If I may.
May, you’ve been a rollercoaster.
So much and so little have happened this month! Some days felt they would never end, others ended too quickly. Overall, it’s been good. I’ve been feeling alive.
Remember when I started talking about a Publishing degree? Well, it turned out there were two degrees available. In fact, they are complementary. One I call “the basics”, and the big one. The big one is mainly for people with experience and blablabla but most importantly, it’s paid! And it had those beautiful “assistant editor” and “publicist” titles among the jobs you can apply for when you get it. So I called the school, and the nice lady at the other end of the line told me to give it a try. Then I remembered my psychiatrist saying it was better to fail than to regret. So I gathered my poor blogging experience, was lucky to get reference letters, and applied for both degrees.
Unfortunately, it did not work. The shiny paid degree will have to wait. But not all hope is lost as I am waiting to hear if I’m eligible to pass the tests for the “basics” one-year degree. This one was my goal, so I should not have hoped so much for the other to work. It was a mistake, but I learned from it. I actually took it better than I thought I would. It did not work out the way I wanted, but I managed to overcome my fear of failure to give my dream a try, and my fingers are still crossed. And if this year is not the year, then next year it will be. My will to succeed is stronger than my fear to fail. Massive step!
I’m a sports addict!! No, I’m just kidding! I only started working out a bit with running and walking at least three times a week, and wow I had forgotten that a rapid heartbeat did not mean you were gonna die or collapse in the next minute. I’m slowly rediscovering and reconnecting emotions with physical reactions, and it’s another win against anxiety.
In other news… I enjoyed some family time. Truly, really appreciated it, not just pretended. I have been trying, anything and everything, and it feels good. I‘ve also decided to put myself first, no matter what that means.
Bad days are tucked in a jar, I’ll only remember May as a giant step towards my life goal.
ps: still haven’t bought James Blunt’s new album, I feel terrible!
Books I Read
I am over the moon to have exceeded my goal of ten books by reading… twelve books! (Yes, Block 46 counts twice because you don’t experience a story the same way in a different language!!) This was a big reading month for me, I had lots of good surprises, amazing times with stories, and I learned two days ago than I could write a review right after having finished the book as long as I can tweak things a few days later when the story settles for good in my mind.
Books I Reviewed
May was a fantastic reviewing month! I absolutely enjoyed every moment spent trying to find the right words, and I’m really proud to have 9 review up this month!
A 4-star review for a dragon on Chocolate’n’Waffles!
Another Bookouture hit with 5 dark stars!
And 4 steamy stars for marriage-material Kane!
3 and a half stars for an eco-thriller that gives you plenty to think about!
My dose of legal thrillers was rewarded by 4 stars.
My attempt at creating words and all the stars in the sky for one of my favorite books of the year!
5 stars for Bookouture again for reminding me there were also brilliant stories outside of crime books!
My first attempt at a review entirely written in French! It was not a disaster, and I’m planning more of them in the future (especially because the second book in the series is already here with me and I so want to tease you :p)
Last but not least, 4 and a half stars for the master of action thrillers!
New Books! (purchased, gifts, ARCs, whatever)
I won’t even try to find excuses….
A huge thank you to my friend Debby @alwaysbooking for the fantastic book mail ❤
The Book of the Month Award
Does it really come as a surprise if I choose the magnificent and powerful Block 46 as my Book of the Month? I was blown away by the writing and I can’t thank Johana Gustawsson enough for pouring her heart and soul into her books.
I loved diving into both versions, I love how both publishers have worked on this book, and I cannot wait to read the second book in the series!
I’m quite happy with what was published, but I do miss tags! And of course, I love my new design! I’m relieved I did not make Chocolate’n’Waffles explode when I was customizing everything, haha! #proudblogmama
This Week In Books
- This Week In Books (May 3nd 2017)
- This Week In Books (May 10th 2017)
- This Week in Books (May 17th 2017)
- This Week in Books (May 24th 2017)
- Blog Therapy n°2: Mental Health Month and Election Day
- Blog Therapy n°3: Why I Blabber On and On about Small Victories and You Should Too.
The Pub Corner
We also won another 105 new followers this month! Wow! Thank you to everyone for joining the ride / staying for the journey! 😀
That’s a wrap! Let me know all about your May in the comments!