are terrible times in the world, I’ve been informing myself, sharing and doing everything I can to help, it’s really heartbreaking.😢 I send you all my love from here and take care of yourself, lovely 🥰

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  15. I’m six books behind on my Goodreads challenge now whoops, but I feel like June will be more of a reading month? May for me was so much catchup with school etc and I think I’m slowly getting there, so hopefully more reading. Thank you so much for featuring my post, I’m so honoured ❤

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    1. Ahh, I hope you can catch up this month ❤ and I get that, these months can be hectic especially when you're at school ❤ you can do this!
      And of course, your post was wonderful ❤

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  16. It’s truly devastating what’s happening in the US 💔 and we definitely need to be aware and not stay silent. I’m glad you got some reading done though and yayyy for writing with your sister!! That’s amazing 😍🙌🏻 I hope June treats you both well!!

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  17. I’m happy to hear that your writing project with your sister is going well – I definitely wish you two all the best luck 🥰 I just got Spin the Dawn on my Kindle, so I’m glad to see that you ended up enjoying it so much, that makes me really hopeful about liking it as well 😊 I hope you’ll be having a good June 💕🌷

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  18. Yep, agree with everything in your intro. The world is exhausting.
    I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Beach Read, even if it wasn’t exactly what you expected! I’ve definitely been curious about that one. And hooray for Spin the Dawn!! I love that book 😀
    Thanks so much for sharing my post, I am truly honored! I hope June brings better things for you and the world ❤

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  19. I’m in the same boat with not reading a ton of books a month like I used to. My mind is just elsewhere this year with everything that has been going on in the world. It’s hard to really focus on anything else. I’ve noticed that a lot of people have said the same thing about Beach Read, thinking it’ll be a fluffy romance but then being something different. It sounds really good though. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed Spin the Dawn. I loved it and can’t wait to read the sequel. I hope you have a great June! ❤

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  20. I’m so happy to know you’ve enjoyed Spin the Dawn, I really wanna read that book as well (and will probably do so this month, hopefully) and I trust you, so I’m hoping to like it as well!! 😀 I hope June will be a kind month for you, taking one day at a time is a great plan and whenever you need to talk I’m just a message away! Sending hugs ❤

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    1. Aah thank you Marta! I can’t wait for you to read it 🙂
      Thank you so, so much for always being here, you’re the best ❤ I hope June has been kind to you so far! ❤

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  21. Hope you and Nyx take care and stay safe, Marie! ❤ I haven't been reading books much, but educating myself on the US legislature/police systems this past week and a half. And I have to say… it's pretty despondent reading. I really have to turn off social media these days and give myself a break.
    Have a happy reading month!

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    1. Thank you so, so much Aila, we are doing our very best, I hope you are staying safe too 💛💛
      That’s so good and I understand that, I’ve been taking things little by little to give myself breaks, too.
      I hope June will be kind to you 💛

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  22. marie, i’m sending back as much positivity as i can! 2020 has not been at all what i was expecting and i feel like “taking it day by day” has been my mantra, hahah.
    i honestly don’t think 5 books a month is a bad number at all! it is also exciting you got to venture out to different genres this month. i also had different expectations for beach read, but thankfully, i ended up reading some reviews before hand and i decided it won’t exactly be the type of romance i’m interested in, as i prefer mine to be very light-hearted and i believe this one will be a bit *too* hard-hitting.
    i hope you have a fantastic june, and that the weather will bring better things for us both! 💛

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    1. thank you so, so much lais, this means so much ❤
      i'm really happy you could be warned beforehand, i really expected this to be a light read and was so surprised that it tackled on so many heavy topics as well. I'm glad you could avoid it if it's not really your thing ❤
      I hope June will be lovely to you, too and take care! ❤

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  23. Yayy, I love hearing about everyone’s writing updates. Writing a book with your sister is so cute, and I’m happy to hear that it’s going well! Reading has definitely become harder recently, which is to be expected with everything that’s been going on, so I think it’s important for all of us to change the expectations we have for ourselves.

    Thank you for sharing my post Marie! And right now looking back at all the posts you wrote this month, I’m stunned at how you keep on putting out so many high-quality posts in such a short amount of time 💕 I hope you have a fantastic June!

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    1. Thank you so, so much Chana! 🥰 I agree with you, it’s important to set our expectations to reasonable standards, something I am always having a hard time doing haha, but I’m trying ❤
      Thank you so, so much! 🥰🥰

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  24. Ahhh, I hope you are taking care of yourself! And I am SO PROUD OF YOU for all of your writing progress and I hope June brings you positive moments of peace and productivity and self-care. And sharing my post brightened my day so much, so THANK YOU.

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  25. Im glad I never got around to setting my Goodreads challenge as I’d definitely be failing at it. I’m pretty sure I know the root of my constant fall in and out of this slump though so in theory that should help me overcome it.
    Ah you read Spin The Dawn!! That’s definitely one of my books that I plan to pick up first as I was so, so excited for it. Ooh Grace & Fury is another book that I’m excited to read sometime (although I will have to buy or borrow that one).
    It’s wonderful that your sister has started blogging with you even more. And fantastic that you’re working on a story together. It must be wonderful to share a love of reading and writing like that 💕

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    1. Oh that’s good! Having set a challenge can be kind of stressful, I agree.
      I hope you’ll love Spin the Dawn and Grace and Fury, I really enjoyed both of these reads!
      thank you so, so much ❤ I hope June has been kind to you so far ❤

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      1. Thank you. I hope so too as both sound incredible. And yes thanks, besides headaches over the last few days. I hope you’ve had a lovely June so far too and that the rest of the month goes well 💞

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  26. i’m so happy you got around to read spin the dawn and enjoyed it!! i hope you like the sequel more than i did 💕 and yay for all the writing things!! you deserve to be proud of everything you’re accomplishing (and still be proud even if you’re not writing everyday!) can’t wait to catch up on all the wonderful content from you this month, and i hope things have been less stressful!! ❤

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  27. man, the LOOP beach read threw us in (top 10 anime betrayals). i actually really liked the book but oh it was really gus’s character that did it for me. he’s such a tired bb.

    I AGREE 100% with y’alls opinion on the best laid plan. i really really love best friends to lovers but this book made me positively mad.

    all the best on ze wip writing, i hope its coming along great! ❤

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    1. Ahhh I’m glad you agree on the best laid plans, I really liked the trope it played with but was kind of disappointed by some things :/
      Thank you!! ❤ ❤

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