May 31, 2015 • Cee • Monthly Recap

may

MAY IS THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR. WHY? BECAUSE IT’S JUST FABULOUS. And no, I’m totally not biased because it’s also the month I was born in. Not at all. ;D

WHAT’S UP?

My birthday is the best. 

IT WAS GLORIOUS.

It was really chill, which is how I prefer to spend my birthday. I didn’t really do anything special; I just hung out with a couple of friends, and it was the best! (I don’t usually get to see my friends on my birthday in the previous years because my birthday always fell on graduation weekend, so I was incredibly excited to have actually seen them this year.) I got a few presents from friends—graphic novels (YESSSSSSSSSSSSS), romance books, gift cards, and gag gifts about my age—y’know, the usual.

My blog design got a face-lift.

I unveiled my blog design’s “new” look on my birthday. You can tell I’m getting read for SUMMERRRRR. No more teal or the crab. Bright colors, planets, and stars. Different and fabulous social media. You can read more about the changes over here! 😍

I got the business cards I ordered last month! 

WHEEEEEEEE.

Isn’t it frickin’ gorgeous? Look at those topographical lines + the hermit crab + the coords. 😍🙌 (I do wish my current blog coloring is on the business cards to match, but it’s okay since my blog design’s changes were created after I ordered it.)

Warby Parker glasses are the best, and being at a retinal specialist’s office sucks. 

I had my eyes checked in April, and needed to get new glasses because my eyes got worse, which was the most terrible news ever. But voila! Here are my new glasses! AREN’T THEY AWESOME? I got browline glasses because I look fucking amazing in it, which I know you can’t see, but take my word for it. ;)

On Wednesday, I went to a retinal specialist to make sure there wasn’t any retinal tears in my eyes (my optometrist wasn’t sure so he referred me to the specialist). Good news: I don’t! The whole exam—with the eye drops + getting the pressure inside my eyes tested (where I flinched sooo many times) + doing scans of my eyes (which was bright and neon)—was an experience. Ha. I learned four things: 1. my eyelashes are really long and I really need to start curling them (because it was such a hindrance when I had my scans taken + when the specialist looked at my eye); 2. the reason why my optometrist couldn’t rule out if I had retinal tears when I saw him April was probably because of my long eyelashes being in the way; 3. the scans of my retinas made them look like grapes; and 4. my retinas are extremely thin, which is normal for people are are extremely nearsighted. Gahhhh.

#booksfortrade happened.

I didn’t intend to trade books when I ventured into #booksfortrade on Twitter; it just happened, and blesssssssss! Because of it, I traded to get three books I’m extremely excited to get in my grubby hands! Two of the books I’m waiting impatiently by my mailbox for are Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 from Tamara and the Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) arc by Sarah Rees Brennan from Kierra. And the third book I actually received the other day! I had successfully traded for an arc of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore with Nancy! I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE 1. IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS AND 2. I DIDN’T KNOW ARCS OF IT EXISTED. The ARC cover is so frickin’ gorgeous. Gaaaaahhhhh.

Also, I’m still looking for ARCs of Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab! If you know anybody or see it, direct me to that person please! ;D

SITTING ON MY BOOKSHELF

BOUGHT (TREAT YO SELF PRESENT)

Bandette: Vol. 1 – Presto by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover

GIFTED + WON

MORE BOOKS · FOR REVIEW + TRADED

FOR REVIEW

A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)
Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter (Thank you, Algonquin Young Readers!)
Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican (Thank you, St. Martin’s Press!)
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout (Thank you, St. Martin’s Press!)

TRADED

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore ARC by Robin Sloan (Thank you, Nancy!)

BLOG POSTS GALORE
REVIEWS
BOOK COVERS
DISCUSSIONS
FONTS
CURRENT OBSESSION

Ex-Girlfriend Club is totally killing me with all the feels! 

When I say I’m obsessed, I’m OBSESSED. Ex-Girlfriend Club, a Korean drama, started airing this month, and every week since, I’ve been looking forward to devouring more episodes. Why? IT’S FRICKIN’ AWESOME AND HITS ALL THE RIGHT FEELS DEPARTMENT. It’s about Soo Jin, a film producer, who’s company decides to make a film of a web comic by Myeong Soo, Soo Jin’s ex, to stay afloat. Because of the film, they meet up again, and Soo Jin meets three other of his exes (because Myeong Soo’s web comic is about his exes—Ji-Ah (the cat), Hwayoung (the lioness), and Rara (the fox)), and craziness ensues.

It has wonderful friendships, wonderful OTP, lots of crazy ex-antics (hair pulling and nosiness), fabulous characters (I don’t hate any of them), great humor, and so much more. It’s just so fun! AND THE FEELS I HAVE FOR THE MAIN CHARACTERS MAKES MY HEART WANT TO BURST. YOU’VE GOT TO WATCH IT.

NOTE TO SELF FOR NEXT MONTH

 I’m planning to go to ALA! 

What better time to go to ALA than when it’s right in my backyard! ALA will be in San Francisco, and I’m planning to go! I’m kind of anxious about it because I’ve never gone. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. HELP. If you’re going as well, tell me! I’d love to see my blogger buddies!

How was your May? Was it an ultra-fabulous month for you like it was for me? Anything you’re looking forward to in June like books or events?

 

12 Responses to “MONTHLY RECAP | May 2015 – Best Month of The Year”

  1. your month sounded awesome!! may may have been your bday mobth, but june will be mine so hopefully it’ll be good :D although you had to get new glasses and have a mini panic attack about your eyes, it was totally worth it because THOSE GLASSES ARE GORG. i’m 500% sure you look fabulous in them even though there isn’t a picture.
    ex-girlfriend club sounds soooooo good; i’m definitely putting it on my queue. there are so many ongoing dramas that sound really awesome (echm PRODUCER!!! OMG), but i can’t imagine waiting an entire week for another episode. i prefer marathoning through everything and being in a drama-hangover for a few weeks/months/years.
    i hope june will be as good as may! ala sounds like it’ll be so fun, and i’ve always wanted to visit san fran. :D
    (p.s. how did you get emojis in your post?! did you just copy and paste it? i’ve been wanting to use the heart eye emoji too many times.)

  2. Krystianna says:

    It looks like you had a pretty great month! I hope you had a good birthday. I love your beautiful business cards! They came out so pretty. :) I may have to check out ex-girlfriend club. Here’s to another awesome month!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  3. You had a really productive month, as always :) And those business cards of yours are so awesome! Did you design those yourself?

    The book Penguin Teen sent you are soooooo pretty!!! I just bought first there was forever and planning on reading it this summer. Can’t wait!!!

    Hope you have an awesome month in June ^_^

  4. Freda says:

    Your cards are beautiful!
    ALA should be exciting! Enjoy that!
    Happy June reading!

  5. Steph says:

    I love Warby Parker!! I have green frames that I ordered a few months back – LOVE THEM!!! Seem slike you had a wonderful month! :)

  6. Charlotte says:

    HELLS YEAH YOUR BIRTHDAY WAS THE BEST AND I GOT YOU AMAZING GRAPHIC NOVELS.

    UGHHHHHHH THAT LAST EP OF EX-GF CLUB JUST SLAYED ME BUT YOU KNOW THAT. AND THE NEXT GAHHHHHHHH. But seriously everyone should watch it, such a good drama. I’M CRYING OVER THE GIFS. It keeps getting better.

    I’m so sad I can’t fly over and go to ALA with you :((((( but obv I’ll be there in spirit and you should get allllllllll the books ;D

  7. I always prefer chill birthdays as well. I am glad you had a good one!

    The business cards are awesome!

    Nimona and Mosquitoland are great reads. Enjoy!

  8. Gosh I’m loving your design and your cards :) I hope you have a lovely time at ALA

  9. Girlllll May *IS* the best month. It literally is. We just so happened to be born in it, which is rad.
    YOU GOT BEASTLY BONES AND I AM JELLY ALL OVER. Also, love the glasses! And DOUBLE love the facelift to the blog – the bright blue is so very nice to look at! *heart eyes*
    PS. I WANT A BUSINESS CARD!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    1. Happy belated birthday!! I totally feel you about not being able to see friends on your birthday – mine is next week which means everyone had already graduated/left for the summer holidays. I’m taking my boyfriend camping for the FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE which is:
    A. Unfathomable. How can you be almost 25 and never gone camping???
    B. Stressful. I’ve never planned a camping trip before, and I definitely am not in charge of the food preparations. I mean it’s going to be a short trip, just a couple days, but still. It has to be perfect so he’ll go camping again!
    2. Holy mother of god those business cards are a work of art! Speaking of…I’m supposed to be doing that for music stuff instead of reading people’s blog posts…
    3. I’m always looking for new K-dramas to watch and this one looks like it’s right up my alley!

  11. Happy belated birthday! My birthday was in May, too :)
    I love the new design and the business cards. I’m kinda tempted to design some business cards for fun… just because I want to design business cards.

  12. Alexa S. says:

    Happy birthday again! I’m so happy to hear that May was a lovely month for you, and I hope June is even better <3


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