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.
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
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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 I 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,