Monthly Rewind

Monthly Review – April & May

Monthly Review

Between finals, graduations, house hunting, and life in general, I missed April. So, today, you get a two-for-one deal!! It’s been a busy couple of months (not that I’m complaining), but here’s what I’ve been up to while I haven’t had the time to be here.

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(only) 6 books!

The Cruel Prince (4 stars), The One and Only Ivan (4.5 stars), Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail (5 stars), Simon vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda (4 stars)(my review here), and I Have Lost My Way (4.5 stars)

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April: Unpopular Opinion: 8 Books I Didn’t Like but Everyone Else Loved

May: If We Were Having Coffee… (mostly, I just love the picture)

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On Being a Mood Reader

Not that I care that much, but my blog has been seriously lacking in views lately. (Something I am totally working on now that I have time this summer!) But I thought this post would draw some attention because it’s one of those things lots of people run into and I thought I would reach some new readers because of that. Oh well! It’s also difficult for me to want more people to read my posts when I’ve been so absent.

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  • I am a solid day person. Mornings are fine, nights are fine, but I am really at my most productive from about 9:00-6:00. However, I LOVE the idea of being a morning person. The extra time to start the day off right. So this post from Bustle really resounded with me and gave me some great tips for making over my morning.
  • I really love all of these bookends in this post by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. I’m completely out of bookshelf space so I couldn’t put them anywhere (right now), but I LOVE this. Living in the Black Hills, where geodes are really popular, I’m also obsessed with these ones (found locally, not on Amazon).
  • This post about giving up on books from Electric Lit. I’ve talked about DNF-ing on the blog before (you can read about it here) and I even put down a book last fall (Lily and the Octopus). I just always find it reassuring when I read posts about other readers that put down books because somedays (when I see friends on Goodreads finish twice as many books as I do) I feel like I HAVE to finish what I start. But we’re all going to die, so why bother with books that we don’t enjoy.
  • I loved this post by Jackie about making time to read (to solve the endless TBR list we have). She did an amazing job laying out why making time for reading is important. To those who don’t read many books, it’s not because, as a reader, I lazy out on other things, it’s because I chose to spend a fair chunk of my free time reading rather than doing other things. She laid out some great ideas that I am going to use to increase my reading even more.
  • This Summer Reading Guide posted by BookBub this month. I am super in the mood for summer so this list couldn’t have come at a better time. My local library is hosting their summer kick-off this weekend and now I have my list of books I want to check out 🙂

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Summer gives me way more free time to focus on the things I love, so that’s what I’m making my goal right now.

  • Focus on this blog. I have a couple of posts already scheduled for the month ahead and I CAN’T WAIT to share them! Like I said before, traffic isn’t my main goal, but I would really like to see some this summer!
  • READ!!! (A little obvious, right?) Again, it’s summer and I have some extra time to lounge and do this. I’m making it a goal to schedule my reading time in a little more this summer because so often during the school year it gets pushed to the back burner.
  • Become a morning person. If this was on your list, you may feel a twinge of dread, but mornings are never bad for me. Zach wants to start running in the mornings in the afternoon, so that should help me get my butt out of bed at a decent time 🙂
  • Thesis work. Okay, little nerdy, but I am SUPER excited to start lab work for my thesis! This also makes me focus on working towards graduation next summer!!
  • Spend as much time outside as humanly possible. Duh. It’s summer. My in-laws gave us an AMAZING outdoor patio set for our porch and we’ve already been working hard on breaking it in. Not only sitting outside, but I also want to do things. We hiked the Big Horns a couple weeks ago and I just want to do it again. Here’s to the “bucket list” of hikes I have planned this summer.

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  • My best friend’s wedding! Zach and I introduced this amazing couple 5 years ago and they are finally tying the knot in the middle of June! (Cutely enough, on the same day as both of their parent’s wedding anniversary!)
  • My sisters 21st birthday! Same day as my friedn’s wedding, but I cannot wait to see what my sister is like completely piled up 🙂
  • My birthday!! I hate that I am one of those people who celebrate my birthday for like a month, but I also love it 🙂 So here’s to 23! Also, Zach and I are going to try backpacking for the first time that weekend! We’re doing a twelve-mile hike in on my birthday, camping, and hiking out the next day. It’s going to be AMAZING!
  • Meeting Zach’s paternal grandparents. We’ve been together for 6.5 years and his grandpa lives in California, so I’ve never had the chance to meet him until they come to visit this year.
  • My little sister is coming to stay with Zach and me for a week. YIKES. How to keep an 11-year0old occupied for 7 whole days?? (I would love any ideas and suggestions you have!) Being the nerd I am, I already have some *cool* science experiments we’re going to do, but I can only fill about two days…

Let’s talk! Fill in one or two or ALL of the prompts I did above. I would love to hear what you’ve read, what your goals are, or anything about your last couple of months. 

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