May Overview: The End of an Era

If you’re in any kind of education at the moment, you’ll probably know May as the month of stress. Deadlines become real, and everyone gets stressed trying to meet them before the year officially ends. For me, it’s been very much the same story.

As such, most of this month has been taken up completing assignments and making sure everything’s up to standard. Still, I’ve been trying to keep self-care in my life. I mentioned in February’s overview that it’s something I wanted to get better at, and I’m definitely still working on it.

Obviously, this means that I didn’t have as much free time as I would usually have, so I didn’t get as much done. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom this month, so I wanted to share some of the happier moments with you guys.

BOOKS

the perks of being a wallflower

Let’s start with books, shall we? I’ve been trying to read more this year, but it’s something I’ve had to slow down with for the last couple of months. I can’t wait for summer, though; I’m planning to catch up on everything I’ve still got to read!

The first book I read this month was ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’. This book sticks firmly in the YA genre, about a teenage boy who observes social situations more than he gets involved in them. It’s one of those American books which shows an individual’s development in their first year of high school, but I really enjoyed it. It’s also written in letter form, something I used to love when I was younger. It always feels so much easier to read, doesn’t it? I rated this book four stars on Goodreads.

This goes against everything book lovers say, but I watched the movie a few years ago, before reading the book. I’d say there’s definitely differences between them, but they’re both good. If I could go back, though, I’d probably read the book first.

I’m also 358 pages into ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L Stedman. Although I wouldn’t normally recommend something before I’d finished it, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, so I can’t wait. It’s about a couple who live on Island and discover a baby alongside a dead man in a boat. This book is the story of how their decisions change their future. Honestly… just read it. I’m so glad so many people recommended this to me.

WHAT I’VE BEEN WATCHING

If you’re read my post about why I love being autistic, you’ll know that I love to re-watch things. This month, I re-watched all three series of Night Shift twice, making three total watches overall. I mentioned this last month, too, so you can head to that overview for a more in-depth review. Honestly, if you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix, I’d definitely give this a go.

One series that ended this month was Grey’s Anatomy. As it turns out, I had five or six episodes to watch, and they were so good. Can we take a moment to talk about the final episode for a minute? Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for anyone, but if you’re behind, it’s definitely worth getting caught up for.

I also watched a documentary on Netflix, called ‘I Am Jane Doe’. This is an intense documentary about American girls who were enslaved in the child sex trade. It focuses on one website, backpage.com, and is a really eye-opening watch. It’s very sad and may trigger someone who has been through something similar, so if you’re planning on watching it, bare that in mind.

WHAT I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO

what i've been listening to

You can view my full playlist on Spotify by clicking here.

WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO

As I’ve already mentioned, most of this month has been spent on assignments. Honestly, I don’t even know if what I’m writing about makes any sense anymore. I keep reminding myself that I’m almost at the end, and that seems to help with motivation, thankfully.

However, a couple of weekends ago, I did take some time off to do a car boot. For those who aren’t aware, this is basically when people take their unwanted things to sell along with others in a field or car park somewhere. I only made about £20 in the end, but it was a fun afternoon nonetheless.

A guest post I wrote about being autistic was also published at the end of April. It was written in the view of helping writers to write more believable characters, but I think it’s an interesting read anyway. You can read it by clicking here.


I know this post doesn’t seem very different to last month’s post, and I’m very sorry for that. College ends at some point in June for me, though, and then I have the whole summer to do what want to do. Hopefully, things should get more interesting then. In the meantime, thanks for sticking by these posts!

As always, thank you for reading, and until next time,

Goodbye

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41 Comments

  1. Amber

    03/06/2017 at 8:06 PM

    I love to read too. I’ll have to add the books you mentioned to my list.

    I also finished Grey’s Anatomy. I enjoy the show. I’ve been watching it for years.

    1. RebekahG

      04/06/2017 at 2:03 PM

      I hope you enjoy them!
      Wow, that’s dedication. I started watching it in February last year. It took me months to get through the 11 1/2 series there were at the time, haha!

  2. interNATionalcaty

    03/06/2017 at 8:11 PM

    I can’t believe we are in June. This is great way to say goodbye to May/

    1. RebekahG

      04/06/2017 at 2:04 PM

      I know. May went so quickly, didn’t it?

  3. Heidi

    03/06/2017 at 8:48 PM

    Oh I love Grays Anatomy, I am a true blue fan, it’s an amazing show and hard to believe its lasted so long. I love that you shared what you love to do, it’s nice to see inside people a little,

    1. RebekahG

      04/06/2017 at 2:05 PM

      I love meeting fellow fans of Grey’s Anatomy! It’s crazy, isn’t it. I was just thinking last night that if it had been released in another era, there’s no way it would have lasted thirteen series. I think they’d face an uproar if they even though about axing it now, though!
      Thank you! I actually started this series to offer more of a personal side to my blog, so I’m glad that came across in this post.

  4. Suze

    03/06/2017 at 9:05 PM

    I hope that you get great results for your assignments – feels like I’ve been spending most of the month writing too. Thanks for the book recommendations, I’m intrigued by The Light Between Oceans. I enjoyed the film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower but haven’t read the book

    1. RebekahG

      04/06/2017 at 2:06 PM

      Thank you! I’m just hoping I won’t have to resubmit anything so close to the end of the year, haha! Good luck with your results, too.
      Honestly, The Light Between Oceans is such a good book. I’m so almost finished now and I’d really recommend it! The Perks of Being a Wallflower isn’t bad, either!

  5. Kaye

    03/06/2017 at 11:21 PM

    I feel you! Although, here in the Philippines, our semester ended last month. But, still. When summer is approaching, it’s really hard for me to focus on school work because I’d be so much excited to read the books in my to-read list. Lol.

    1. RebekahG

      04/06/2017 at 7:34 PM

      Oh wow! I’m so jealous. I completely feel you. I think motivation completely drops, and I don’t cope well with pressure anyway. I’ll get there, though. 🙂

  6. Pam Avoledo

    03/06/2017 at 11:54 PM

    The Perks of a Being A Wallflower is both a good book and movie. Emma Watson was perfect in the movie. I like the whole Rocky Horror Show sequence.

  7. Leigh Anne

    04/06/2017 at 12:24 AM

    One of my all time favorite books to read–The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I LOVE that book. Grey’s Anatomy is one of my favorite shows to watch too!

    1. RebekahG

      04/06/2017 at 2:08 PM

      Aren’t they just great? I’m glad we have things in common!

  8. Jhilmil

    04/06/2017 at 10:26 AM

    Interesting May for you! June, i’ve started with HOC & hope it goes amazing:)

    1. RebekahG

      04/06/2017 at 2:09 PM

      Thank you! Yeah, it certainly was interesting. Here’s hoping for a better June, though! 🙂
      What’s HOC? I hope it goes well, whatever it is! X

  9. Mummasaurus

    04/06/2017 at 11:51 AM

    i love the way you have pennned everything down, it’s like going through what you have gone through in crisp and non boring detail! Would love to read more from you 🙂

    1. RebekahG

      04/06/2017 at 2:11 PM

      Thank you! It definitely forces you to look at your month and remember that it wasn’t as rubbish/boring as you thought it would be, though for some months, that’s definitely harder than others!
      Thank you so much! I’ve actually been doing this monthly thing since the beginning of the year (except March, when I took a break for Autism Awareness Month), which you can have a read of by typing ‘overview’ into the search bar on the corner of my blog. 🙂

  10. toastycritic

    04/06/2017 at 4:31 PM

    I work with teens at the library and I just read Perks not too long ago. It seems to be on a ton of banned book lists everywhere. I guess I can understand why. I just would like it more if parents would speak to their kids about this material rather than simply ban it. Ah well.

  11. Anne Wright

    04/06/2017 at 5:21 PM

    ive got tons of ebooks that I have to read! I have read this book before!

    1. RebekahG

      14/06/2017 at 7:08 PM

      Good luck with them!

  12. Steph

    04/06/2017 at 7:19 PM

    Best of luck in your assignment results! Submitted my last essays a couple of weeks ago, why do lecturers seem to put all deadlines at the same time?! I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy but I’m free for the summer so perhaps I should; there’s tonnes of seasons right?

    1. RebekahG

      14/06/2017 at 7:09 PM

      Thank you! I submit my last two on Monday, so fingers crossed.
      Tell me about it! I hate it.
      You totally should! There are 13 full seasons at the moment. X

  13. Enjoyfreebies

    04/06/2017 at 7:35 PM

    It sounds like you’ve been busy. I am going to have to give those shows you mentioned a watch. I’m looking for something new to see on Netflix.

    1. RebekahG

      14/06/2017 at 7:10 PM

      Yeah, that’s one word for it! You should definitely check out Night Shift. It’s so good; so many people are raving about it!

  14. GirlMasked

    04/06/2017 at 7:36 PM

    Can’t believe May has come and gone, it flew by! I wasn’t mad about the Perks of Being A Wallflower myself. I really want to read The Light Between The Oceans. I really like Sign of the Times, great song! It sounds really cool to do the car boot, would live to try it myself some time. There’s usually one in the next town where I live.

  15. Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty)

    04/06/2017 at 7:40 PM

    I have heard of everything you’re talking in this post but haven’t read, watched or listened to any! I must thought! Can’t believe May is already gone! Time really flies! xx corinne

  16. ChelseaHodges

    04/06/2017 at 7:44 PM

    I have been LOVING Halsey’s new album, have you heard it yet? Now or Never is one of my fav songs off of it! I haven’t given listen to Harry Style’s new album yet or his new songs – will have to do that!

    1. RebekahG

      14/06/2017 at 7:10 PM

      I’ve listened to it once or twice. I was obsessed with her first album when it came out, but I have to say, the second one isn’t quite as good in my opinion. I love Now or Never, though!

  17. Morgan (@JustMorgsx)

    04/06/2017 at 7:46 PM

    I love your playlist! Such good music this month x

    Morgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

    1. RebekahG

      14/06/2017 at 7:11 PM

      Thank you! May was definitely a good music month for me.

  18. waitingforrain28

    05/06/2017 at 12:18 AM

    I’m a teaching assistant at a university, so I definitely know what you mean. But it does feel SO good when it is all over. I still have plenty of work to do, but the summer is always more relaxing for whatever reason.

    1. RebekahG

      14/06/2017 at 7:12 PM

      Oh wow, that must be a challenge! It definitely will do. I won’t be officially signed off until the end of June now, I don’t think, but my last work hand in date is Monday so I’m hoping I don’t get any resubs. I can’t wait to relax!

  19. Andrea

    05/06/2017 at 2:05 AM

    I cannot believe that May has come and gone and that we are finally in June, my birthday month. I was a fan of the Perks of Being A Wallflower.

    1. RebekahG

      14/06/2017 at 7:13 PM

      I know, right? The months just seem to be disappearing lately! Happy Birthday (if I haven’t missed it already–happy belated birthday if I have!). It’s a good book, isn’t it?

  20. chavamazal

    05/06/2017 at 4:47 AM

    I totally can relate–May was terrible for me as far as stress. It was my first semester going to school full time on top of a full time work schedule and it took its toll. I’m taking the summer off to read. I just finished a few great books: The Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit; Vegetarian by Han King; and I’m currently nearly done with Judas by Amos Oz.

    Enjoy the summer!

    1. RebekahG

      24/06/2017 at 2:52 PM

      Wow! That seems like a massive task; I’m not surprised it took its toll! Congratulations on getting through it though, and I hope you enjoy your well-deserved break.
      Thanks for the book suggestions; I’ll add them to my to-read list! Thank you!

  21. Andrea R Warren (@WaldorfFries)

    05/06/2017 at 2:50 PM

    I love to read too but never seem to find the time. I do however find the time to binge watch shows on Netflix. Just finished the Queen and loved it. I really enjoy reading your monthly wrap ups

  22. elizabethghekiere

    05/06/2017 at 6:13 PM

    Sounds like a good time! I’d love to shop at a car boot! I love cheap things…:P

    1. RebekahG

      24/06/2017 at 2:57 PM

      If you love a bargain, then I reckon you would! It’s definitely like heaven to me, ha!

  23. J. Shan'Trice - Fashionaire She

    07/06/2017 at 4:50 AM

    I too am a college student ad I must agree, May is the worse. My life is take over by stress and pimples and test and more stress… Congrats on the publication!

    1. RebekahG

      24/06/2017 at 2:57 PM

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets stressed during this period! Haha, thank you!

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