Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2015

Posted June 1, 2015 by Debby in Uncategorized

May 2015: in which I got a new job!

Big, big month for me! I found a job for at least the next six months at a really fun and quintessentially Dutch company! I got the call on a Friday and started the next Tuesday, so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. It’s also, however, been an absolutely excellent reading month. Seriously, SO MANY good books. I dearly hope you’ll be checking my reviews, because you need these books in your life.

May Reads

Books Read:

The Novice by Taran Matharu
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
Valiant by Sarah McGuire
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

Book of the Month:

May Stats
Total books read: 11
Total pages read: 3,944
Average rating: 3.68
5 2015 debut authors read
8/11 (73%) standalones, 3/11 (27%) series
5/11 (45%) paper, 6/11 (55%) pixels
2015 Stats
Total books read: 55
Total pages read: 19,445
Average rating: 3.45
12 2015 debut authors read
35% standalones, 65% series
36% paper, 55% pixels, 9% audio

May Reviews

May Posts

On the Big Screen

Fifty Shades of Grey: Even more terrible and enraging than I had expected, but I was wasted for most of it so I guess that was kind of fun.
Soldier of Orange: After seeing the musical (see below), I had to watch the movie. Still powerful, but the musical’s much better (hope they’ll make a movie of that!).
Intouchables: I knowww, everyone’s raved about this forever, but for some reason I just never bothered. But it is just as good as they all said. An absolutely excellent feel good movie. Recommended to all!
Hope Springs: So awkwardddd (though obviously purposefully so). I will give props to Steve Carrell though. I usually don’t care for him.

TV Series Binges:
2 Broke Girls: Max is my spirit animal. But I will say that after watching 94 episodes in a couple weeks, it gets a bit oooold. (OH WELL.)
Grace and Frankie: SO GOOD. This cast is amazing, so I should have expected nothing less. I’m really happy it’s getting a second season!

Bonus shout-outs to Brooklyn Nine-Nine for THAT SEASON FINALE HELLO SHIP HI FEELS YAY, Younger for publishing fun and featuring GOODREADS ♥, and The Royals and Nashville for assaulting my feels week after week after week.

Through My Speakers

In Real Life

Aside from finding a job, it’s been a big, big month socially too!

  • We started off with a bang with the first ever book club readathon sleepover! We wanted to participate in Dewey’s readathon together, but it had to be scheduled the week after. In any case, it was super fun reading together with Daph and Daisy, and we watched Fifty Shades of Grey, making it a drinking game, and I got completely wasted. But I regret nothing. We’ll be continuing this tradition with the October readathon!
  • On May 5th, it was Liberation Day, and all of the Netherlands was celebrating 70 years of freedom. I went to the festival in Utrecht with my mom, aunt, and uncle, and though the weather was kind of meh, we ate and drank many yummy things.
  • Probably the highlight of the month, however, was going to see the Soldier of Orange musical. This musical is based on a true story during WWII in the Netherlands and perfectly shows the hard choices faced by college students after the Netherlands was invaded. Do you join the rebellion and risk your own life? Betray your country and ally with the Germans? Or do you pretend nothing’s going on at all and focus on your studies like before? Not only is the story powerful and supported by great songs (that seriously had me BAWLING at the end), but the production is amazing: you’re seated in the middle of the theater, a hangar, and the seats are on a rotating plane that moves from set to set. There’s even a beach set with actual waves and stuff, and at the end, the doors open to show the plane bringing the queen back to the Netherlands! It’s absolutely amazing, and I would go again in a heartbeat. It’s also made me very eager to learn more about what the war was like in the Netherlands. Sadly I don’t know much about it, because I learned the US History version of WWII – so I’m going to try to watch some movies and read some books about the war soon.

  • I spent Pentecost weekend at my mom’s, because I was so worn out from job hunting. (Though, by that point, I’d just gotten the call that I would start a new job the next week!) We visited a jazz festival, food truck festival, and New Orleans festival in Utrecht, and basically just ate, drank, and read a lot.
  • And then I started work! It’s very different to what I’ve done before now, but I’m learning a lot and the people are really cool. I do have to get back into the swing of things, though, so bear with me while I figure out how to fit blogging into my routine again!

That’s it for me. How was your month?

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