Monday, June 2, 2014

That's a Wrap {2}: May 2014

It's time once again for my monthly wrap-up post! Here's what went on in May:

On the Blog
As you might have noticed, there were some big changes to the blog in the month of May--starting with a name change and a whole new look. Yes, I retired Life in the Pages, did a complete blog design overhaul, and BooksyDaisy was born! I really hope you guys like the changes! I'm very happy with it. :)

May was also the month for BEA preparations. Well, not for me, but I did have a lot of fun reading everyone's posts leading up to BEA. Although I couldn't make it to NYC this year, I lived vicariously through all the posts and pics on the blogosphere, and by participating in Armchair BEA. I didn't get to post too much for it because I was busy getting ready for my little sister's graduation, but you can see the Armchair BEA posts I did write here!

Speaking of events, I also signed up for even more blog events in May. From now until September 1, I'll be participating in Katie's Book Blog's Book Blogger Summer Reading Program. I've challenged myself to read 30 books, but I'm hoping to get through even more. You can follow the link to sign up and join in on the fun. In June I will be participating in Mental Health Awareness Month, an event hosted by Leah of Uncorked Thoughts and Ula of Blog of Erised. Throughout June, participating bloggers will be reading and discussing books centered around issues of mental health in an effort to shed some light on this important topic. You can read my intro post and find out what I'll be reading here.

Books Read in May
Don't Worry, It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent
Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor (review)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (review)
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Favorite Posts from Other Blogs
  • Christy of Avoiding Atrophy talks about the #YesAllWomen movement on Twitter.
  • For #IReadYA Week, Ginger of GReads discusses why she reads YA.
  • On Alexa Loves Books, Alexa talked about the books she DNF--and why that's okay! She also throws in some good ol' Britney for your listening pleasure. :)
  • Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, posted pics from her England trip. Her blog is just really cool in general and you should definitely check it out.
  • Speaking of DoSaB, Vickie of .Under the Mountain featured the first book in her Many Covers Monday feature. International covers are so cool! I want to collect them all!
  • And finally, Book Riot totally surprised me with their post, "How To Tell A Loved One Their Favorite Book Sucks." When I first saw the title of this article, I was fully prepared to go into rage mode. As someone whose favorite book has been the target of endless ridicule, I don't take too kindly to the idea of people imperiously informing someone else that a book that is near and dear to them "sucks," as if their negative opinion of it should make the reader see the error of their ways. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found that this article was not in fact a how-to guide on book shaming, but rather the opposite: the acknowledgment that while YOU may think a book "sucks," it can still hold special meaning for someone else. And if that someone else is a friend or family member or significant other, it's the considerate thing to not ruin their favorite book.
So, that about sums up May. How was your month? Got any good blog posts to share or books to recommend?

1 comment:

  1. I have Shatter Me on my Kindle and want to read it. Bad.
    Happy June reading!


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