Hi, lovely people! It’s the end of May and I’m pretty close to freaking out because the baby will arrive in less than three months and I am nowhere near ready. Okay, now we got that out of the way, how are you? :)
May was a month of sunny walks mixed with trying to come up with rainy-day activities for toddlers. It was also a month for work, which was quite successful. I just handed in my translation of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted to my editor, which is awesome. Now I just have to translate one more massive book and finish writing my PhD dissertation. *rolls around in despair*. But seriously, why do I do this to myself? I added a page for tracking my PhD progress – I need to keep myself accountable.
In Kiddo news: He is currently ill – I’m pretty sure he has hand-foot-mouth disease (harmless but annoying) so he’s home with his grandma. He’s okay but no kindergarten this week, I think. He talks a lot and it’s funny to listen to him. Toddlers have no filter, see, so he says pretty much everything that comes to his mind. Imagine saying all of your thoughts out loud, even the incomplete ones like “I have to wash the dishes – that pigeon looks like – the water is boiling, I have to – this reminds me of that book I read” and so on.
He also scared the crap out of me this morning when he climbed out of his bed and came out of his room on his own (he can open doors now) and basically jumped on my head (he tried to give me a hug, which is super cute, just not at 4.47 am). I was dreaming about something and it took me a moment to calm down. So yeah, I’m having an early morning…
In future Baby news: I just had an exam and he seems to be doing fine! I’m also healthy and eating well so he’s probably happy in there. He kicks a lot, like even Kiddo was very active but this one is all over the place. I wonder what he’ll do once he runs out of turning space. Probably kick my ribs. Other than that, I’m feeling good, especially when I get enough sleep, but I also feel super pregnant already, even though I have almost three months to go.
In personal news: A. and I spent a long weekend visiting Bologna and Ravenna. We had some good food, visited some historical sites and slept for 9 hours straight each night. It was a well-deserved, much-needed vacation, and Kiddo had a blast staying with my parents. Now I’m looking forward to our annual trip to the Croatian seaside at the end of June!
Also, the fact that my life is crazy right now might contribute to me being slower to write posts and to answer comments. If it takes me a while, please be patient. I appreciate and cherish every single conversation I have on this site, you all are amazing. *hug*In book news: My favourite read of the month was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, which I was fortunate enough to read after getting a finished copy from Titan books!! It was one of my most-anticipated 2016 releases. I will review it soon. I also read A Court of Mist and Fury, which was a major let-down, so there has been some balance in my reading life.
I reread The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, which I raved about here – it remains one of the best books I read in the last 12 months. And if I haven’t mentioned The Martian, it was a seriously good read. Not bad, all things considered.
I didn’t buy a lot of books, which is great since I’m still trying to hold myself to the 3-to-1 rule. I’m currently reading The Slow Regard of Silent Things, which is… weird. I’m not sure if I like it yet.
What I wrote about this month:
- Reviews: A Court of Mist and Fury – The Martian – An Ode to The Accident Season – Maresi – Warrior Witch
- Discussions: Watching People
- Random: Challenges and Resolutions Update #1 – My Blog is a Toddler Now – My April
- Pamela Nicole talks about being labeled an international blogger. I liked this a lot!
- If you’re not vegetarian, you should really make this chicken recipe. It’s one of the best dishes I’ve made in months.
- Alicia talks about being disappointed by an author… repeatedly.
- The most unusual celebrity baby names – to each their own but I heard Jamie Oliver is expecting another and I’m looking forward to hearing what they come up with next.
- And finally, these arrangements are seriously beautiful. If you pick one link to look up, pick this one!
How are YOU? What was the best book you read this month?
Are you planning your summer vacation already?
I’d love to hear from you! :)