April Showers Bring May… Showers? – The May Wrap Up!

Posted May 27, 2019 by Amber in Checking In / 4 Comments


I cannot TELL you guys how happy I am that all the chaos of May has died down and here we are on the brink of summer.  I’ve been working really hard to get back into the flow of things – moving really messes up my mental schedule.  I’ve got a buuunch of posts to write up in the next few weeks but we’re going to make it a good one.

Plus, I’m just really excited that summer is rolling around.  I’m not normally a summer person, but New England weather is wonky and we’ve had says that are 35F following days that are 75F and goodness gracious Massachusetts make up your mind.  Haha.

What we do have plenty of?  Rain.

SO MUCH RAIN.  We went about two weeks without a sunny day and it was rough.  Come on June!

Anyways, guys, I’ve been a little bit indulgent this month.  As it turns out, there’s a thrift store right down the road from me that, on occasion, has some interesting books!  I’m not going to allow myself to go often, but maybe every once and a while. … I’m also prepping for BookCon this coming weekend, and my parents are moving this weekend as well.  As for the blog, nothing too crazy coming… so lets look back at May!


So indulgences.

It’s a lot easier to allow myself to buy books when I have two (almost) empty bookshelves.  Physical space and things falling over is no longer a problem.  I do think I need to rein in my candle and swag purchases.  I ended up with a lot of enamel pins this month (which I don’t share in the haul, don’t worry!).  Does anyone else stress-shop?  Ack.

In a rare event, there’s some sequential art in this month’s haul!  Two comic books by The Oatmeal, and a graphic novel from the lovely folks at Candlewick Press all about Grace O’Malley.  Plus my mom showed up with my brother’s old Calvin and Hobbes and and Artemis Fowl Graphic novel that used to belong to my brother, but he abandoned.  I was also super, super, super excited to get my pre-ordered copy of Romanov.  I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book forever… even though I actually read it back in January.

Um, and there are more coming.

I accidentally went on ThriftBooks.  Also I go to BookCon next Saturday, soooo.


I think that the May reading haul has proved to me that even though I don’t have as much commute time on the road, I am still perfectly capable of reading a decent amount each month.  I set my 2019 Reading Challenge Goal pretty low this year – 75 books – and as I type this I am already at 69.  I know that’s nothing compared to some bloggers, but I’m really happy with my progress so far and I think I can probably keep moving at this rate.  So yay!


All the Crooked Saints / ★★★★ – When I started this book, I didn’t think I was going to like it.  The cadence of “this was a thing he wanted/this was a thing he feared” drove me crazy.  But then the world wrapped me up and I loved it.  It takes a little getting into, but All the Crooked Saints is creative and original in its characters, setting, and idea.  LOVED it.

A Study in Charlotte / ★★★★★ I don’t know if it’s just because this came to me just when I needed a break from fantasy, but I really enjoyed A Study in Charlotte.  Definitely the highlight of my month.  The characters were fresh and interesting and likable, and there was a mystery to solve, which I loved.  Plus all the references and the British accents.  I loved it.

Solving for M/ ★★★★ 1/2 – This one is way out of my normal range.  It’s a middle grade contemporary about a girl whose mother ends up having cancer.  BUT. It makes Top Three this month because it was so unique and so well done and I really jus need to recommend it.  Especially if you know someone in the MG level who has/had a parents with cancer.  It was super good at what it set out to do and I thoroughly respect that.


I’ve been viciously working on recreating my character sheets and transferring all my miscellaneous character sheets over to this new format.  I posted last year about how much I love and rely on character sheets, and while I’ve been low of drive to actually write, working on my writing related research and organization allows me to feel somewhat productive. 🙂

I’ve been dancing around the idea of participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July – we’ll see.


Favorite Post: 10 Book to Movie Adaptations I Actually LOVED

This post was loads of fun to write, because I’m a big movie person as well as a book person!  I feel like there were bunches and bunches of good movies inspired by or based on books that I missed here.  Someday I’d like to do a television show one as well.  I’m so glad you all enjoyed this one and I had fun talking to you about the Harry Potter films and Jurassic Park!

Favorite Review:  Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

I gotta be honest – this one threw me off a little!  Not to say that Magic for Liars isn’t a perfectly good book… it’s just… there haven’t been a bunch of comments on this post, and I haven’t been hearing any buzz in the community about Magic for Liars either.  But it’s good so many people clicked through and are interested in this one – hopefully a bunch of people added this to their TBR and the community will be talking about it after release (June 4). 🙂


Guys, I am so so tired of driving back and forth between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

One of the worst parts about moving for me is the cleaning.  Why?  Well, first of all, I’m not a cleaner, I’m an organizer.  I am amazing at planning things.  My husband is amazing at cleaning things.  We make good pair in that way.  But I spent the first two weekends in May scrubbing an apartment.  Usually, the move out cleaning isn’t so bad.  Unfortunately this time, we’d lived there a lot longer and weren’t moving out furniture a lot, so we didn’t notice the walls.

You know when candle makers tell you to trim the wax to 1/4″ and you’re like “okay sure whatever”? … … … Trim your candles my friends.  The entire apartment was covered in soot stains.  It wasn’t just the candles – it was a combination of candles + check matte paint + very humid atmosphere (seriously it’s so nice to have central air again).  But it was horrible to clean and I never want to do it again.  I’m being so diligent with my candles, now.


May 2019’s Bookstagrammer of the Month:

This month, I want to shine a light on one of the nicest bookstagammers I’ve met, Rose from @shire.library.

Rose is a smaller bookstagrammer, but she leans heavily towards classics and especially the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Although I’m sure her username gave that away! I really enjoy her simple layouts.  She also runs a very interactive account, which is to say that even though she doesn’t have a million followers and likes, she’s very active on her account and always responds to her comments.

Small bookstagram accounts are kind of like small businesses.  We may love the big ones, but the little ones are so much more personable, there’s a lot of care in the crafting, and the people are so nice.

Rose features beautiful editions, and she lets the book take center stage, which I really enjoy.  You won’t find many (or any, really) hyped books on this account – these are all classics and novels that don’t get a lot of screen time, but deserve more. <3


June is planned out to be a super busy month on the blog!  I’ve got three different unboxing I’m hoping to do next month, plus I wrote a really long post that is dropping tomorrow about something pretty important to me – I hope you find that interesting.

Also, as I mentioned above, I’m going to BookCon next week!  As I’ve hunted around the internet and become involved in conversations about BookCon, I’ve learned that people are pretty intense about it.  It’s a bit intimidating, so… yeah.  By the time I post about it, I really hope all my worries have been for nothing and it will be the best experience of bookish lovers and not a lot of people running into one another as they try to keep to schedules or get ARCs of The Starless Sea.  I just… fell like there’s going to be a lot of people who are selfish and pushy and it’s getting my tempers up to prepare to be that way back, and it’s not cool. *sigh*

But I’ll talk about that in a couple weeks.  After BookCon.


How was your May?  What were your top three moments of last month?  Let me know in the comments!

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4 responses to “April Showers Bring May… Showers? – The May Wrap Up!

  1. I just found your blog, and the whole design is stunning! I love it!

    I have been thinking about reading A Study in Charlotte for a while, but when I started in December, it was going a little slow for me. Maybe I should try it again soon!

    Can’t wait to see if you do Camp NaNoWriMo! I love reading about others doing those, but I don’t think I could ever do one myself – I write too slow and I think the whole thing would just stress me out. 😂 But maybe I’ll participate one of these days!

    • Amber

      Thank you Xandra! 🙂 If you are leaning on the idea of NaNoWriMo at all – Camp is definitely the time to try it out! It has much more flexible set-it-yourself goals. 🙂 We’ll see about participating this year – it will really depend on how much reading I can do in June to catch upon my ARCs haha. But we’ll see for sure! I love participating! I have a story all lined up, actually, it’s just gonna be about making sure I have the free time to commit. 🙂

    • Amber

      That’s so cool! How does it compare with her other books for you? So far I’ve only read that and the first two Raven Cycle books. 🙂