Feat., TBR, Wrap ups

That’s a wrap! May 2017

This month has just flown past and there has been so much going on!  Birthdays, trips to Wellington and Paihia, and of course the Auckland Writers’ Festival!

I think I’m starting to get the hang of this blogging thing.  I’ve just discovered the miracle of scheduling so that I can write something on Saturday when I tend to have spare time and post it on Tuesday night in between getting home from work, the gym, and cooking dinner.  I still have no idea how other bloggers somehow manage to read two to three books a week and have something articulate to say about each of them at the end!  I know speed reading is a thing but I want to actually take the time to enjoy what I’m reading.  I’m currently reviewing through a back log of books I read last month while reading at a rate of around one and a bit books a week.

I’m still working on making friends in the book blogging community.  I try to comment thoughtfully on people’s posts without the comment turning into a blatant “Hey, look at me! I have a blog too!”  I’ve seen other people do that and it seems insincere so I won’t comment unless I have something to say.

This month’s blog posts

Book reviews:

The Girl with all the Gifts

The Little Paris Book Shop

The Rosie Project


Other posts:

Epic Book Haul

Auckland Writer’s Festival

Mother’s Day: It’s complicated

My post-Manchester rant

This Month’s Favourite Bookish Articles

Prisoners reading a dozen books a week: this is an article about prisoners who discover reading while they’re behind bars.  This article makes my heart happy.  These are people that go into prison with limited literacy and numeracy skills and they develop a love for reading while they’re in there.

Is American Gods Sexist? This article mainly focuses on the TV show but also touches on the book.  It’s a really well-balanced critical analysis and I connected and largely agreed with a lot of the points they made.  Definitely worth reading.

Judging a person by their books: This article made me LOL because I am so guilty of doing this.  I’m also paranoid that people will judge me when they look at my shelves – it makes me feel naked! We bought a converted van/camper this week.  The German backpacker who sold it to us was leaving town the next day and didn’t have anywhere to stay so we invited him home to stay in our spare room for the night.  Turns out he’s a big reader so he was checking out my bookshelves and I was so unnecessarily anxious!  This guy has literally lived in a van for a month, I don’t need his approval! But there I was almost wanting to throw a sheet over my bookshelves to protect them from his gaze.  Does anyone else get self-conscious when that happens?  

Hashtags I started following this month

#Ramereshorts: this is a fun weekly (Friday) twitter challenge where you’re given six words and asked to make a micro story.  I’m not very good at it but it’s fun to do.  Last weeks words were: notebook, ending, smile, sky, slaughter, bug.

#BPAL7wordstory: another twitter micro story challenge but you only have 7 words to do it.  Some of the entries are so good that I’m too intimidated to try it.  The current theme is ENVY.  The winner gets their story interpreted in a perfume – which has got to be the greatest prize EVER!

#hayfestival: but lets be honest, it was only so I could stalk Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman.  The pictures of them enjoying the festival as a family seriously gave me life.

Coming up

I’m going to be working on trying to standardise my book reviews so information is easy to find and understand.  I’ve spent the last couple of months playing around with different kinds of formats and I’ll probably keep doing that this month until I’ve found something that works for me.

June is the month of Queen’s Birthday weekend, the Lions Rugby Team tour, Matariki (Maori New Year), and of course, International Chocolate Éclair Day – so keep an eye out for a couple of fun posts.

Now that we have the van, there will likely be a few trips on the horizon as we’ve been wanting to go to Cape Reinga since we moved here.  I’m already planning an epic journey around the South Island in the Summer.  It’s gonna be great!

June TBR

And finally – these are the books I’m planning on reading next month:

Have a happy June everyone!

9 thoughts on “That’s a wrap! May 2017

  1. Nice to discover your blog! I think a trip around the South Island sounds great (I don’t know a lot about NZ but I’ve seen pictures). I liked your review of Freeks and your Manchester post too.

    Good luck with the format thing! It took me a while to get my “sea legs” as a blogger, finding a review style that worked for me. It comes with time… 🙂

    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much! With the book review, I never know how much I should say about the book. Like, how much is too much? But most of the time I really just want to rant!

  2. That article you linked to about American Gods is interesting. I probably won’t see the show for a long while (I don’t have STARZ) but I did receive a copy of the book not that long ago and I would like to read it sometime within the next year or so.

    New Boy is also on my TBR (I probably won’t get to it until this fall though). I’ll be curious to read your thoughts on Milk and Honey. It was a big disappointment for me.

    1. I can’t get American Gods in NZ without streaming it illegally, so I’m going to wait until it comes out on DVD. I’ve always been a fan of the book so I hope the show does it justice. From the reception it’s getting it seems like it might be.

      Why did you not like Milk and Honey?

  3. I know how you feel, I am new- ish too and trying to make friends and contacts seems an uphill battle, but I am so happy to have made your aqauintnace.
    I too have been messing with different formats and templates, I am struggling to get my images to look ok at the moment, but its all a learning curve!
    Have a good June and look forward to reading the book tag!

    1. Ah yes, images. I swear they take longer than the writing some times! I’m pleased to have met you and your blog too. Your logo is so pretty, it’s definitely one of my favourites!

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