Ely’s May Wrap Up

Posted June 3, 2016 by Ely in Wrap-Up / 11 Comments


May is one of the hardest months of the year for me. The month brings along two very hard days—Mother’s Day, and my mum’s birthday. I lost my mum almost two years ago, so these days still feel raw and wrong to me, and I think they always will. All that being said, this May wasn’t as bad as I’d thought. I was so busy that I hardly had the time to do anything, though mum was always in my thoughts. Anyway, let me tell you about May.

Look at all those beautiful books! So, I read 18 books this month. How did I do it? I literally have no idea. Okay, so The Emerald Atlas and Girls on Fire were both DNFs. Maus, Impulse and Northern Lights were all re-reads (which I enjoyed immensely). I did a wrap up about The Emerald Atlas to How to Fall in Love talking about my feelings (and a full review of Pure). I did a collection of mini-reviews of The Year of Magical Thinking and Girls on Fire. I briefly talked about Innocent Erendira and Other Stories, but I’ll discuss that more in the near future. Otherwise, my favourite here was probably Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne—I’ve already mentioned this in quite a few TTT posts, but it was just incredible. I also buddy read it with the lovely Annika, and I think she’s organising a full post about it? I will definitely share it if/when she does!
You might have seen this post, in which I mentioned that my family finally got Netflix!!! As a result, I watched quite a lot of stuff. Firstly, the movie that convinced dad to get Netflix was Terminator 2—this is our movie trilogy, so when dad realised the broken DVD player would stop us from watching it, he very quickly consented to Netflix. I didn’t watch too many movies this month—just Captain America: Civil War (obviously), It’s A Boy/Girl Thing and The Nanny Diaries (once I realised Chris Evans was in it). As for TV, wellllll, I watched three episodes of season 2 of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, then got briefly distracted by single episodes of both Merlin and Gossip Girl, which I then gave up on. I watched all of Jessica Jones in the space of about one and a half days, then I forced myself to watch another two episodes of season 1 of Daredevil (I’m sorry Mich, but it’s a struggle!). The 20th until about the 25th are kind of a blur—I watched all of season 1, and half of season 2 of Scandal, which is incredible, by the way. I had to take a break for assignments, but I’ll probably finish the rest of the season within the first week of June. So yes, quite a lot of TV.
It probably doesn’t surprise you that with all the other stuff I had going on, I didn’t do a whole lot of writing. In fact, I wrote just under 2,900 words for the whole month. I’m not too upset about this on the account that I did have lots of other things to do. I am hoping to pick this up in June!
So a lot of stuff happened life-wise this month, so I thought I’d make a little separate section for it. On the 1st, Mich and I went bookshopping together. I don’t think I need to explain how great that was, but you can see the books I bought in my haul here. After that, there was a lot of Uni work and family stuff, but on the 16th, I got to see Gloria Steinem live. She was incredible, and every one who went got a hardback, signed copy of her book included in the ticket—I can’t wait to read it this month! The 17th included a meeting in the city with my University to talk about post-grad studies, and book shopping. Then there was even more book shopping that weekend when I went to a library book sale with Miranda. She vlogged the whole day, so you can see me in all my awkwardness! We filmed some other videos too, but they aren’t up yet so I’ll share them in my June Wrap-Up. Then last Friday I had my first ever Honours meeting—I found myself a supervisor, and a topic so it’s coming together, but again, more on that later. I also started German lessons! I studied French for six years in high school, so I wanted to move onto German now—I really like it so far. I really love learning languages, so I’d like to one day also learn Dutch (for Inge), Danish (because I’d like to live in Denmark at some point) and a few others.

Anyway, that was my May. How was yours? What exciting things do you have planned for June? Here on Tea & Titles, we have got a crazy, crazy month ahead of us. The #readalongdiaries event starts on the 12th, and we’ve announced and opened voting for the Make Me Read It Read-a-thon. On top of that, we’ve just got a bunch of exciting posts to share with you all! I hope you’ll enjoy everything we have to share.


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11 responses to “Ely’s May Wrap Up

  1. I am so proud of the fact that you’d like to learn Dutch for me. 😉 I hear it’s an absolute bitch to learn, though, but you know I will always be there to help you out.

    That’s quite an impressive list of books! I’ve gotten to 17 books in May as well, but DNFed 3 or 4 and one of them was a short story. I am stoked that you’ve read two Cecelia Ahern books because her stories are beautiful. How did you like Impulse and Wonder and How to Be A Woman? I’ve been meaning to read them for ages.

    • If your definition of helping me out is the Dutch equivalent of that video you sent me then I think I’ll be alright 😛

      I think that was my 4th and 5th Cecelia Ahern books. I own so many of them, but I’m a little bit behind! I loved Impulse, though writing an essay on it made me see how it could be a little problematic. I didn’t really enjoy Wonder, unfortunately. How to Be A Woman was incredible though. I love Caitlin Moran a lot.

  2. ELY. You watched Jessica Jones! Yay! Also I see you have read How To Be A Woman, and I read that a long time ago. So I remember liking it, but I don’t remember what exactly I read.

    Daredevil is hard to get into because it’s a little slow. But it picks up overtime, not as much as Jessica Jones does though.

    • I did, before you told me to actually but hey 😛 It’s been out for a few years, but I’m really behind on everything so I finally got to it!

      THANK YOU! I feel much better about how long I’m taking now. I feel like I should’ve finished it ages ago.

  3. I’m sorry Ely – glad to hear May wasn’t as bad as you thought though ❤
    I love Northern Lights too. And yes, Am I Normal Yet was so good – If I get to go to YALC in July I’ll try to find Holly Bourne and see if she’ll sign something for us!
    You talked about postgrad studies? Uni sounds exciting. Also also I took German and French in school! Studying languages is so rewarding, I hope you have fun with German!

    • I’m so jealous I don’t get to go to YALC this year. I miss the UK so much 🙁

      I’ve actually decided I won’t do postgrad here—I just went to this meeting to see what it’d be like, but I was already 95% convinced I’d do my Masters in the UK. Now I’m 200% sure of it 🙂

      Thanks, Annika <3 I've missed seeing you around!

  4. Aw. I’m so sorry about your mum. I feel the same way around father’s day because of my strained relationship with my father. *hugs* I’m glad you got some writing progress in and had fun with Mich! That’s good! Civil War was amazing. ^ ^