A Glance Back: May

Friday, May 29, 2015

Three things that happened this month:
1. I was able to make a lot of process on my thesis the first couple weeks of this month. I came up with a really kickass plot and outline for my novel for grad school, and I'm actually very proud of it. Now all that's left is to actually begin writing it. 

2. I ended up not going to BEA like I had planned to because...

3. Out of the blue, my mom was hospitalized in California where she was visiting her brother (my family is out of Texas), so when she had vision problems and a terrible headache, she went to the ER. Three days later she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer--a very aggressive type of cancer. One minute, she was okay, the next, she wasn't. It's been a very difficult time, and my family is spread out across state boarders, and it has been very difficult. That's probably why you haven't seen me around the blogosphere or on Twitter. And it's probably why updates and reviews will become less and less over the next month or so.

Top Books I Read:

Both of these were rereads. I had actually read HoF three times and ACOTAR twice, but I decided to get them on audiobook, and I listened to ACOTAR two times more, and HoF once. I just couldn't bring myself to focus on reading the last couple weeks, even though I have a thousand books to read, but instead I chose the comfort zone of SJM's books and wrapped myself in the security blanket of hot Fae men.

New Obsession:

Pro Bars are kinda my favorite meal replacement bars. It fills me up when I'm on the go, and though they are hella expensive, I feel like they are well worth it. I always keep a few around just in case I need something on the go. Hangry is no good.

Month in a Photo or Two:

This hymn has been the song stuck in my head this entire week, and I think it's wonderful especially with what's going on with my mom, who is pictured to the right.

3 things I'm looking forward to next month:
1. Knowing more answers about my mom and what surgeries and steps needed to be taken to get her healthy.
2. Sometimes, I just really need my church community group. I was in Texas when we heard the news and I live in Oklahoma, so I've been in Texas with one of my sisters as we process the information about my mom, but my community is back in Oklahoma. That makes it really difficult to lean on the people that help me the most.

3. I'm actually supposed to start a new job at Barnes & Noble next week, but with everything going on, I'm not sure if they are going to be flexible. I'm calling them tomorrow to find out, but it worries me. If they keep me on, it will work out better, but I can only pray that it will all work out because i need that job.

Books I Read this Month:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The One by Kiera Cass

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen

Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden

Favorite Quote:
There are two kinds of guilt. he kind that's a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It's damaged but it's there. Don't let them take it from you.
-An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Books I Reviewed this Month:
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

What did you do in May?


  1. I'm so sorry to read about your Mum. I hope June brings more information for you all and that your new job will be understanding. Sending *hugs* x

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your mom! I can't even begin to understand what you are going through. Sending you and your family happy thoughts and well wishes. I'm around if you need to talk.

    1. Thank you. Yeah, it has been really difficult lately, but I'll hang in there. :)

  3. I'm sorry to hear about your mom.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your mum, Amanda. My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer this week, so I can sympathise with you.
    Weirdly enough, I've also turned to Sarah J Maas for comfort this month. Her worlds are the best to escape into, aren't they?
    I really hope everything gets better for you. If you ever need to talk or rant or anything, I'd be happy to listen.
    Beth x

    1. Thank you so much, Beth. Cancer sucks, right?! It's so difficult and scary. That's funny that SJM has been a comfort read for you too! She's just amazing, and it's so easy to get lost in her lovely worlds!
      I hope things get better for you too! And if you need to talk or whatever, my door is always open too! It goes both ways, because I know how hard it can be. Hang in there!

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your mom, I hope everything works out I know it is so hard and emotional. Sending you happy thoughts and prayers.

  6. Oh, Amanda! I will be praying for you and your mother. It's scary, but it's good to still see a smile on her face! I'm hoping you get some answers in June and also that your job at B&N is understanding! <33


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