May wrap-up, favourites and others πŸŒΈπŸŒΏ

Dear reader,

May has been a weird month. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still completely fine and I celebrated being anxiety and depression free for six months now. The thing is that because of my 30 books in 30 days challenge in April I was in a total reading slump and it was hard to get out of it. Also lots of responsibilities came back, some bad adult news, the lockdown was over and I had to get back to work at the end of May… This month was all over the place, but at least I made it out alive and I’m still as happy as ever.

Without further ado, here is my may wrap-up!


β₯ WHAT I READ

In May I hosted my very first re-readathon. You could either join and do the prompts, or simply re-read any books you wanted. I opted for the second option, and that’s why you can spot so many re-reads at the end of the month.

Despite my still growing reading slump I read 10 books in May, mostly because I started breaking down my books which helped me having a goal each day to focus on, instead of having the whole book to read right away.

Over all of those 10 books, I read:

  • 3 fantasy novels, 6 contemporary ones (which is rare!) and one romance,
  • 9 were young adult fiction and 1 was adult fiction,
  • 6 physical books and 4 digital ones,
  • 2 ARCs, 6 re-reads, 1 backlist novel and 1 new release,
  • I rated 2 books three stars, 3 books four stars and 5 books five stars (thanks to all the re-reads).

In the end I read 4450 pages, which isn’t a lot but as I said I was (and still am) in a huge reading slump.

Here is everything that I read in May:

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (re-read) 🌟
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, 4/5 stars
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, 3.75/5 stars (re-read)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (re-read) 🌟
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, 5/5 stars (e-ARC) 🌟
  • 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon, 4/5 stars (e-ARC)
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry, 3.5/5 stars (sent by the publisher)
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi, 5/5 stars (re-read) 🌟
  • The Brigthsiders by Jen Wilde, 4/5 stars (re-read)
  • Heartstopper, Volume 1 by Alice Oseman, 5/5 stars (re-read) 🌟

β₯ WHAT I LOVED

  • Watching TV shows

In May I got back to watching tv shows, which I stopped doing last year because I had to study non-stop for my competition and it was either tv or books, and I chose books. In May I caught up with some of my favourite tv shows (including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and discovered new ones, like Outerbanks. Right now I’m catching up on old ones I never finished.

  • Re-reading books

As you can see, even before my re-readathon started I still re-read quite a few books. I feel like 2020 is a re-reading year for me and I’m not mad about it. I’m really glad to be rediscovering all of those old favs.

  • Working out more

In May I kept working out. Now it is part of my routine, which I’m super happy about. One thing changed though, as I started my first Chloe Ting work out program. I only have five days left and I enjoyed every minute of it, even though it was sometimes hard to do or to motivate myself to do it. I’m really proud of myself for finally taking care of my body.

  • Getting back to writing

A weird thing happened last month… I got back into writing. I am mostly writing random things, it sure isn’t part of any projects I have and had but the most important part is that I’m getting back at it. We’ll see where that leads me.

  • Getting back to work

Finally I had to go back to work, and even though I was terrified to do so… I am now so happy I did. I missed teaching in front of students, I missed laughing with teens, I missed feeling useful. I’m teaching 11 years old at my school next to teaching my usual 13 years old online, and I’m having a blast.

β₯ CHECKING ON MY MAY GOALS

As usual it’s time to check on everything I wanted to do in May! I wanted to take on running, which I started but stopped for health reasons, to take care of my diabetes (I tried hard), to be consistant on every social media I have (and I did), to write again (which, obviously, I did) and to keep learning to listen to myself (and I’m proud to say that I’m getting better at this).

β₯ WHAT I WANT TO DO IN JUNE

June is my last working month because the teens leave for the summer break, so I don’t have lots of goals, but here are some:

  • To keep taking care of myself,
  • To see my friends again,
  • To read more,
  • To journal a lot,
  • To post on YouTube more.

And that’s all!

How was April for you? What did you read? What did you love? Tell me everything.

Love always,

Clara

10 thoughts on “May wrap-up, favourites and others πŸŒΈπŸŒΏ”

  1. That is a great reading month with many cool reads ! Re-reading Harry Potter is always comforting. Haha I’m so impressed you managed to keep up witht the Chloe Ting program. I tried too, but I’m sooooo out of shape, I just couldn’t do it after 2 days and switched to Tibo in Shape for shorter workouts.

    It’s so cool you got to get back to work ! I hope your school is giving you all the means to do your job properly with all necessary precautions πŸ™‚

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  2. I’m glad Addie LaRue got such a good rating from you. That’s promising! It looks like a great read. I’d love to see how you do your page breakdown that you shared. Do you have a post on that?

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    1. I do not as I only started doing so, but it’s super easy! If I want to read a book in a week, then I divide the number of pages per seven and then put post it notes on each page I’ll stop for the day (I try to stop at the beginning of a new chapter).

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  3. life is far from getting back to normal around here, but i can imagine it must be weird picking things back up. i wonder how hard it will be to go back to work and waking up 6 in the morning when i’ve been going to sleep so late and my schedule consists of eating and watching netflix for the day, hahah. i hope things do perk up, though, and june is a better month!
    i am so glad you enjoyed 10 things i hate about pinky! i am literally counting down the days until it comes out. i am SO flipping excited and i think it’s going to be my new favorite by sandhya menon.
    hope you have an amazing june and conquer the reading slump, clara!

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