May Wrap-up // holidays + my 16th birthday

Hey! How are you doing? I hope you’re good. Yet another month has passed and it’s time to write its wrap-up! May was a good month for me. I had a lot of free days and school activities. I also celebrated my 16th birthday! I’m happy with my reading as well. 


This month I read a total of 7 books. That’s kind of my average, so I’m very happy with it!

32601841The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James


This was a very enjoyable and super quick read. I flew through it. The first 2/3 of the novel are a sweet and romantic sci-fi story. The last third was extremely thrilling and fast-paced, which I didn’t expect at all. I even lost some sleep over this novel (as I’m kind of a chicken.) I liked the main character and I was a big fan of the plot twist and writing style. Overall I gave this 4 out of 5 stars and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a light, fast and thrilling read.

V23 new typeface tagline.inddTell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum


This book was just okay for me and I’d give it a middle-of-the-road 3 out of 5 stars. It was enjoyable, the ending was cute and I liked the main character. I appreciated that this book was about more than just the romance. It was also about starting over, feeling lost, friendship, the tension of a new family, grief, etc. However, it was rather forgettable and I know I’m not coming back to this.

31180248Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli


I LOVED seeing these characters again and I loved Becky Albertalli’s writing. The plot was great; I loved the road trip and prom. I did have a bit of a problem with the scene on the football field. (If you’ve read this, you know what I’m talking about.) I totally ship the romance and I loved the ending even though I do think it was cut short. It could have used some more pages and I expected a bit more fallout. I knew I would love this book before I even started it. It’s not as good as Simon in my opinion, but it still more than deserves its place on my favourites list! 5/5!

7933650The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger


If I’m being honest, I didn’t get this book and I didn’t like it at all. There is no plot to the novel as it’s simply a character study. My problem is that I hated the main character. I couldn’t bring up any appreciation for his cynicism. I’m the kind of person who tries to see the positives in any situation. Therefore this novel equaled endless frustration for me. The writing style didn’t do it for me either. Personally, I haven’t heard many positive reviews from actual teens, just from adults. I found that rather strange as the book is about a teen. Overall I found that I was very bored and frustrated throughout. I gave this 1 out of 5 stars.

19547856Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 


Then I re-read Simon Vs., because Leah on the Offbeat put me in the mood. I’m a huge moodreader. This is one of my favourite books and I fell in love with it all over again. This is such a heart-warming and sweet story. I love the characters and their dynamics. Simon and Blue are my OTP. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars of course. I will endlessly recommend it.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini



The back of this book had spoilers up until page 250. Sadly, that lessened my enjoyment, because I already knew what was going to happen and I was just waiting for it. That being said, I did enjoy the writing style and the plot. The novel spans about 30 years and that was done very well. I was intrigued throughout. It was heart-breaking at times. My learning about a different culture was also a plus side. But in my opinion, the best thing about this book are the characters. They were very realistic and I felt for them. Overall I gave this 4 out of 5 stars. Would recommend.

157993The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


I also re-read The Little Prince once more, this time in Dutch. However, I read a different translation and it wasn’t close to being as good as the one I usually read (when I read it in Dutch.) I found the story had lost some of its beauty. As always though, I loved the story and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars. It holds a special place in my heart. I get something different from it every time I read it.


I had a lot of fun on the blog this month! Here’s an overview:

Bullet Journal

May Bullet Journal Set-up!


Book Birthday Tag // I turn 16 today!

The Unpopular Opinions Tag 2.0 // all the rants

Down The TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #4

Down The TBR Hole #5


TBR Unhaul Challenge // Original!

Bookshelf Reorganisation // again…

My most re-read books!

That’s all for this month’s wrap-up! I hope you liked it! Thanks for reading. See you next time!


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9 thoughts on “May Wrap-up // holidays + my 16th birthday

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