Monthly recap | May '14. Hair donation.

I always enjoy watching recaps from other bloggers, so that’s why I’ll be posting my own recaps. This wrap up is also my new ‘Showcase Sunday’ since I don’t have the time to do weekly hauls. Instead, I hope to capture it in vlogs every now and then.
Highlights this month:
-Had me & my sisters birthday. Got a Game of thrones birthday cake.
-Donated my hair. (chopped around 30 cm of my hair off)
-Went to a free music festival.
-Started my short research.
-I had an interview for one of the two internships for next year and I got the place! It’s in a hospital I really wanted to work, so I’m thrilled.
-Had my wisdom tooth removed. The nerves were worse than the procedure. I believe I was five minutes in the chair and it was done! The days after were a little worse, but the healing looks great.
-Went away for the weekend to celebrate my parent’s 25 year marriage. They got a photo shoot from friends, so we went to a hotel for two days with all of them and had delicious sushi. I had a great time.
-Celebrated my grandfather’s birthday.
-Went shopping and got some awesome clothes (a little mermaid legging!)

1. Done with my GOT re-watch, so now I’m finally caught up with season 4. Despite hearing a spoiler (accidently) from my sister, I was still shocked by something. It was awesome.
2. Went to the cinema to see la belle et la bĂȘte with my mother and sister. I loved it!
3. Saw the episodes from OUAT and now I’m eagerly waiting for the new season to get started. Did you see it? *swoon*
4. I finished binge-watching The office. It’s hard to say goodbye after 8 season, but it was a great ending.
5. Up to date for The big bang theory and New girl.
6. The starving games. No idea why I watched it. Horrible (and secretly sometimes kinda funny”)
7. Anchorman 2. Not bad, but I liked the first one more.
8. Family weekend. Boring.
9. Captain Philips. Very impressive and tense story.

53. Maggie Stiefvater - The dream thieves. 4/5.
54. Amy Tintera - Rebel. 4/5.
55. Susan Ee - Angelfall. 5/5.
56. Amy Plum - After the end. 2/5.
57. Cammie McGovern - Say what you will. 5/5.
58. Cat Winters - In the shadow of blackbirds. 5/5.

59. Merrie Haskell - The castle behind thorns. 2.5/5
60. Jenni James - Rumpelstiltskin. 3/5
61. Kasie West - On the fence. 4/5
62. J.A White - The thickety. 3/5
63. Elizabeth May - The falconer. 5/5
64. Lindsay Cummings - The murder complex. 2/5.
65. Kat Zhang - Once we were. 3.5/5.

TBR pile: 18 / 21. (86%)
Review pile: 31 / 21. (148%) COMPLETED.
Dy5stopian: 13/19. (68%)
Series: 5/12. (42%)
Fairy tale:  16/16. (100%) COMPLETED.
Bingo: 24/25 squares. (96%)


Jennifer L. Armentrout – Don’t look back. Won from Samantha.
Sarah Crossan – Breathe.
Cat Winters – In the shadow of blackbirds.
Elizabeth May – The falconer.
Lindsay Cummings – The murder complex.
Cammie McGovern – Say what you will.
Amy Plum – After the end.
Amy Tintera – Rebel.
Alex Mallory – Wild.
Anthology The cabinet of curiosities.

I couldn’t resist Edelweiss, so I downloaded: (On the fence is adorable!)

And Netgalley happened too.

CRAZY. I know. That’s it for this month!


  1. Hey Mel (: It sounds like the month of May has been pretty busy for you. The free music festival sounds like so much fun. Congrats on getting the internship! That's totally a huge deal and you must be too happy c: Ahh, wisdom teeth. I'm getting mine out soon and needless to say I'm nervous. I'm glad to hear that the actual surgery bit isn't that bad though. I need to see pictures of the Little Mermaid leggings, I bet they're super cute.

    I need to start watching OUAT omg. I started watching it when it first came out but for some reason just stopped mid way through the first season. It seems to have gotten much better since then though and omg CAPTAIN HOOK. Lol on tumblr I keep seeing gifs of him and Emma and I can't handle the cuteness <33 I'm so glad you enjoyed Maleficent, some of the reviews for it scared me. Hopefully I can find time to go and see the movie for myself.

    You've also had a pretty good month for books, I see a lot of 5 stars c: The fact you enjoyed In the Shadow of Blackbirds makes me so happy! It's so underrated and totally a favorite of mine.

    Awww! Your bookhaul was great. Don't worry about feeling awkward, we all think we're awkward on camera when in reality it's really not that bad. I could feel yourself becoming more comfortable with the camera by the end of the video. I love your accent hehe (: I've been wanting to do a video something on YA Midnight Reads but I'm just not sure of what to do/say and I feel a tad awkward myself lol.

    I totally agree about On the Fence, totally adorable c: I'm curious to see what you think of Stray, you're my trusted guide on all things fairytale afterall. I also hope you enjoy The Stepsister's Tale more than me. I just can't get into it. Think it's gonna be a DNF for me.

    Wow, I typed a lot. Sorry haha :P I'm sure I'll see more great things from this blog in the coming months <33

    1. It was and we had great weather that day :D And thanks, I'm very very happy! And don't look on the internet. WARNING. I was SO scared by all the horror stories, but it's really not that bad. I always freak out when people want to poke me with needles and even those didn't hurt that much :) You can see the legging on my Instagram!

      Oh yes, you need to catch up. Emma/Hook are adorable <3 There will always be negative things, but you need to experience it for yourself. I recommend Maleficent.

      And finally! I had some 'meh' months where I read 2/3 star rating books. I finally found some good ones :D And thanks, I was nervous when I uploaded it on Youtube.

      Thanks for the long comment!

  2. Dang, you had a busy month. Rebel is in my TBR pile, and I hope to get to read it in June. I've heard a couple people say it was pretty good so that makes me happy. I was also on the fence about reading The Falconer, but if you gave it 5 stars then I might have to give it a try.

    1. My review for Rebel is already up on the blog, if you are interested :) And my review for The Falconer will be posted somewhere this month!

  3. Happy belated birthday! It's sounds like you had quite an eventful month. I'm going to see Maleficent tomorrow. I can't wait to see it. So glad you enjoyed it. I really need to read Angelfall. I have the book sitting in my pile waiting for me along with over a 100 other books. Haha! I love your accent. I've actually never heard someone Dutch speak before in a video. I've seen Say What You Will around. I'll definitely be on the lookout for it. You have a very awesome pile of books! Hope you enjoy the ones you haven't read yet.

    1. I certainly did :) I hope you enjoy Maleficent as much as I did! And awh, thank you :)

  4. Oh man, it looks as if you had a spectacular month! Happy belated birthday and may you have a wonderful June as well. :)

  5. Congrats on getting that internship Mel, that is amazing! Now you've got less to worry about. GoT was really shocking isn't it, I'm glad you're up to date and enjoying it. I ended up going on Edelweiss as well and downloading a heap of books. Happy reading!

    Here's my STS this week

    1. Thanks! If only I get replies for the second one..

  6. Lovely monthly recap! Glad you had a fab time and look at all these yummy reads! :))) Enjoy all, Mel! Congrats on the internship! Envious you caught up on all your series watching. I'm hopelessly behind :)

  7. Sound like May was a really busy time for you! Happy late Birthday :) And super Congratulations on getting the internship Mel!!!!! There are so many movies I am waiting to go and see and Maleficent is number 2 on that list. X-men is up first. You have a huge book haul this wee Mel, have fun reading all of them! I am excited to see your reviews :)

    1. Thank you!! I really want to see the new X-men movie :)

  8. Wow it sounds like you had a busy month! Happy belated birthday and congrats on the internship! That's so exciting! :) You got so many amazing books this month, too! Too bad about After the End and The Murder Complex - I was really looking forward to both. I ADORED The Falconer, too! I'm excited for more of your videos, don't worry you weren't awkward! :D

    -Em @ Books & Cleverness

    1. I will try. Maybe if I have enough books to show you guys, I will make another vlog for my next recap :)

  9. Wow, you've had such a great month! Congrats!! And I hope you enjoy all of your new goodies!! :)

  10. I did some edelweiss downloading as well :) I didn't get a lot of reading done this month but I hoping that this month will be better!

  11. What a busy month! Happy belated birthday and congrats on the internship! Enjoy your new reads!

  12. I love how you break down the month! My husband and I watch a lot of shows too, so it's neat to see what other bloggers are into. We are all caught up on GOT, and I'm excited for the new episode tonight. Alas.. this season will soon be over and it will be another year till the next. I"m not allowed to read the books, hubbys rules. I can only read up to the season we are on because he doesn't want me to know what's happening.

    And yay for the little mermaid leggings!! :)

    Happy reading!

    1. Thank you April! Haha, I'm also reading the books, but it's taking me long enough :p

  13. Congrats on getting the internship! And so awesome that you donated your hair--you're making someone else out there happy! :D I just started OUAT (on episode 3) and I'm really enjoying it so far!

    Eep, so many pretties! Snow Like Ashes, Exquisite Captive, The Jewel... Yes, On the Fence was adorableeee!

    1. I think I will! Together with my sister, who cut off even more of her hair :) And I'm happy to hear you are enjoying OUAT :D

  14. The Wisdom tooth gone?
    A photo shoot?
    Donating hair?
    Three Birthdays and an anniversary?
    An internship?
    It sounds like you had a pretty busy month! :D

    I am so glad to see you loved Maleficient too! My sister just watched it too and loved it so I cannot wait to see it as well! :)

    YAY for the vlog! :D I was so looking forward to watching it and you're ADORABLE <3 I cannot wait to see the next one! :)

    Have a great month, Mel! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato


    Edelweiss attacked me again and I ended up downloading a bunch of books too. Agh. And of course I got the two Hook books from NetGalley. I'm a bit nervous about starting them because we just know that he's not going to be a dashing bloke with sexy eyeliner.

    How did you do so much in May?! I thought MY month was busy, but that's probably just the end. Yours was crazy!

    1. Haha *blush*

      Disney hates me, so I was rejected for Hook's revenge. You have to let me know what you think about it :D

  16. Aw, only three stars for The Thickety :( I had hoped you would love it more as I did.. <3 but YAY for 5 stars for The Falconer :D I loved that book so much. It sounds like you had such an amazing month Mel. <3 Hoping June will be amazing as well :) And yesss. Once Upon a Time! Swoon. Love it so much. Sigh. But I am so worried for the next season :( REGINA! RUMPLE! Ack.

    1. I loved it! But it wasn't good enough for a higher rating. I will post my review soon :)

  17. Congrats to your parents on 25 years!
    You had a great month for reading! Happy June reading!

  18. A modern retelling of Tarzan??? I am so obsessed with Tarzan so I'll definitely be checking out Wild :) And I'm going to see Maleficent in 3D on Tuesday, so I'm glad to hear that it'll be amazing :)

  19. tons of awesome books mel!! as for your wrap up.. i also read the murder complex and i gave it 3 stars. It was ok. I'm happy you read the dream thieves. Tons of books on your list that i want to read. I will definitely be checking the video you posted and subscribing when i get the chance.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  20. Love your vlogs!! Heh, you're really not awkward. Sounds like you had a great month so yay for that! Congrats on getting the placement you wanted and to your parents for their anniversary. And ohhh you make me want to see Maleficent so bad!! Hopefully I can see it soon, too.

  21. Nice vlog, Mel! You weren't awkward at all. :) You got so many wonderful looking books. I'm happy to see you enjoyed The Dream Thieves as well. Happy reading! :)

  22. Oh, what a great month you had! It was so nice of you to donate your hair! You'll make someone else very happy!
    I also loved Angelfall so much! It's so great to see you gave it 5 stars!
    I enjoyed Blackbird and On the Fence. I hope you do as well.
    Happy reading!

  23. You chopped off 30cm and you have still that much hair left??? WOW! I was thinking about donating too but I don't want to end up with super short hair (haven't put that much thought into it though, is there like a min length you have to donate? :D)

    Your vlog was not awkward at all! I liked it! I don't even want to know how awkward I would have been doing this. I have so much respect for everyone making videos like this :D

    I feel like I'm not going to resist The Falconer that much longer, as much as everyone seems to love it. I heard about the ending and wanted to wait at least until the next book is out BUT IT SOUNDS SO GOOOD >.<

    1. Haha yes! For wigs for children, which I really wanted, is a minimum from 25 cm over here :) My hair came to my butt, so I had enough to give away ;)

  24. These sound like some wonderful titles! I'm glad you had such an amazing month and my god, the titles you've won are beyond amazing! I can't believe you've watched Maleficent! ME WANT NOW. !!!

  25. CONGRATS ON THE INTERNSHIP MEL! You Rock! And can I might just steal your e-reader so I can read Snow Like Ashes. kthanksbye. Oh, and I hope you enjoy Echos of Us! I'm looking forward to that one too!!

    1. THANKS! I'm still so happy :D *hides e-reader* haha.

  26. So many great looking books. making a vlog is so nerve wracking! Brave girl you are.Those are some really great looking books you've grabbed. Happy belated birthday. I love Big Bang Theory and I'll have to check out New Girl.

  27. I'd love to go see Maleficent but I can't because I decided to see x-men instead already. Going to the movies is SO expensive. Ugh. Guess I'll just wait until it comes out!

    I'd looooove to see those little mermaid leggings. They must be so cute! =D

    I already read The Jewel and although, not the best book ever, it was fine for me. That ending... my god. =o

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

    1. I have a Pathé unlimited, so that comes in handy :D

  28. I'm so glad you got the internship you wanted! Don't forget to enjoy it while you're there :D

    And yes, On the Fence was super adorable <33

    I hope you have another great month, Mel :D

  29. Happy birthday!! And do you have a pic of that cake? I'd love to see it! And congrats on the internship! (I think I might have typed too many exclamation points.) :)

    I liked Captain Phillips, too. It was somewhat spoiled by the fact that, prior to watching it, it likely falsely portrayed Phillips as a hero. Most of the men on his ship said afterwards that he was reckless and steered the boat to to close to the coast, even knowing how dangerous it was. But still, it's Tom Hanks, and you can't really go wrong there!

  30. OMG MEL you are adorable!! I loved listening to you speak ♥ and thought you did an amazing job. Honestly. Now is the vlog after your haircut or before? You got a lot of great books anyways but I am sorry a few of them were letdowns :( As for your month, you look like you had a lot of fun family times with birthdays and anniversaries!! I'm very jealous that you already went to see Maleficent but I'm THRILLED you loved it :D I can't wait to go see it too, the BF is supposed to take me to see it next week hehe I'll be looking out for a LOT of your future reviews too! Here's to an awesome July ^^ xxxx

    1. After :)! My hair before was around my hips. I hope you have an awesome July too :D


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