It’s a relatively solemn Monday around here. If you’re in the US, please remember the sentiment behind this day of barbecues.
My summer classes begin tomorrow, as does my library’s Summer Reading program. I’m looking forward to both; it has been very nice to catch up a bit over the past few weeks, though. Mom and I even went to the zoo last week, just because! Today in the real world I will be waxing my car, grocery shopping, and finishing up a few things that need to be wrapped up before classes restart. Here on the blog, I’m wrapping up all of my reading & related activities from the month of May!
Books Completed This Month
📚 Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey by Wayne A. Wiegand; ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Nonfiction, Biography)
📚 Mirror’s Edge (Impostors #3) by Scott Westerfeld ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Science Fiction)
📚 Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images by Murtha Baca, Patricia Harpring, Elisa Lanzi, Linda McRae, & Ann Whiteside; ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Nonfiction, Library Science)
📚 The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson; ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Nonfiction, Photography)
📚 How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged by Veronica Peerless; ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📚 The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery ⭐⭐⭐
📚 How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Saving the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time by Will McCallum ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Average Rating: 4⭐s
Books Read (but Not Completed) This Month
- Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter by Timothy Keller (Nonfiction, Theology)
- Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry & Emily Folger by Stephen H. Grant (Nonfiction, Biography)
May Goals Follow-Up
Originally posted here
- Get my taxes filled out and in on time ✔
- Buy a sofa ✔
- Send just-because cards to a few friends ❌
- I wrote one letter, but I haven’t sent it yet, and didn’t get around to any cards.
- READ for fun; at least 2 fiction and 2 nonfiction books ✔
- And it was so refreshing
- Thoroughly clean my apartment…I’ve only spot-cleaned for the past few months ✔
- Post more consistently here, preferably around 3 times per week through the end of the month ✔
- Post on my bookstagram at least once or twice ✔
- I still didn’t do a ton with this, but I posted a few times this month
- Baking and cooking after the end of the semester – I finally had time to enjoy this again!
- New grow light for indoor succulents – it makes my living room a vibrant pink, and I hope it is helping my poor indoor plants which never receive direct sunlight
- Helping our children’s librarian with Storytime in the Park
- Days when the weather is nice enough to drive with the windows down
- Got a haircut and donated about 12″ to CWHL
- Movies watched this month: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) ⭐⭐⭐; In the Key of Love (2019) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5; Avengers: Endgame (2019) ⭐⭐⭐.5; Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace (2015) ⭐⭐⭐⭐; Carousel (1956) ⭐⭐⭐⭐; To Walk Invisible: the Bronte Sisters (2017) ⭐⭐⭐.5
- Most Liked & Commented Post This Month: Spell the Month in Books // May Linkup 2021
Like all of the spring semester, this month went by so quickly. I feel like I packed a lot in to enjoy, from making time fpr reading for fun to going for a drive “just because” to purchasing a sofa. It’s been a lot of nice little moments building up to more than the sum of their parts. I’m particularly glad that I finally got to read The Blue Castle, even though I found it somewhat disappointing. It’s an experience, for sure. I’ll have to do a mini review about it so that I can explain my disappointment and talk about the aspects I did like.
What did May hold for you, Reader? Are you looking forward to a calm or busy June?
Until the next chapter,