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Such a wonderful month! ||May Wrap Up

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May was simply a wonderful month for me and I couldn’t be happier about that! ❤

So what was so great about it? Let me tell you:

  • It was my birthday at the beginning of the month. I got to spend the day with friends, plus I’m always happy on my birthday and this year was no exception. There is just something special about that day.
  • I traveled back to my hometown over a weekend. I got to spend a lot of time with my parents, whom I hadn’t seen in a while (at least in person, we do talk over Skype and such things). I also got to hang out with my best friend, which was wonderful. It was great catching up with her.
  • I participated in a read-a-thon for the first time in a while. I have seriously missed doing that and I definitely plan on participating in more of them in the future. They are just so much fun!
  • I ended up reading a lot of books. (Which I will actually write about later.)
  • I got some important university things done. They were really stressing me out and causing me anxiety, so I was very happy and relieved when I got done with them.
  • I watched the 12th and 13th season of Criminal Minds. This was the first time I had seen those episodes, as I was behind on the show. I LOVED getting back into my favourite tv show and experiencing new episodes. I can’t wait for the next season!

So that was my May. It was seriously an amazing month and I couldn’t be more pleased!


Wrap Up

Somehow I ended up reading 7 books and 2 manga volumes. I honestly have no idea how that happened, as I was rather busy in May. Not that I’m complaining, I’m very pleased with how much I ended up reading, especially since I ended up loving many of the things I read this month. May was such a great reading month for me. Now lets get into everything I read in more detail!


 

Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

5 out of 5 stars

I read both Down Among the Sticks and Bones and Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire this month. I just couldn’t resist them when the books came in the mail. I ADORED both of these books, they were wonderful. I even enjoyed them more than Every Heart a Doorway, which I didn’t think would be possible. I will write reviews for both books, so look out for that if you are interested in more of my thoughts!


NimonaNimona by Noelle Stephenson

4.5 out of 5 stars

I decided to reread this graphic novel this month. Something was simply drawing me towards it! I’m very happy that I decided to reread it, I ended up loving it and enjoying myself a lot. Everyone NEEDS to pick up this graphic novel and read it, it’s simply wonderful!

I do have a (rather old) review for this graphic novel, which you can check out here, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Howl's Moving CastleHowl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

5 out of 5 stars

I recently realised that it’s been around 4 years since I have read this book. (Which is crazy, as it feels like I read it more recently.) I was missing the characters and story a lot, so I decided to reread it. That was the best decision! It just reminded me how much I adore this book! There is just something magical about this book, from the characters to the world to the actual story.

Needless to say I loved experiencing this book again. I would also highly recommend everyone to pick it up! I can’t wait to continue reading this series, hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on the second book soon. (Even if I have heard some very mixed things about it.)


 

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 1 by Kore Yamazaki

I have heard amazing things about this manga. I also remembered that I read the first chapter of this volume a few months ago (I didn’t have the time to read more then) and I just wanted to experience more of the story. So far it’s really good, I’m liking the characters a lot and I’m very intrigued to see where the story will go. Hopefully I will be able to get to the next volume soon. I also really want to see the anime, as many of my friends have recommended it to me.

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

This was actually a reread for me. I have read the complete Death Note manga a few years ago and love it. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I would highly recommend it. I actually read this together with a good friend of mine when I was back home. She has wanted to get into Death Note for a while and when we were hanging out together we decided to read it (as she just recently got the first two volumes). It was amazing getting back into this story and seeing how everything started.


 

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3 out of 5 stars

I decided to put this two books together, for two reasons. The first one is that I gave them the same rating and the second is that I had mostly the same thoughts about both of them. And I really didn’t want to write the same thing twice, so we are doing it like this! (This wrap up is already long enough as it is.)

I really liked the idea and concept behind each story. They were really fascinating and ever since reading the synopsis for each book I knew that I had to read them. The execution of those ideas and concept didn’t satisfy me. I just wanted a lot more from both stories and I just didn’t get that. Still, they were very interesting reads and I’m glad that I decided to pick them up.


The Boy from TomorrowThe Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis

3.5 out of 5 stars

This was simply a heartwarming and charming story. The writing style within this book was very easy to fall into. It painted a nice picture and I could imagine everything clearly. The main characters were definitely the highlight of this book. I enjoyed following both Alec and Josie and learning more about them.

I do have a full review for this book, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


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How was your May? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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17 thoughts on “Such a wonderful month! ||May Wrap Up

  1. Wow it sounds like you really had a good May! 😀 It also looks like you had a lot of good reading material! 😀 I can’t believe we’re almost half done with this year! Isn’t that bizarre! I hope your June is just as eventful! 🙂

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    1. It was a really good May and I couldn’t be happier! 😀 It’s seriously bizarre. I can’t believe that nearly half of the year has already passed. This year is going by way too fast. Thank you! I hope you have an amazing June. 🙂

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  2. I tried watching the anime for The Ancient Magus Bride and got a little bored a few episodes in… maybe the manga is better though? Also, I had NO IDEA that Howl’s Moving Castle was originally a book!! I always thought it was just a Studio Ghibli film! Now I need to get my hands on the book because that movie was such a huge part of my childhood — thank you for making me aware of that 😊 I need to test out my theory that the book is usually better than the movie 😉

    I’m glad to hear that your month of May was great! I hope June is even better for you, and I’m looking forward to all your June posts!

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    1. I have heard that the manga is a bit slower and more character focused, so that might be the reason why you were bored. But I don’t know, since I haven’t seen it yet! 😀 The manga is really good and interesting so far, but I did only read the first volume.
      YES! Howl’s Moving Castle was originally a book. I didn’t know about it either until I stumbled upon someone mentioning it in their wrap up. I highly recommend that book, it’s a bit different from the movie – but they are both wonderful in their own ways. 😉 I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it!
      May was amazing and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you! ❤ I hope you have an amazing June as well!

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  3. A much happy belated birthday to you!!! ❤ It's always wonderful to spend the day with best friends and family isn't it? And 7 books plus 2 manga volumes is a lot!! I haven't read any of those books but I'm so glad that you enjoyed most of them. And I've only seen the film version of Howl's Moving Castle but I plan to read it one day. I've heard so many great things about it! And Ancient Magus Bride, the series at least, is fantastic! I haven't read much manga but I think I might try that one out! And you can't really go wrong with Death Note can you?

    So happy that May was such a joyful month for you! Hope June proves to be one as well ❤

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    1. Thank you!! ❤ It really is wonderful, I'm so happy that I got to spend my birthday that way. I'm very surprised with how much I managed to read, I really didn't expect that. 🙂 The movie for Howl's Moving Castle is wonderful! I really hope you enjoy the book when you get around to reading it. I completely agree, you can never go wrong with Death Note! (Though there is that movie adaptation that recently came out…so maybe you can?)
      Thank you! ❤ I hope you have a wonderful June as well. Or what's left of it, as I'm replying really late.

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