[Rewind] May 2017

13:21 Cilla P 10 Comments

I'm thiiiis close to freedom, you guys. I've submitted the major assignment for this semester and had my last class (hopefully not only for this semester, but for life). There are three weeks to go before I finish my internship, and then I'll be truly finished with this semester! 🎉🎉🎉 I cannot wait to relax guilt-free. I'm hoping that means more writing, whether it is for my poor abandoned novel or for this blog!

New to My Shelves

I picked up Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana from the library for #AsianLitBingo! It's an interesting story, but unfortunately I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped. 

I also borrowed several audiobooks from the library. I got The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell which was fascinating and wonderfully creepy as an audiobook, but it left me feeling unsatisfied. I'm still listening to Flying Too High (A Phryne Fisher Mystery). The Phryne Fisher books aren't appealing to me as much as the TV series. Maybe it's the lack of Phryne/Jack chemistry, but they're still quite enjoyable.


The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Incredibly clever plot structuring, good twists, but way, way too many characters. ✬✬✬☆ 
↠ Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor. Exceeded my already high expectations. Gorgeous, heartbreaking story with characters I can root for. ✬✬✬✬✬
Internet Famous by Danika Stone. Great depiction of how real online relationships are and of a family with a child with special needs. The romance is too cheesy for me, but it may work for others! ✬✬✬✬

Other Things on the Blog

↠ I discussed the four stages I sometimes through when I discover my favourite is problematic.
↠ I participated in #AsianLitBingo and shared my TBR! I didn't get a bingo, as predicted, but I read 3 books out of 5 so I'm pleased with it.

Challenges Progress

↠ Goodreads challenge: 19/30 books
↠ Discussion challenge: 4/24 discussion posts
↠ ReadDiverse2017 challenge: 6 books
↠ #RockMyTBR challenge:  1 book
↠ Backlist Books challenge: 5 books

Around the Blogosphere

↠ Pam responds to Jo's post and talks about how the term 'diverse blogger' may be a bit othering.
↠ Tasya discusses intersectionality in diversity.

In Store for Next Month

I have quite the review backlog, so I'm hoping to catch up next month! Watch this space for reviews on Laurinda, Mirror in the Sky, and Olmec Obituary. I also have a very, very late blogoversary post to write up!

How was your May? 
What was the best book you read last month? 
Tell me something exciting/fun that has happened or made you smile recently!


  1. Yay for freedom!! I loved Nora and Kettle, so I'm excited that you did too. Oh, and thanks for linking to my posts!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. No problem! Those posts were excellent :D

  2. I hope you have a good summer and get lots of reading and writing done!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Thanks AJ! Unfortunately my holiday may be cut short soon as I start another placement opportunity, but at least I got a bit of a break!

  3. Enjoy your freedom. I hope it means more reading time!

    1. Thank you! So far it's mostly Netflix time, but it's still relaxing!

  4. Congrats on finishing your major assignment! Thanks for sharing links about the term 'diverse blogger'. I had seen Jo's post but not the response.

    1. Thanks Jenna! I thought both of those posts are intriguing, and I hope you enjoy the response post too.

  5. I have both Nora and Kettle and Breaker and the Sun ready on my kindle. I'm looking forward to reading them this summer. I've been reading lots of middle grade this spring and have reminded myself how much I love this age group. It's the one I write for most so reading it is excellent for my own writing.

    1. I hope you enjoy both of those books! I actually haven't read any Middle Grade lately, but let me know if you have any recommendation about where to start. :D


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