[Monthly wrapup] May Stats Fever! 2018 Our Etsy Shop, Some Bookmail, Goodreads Challenge = Slain

So… okay.  I know time doesn’t *actually* fly THIS fast. It’s just that I last did a month’s stats fever like two weeks ago! So I’ve got this crazy illusion now that it flies even faster than it does… But hey, it’s still time to look at my May stats. I feel like before we do, I want to look at the past week too, though!

Last week wasn’t an easy one for me, somehow I was always under the weather. But despite that, good things happened too! The first one is that we put up something cool onto the Etsy shop. Just look at the cuteness (plus, you should really read the caption… because of the frogs 😂):

1. Bowties are COOL. 2. Yes, OF COURSE I took a photo next to books. Who do you take me for 😂) 3. We just uploaded these to the Etsy! What do you think? Did you know we actually call bowties “frogs” or “butterflies” in my language? 😃 I think that’s pretty wild. And yes, I still need to read the biggest book on my stack. But one of those is actually a book I reviewed today on the blog! So really, you have two options: 1. Go read the review of #NoFourthRiver by @christineclayfield – link in my bio 2. Go buy the bowtie – link in @miccu.creations bio, but you’ll find it in mine as well 😂 Happy weekend! #bowtiesarecool #bowties #statementbowtie #bookstagram #bowtiesandbooks #booksarecool #goldpolkadot #etsyseller #eligiblecurtissittenfeld #booksandstyle #TBR #happyweekend

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Just a little Captain Obvious note here: you can buy these too! And there are more variations. Just drop by the Etsy.

The second cool thing is that I won a giveaway that Dundurn, a Canadian publisher was running, and I got like the coolest price pack! It only took two months to reach me… But hey! I am so happy to get some real cute book merch that everyone seems to be getting right and left, and which never reaches me and my fellow internationals! You should have seen me walk away from the post office, grinning like I just won a car or something. Here’s the catch, plus some yummy spicy chai tea that is not in the picture because boxes are not kindly treated by international shipping, but I’m sipping it right now, so you’ll just have to imagine it:

But anyway. What has May been like?

  • About reading? Yeah, it wasn’t as good a month as the last (that’s due to there not being 3 readathons…) – I only read 11 books.
  • However? Considering I actually had a lot of job work and shop work? I think I did pretty well.
  • I also only hauled 4 books!
  • And I fiiiiiiiinally got through 500 WordPress followers, and right after that – 200 Bloglovin’ followers. Thanks everyone!
  • I reached 69% on NetGalley! Now if only they didn’t completely shun international readers, maybe that would be good for something 😂
  • and, Captain Obvious strikes again, we opened the Etsy store. Loads of photos and our shop Instagram came to life, and what do you know – I learned I can actually stick to a theme (mostly). JUST NOT WITH BOOKS 🤦🏻
  • I rejoined choir, so between blog work, my job, the shop work and the choir? TBH, I am surprised I managed to read at all.
  • …is this the right time to tell you I massacred my Goodreads yearly challenge goal?

goodreads goal 2018

Other than that, May has been an incredibly warm month – we had 30C now where we used to have snow last year. I’m not complaining though. It feels good! But anyway, let’s move onto my May reads. What was good in May?

~ 5-Star Miracle Books Read ~

The Freeze-Frame Revolution (Sunflower Cycle) Clara Voyant A Thousand Perfect Notes Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

These four books were JUST SO GOOD. Any scifi fan should quickly grab at The Freeze-frame Revolution – it was smart, incredibly well-written, engaging and imaginative, also tackled the question of artificial intelligence and where the line between feelings and artificial routines is. I will be reviewing it soon! Also, you’ve already heard me raving about Clara Voyant, it was a really, really enjoyable MG. Next week, I have a review of A Thousand Perfect Notes coming up, do you even need me to introduce that one? And of course, I loved Obsidio, which did have its drawbacks, but was a good series finale. I might be reviewing it sometime in June too.

~ 4-Star Steady Good Books Read ~

The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills No Fourth River. A Novel Based on a True Story. A profoundly moving read about a woman's fight for survival. Eight Stories: Tales of War and Loss Spinning Silk

The Green Unknown was a travel book about some really unique places, and I’ll be reviewing it sometime soon too. Meanwhile, I’ve already reviewed No Fourth River, a really strong book about domestic abuse and thriving in spite of it. Eight Stories by Erich Maria Remarque was also a great read (I’m totally Remarque trash, I am!). And Spinning Silk was a magical realism / folklore fantasy story set in ancient Japan, I really loved it and you should see a review next week.

~ Okay Books Read ~

Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales To Fall In Love With Song of Batoche

Beyond the Glass Slipper certainly was a good collection of lesser known fairytales, but it had a tad too much analysis for my liking and for what I was expecting from it. I reviewed it here. And The Song of Batoche was also alright, but perhaps not written for me – I found it dry like a history textbook, and history was never among my favorite subjects. I have reviewed it here.

~ Totally Meh Books Read ~

The Night Eternal (The Strain Trilogy #3)

I have in fact given the whole series a scathing review here, and Amazon hates my review so much they won’t just ban it or tell me it’s unacceptable – they just won’t send me anything and won’t save my review 😀 this has never happened before. It’s not that I’m even saying bad things or using swear words (and even if I did, they would just email me about it and say it wasn’t accepted). So I’m a little baffled at this. But anyway, the series had serious problems. You should read the review 😀

~ The Stats! ~

may stats fever 2018

So I’m already done with my Goodreads goal! And actually went over it, because not all the books I’ve read are on Goodreads yet. And I have one more book to go for my #BeatTheBacklist challenge! (Hint: it’s actually June now. I’m not counting the book I finished today. I have so beat the backlist xD)

~ On The Blog In May ~

The posts I’m most proud of in May are the TBR spreadsheets downloadable tutorialalso three things you might not know about Marilyn Monroe and, of course, the first issue of #NewBloggersWelcome (which, by the way, will definitely return in June!) Also, maybe you should consider reading my scathing review of The Strain series, AKA the series that has no place for women or most PoC (unless you’re Mexican, just like one of the authors) and also an introduction to Litsy, a bookish social network you might not know yet. Have fun reading 🙂

   TBR spreadsheet

artificial condition   the girl marilyn monroe

redemption of marvin fuster   clara voyant

feathered serpent dark heart of sky   #NewBloggersWelcome

vicious real life super heroes   litsy

the strain series   

~ Books Hauled ~

A Thousand Perfect Notes Sleep, Merel, Sleep The Caseroom The Taxidermist's Daughter

You might be surprised at my apparent non-hauling powers recently, but in the entirety of May, I have only hauled four books. I don’t know either. Apparently, marking down the days you don’t request or haul in a bujo helps to avoid hauling? Anyway. Have you read these?

~ Next Week ~

I am not entirely sure about the contents of the next week yet, but one things for certain – you WILL be seeing a review of A Thousand Perfect Notes!!

 thousand perfect notes

As usual, I’m linking up with Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday post, also with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews and Mailbox Monday, Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

And that’s it for my May! What about you? Share your links with me in the comments!

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Aimee (Aimee, Always)
3 years ago

Giiirl you SLAYED last month!!! I hope you’re feeling better, though. And congrats on reaching those stat milestones eeep. And that tote is SO cute ♥ Also super glad you loved A Thousand Perfect Notes as well!!!

Bee (Quite The Novel Idea / Novel Ink)

Looks like you had a pretty good month! May has been warm here too the last two weeks. I feel like I’m melting, honestly. Can’t wait to read your review of A Thousand Perfect Notes.

3 years ago

Congrats on the giveaway win! And I didn’t know you had an Etsy shop- clearly I haven’t been paying attention lol! I didn’t read as much in May either, but you still did pretty good! 11 books is actually awesome, I think.

The Green Unknown looks pretty interesting…

Ivyclad Ideas
3 years ago

You “only” read eleven books?! How many do you read usually? I fear your power.

Congrats on completely destroying your GR goal! XD Have a great June!

3 years ago

Wow . you had a really great month. I had a bad reading slump in may and was busy getting ready for Industrial Training. Im hoping this month will be be better since im taking part in the marvel-a-thon reading challenge. Cant wait to read your review of a thousand perfect notes.

Jenea’s Book Obsession
Jenea’s Book Obsession
3 years ago

You got some good book this week, hope they are good ones for you.

Joann B Downie
3 years ago

WOW, what a MAY!! Congrats on your win-I am so happy for you-nice goodies!!I am currently reading Illuminae, as I had won a set of all three books that are signed-love it, I am definitely going to check out some of your blogger tips, I think I can use it!! Terrific month for you!!

Sam @ Sharing Inspired Kreations
Sam @ Sharing Inspired Kreations
3 years ago

What is your language that you call bows frogs or butterflies? Lol. Butterflies makes sense, I suppose, but frogs is interesting! 11 books is a great number! I’m lucky of I read 5 books in a month these days…

H.P. @ Every Day Should Be Tuesday

I am up to 59% on NetGalley! I’m pretty sure that is the highest I have ever been.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Congrats on winning the giveaway and on beating your Goodreads goal. It sounds like you’ve been busy. I’m impressed that you got any reading done. I preordered Cait’s book, but it’s coming from the UK, so who knows how many centuries it’ll take to get here. I’ll have to check out your review. Have a good June!

Trin Carl
3 years ago

I love your tone in your blog posts. I can soooo imagine your personality.

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

Your giveaway haul looks amazing!

I have been eyeing The Girl. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

You had an awesome May! I could not agree more Bow ties are cool!! Keep killing the stats.

Jackie B
3 years ago

CONGRATS ON BEATING BOTH YOUR YEARLY CHALLENGES! This is great news! Yes, you are amazing and should be celebrated. FACT. Also, you only hauled 4 books! That alone is a big deal. And one is A Thousand Perfect Notes which has been read and done. Nailed it. Do you plan on updating your goals for the year now that you’ve met them? Or just coasting on forward? I have thoughts on this, but this isn’t about me. In fact, I have a post for later this year scheduled to chat about this! Hahaha. I am not great about scheduling posts… Read more »

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

What amazing books! I love the tote bag and swag – it always goes so nicely with books doesn’t it? I am learning the whole bookstagram thanks to JJ and Sophie from that post you had. Thank you! Feel better and have a great week!

Mary my #Sunday Roundup #21!

3 years ago

Looks like you had a good month :-). Got me curious about Clara Voyant. Happy reading.

3 years ago

Wow, congrats on finishing the Goodreads challenge so soon! It sounds like you are very busy so that is awesome. The bowties are very nice!

Michelle@Because Reading

You did fantastic this month! 11 books is great and OMG you completed your goodreads goal! I am so jealous! Love the bow it’s so pretty.

Have a great week, EvElina! Happy reading! ox

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

Well Evelina you had a great month! And congrats again on your 500 followers!!!

Yvo @ It's All About Books

Wow you had such a great month! I love the little stats you included. 🙂

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Let’s see if I don’t forget anything: congratulations on winning a giveaway (the two months wait was totally worth it. Just look at the tote bag); congratulations on reaching 500 followers on WordPress and 200 on Bloglovin (you deserve all the love). Oh, and congratulations on “massacring” your Goodreads goal. 🙂

In my country we also call butterflies to bowties. =P

Wishes of a happy week!

Literary Feline
3 years ago

I hope you are feeling better. Even despite being under the weather it sounds like you had a great month otherwise. The Taxidermist’s Daughter is one I am hoping to read. I hope you enjoy all your new books! I kind of went on a gift card spending spree this afternoon and cleared some book off my wish list. A little retail therapy. 🙂 I look forward to your thoughts on A Thousand Perfect Notes. Have a great week, Evelina!

JJ @ This Dark Material

Congrats on topping your Goodreads goal!! And re-starting choir sounds so fun—do you sing with a church group, or somewhere else in the community?

I read a little less in May, too. Partly because I had other things on my calendar and partly because I just felt like spending my downtime in other ways. Keeping up a book blog definitely makes me feel a little guilty about slacking off, though 😉

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

That bowtie is so cute! Congrats on the giveaway win! And *only* 11 books?? That’s a lot! Especially since four of them were 5-stars!

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)

Wow! You sure had an AWESTACULAR month!!! Aw man!!! I am soooo excited to be checking out A Thousand Perfect Notes (if it comes in the mail. THE WAIT IS KILLING ME HERE)!!!!

3 years ago

ooh i have that kate mosse book but no doubt u will read it first, lmk if its any good!!

3 years ago

Oh my! Obsidio!!! I need that book!!! <3
But I don't think you're human! 😉 You said that you were really busy in May but you had a great month, blog-wise and read a lot! That's great!!!!!!

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

I love the pictures and that’s so cool about the word for bowtie. It does make sense. You’ve gotten some crazy reading done in the last couple of months! It does seem like this whole year is flying by. I need it to slow down a little! Have a great week!

3 years ago

Great job on completing your Goodreads challenge, and I think you read a lot of books in May – and that’s great you really loved most of them. I’m so curious to see what you think of A Thousand Perfect Notes; well, I know your score, but your actual review!


3 years ago

I feel like all of May was just rough! But you had some stellar reads, so that counts for a lot <3 I think it is adorable that the bowties are called "frogs" although "butterflies" makes more since to me with the shape. That one is adorable! And grats on that giveaway! I have given up on my luck haha. Here is to hoping we both have a great week and feel well *hugs* <3

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Wow! You have been really busy. I love the bow ties and wish you luck with the Etsy store. Congrats on the win! That is an awesome prize pack 🙂 I hope you have a great June!

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

With everything else you’ve got going on I’m amazed you got so much reading done!

3 years ago

So cool that you won that giveaway. I hit my goal of 40 backlist books a while ago so I doubled my goal now haha. I should hit that one no problem too though.

Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

What an awesome month! I also read Sleep, Merel, Sleep and enjoyed the creative little world! Have you read it yet?

3 years ago

I’m so sorry you’ve been under the weather! That’s been us these last few weeks. And now my littlest has strep and I’m still waiting for my test results to come back, preschool and all of it’s germs are FUN HA! Come on summer break!!!! And congratulations on all of your follower numbers and the giveaway win, that’s amazing! Here’s wishing you a wonderful June!

herding cats
3 years ago

LOL It’s going WAY too fast. Yay for reading more than you got! That’s always a good thing 🙂

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Seems like you had a pretty good month in terms of reading. And congratulations on completing your challenge 😀 I seriously think though that you should have kept it higher considering your reading speed 😛

And all the best for your mom’s store. And I am so glad that you loved A Thousand Perfect Notes. It must have been an amazing experience.
I hope June is even better for you 🙂

Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

Oh my gosh you’ve done so well with reading and holding back from hauling books lately! It makes me so happy that you adored Obsidio and A Thousand Perfect Notes, both briliant reads for me. Looking forward to reading your A Thousand Perfect Notes review!

Danielle Hammelef
Danielle Hammelef
3 years ago

I’m happy you received book merch! Yes, I do love all the pins, socks, bags and more too. I have Obsidio on my reading table and loved the first two books, so I know I’ll enjoy the final book. Any book with music/musicians is high on my want list, so A Thousand Perfect Notes is a must read for me.