may 2017 wrapup

*peeks out nervously* Anyone home?

I know I’ve been away for a month before, but I’ll be honest, this was a crazy month. Stuff happened and things went down and I was busy not reading books as hard as I could.

the stuff that happened.

A family friend passed away. To be honest, I wasn’t completely sure how to handle it – it was expected and I’d known about it for months, but somehow, that didn’t help. Being the unemotional bean that I am I still haven’t fully processed it. Now it’s really about keeping going – about loving the people who are left behind.

Because of the above mentioned stuff that happened, I didn’t read a lot. On top of it all, I had about a million assignments due (and still do) and was trying to get through them as much as possible (and still am).

I’m not just saying all of this to excuse myself, by the way. I’m happy with what I’ve read!! I love the books I’ve read this month (mostly ehe) and they are handpicked and were all worth reading. I just want to record what did happen, so in years to come I can look back and go “oh, May 2017. That month. Urgh.”

Without further ado: I read 4 books this month.


Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) – 4 // 5

reread: Mao’s Last Dancer (Li Cunxin) – 4 // 5 (review here!)

Salt to the Sea (Rupa Sepetys) – 5 // 5

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Douglas Adams) – 3 // 5


about the books…

On the whole, reading less books than usual meant that I was able to think about them more. I wish I had liked Wuthering Heights more … but I didn’t. I reread a book that I loved the first time round, and also enjoyed the second time round. I discovered two new books, one of which goes onto my favourite books of 2017.

I’m not sad that I didn’t get to read as much as usual. I am happy that I got to read what I did.

(also Salt to the Sea IS SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD, highly highly highly recommend!!!!)


A little quiet from me. I kind of lowkey disappeared towards the end of the month (just like on here ehe whoopsies), and haven’t geared myself up for returning yet. I’d like to. I want to.

Just not yet.

But I took some pretty nice pictures that I’m pretty happy with, so there’s that!

May Highlights

At first I was kind of looking frantically for some highlights, because this month has been a bit of a dodgy one. But it turns out that even in the darkest of times, light can still be found.

  • Getting to see two musicals in one day! (it was a pretty good day 🙂 )
  • Getting sent a delicious hot chocolate by my university, and enjoying it with three marshmallows in my favourite mug. Mmmmhmmmm.
  • Watching The Sound of Music at midnight with a wonderful Best Friend xx
  • Games nights with friends!!
  • Also just downright wonderful support from friends and feeling generally blessed in that way.

img_0581Here’s me kind of hoping that June will be a better month than May was, and crossing my fingers that I passed all my assignments!! Also that my brain will hurry up and catch up with all the situations that are currently happening, because it’s all still very very blurry.

Anyway, how was your May?? What did you read??

Keep smiling,

Emmeline 🙂


May 2017 TBR


Here is a short list of books that I’m planning on reading this month!

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.

Heidi, by Johanna Spyri.

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J Maas.

One of my Agatha Christie books.

img_0581What are you planning on reading this month?

Keep smiling,

Emmeline 🙂

mini April Haul

Okay, have something to explain.

Do you remember how, ages ago, I wrote this post?

I basically promised I wouldn’t buy any books/borrow from the library till either my birthday, or until I’d read all the books in my shelf.

(this post could be renamed ‘me making excuses for myself’, whoop whoop)

So in both my March and April wrapups I admitted that I had borrowed from the library. Honestly I think not borrowing from the library was a silly goal to set myself, because (a) we go there all the time and (b) the library is basically my second home. Me not borrowing from the library is really an unrealistic goal, I’m afraid.

Here’s an overview of my shelves, and how much I’ve read in them:


This is the main shelf, which holds most of my books. The red dots symbolise any books I haven’t read. As you can see, I’m getting through quite a few, which I’m happy with!

At the moment, there are 17 books on this shelf which I have not yet cracked open. Exciting times!


This is the shelf which my sister and I have coined the “favourites shelf”. It holds all the favourite/aesthetically pleasing books, and as you can see there are 19 which I have still to read.

So as you can see, while I still have a bit to go, I’m slowly getting through it all. It helps that lots of the books in the shelves are actually my sister’s which I have absolutely no intention of reading.

So now the books I bought …


Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J Maas.

These were 9 dollars each, and I couldn’t resist picking them up! They were the only books that I bought this month, and (hopefully) the only books I’m planning on buying until after my birthday.

My book buying ban is back in existence. My book borrowing ban is cancelled.

img_0581So essentially I *failed* the book buying ban, and am going to try again. So (hopefully) no more haul posts till my birthday!

What books did you buy this month?

Love, Emmeline 🙂