May Notes


It’s that time of month again when I look back at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the month as well as reflect on what I posted and read. May was another month of which I could feel exceptionally proud. I not only got a lot of good reading done, I produced a lot of new kinds of blog posts in addition to the regular book reviews.

I feel like I’m growing a lot as a blogger and I’m happy to continue pushing myself to experiment in the future. Before I get into my plans for next month in tomorrow’s post, let’s reflect on this month!

Goals Revisited

It took me a little while to get started on my goal for this month, so I’m happy with the progress I made toward all these goals. I’m beginning to realize the goals I’ve been setting for myself are a little ambitious, but I think that’s a good thing. If a goal is not really a challenge, then I think you’d eventually begin to wonder what is the point of it. So as long as I’m working towards these goals throughout the month, I think I’ll be content.

Here are the goals I set for May:


Because it took me a while to finish up my Harry Potter rereads, I had trouble getting through many books fast enough for my book reviews to build up. However, I am ending the month with at least one review saved for next month! I plan to have a little Madeleine L’Engle-themed week or two highlighting some of my favorite works of hers that I think are excellent summer reads.

As for my second goal, I did not get as much writing done as I would have hoped to be able to claim by the end of May, but I did get some crucial work done that will make the first draft better than it will have been if I had started earlier and wrote a bunch of filler words. In case you missed it, I managed to post a pretty long writing update yesterday (Making a List of Possibilities | Writing Wednesdays) that included some details about how I plotted my novel.

My final goal to post three times a week did not prove to be too hard once I started! At the beginning of the month, I was M.I.A. because of my Harry Potter reading and reasons explained in Playing Catch Up in May. Ultimately, I think I was successful in this goal because I plan to keep it up from this point onward! For more details on what to expect on Betwined Reads in June, be sure to check out tomorrow’s post.

This Month’s Posts

  1. May Goals + TBR
  2. Revisiting Harry Potter | Part I
  3. Revisiting Harry Potter | Part II
  4. Playing Catch Up in May
  5. Hogwarts Mystery ❆ | Betwined Tech
  6. Blog Hopping in June
  7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  8. Making a List of Possibilities | Writing Wednesdays

What I Read

I made a mistake at the start of May of listing books on my TBR that I was not entirely interested in reading at the moment and, therefore, only got to one. I’m glad I read that one (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), but the only reason I did is because I talked myself into it because I thought it might inform my novel writing. I was kind of right; I liked the mediation on monsters and dream-like style.

Here are the books I read this month:

  1. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle (review coming in June)
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  5. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas  (reviewed)
  6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (reviewed)
  7. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (review coming in June)

I realized I listed A Ring of Endless Light on last month’s Notes, but I didn’t really finish it until well into the first week of May; so I listed it here as well. My favorite read this month is probably going to be La Belle Sauvage (which I haven’t finished yet but intend to finish the day this post goes up). I adore the protagonist Malcolm and all the spy business afoot. My least favorite was ACOFAS, for reasons I detail in my review.

End Note

Well I’m off to go finish reading La Belle Sauvage! I hope you’ve had a wonderful month. Many thanks to you regular readers of my blog, new and old. Next up on Betwined Reads you can expect my June Goals + TBR, in which I will share my plans for the month of June. It’s already shaping up to be an exciting one!

Thank you for reading!
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